9am news briefing

THE ex-lover of missing Edinburgh book-keeper Suzanne Pilley is set to appear in court today, charged with her murder.

David Gilroy, 47, was arrested after being interviewed for several hours yesterday afternoon by detectives investigating Ms Pilley's disappearance.

He was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court this morning, after being charged by police last night.

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The decision to charge him comes as police continue to search for the body of Ms Pilley, from Stenhouse.

• PARENTS fighting to save an Edinburgh private school from closure have admitted defeat after they failed to raise enough money to take it over.

An ambitious fundraising drive was set up by parents of pupils at St Margaret's but with just weeks to raise 2.5 million, they have been forced to give up the campaign.

The school, which went into administration earlier this month after running into financial difficulties, will now close on Tuesday.

• A SPORTS stadium, 3,500 new homes and a visitor attraction are set to be developed near Edinburgh Airport under a 1 billion planning bid proposed by Sir David Murray.

Sited on 600 acres of greenbelt land near the airport, the development – christened 'Garden District' – would be built over the next 20 years.

The sports village would have an athletics stadium for 25,000 spectators while it could also be the base for a national curling academy.

Sir David, one of Scotland's richest men with a controlling stake in Rangers, hopes the development will be so attractive to the council that it will remove the greenbelt status that currently blocks the development.