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Poles 'touched by warmth of Scots people towards Angelika's family'

Poles were not put off Scotland by the murder of the student Angelika Kluk and were warmed by the compassion shown by Scots to the victim and her family, the Polish ambassador to Britain said yesterday. Barbara Tuge-Ericinska told The Scotsman the high-profile murder in 2006, although tragic, could have happened anywhere. She said Poles […]

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Boy, 14, raids booze store with machete

A brave store owner trapped a machete-wielding ned in his shop after he tried to steal two bottles of Buckfast. Saul Mwamba, 68, was left terrified after the 14-year-old pulled out a huge machete and demanded the alcohol. The hooded thug and a pal swaggered into the shop in Methilhill, Fife, last Sunday afternoon. • […]

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Scots priest in Spain to see Celtic found dead in hotel room

A Scottish priest who travelled to Spain to watch Celtic play Barcelona has been found dead in his hotel room. Monsignor David Gemmell, 54, the senior priest at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, was discovered by a colleague he had travelled with in the Catalonian capital yesterday morning. In a statement the Catholic Church said: […]

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Scottish kids' home abuse probe

A school for troubled girls is at the centre of a police probe over claims a “punishment room” was used to abuse pupils. Police moved in to the Good Shepherd Centre – a residential school – after a tip-off from a former worker to the Care Commission watchdogs. The commission launched their own investigation into […]

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Priests to back 'Damian's Law'

Priests will spread the word about ‘Damian’s Law’ from the pulpit on Sunday. Catholic parishes in Greenock, Gourock, Port Glasgow and Wemyss Bay are helping to support a campaign to change the law on knife crime. This is the latest step in a grieving dad’s fight to prevent other families going through the pain of […]

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100% proof that price of drink is the problem

Ruth Wishart on Scotland’s drinking culture: “Our own police chiefs this week talked in stark terms about how drink fuelled the Scottish gang culture with its casual use of knives and worse. Yet nobody has really taken on the monks who make a tidy fortune from the export of Buckfast, empties of which cheap but […]

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Bishop urges free vote on Embryology Bill

The Bishop of Paisley, Bishop Philip Tartaglia, has written to Prime Minster Gordon Brown urging him to allow Labour MP’s a free vote on the forthcoming Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in the House of Commons. In his letter, Bishop Tartaglia says the Bill raises” deeply ethical and moral questions, (which) cannot be properly addressed […]

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Shock rise in teen abortion

More underage girls in Scotland have had abortions carried out than ever before with an average of almost one a day now going through the trauma. The record level last night sparked renewed calls for changes to sex education in the country’s schools. New government statistics have revealed a six per cent rise in terminations […]

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'Ill' priest and secret partner run pub In Spain

A priest who left his Scottish parish on health grounds is running an Irish bar in Spain with his secret partner. Father Eugene O’Sullivan, 61, hopes to wed Fiona Aitken, 41, who he met as a young bride when he conducted her wedding in 1985. O’Sullivan’s former parishioners will be stunned by the truth about […]

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Man jailed for 'child corruption'

A bus driver who befriended a 14-year-old girl, gave her alcohol and cannabis and got her pregnant, has been given sentences totalling 10 years. The High Court in Glasgow heard that the girl regularly took a bus between Carluke, Motherwell and Airdrie, driven by Michael Deegan, 40, of Harthill. On her 14th birthday, Deegan drove […]

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