Police hunting pair caught on CCTV in connection with Bannatyne’s shooting

By Christine Lavelle

POLICE probing the shooting of a man outside an Edinburgh health club have revealed they are looking for two suspects in connection with the attack.

Robert Kelbie, 27, a well known property developer in the city, was gunned down outside Bannatyne’s Health Club on Wednesday, 20 October.

He managed to run into the club in Newcraighall and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before discharging himself the same evening.

A silver Vauxhall Vectra car was reportedly seen speeding away from the scene moments later, and police believe they recovered it the following morning in a private car park off West Bryson Road. Continue reading

Police dismiss link between Bannatyne’s shooting and ‘gangland’ crime

By Christine Lavelle

POLICE probing a shooting in Edinburgh warned they will not tolerate any “gangland” style feud in the city.

Detectives today tried to play down such a possibility after Robert Kelbie, 27, a controversial property developer, was gunned down outside Bannatyne’s Health Club last Wednesday.

A grey or silver Vauxhall Vectra was seen speeding away from the scene moments later.

He managed to run into the club in Newcraighall and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before discharging himself the same evening.

The incident was thought to be connected to second attack on 44-year-old Mark Richardson in Portobello just hours later, when a group of men set upon the victim with baseball bats. Continue reading

Demarco shot in head “over son’s £1m gambling debt”

By Paul Thornton

A BUSINESSMAN was gunned down on the steps of a casino over the £1m plus gambling debts of his high-flying financier son, a court has heard.

Tony Demarco, 64, was blasted in the back of the head as he stood on the steps of the Gala Maybury Casino in Edinburgh on June 3, 2008.

Four men have been jailed over the attempted slaying but the motive behind the hit has remained a mystery.

But today (Tuesday) a court was told the attack came in retribution for the unpaid debts of Mr Demarco’s son, Antony, to loan sharks covering his gambling losses.

The revelations about the motive behind the notorious attack came as Antony admitted a £1m fraud against two companies.

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Bullet Found After “Warning Shot” At House

By Michael MacLeod and Shaun Milne

A BULLET recovered by police at the scene of a drive by shooting could hold vital clues in tracking down who was behind the incident.

Detectives are probing the shot fired at an address in Dalkeith, Midlothian, at around 11.25pm on Wednesday.

Damage caused by the bullet could be seen at the home of George Rae, 39, who police sources say was also the target of recent threats made at the start of the month.

The blast left his neighbours in Woodburn Avenue shocked, with many last night saying a feud had been bubbling under for some time.
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BREAKING NEWS: Caroline Igoe guilty of boyfriend’s murder

By Paul Thornton

A WOMAN was has been found guilty of shooting her boyfriend in the head, killing him on his doorstep.

Wannabe model Caroline Igoe today (Friday) was convicted of the murder of Martyn Barclay.

Her brother Paul was cleared of the killing but found guilty of trying to cover up the slaying.

A jury of nine women and six men took four hours to unanimously find Caroline guilty of murder, possession of a firearm and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
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Jock’s Lodge shooting

Jock's Lodge on London Road

By Cara Sulieman

ANGRY residents are calling for an Edinburgh pub to be shut down after two men walked in and shot a man in the leg at the weekend.

The 24-year-old was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after the attack in Jock’s Lodge pub on London Road on Sunday night.

He was released this (Mon) morning after being treated for his wounds.

Police are looking for two men in connection with the shooting and said that the pub would be closed for “some considerable time”.

This (Mon) morning it was still sealed off as police worked inside the bar area.

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Mumbai massacre survivor relives hotel bloodbath

By Michael MacLeod

THE sole Scots survivor of the Mumbai massacre says he feared “certain death” while trapped in his hotel room for two days.

In a business trip that clashed with an Islamic terror group’s co-ordinated raid of Indian hotels, Roger Hunt, 43, was moments from becoming one of the 170 dead.

Speaking at the weekend in his first interview about the siege, the Royal Bank of Scotland manager told of how he escaped a shower of bullets.

He had just left the Oberoi Hotel’s restaurant when gunmen burst in and “sprayed bullets” at the very table he had eaten dinner at.
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Beaver introduced to the wild missing, feared shot

By Daniel Maguire

FEARS are growing for a missing family of beavers in Argyll – and police fear that one may even have been SHOT.

There is increasing concern for the family, which was historically re-introduced to Scotland along with eight other beavers earlier this year.

The adult female disappeared only two weeks after the Scottish Beaver Trial re-introduced the family.

And it is feared that the female’s disappearance may be connected to an illegal shooting heard in the same area.

Experts believe the sudden disappearance of the female unsettled the adult male prompting it to move away from the area. Continue reading

Holyrood order £44,000 hawks to catch the pigeon

falcon 1By Paul Thornton

A DEAL to hire hawks to rid the Scottish Parliament of its pigeon poo problem is costing the taxpayer a staggering £2000 – for every bird they chase away.

NBC Bird and Pest Solutions have signed a lucrative £44,000 three-year contract with Holyrood bosses to have their birds of prey patrol the skies to chase off the doos.

But handlers admit they think there are only around 20 birds posing a problem – making it a very costly solution to the public purse.

NBC’s area manager for Scotland  Ian Cain – who will also be flying the birds from the Parliament – said: “We have not seen any more than 20 pigeons on the building itself.
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Family in hiding after Edinburgh shooting drama


A FAMILY has gone into hiding after a doting dad walking his dog was gunned down by a masked attacker.

Police are trying to find out why plumber Douglas Downing, 39, was targeted and refused to rule it out as a case of mistaken identity.

Mr Downing (Pictured), of Willowbrae, Edinburgh was still recovering in hospital tonight, and relatives were looking after his house.Dougie Downing

They insisted the shooting was aimed at the wrong man.

One relative, who wouldn’t be named, said: “The family have moved away from here just now, which is understandable considering what happened.

“Dougie is doing okay but he and the family are very shaken up.

“It’s outrageous that someone is running about with a gun in an area like this, with a school so close by.

“It’s definitely a case of mistaken identity. Dougie is a family man and never had any trouble. Everyone is okay, just very shaken up.

“The police have warned us to be careful about what we say, so I can’t say much more than that.” Continue reading