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Firearms being surrendered are in your sights, free school buses back on the agenda and Asbo hotspots are revealed

Two guns are surrendered to Lothian and Borders Police every day and then destroyed.

Wonderful news, the more guns removed the better, and maybe our streets will be almost safe again.

The Real Alfonsa Pedrosa

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We are more worried about the ones that are not being removed from the streets in Lothian every day.

Auld Twa

The police need to concentrate on getting the guns from the criminals, you know the people who will use them for illegal purposes. They are just sitting back and taking the credit for law abiding citizens handing over the guns their grandfather gave them and kids' bb guns.

Kenny Ex pat in the US

This indicates that L&B are actively removing weapons, when in reality it's because people handed them in. Air guns are NOT firearms and should not be classed as such!


Think again. The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence you commit can carry a very heavy penalty – and there are at least 38 different offences.

Old Town

That's you told. Meanwhile, you wait ages for one free school bus tale of woe and two come along at once. Not much sympathy, though . . .

I strongly resent having to pay taxes to enable these layabouts to get free transport. The parents have children by choice therefore they should pay for their transport - they receive child tax credits and child benefit which would more than cover the monthly costs.


Any semi-fit child could walk three miles. If they can't, then they need to walk just to get fit.

A Friend of Fernando Poo

It's funny how the parents are to blame, not a council that chooses to make its budget cuts on the areas of service that has an effect on the lower end of their expenditure. Instead of making cuts on their sink hole projects, ie the trams and executive wages, they target the tax payers.

paul the binman

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The SNP pledged free bus travel for pupils in their 2007 manifesto. This move is in the opposite direction.


Whatever happened to people meeting friends and walking in together? There are two sisters here so they can walk together.


The council isn't going far enough with this. All parents that choose not to send their child to their local school should have to pay transport costs irrespective of distance.

Wild Bill 73

A line has to be drawn somewhere. The catchment area has to be defined. Let's say that this is allowed. Next week we will have someone half a mile further away with the same complaint. It's economic realities.

Dubai is dead

Finally, 119 Asbos have been issued across the Capital in the last five years. A crisis? An epidemic? Eh, not quite.

A city of half a million people and this is the sum total? Just goes to show that Edinburgh does rather well when compared to other cities. It's a great place to live, and crime is comparatively low here. We're doing well.