Most talked about Edinburgh Evening News stories

Probe into 14 city child sexual exploitation cases

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — POLICE are investigating 14 cases of sexual exploitation among teenage girls in what campaigners are insisting is just "the tip of the iceberg". All of the suspected cases involve Edinburgh children but none of the incidents involve schools, children's homes or other council-owned premises.

Beast of Ormiston: ‘Big cat’ caught on video

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — A DOG-walker has sparked mystery after spotting a big cat "the size of an Alsatian" on the outskirts of an East ­Lothian village. Barry Pearson captured footage of a creature running across a field and slinking into woods near the railway line between Ormiston and ­Elphinstone, East Lothian.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @edinburghpaper: Video: Has the Beast of Ormiston been caught on film? Er..inconclusive - watch it here! bit.ly/1JsXlEU pic.twitter.com/O3Pmq63tAl

Jan 26, 2015

RT @edinburghpaper: Video: Has the Beast of Ormiston been caught on film? Er..inconclusive - watch it here! bit.ly/1JsXlEU pic.twitter.com/O3Pmq63tAl

CCTV bid after armed petrol station robbery

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to identify in connection with the armed robbery of a petrol station last week. The incident happened at 10pm on Sunday 18 January when a man threatened the lone member of staff at the BP petrol station at the Leith end of Ferry Road.

Snow warning as cold front to hit Lothians

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — Driven snow and gale force winds are set to hit the Lothians later this week, with forecasters warning of possible travel disruption. The Met Office have issued a Yellow Warning for Wednesday from 9am through to 11.55pm on Thursday. A cold front is set to push across the UK, with frequent heavy snow showers expected throughout the day.
Jan 26, 2015

The cold snap continues - @metoffice warn freezing gales and snow headed for the Lothians: bit.ly/1EmN0dr

Hearts and Hibs ban selfie sticks over weapon fear

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — A TELESCOPIC pole that allows budding photographers to snap the perfect picture of themselves has been banned from both Edinburgh football clubs amid safety fears. The so-called "selfie stick" was one of the best-selling Christmas presents last year and allows users to strap their mobile phone into its claw and hold it away from their face so they can take the photograph from a better angle.

Australian Hearts fan arrested over Scots murder

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — A MAN facing extradition to Scotland for an unsolved murder made a number of visits from his Australian home to watch Hearts, according to reports. James McGowan, 56, who has dual British and Australian citizenship, was arrested in Australia for the fatal stabbing of brother-in-law Owen Brannigan, 45, in November 1999, and now faces being brought back to his homeland to stand trial.

Rascals restaurant vandalised in robbery

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — Thieves stole thousands of pounds of takings from a city centre burger restaurant and "trashed" the back office in an early-morning raid. Staff at Rascals, on South Bridge, have been left up to £5,000 out of pocket after this morning's incident.

Edinburgh Zoo reveal animal ‘selfie’ stars

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — ANIMALS at Edinburgh Zoo have been joining the photography craze of the 'selfie' after cameras were put in their enclosures in a bid to capture unique portraits of some of the attractions inhabitants. The cameras were activated by a grip sensor and started shooting as soon as they were 'picked up' - or touched - by the animals.
Jan 26, 2015

Ever wondered if a penguin can take a p-p-p-picture? - @EdinburghZoo reveal startling animal 'selfies' bit.ly/1ykMqET

Referendum ‘caused rise in people seeking affairs’

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — NAUGHTY love-rat men and women from around Edinburgh dealt with referendum fatigue by signing up in their thousands for an online dating site aimed at helping them find illicit love, it has been revealed. Operators of extra-marital affairs dating site AshleyMadison.com say they were at first confused by the sudden leap in new members signing up from across Scotland.
Jan 26, 2015

There are time when I should click the 'no byline' option. Referendum ‘caused rise in people seeking affairs’edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/referendu…

Hairdresser fined £200 after bin bag blows away

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — A CITY business owner has slammed "council jobsworths" after he was slapped with a £200 fine for fly tipping after his bin bag was blown away by the wind. James Alexander, who owns the hair salon of the same name on Queensferry Street, was shocked to be handed the bill on Thursday morning after environmental wardens found a rubbish bag from his shop on Alva Street.

Ryze trampoline park robbed of thousands

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — A NEW trampoline park has been broken into and thousands of pounds stolen from its safe - just one day after it opened. The thieves forced their way into Ryze Edinburgh, in Mayfield Industrial Estate, Dalkeith, on Saturday night and made off with a "substantial" cash sum, detectives said.

Councils pay £228,000 in pothole compensation

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — POTHOLES have cost Scottish councils £228,000 in compensation claims in just one year - equivalent to over £600 a day. In Edinburgh, the city council paid out £17,300 to 44 claimants in 2013-14. But Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, which obtained the data through freedom of information, said the figures were likely to be "the tip of the iceberg".

St Giles speculation for Cumberbatch wedding

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — BENEDICT Cumberbatch has emailed out wedding invitations amid speculation he and Sophie Hunter will get hitched at St Giles Cathedral. It is thought the Oscar-nominated actor, 38, is in a hurry to get married after the next Academy Awards on February 22 but before Ms Hunter, 36, gives birth, expected to be in early summer.

Alistair Darling paid £116,000 for speeches

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — EDINBURGH MP Alistair Darling has received more than £116,000 over the past year for giving speeches. The former chancellor and leader of the Better Together campaign netted the sum - nearly double his £67,000 MP's salary - for 11 public appearances, including a payment of nearly £13,000 from the Asset Based Finance Association.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @edinburghpaper: Alistair Darling MP was paid more than £116,000 for giving speeches last year: bit.ly/15wmWxg pic.twitter.com/KOET5ZC0TR

Jan 25, 2015

RT @edinburghpaper: Alistair Darling MP was paid more than £116,000 for giving speeches last year: bit.ly/15wmWxg pic.twitter.com/KOET5ZC0TR

Pakistan doctors say death row Scot mentally ill

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — DOCTORS in Pakistan have confirmed that Scot Mohammed Asghar is mentally ill, increasing pressure for him to be released almost a year after he was sentenced to death for blasphemy. The diagnosis from stat-appointed psychiatrists is in line with those of Scottish doctors who previously submitted evidence stating that the 70-year old retired Edinburgh businessman was unfit to stand trial.
Jan 26, 2015

Doctors in Pakistan have agreed that death row Scot Mohammad Asghar is mentally ill: bit.ly/1B9spD5 pic.twitter.com/LNJThngP8U

Edinburgh restaurant serves up horsemeat haggis

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — IT'S the latest culinary symbol of the Entente Cordiale. Scotland's national dish has been given a distinctive Gallic twist for Burns Night after a French chef reinvented the humble haggis in controversial style. Instead of the traditional blend of offal and herbs, a city restaurant has revamped the savoury puddling with a quintessentially French ingredient - horsemeat.

Brian Monteith: Tories have lost my vote

edinburghnews.scotsman.com — The Conservatives have just lost my vote in the coming general election, and from where I am standing there is little prospect of them changing my mind. In the last five years I have voted for three different political parties; going back further I also once voted for The Referendum Party.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @TheBluetrot: Tories can kiss goodbye to my vote: why Cameron has finished it for me – my latest column @Edinburghpaper bit.ly/1zFK9e0 #PlainPacks