Silver anniversary celebrations for Edinburgh day centre

by Shaun Milne

ONE of Edinburgh’s longest-running day centres is celebrating its 25th anniversary later today (tues).

The Rt. Hon. George Grubb, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, will be guest of honour at a special event this afternoon at Drylaw Rainbow Club Day Centre to a commemorative plaque.

The building started as a day centre in 1985 providing day care for 50 older people living in the community.

Last year, after extra funding from City of Edinburgh Council’s Health and Social Care department, they now have 75 places a week available to older people and employ two extra staff. Continue reading

Police Peg Hopes Of Finding Missing Suzanne Pilley In Argyll

By Shaun Milne & Cara Sulieman

THE ex lover of missing bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley found himself hanging out to dry today (Tues) – as police stepped up their hunt for his missing work colleague.

David Gilroy spent the day at his Edinburgh home carrying out domestic chores and braved waiting reporters only long enough to hang out some washing in the back garden of the Silverknowes property.

He refused to answer questions about the continued police probe into the death of his former mistress as detectives announced they are basing a full time team at a Scots beauty spot where they believe her body has been dumped.

Police revealed they have now had more than 80 calls about possible sightings of a silver-coloured car in the Argyll area which they say is key to finding out what happened to the 38-year-old who vanished on May 4.

This morning her parents Robert and Sylvia, both 67, said they were too distraught to even contemplate talking about their feelings, exactly three weeks since she last texted them on her way to work. Continue reading

Edinburgh man clinches European taekwondo championship

Peter Pryde won the European Veteran Champion title

By Cara Sulieman

A CANCER beating martial arts teacher has clinched a European title after fighting testicular cancer that threatened to ruin his taekwondo career.

Former Hearts FC and Dunfermline Athletic player Peter Pryde became the European veteran champion at finals in Italy earlier this month.

He celebrated the win on his 42nd birthday earlier this month after undergoing radiotherapy for the cancer he was diagnosed with two years ago.

Peter, a joiner at Napier University, has been passionate about the sport for the past eight years after taking it up to keep fit when he retired from professional football.

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Edinburgh resident fuming over Sir Fred’s “special treatment”

By Cara Sulieman

A MUM has hit out at the special treatment former RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin received from the police when his house was vandalised.

Janet Langlands, 51, has had the windows of her Fiat Punto smashed in twice in the past few months – and said she had to wait EIGHT hours for police to show up at her Edinburgh home.

She said: “The police obviously feel that they have got more important things to do and they’re not giving me the same sort of service as Sir Fred got.

“I read in the paper that they appeared within about five minutes to his home and obviously they don’t think it’s as important to get to me.”

Arrived within minutes

When Sir Fred’s house and Mercedes were broken at his Grange home last week, police arrived within minutes and stayed for hours after the initial attack.

But when Janet found the back windscreen on her silver car had been vandalised when she went to leave for work at 8am on Monday, it was a different story.

When she called the police assistance number, the mother-of-two was told it could take up to four hours for officers to arrive.

“Absolutely ridiculous”

She said: “I thought they would have been here before four hours. I didn’t think it would be eight hours, especially since it’s the second time that it’s happened.

“I don’t know why it took so long, it’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Janet’s car was first targeted last December, when both the front and back windscreens were broken.

That time police took around five hours from the time of her call to attend at her home on Sydney Terrace.

Red stones

Two large red stones were found at the scene, one on the ground close to the car, and the other on the rear parcel shelf.

Janet doesn’t understand why she has been targeted by the vandals, but is disgusted at the way the police have handled it.

She said: “My car was the only one I the street that was damaged.

“There are much fancier cars than mine up and down the street. I don’t know why anybody would want to do that to my car, it’s just crazy.

“I can’t fathom it out at all. I’m not the sort of person who causes any arguments, I’m just a normal working mother.”

No special treatment

But police deny that Sir Fred was given any special treatment, saying that calls are responded to on the basis of priority, not location.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: “Calls are responded to according to priority, with ongoing crimes or threats to personal safety being given a higher priority than those where a crime has already taken place and the accused is no longed in the vicinity.

“In the case of the incident last Wednesday, police were responding to the activation of a security alarm which could have indicated there was a threat to personal safety.

“All personal attack alarms or similar alarm calls are treated as a priority, irrespective of the address.”

Green restaurant fits the bill

By Michael MacLeod

AN Italian restaurateur has scored a unique hat-trick with an innovative drive to become more eco-friendly.

Tony Crolla told delivery truckers to cut down on their journies after realising his three Edinburgh restaurants were producing sizeable carbon footprints.

He spent the last 12 months making huge changes to the restaurants’ practices, everything from installing energy-efficient light bulbs to recycling every scrap of waste from his establishments.

Tony’s efforts saw Vittoria in Leith Walk scoop Gold in Keep Edinburgh Clean awards – with sister venues, Vittoria on George IV Bridge and La Favorita on Leith Walk, receiving Silver awards.

Tony said: “Restaurants are hugely wasteful in the way they operate but with the right determination you can bring about change.

“We now have a philosophy of ‘whatever leaves the building is leaving to be recycled’.”

He cut his suppliers from 22 to just seven and banned them from leaving cardboard boxes at the restaurants.

All leftover food is removed by homeless charity Cyrenians who turn it into compost.

Environment boss Robert Aldridge of Edinburgh council, who picked the winners, said: “All types of business can make major inroads into reducing their environmental impact.

“What particularly impressed me was the drive to cut down on waste received from suppliers, and thereby influencing far more than just what goes on in the restaurants.