Community News: Heroin addict fined £330 for possession

A HOMELESS man who was caught by police with heroin during a search in the Old Town has been fined £330.

Paul McCulloch, 30, was arrested following the search in Market Street on the afternoon of October 17.

McCulloch was fined after pleading guilty to the charge of heroin possession at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday.

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The court heard that McCulloch had been homeless at the time of the offence, and had been addicted to heroin for two-and-a-half years.

Students in health drive

A SERIES of events promoting mental health and wellbeing in the lead-up to exams have been organised by students at Edinburgh University.

They aim to encourage students to take positive steps to tackle mental health and wellbeing and include relaxation workshops.

Words and music on offer

There will be an evening of entertainment at Blackwell bookshop on South Bridge tonight. Performers include a capella group the Wild Myrtles, poet Elizabeth Burns and food writer Liz Ashworth. The event, which begins at 6pm, is free but ticketed. For information telephone 0131 622 8206.

Ryanair puts on new route to ski slopes

BUDGET airline Ryanair has announced a new route from Edinburgh to Turin in northern Italy.

The airline said flights would operate on February 19 and 26, for ski trips during the school half-term.

Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said: "Once again Ryanair will get families straight to the slopes with Europe's guaranteed lowest fares and best punctuality."

Pupils pitch ideas to cut waste

A SCHOOL summit on waste reduction is to be held at the Assembly Rooms.

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Pupils from 15 secondary schools across the country will pitch their ideas for waste reduction projects to a panel of experts, competing for a 250 cash prize. The event takes place on December 7.

Police warning over new licensing laws

NEW licensing laws are constantly throwing up new challenges for the police and council.

Lothians and Borders police told the city's licensing board that, in some cases, punishment for those breaching rules would have to be put into context. The warning came after Rose Street pub the Gordon Arms was alleged to have run without a licence holder on premises - contrary to the rules. But police said an administration error was to blame for the mistake.