Elderly lady taken to hospital after fire starts in kitchen

By Christine Lavelle

AN elderly woman was treated in hospital after a fire broke out in the kitchen of her home in Edinburgh.

Fire fighters were called to the scene at around 1.40am today (Mon) at Inverleith Row, where they extinguished the cooker-fire on arrival.

The 74-year-old was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where she was being treated for smoke inhalation.

A Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We got the call just before 1.40am, to a small fire on a cooker.

“It was put out on arrival, and the woman was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.”

Relative tried to stop Forth Road Bridge suicide woman

By Christine Lavelle

A WOMAN leapt more than a hundred feet to her death from the Forth Road Bridge in front of a horrified relative who tried vainly to stop her.

The 30-year-old was with a male family member when she jumped from the bridge – around 150ft – into the water on Sunday morning at around 11.25am.

Fife Constabulary initially reported that the woman appeared to fall as she walked northwards with the traffic flow on the west side of the bridge spanning the Firth of Forth between North and South Queensferry.

But today confirmed that they were investigating “unfortunate suicide.” Continue reading

Chinese tourist goes missing in the capital

By Cara Sulieman

A CHINESE tourist on holiday in Scotland has gone missing after leaving her hotel in the early hours of the morning.

Wenqian Zong, 25, was on a coach tour of the UK and was last seen in Edinburgh on Monday morning.

She returned to her hotel on Sunday night but was caught on CCTV leaving the Marriot on Glasgow Road in the early hours of Monday morning.

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Police investigate the death of a woman after fall from flat

By Martin Graham

POLICE are investigating the death of a 31-year-old woman after she apparently fell from the window of a flat early on Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called to the flat at 59 Dundas Street in Edinburgh’s New Town at around 2.30am this morning.

The flat at Dundas Street where the woman fell

They found the woman, who has not been named, in the basement at the front of the property, but paramedics were unable to revive her and she was declared dead at the scene.

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Fife Police Hunt White Van Man Over Woman Driver Terror

By Paul Thornton

POLICE in Fife are hunting for a white van man who terrorised a woman on the roads.

The dangerous driver tailgated the 43-year-old woman before overtaking her and almost forcing her off the road.

Officers said the man then “dabbed his brakes”, causing the woman to brake and leaving her “extremely distressed”.

Fife Constabulary has now appealed for anyone who saw a white Mercedes 308D panel van on the A914 on Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading

Police step up search for missing Edinburgh woman

Police canvas for witnesses on St Andrews Square

By Cara Sulieman


THE worried parents of Edinburgh woman Suzanne Pilley today (Tues) urged people to help them find their daughter – as police forensic teams joined the hunt for the missing bookkeeper.

Anxious Robert and Sylvia Pilley, from Stenhouse, called in police after their daughter never showed for work last Tuesday (May 4) failed to contact any family or friends later.

Detectives say they are now “gravely concerned” for missing Suzanne and called in specialist teams to help.

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Concern grows for missing Musselburgh mum

Elizabeth McVey is missing from her family home

By Cara Sulieman

MOUNTED police patrols today joined the hunt for a missing Scots mum as fears grew for her safety after she disappeared from her home early on Monday morning.

Elizabeth McVey, from Musselburgh, has not been seen since she vanished from her home in the East Lothian town’s Eskview Road.

The last time anyone from her family saw the keen churchgoer was around 12.30am at her home before she was reported missing by relatives seven hours later.

She is registered as living at the house with husband Michael, and grown up children, son Mark and daughter Lynsey.

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Police investigate after woman is found dead in Edinburgh tenement horror – neighbours claim husband is missing


by Cara Sulieman, Paul Thornton and Shaun Milne

POLICE were tonight (tues) investigating the death of a woman after her body was discovered in “unexplained” circumstances at her Edinburgh home.

PROBE: detectives say death still "unexplained"

PROBE: detectives say death still "unexplained"

The woman was thought to have been found in a bath at an address in Nicolson Street on the south side of the city.

It was believed she lived at the address with her husband and two children.


Locals said the woman was called Randa, aged in her late 20s, from Edinburgh’s community of Sudanese.

Lothian and Borders Police last night refused to confirm her identity.

But one man said: “All I know is she is dead.”

Another Sudanese man added: “Yes, Randa is the woman they found.”

Lothian and Borders Police  did not volunteer any statement regarding the incident during the day but confirmed later when asked that the death was “unexplained”.

Forensic teams dressed in white paper coveralls attended the scene at around 1pm. Continue reading

New exhibition to honour fight for vote

By Cara Sulieman

A NEW exhibition honouring the sacrifice of Scottish women who fought for their right to vote opens tomorrow.

To mark the 100th anniversary, the Museum of Edinburgh is collecting together stories of Scottish suffragettes.

They hope to demonstrate what part campaigners from across Scotland played in securing the vote.

And it will focus on a key moment of the campaign when, on October 10 1909, hundreds of men, women and children took to Princes Street in Edinburgh with banners and marched for the female vote.

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Woman fell down open manhole

By Cara Sulieman
A WOMAN has been badly injured after she slipped and fell ten feet down an open manhole.

The 58-year-old was walking along a busy city centre street on Saturday evening when she tumbled down the hole.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Edinburgh’s west end before taking her to hospital for treatment.

She is understood to have suffered a dislocated hip and knee in the fall.

Scottish Water had been carrying out sewerage work along Queensferry Road and workers were trying to locate the site of a blockage when the incident occurred.

A spokesperson for the company said: “A contractor working on behalf of Scottish Water was conducting a CCTV camera survey of the waste water network in Queensferry Road when the incident occurred.

“We are currently conducting a full investigation in co-operation with our contractors to ascertain exactly what took place.”

The City of Edinburgh Council also sent an investigator to the scene to make sure that the area has been cordoned off at the time of the accident. They found that an area of cones had been put in place around the manhole and are not investigating further.

Passers by commented that it was a miracle that the women survived after falling so far, mainly due to the amount of water that was in the area at the time.

Although shop and restaurant workers from nearby businesses were aware that something was going on, they couldn’t see past the emergency services.

Jay Morris, 32, works in Watch, a shop across the road from where the accident happened.

She said: “I was on the bus home when we drove past the manhole. There were police cars blocking off Randolph Place and an ambulance and fire engine.

“I tried to see what was going on but all I could see was a giant puddle stretching out from the corner onto the road. I assumed that someone had fallen face-down into the puddle, but wondered why the fire brigade had been called.”

A member of staff from La P’tite Folie on Randolph Place also noticed the commotion as he walked past on his way to work.

Louis was surprised to see the emergency services blocking off the road.

He said: “They were all over the road. I had to edge past to work. I heard later that a woman had fallen into the manhole.”