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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Perth & Kinross

Perth man jailed for having cocaine

March 31 2016

A man has been jailed after being caught with more than £2,000 of drugs. Alexander McIntyre was found with a tub and several bags filled with white powder when police raided his home in Lismore Court, Perth, after receiving a tip-off. The 40-year-old told officers that the drugs belonged to him and not his brother, with whom he shared a room. Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston told that court: “Alexander said under caution ‘any drugs in here are mine’ as he pointed to a bag of white powder.” She added that the bags contained a mix of cocaine, amphetamine and benzocaine and that based on a top estimate of £50 per gram, the haul was worth £2,100. McIntyre was convicted of being concerned in the supply of cocaine at Perth’s Lismore Court on August 1 last year. Sheriff Fiona Tait jailed him for 200 days and ordered the confiscation of £230 found within the house during the raid.


Cocaine fell out at officers’ feet

August 13 2013

A Dundee man who dropped cocaine at police officers’ feet when they stopped his car has been fined and banned from the roads. Raymond Buick, 40, was stopped on August 13 last year after officers decided to check his car’s space-saving rear tyre. When they stopped him, they thought he was under the influence of alcohol. While questioning Buick, who works in the oil industry as a well surface supervisor in Qatar, he dropped his wallet and a wrap of cocaine weighing 1.5g fell out. Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston told Perth Sheriff Court this was worth £75. Buick also admitted to being in possession of a controlled drug on Milne Street, Perth. His solicitor said that, while his client’s sample breath test had resulted in a fail, a subsequent test showed he was under the drink-drive limit. However, a police doctor ruled him unfit to drive. Sheriff Valerie Johnston disqualified Buick, of South Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, for 12 months and fined him £765.


Spruced-up Dundee Burns Club banner unveiled

January 24 2014

The newly restored Dundee Burns Club banner has been unveiled at a special ceremony at the McManus galleries. The banner, which was last on public display in 1880, has undergone a restoration after the club, founded in 1860, donated it to the McManus in 2012. It was originally made in 1880 to coincide with the revealing of the Burns statue and cost around 50 shillings £125 in today’s money to produce. “The banner is silk and had deteriorated substantially,” explained Rhona Rodger, curator of social history at the McManus. “However, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the museum conservator, Rebecca Jackson-Hunt, who spent 170 hours painstakingly restoring the banner, it has been saved for future generations. “The banner will be on display for the next three months giving the public an opportunity to view Rebecca’s hard work and dedication,” she added. After the unveiling, the conservator and curator discussed the history of the banner and David Robb recited Tam o’ Shanter.

Perth & Kinross

‘Angry’ Blairgowrie woman made false claim of attack by partner

November 14 2013

A Perthshire woman who lied to police that her partner had “battered” her has been given a community payback order at Perth Sheriff Court. The court heard Natalie Pritchard, 21, of Myrtle Park, Blairgowrie, admitted that on March 4 at Blairgowrie Police Station, Ericht Lane, Blairgowrie, she wasted police time by falsely stating she had been assaulted by a man. Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston said: “The accused phoned police and claimed she had been battered by her partner and that she was petrified. “Then, on March 19, she contacted the procurator fiscal to tell them she had fabricated the story as she was extremely angry at her partner.” The court heard that, when interviewed by police, she admitted she had previously lied about the alleged assault, and said that the complainer had not hit her. “She said she was sorry for wasting police time,” Ms Kynaston added. Defence solicitor Mike Tavendale said the offence was “out of character” for Pritchard. She was placed on a community payback order for nine months.

Perth & Kinross

Man tried to smuggle £4,000 of drugs into T in the Park in his underwear

June 16 2016

A man will miss the birth of his child after being jailed for trying to smuggle more than £4000 of drugs into T in the Park. Callum Neason was caught with ecstasy and alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone, a synthetic stimulant, at the music festival on July 9 last year. Perth Sheriff Court heard that police had overheard the 23-year-old boasting that he had “pills” with him as he queued to enter the grounds at Strathallan Castle. Fiscal depute Rebecca Kynaston said: “Police officers were conducting an exercise at the west gate. “Their attention was drawn to a male who they had overheard saying had pills with him. They moved towards him with the police dog. “Officers then observed that the accused was acting in an agitated manner and attempting to move away from the police dog. “They then identified themselves as police officers to the accused. He dropped the black sports bag he was carrying and made off.” Police made chase and managed to stop Neason before taking him to a search area. Mrs Kynaston continued: “The accused said he had a bag down his trousers. A large plastic bag was taped to his underwear and it contained a large quantity of blue and white capsules, and white crystals.” She said the street value of the ecstacy was £2,740, while the alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone was worth between £1,040 and £1,300. Neason’s solicitor Harvie Diamond urged Sheriff Fiona Tait to spare him a jail sentence. Mr Diamond said that Neason was in employment and that his girlfriend is due to give birth in three months. He said: “I think I am right in saying that he’s learnt his lesson from this. He’s very, very apprehensive about what’s going to happen today.” Neason, of Beaully Crescent, Wishaw, admitted having ecstasy and alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone at T in the Park, Strathallan Castle, on June 9 2015 with intent to supply. Jailing him for 18 months, Sheriff Tait said: “The difficulty is the nature of the charge – the court takes a very serious view of these offences.”

Perth & Kinross

Woman abused police who arrived at house to search for girl

August 16 2013

A woman who screamed abuse at police searching for a missing girl has been ordered to undertake unpaid work. At Perth Sheriff Court on Thursday, a lawyer for Kelly Maguire, 37, said she had been unaware that the child was hiding in a wardrobe at her home in Perth’s Newton Place when police arrived at her door on May 12. Defence solicitor John McLauchlin said she had previous problems with officers after her partner died in a police-related incident and refused to let them in, screaming and swearing at them. Maguire admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing, and to calling police officer Derek Li a derogatory term in a racially aggravated offence. Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston told the court that officers had attended Maguire’s address after checking the missing girl’s Facebook account at around 2pm on the day in question. On the doorstep Maguire repeatedly called officers “piggy b*******” and told them to “f*** off” as the child was not there. Ms Kynaston said: “She was charged with abusing the police and she told them to f*** off again.” Mr McLauchlin said the girl was invited to the house by Maguire’s daughter and his client was unaware of her presence. He said: “Unknown to Ms Maguire, her daughter had brought the girl back in the house and hidden her in the wardrobe when police arrived. Ms Maguire asked her daughter if she had brought the girl to her house and she said she hadn’t.” Mr McLauchlan added that Maguire’s animosity was a result of her former partner’s death. He said: “He died during police operations. She has significant resentment about Tayside Police. As a result, she thought she was being targeted by police.” Sheriff William Wood told Maguire: “There must have been a point when you realised, due to their persistence, that this was a real investigation.” The sheriff imposed a community payback order of 60 hours.

Perth & Kinross

Police tell woman to put child to bed

January 14 2011

A three-year-old called police then tried to bar their access to the flat in which he was being cared for in a bizarre late night incident in Aberfeldy was related to Perth Sheriff Court . In an incident that threatened to spiral out of control, police were twice called to the Kenmore Street flat of Jacqueline Robertson as she was caring for the youngster after midnight on October 16. The court was told how the toddler dialled 999, prompting the first visit, and officers were stunned when the youngster attempted to refuse them access. When they made their way into the flat, they found Robertson (38) sitting in the living room drinking wine. Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston said the accused told them the youngster had used her mobile phone and they were not needed. She said, "Officers asked why the child was not in bed at that time of night and she said she was unable to put him to bed. It was obvious the accused had been drinking." However the police left the flat, only to receive another 999 call from the same number at 1am, this time from a woman claiming she needed assistance. Ms Kynaston said officers again attended and advised Robertson to get herself and the child to bed. "It was suggested that the fact the TV was on in his bedroom whilst he played a computer game would not help him get to sleep," she said. With Robertson becoming more "belligerent" the officer then visited Robertson's mother in the next-door flat and suggested the child spend the night there. Ms Kynaston said Robertson became "angry and upset" as police took the child away. "The accused began to shout and swear at the officers and at that point she picked up a glass from the kitchen area and threw it towards a police constable. The glass hit the ground and smashed." Back-up was summoned and Robertson was arrested. She pled guilty yesterday to assaulting a police officer in the execution of her duty by throwing a glass at her. A solicitor for Robertson, who now lives in Dunkeld Road, said his client had been drinking wine and also suffers mental health difficulties. She was ordered to return to court on February 14 when reports have been prepared.

Perth & Kinross

Perthshire man took axe to kitchen in rage over wife’s affair

August 1 2014

A shop manager swung an axe at kitchen units after hearing details of his wife’s extra-marital affair, Perth Sheriff Court has heard. An argument blew up between David Young and his wife after they had returned from a foreign holiday. The enraged 52-year-old left the property and returned with the axe, which he then buried in the worktops of his home at Elcho Lane, Glencarse. Young admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting, swearing, brandishing an axe and striking the units on July 29. Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston said the couple had been drinking and, when he confronted her, she admitted having a relationship with another man. Young then directed a number of derogatory terms at his wife before fetching the axe. Ms Kynaston said Young’s wife did not feel that he intended to harm her and she was eventually able to take the axe from him. Solicitor David Holmes, defending, said Young was a first offender and had simply not been able to handle hearing details of the affair. Sheriff Mark Stewart said he would defer sentence on in the case until January or Young to be of good behaviour.

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Mother assaulted with child’s nappies

April 7 2016

A Stanley man assaulted his partner with a packet of their child’s nappies and slapped her in the face after she said she wanted to leave him. Lee Guthrie, 29, of Perth Road, admitted the offence which took place at his home address on November 27 last year. The court heard the pair had been in a relationship for three years and at the time had an 18-month-old child. Depute Fiscal Rebecca Kynaston stated that at the time of the assault the complainer had informed Guthrie she was no longer happy and would be moving out. She said Guthrie had returned to their Perth Road address after drinking in a pub. “He picked up a pack of 36 nappies and threw them in the direction of the complainer, who was sitting on the couch, but missed her,” Ms Kynaston said. “He picked up the nappies again, stood immediately in front of her and threw them in her face. He then took off her glasses and slapped her two to three times to the face.” Solicitor Paul Ralph, defending, said the couple’s relationship was now “cordial.” Guthrie was sentenced to 200 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to take part in the relationship programme for a year.