Police launch hunt for robber targeting women in Meadows

The Meadows

Police have launched an online appeal after two robbery incidents in the Meadows area of Edinburgh.

Police believe the two incidents are connected and the robber appears to be targeting young women in the area.

The robber was described as a young adult male and believed to be Scottish.

The first incident occurred on Sunday October 7th at 2am where two females, aged 22 and 20, were threatened by the robber.

The robber stole the 22-year-old’s mobile and made his getaway on a bicycle.

And later that day at around 8pm, the robber made a second attack where he threatened a 23-year-old woman and stole another phone from the victim near the Meadow’s tennis courts.

The suspect was described as wearing a hoodie but described as grey in the first incident and then black in the second. However, he was known to be wearing a balaclava in both cases.

Detective Inspector Bruce Coutts said: “These were shocking incidents which we’re currently treating as linked and, as part of our ongoing enquiries, we’re urging anyone with information which may be able to help to get in touch.

“Other people were in the park at these times and are likely to have seen the suspect. We’d urge these people, or anyone who may recognise the suspect’s description, to come forward as soon as possible.

“I want to reassure the public that there will be an increase in high visibility police patrols in the area and would urge anyone who see’s suspicious behaviour to speak to an officer or call 101, always dialling 999 if you see a crime ongoing or if you believe a suspect is in the vicinity.”

EN4 News spoke with locals in Edinburgh to find out how safe they feel in the Meadows.

Facebook bans Britain First

Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen and leader Paul Golding have both seen their pages banned

Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic Britain First group as well as its leaders profiles.

This action was taken after the social media company said that the group had repeatedly violated its community standards policy. Ignoring its final warning.

The Britain First Facebook page before it was shut down.

Just earlier this month, Britain First’s leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after be found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.

The groups Facebook page has over 2 million likes. The pages of its two leaders also had a huge following.

The group will not be allowed to create any further pages to serve as a replacement.

Facebook judged that several of the posts were designed to promote both religious and racial hatred against Muslims.

Just a few of the antisocial posts include:

  • A photo of the top leaders of the group with the caption “Islamaphobic and Proud”
  • A caption of Muslim immigrants with animals.
  • Multiple videos and images posted with the aim of inciting hate against Muslims

Facebook said that it is an open platform that allows free expression of people opinions but any political views should be expressed without hate.

These actions come after much public outcry for the page to be shut down.

Facebook’s community standards document says “Organisations and people dedicated to promoting hatred against these protected groups are not allowed a presence on Facebook.”

Twitter suspended the accounts of Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, after its new anti-abuse rules came into force last December.

Previously President Donald Trump has come under criticism for retweeting anti-Islamic videos posted by Jayda Fransen.



Police appeal for witnesses after cars vandalised

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after two vehicles were seen being vandalised in Dunbar, East Lothian.

The incident is believed to have taken place around 8.30pm ,Tuesday 13th March on Belhaven Road.

Belhaven Road, East Lothian Image Credit: Mark Anderson


The suspect is possibly in possession of a knife which was used to slash the tyres of a Volkswagen Up and Vauxhall Corsa.

The man has been described as white, 5ft 8ins tall with a slim build and wearing a grey hooded top and tracksuit bottoms.

The police are asking anyone with information to come forward and assist with ongoing inquiries into the incident.

Constable Chris Hutchison from Haddington Police Station said:

“These have been mindless acts of vandalism that will leave the vehicle owners out of pocket.

“Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in Belhaven Road on Tuesday evening, or who can help us identify the male responsible is urged to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Haddington Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 3787 of the 13th March.

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Bomb squad investigate suspicious package in Edinburgh

Police were called to Newhaven Road last night following reports of a suspicious item found in a bus shelter.

The Explosive Ordnance Team were sent to the scene, cordoning off part of the street while they investigated. Witnesses posted pictures and videos on social media of the EOT’s robot travelling along the road.


The incident comes just months after the bomb squad were forced to carry out a controlled explosion after a device was found near Edinburgh Castle.

Police later confirmed it was not a hoax, stating the suspicious package had ‘potential to cause injury.

They urged the public to remain ‘alert but not alarmed’ and to report anything suspect to police.

James Bulger killer sentenced for indecent images

Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for possessing images of children.

Appearing via video link at the Old Bailey, Venables pleaded guilty to possessing more than 1,000 indecent images of children earlier this morning and has since been sentenced.

Previously released on licence in 2001 after serving eight years in prison for the murder of the two-year-old, he was sent back to prison in November after he was caught with the pictures. Appearing via video link from custody during a hearing at the Old Bailey in London, he admitted to having indecent images of children and possessing a manual teaching how to have sex with children “safely”.

Prosecutor Louis Mably QC told the court:

“The manual is a disgusting and sickening document which falls far below any recognisable standard of morality.”

As he was being taken to a police station, the court heard that Venables admitted he had “let people down” and told officers he had “stupid urges”.

Mr Mably told the Old Bailey that Venables had software on his computer to browse the dark web and admitted downloading the material from there.
James parents, Denise Fergus and Ralph Bulger, were in court to hear the proceedings.

It is the second time Venables has been caught with such images, having been jailed for two years in 2010 after admitting charges of downloading and distributing child pornography.

The court heard that a report had found that Venables was a “high risk of real harm to children” in the future.

Edward Fitzgerald QC on behalf of Venables said: “He has asked me to apologise to all those he has let down. He apologises to the family of James Bulger for the renewed distress he has caused by his renewed offending.”

He said that the “relapse” had been quickly detected, adding: “Jon Venables still has the capacity for good and a capacity to change.”

Police make four arrests after drug seizes in Midlothian

Four arrests have been made following a drug seize from two cars in Midlothian.

At around 11:35am on Monday, police officers searched a Peugeot car in Mayfield and seized 2.6g of cocaine and 2.6g of cannabis.

A 65-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were arrested.

During the same day, police searched an Audi A3 on Newbattle Road in Dalkeith at around 6.30pm.

The officers discovered 1.5g of cocaine in the vehicle and arrested a 21 year-old-man and 22-year-old woman, who are due to appear in court at a later date.

Sergeant Stuart Aitchison said:

“Tackling drug crime remains one of our top priorities and in addition to responding to intelligence, we will continue with proactive patrols to identify those involved in drug crime and bring them to justice.

“If you would like to report ongoing drug crime in your area then please do so by contacting us via 101 or making an anonymous report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Scottish Prison Service to block mobile phones in jails

Trialling of a new ‘catcher’ technology has been taking place in two Scottish jails, HMP Shotts and Glenochill, which works by intercepting mobile phone signals through a fake mast.


HMP Shotts, one of the two prisons IMSI has been trialled in Scotland. Source: Geograph


IMSI-catchers are used in the United States and other countries by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. It’s only been recently that there has been reported instances of it being used in the UK. Sky News carried out an investigation in 2015, where they found that IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) catchers were being used in London by the Metropolitan Police.



Once the mobile phone signal has been detected, the authorities are able to match it to an individual device, which can then be completely blocked by the mobile networks.
Source: Wikimedia Commons


The technology has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee, with Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, appearing before MSP’s stating that whilst the new regulations would not prevent mobiles getting into prisons, it would hinder the ability of criminals to communicate freely:


‘’The successful disabling of a mobile phone will put it beyond use and will seriously disrupt the activities of those individuals, including those involved in serious and organised crime who would seek to extend their criminal activity, threats or presence beyond the walls of our prisons.”


Matheson also revealed the scale to which mobile phones are being smuggled into Scottish prisons:


“Component parts such as SIM cards are easily concealed, while we may have been able to recover more than 1,500 mobile phones or component parts since 2013, more will escape detection.”


It is difficult for prison authorities to catch mobiles, parts of mobiles such as SIM cards, being smuggled in for inmates. Recently, a number of inmates at HMP Saughton Prison were able to send nude pictures of themselves on social media. Criminals are also able to use their mobile phones to intimidate witnesses or to continue organising drug dealing or violence while they are behind bars.


Holyrood’s Justice Committee agreed with the regulations after Mr Matheson said the changes would help make prisons safer, and to clampdown on organised crime.

Man Critical after deliberate collision in Glasgow


Jamaica St is expected to remain closed for most of today

A 32-year-old man is in a life threatening condition in hospital after a car was deliberately driven at him in Glasgow city centre.

Police said the incident happened at about 1 am in the city’s Jamaica Street and involved a Volkswagen car.

The man was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he remains.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident, which has resulted in the closure of Jamaica Street.

They are warning commuters that the road will be closed for some time and to expect disruption.

The road has closed from Argyle Street, with nearby Howard Street also affected.

A police spokesman said: “At around 00:45 on Wednesday 11 January a 32-year-old man was seriously injured after a Volkswagen car was deliberately driven at him in Jamaica Street.”

“He was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he remains for treatment.”

“Hospital staff describe his condition as life threatening. Jamaica Street is closed while officers carry out inquiries.”

Serial killer Stephen Port found guilty of date rape murders of three men


Stephen Port contacted young men on dating websites

Serial killer Stephen Port has been found guilty of the murders of three young gay men.

The 41 year old chef gave his victims lethal doses of date rape drug GHB and raped them while they were unconscious before leaving their bodies near a graveyard 500 metres from his flat in east London.

Port disposed of his victims’ mobile phones, lied to police and staged a fake suicide.

Jurors heard how Port used gay dating websites such as popular app, Grindr to contact victims Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21 and Jack Taylor, 25.

The jury are still to reach a verdict on the charge of alleged victim Anthony Walgate, 23.

Port is said to have had sexual fantasies involving the rape of unconscious younger men.

He was also found guilty of the rape of three other men as well as a range of other sexual offenses. He denied all charges against him including 4 counts of murder, manslaughter, rape and assault by penetration.


Information sought on Edinburgh purse snatcher

Police in Edinburgh are re-issuing an appeal for information one week after an elderly woman had her purse stolen in Leith.

The incident occurred between 12.30pm and 1pm on Thursday 20th October in Portland Street.

The victim, who is in her eighties, answered the door to a man who forced his way into her home before stealing a purse from the living room and running off.

Within the purse was a three-figure sum of cash and inquiries are continuing to identify the suspect.

He is described as white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 25-30 years old with a slim build, dirty brown hair, unshaven face and wearing a navy zip-up top.

Constable Peter Shannon from the Community Investigation Unit at Gayfield Police Station said, “Over the past week we’ve been pursuing various lines of inquiry to trace the male responsible and we are keen to hear from any members of this public that can assist with this investigation.

“The elderly woman was not injured during this incident but was left obviously distressed as a result and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

“In particular, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who may have seen him in the Portland Street or Blackie Road area, is asked to get in touch.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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