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8 May 2006


Family blame bullies for death.


THE family of a soldier found hanged in his barracks say he was driven to suicide by Army loan shark bullies. It's claimed Stuart Henderson, 18, from Glasgow, was the victim of a racket called "double bubble", where soldiers pay back twice what they borrow - or face a beating. A family friend said: "Loan sharks are illegal on civvy street so they should not be allowed to operate in the Army."


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What is bullying?

Bullying is when people are mean to someone or hurt them on purpose. These are some of the ways children describe bullying:

  • being called names
  • being teased including e-mails and text messages
  • being pushed or pulled about
  • being hit or attacked
  • having your bag and other possessions taken and thrown around
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being ignored and left out
  • being forced to hand over money or possessions
  • being attacked or teased or called names because of your religion or colour
  • being attacked or teased or called names because of your sexuality

If you are being bullied

  • You shouldn’t feel ashamed about being bullied. It’s not your fault – but it is important that you get help. No one deserves to be bullied.


  • Is there someone who you would feel comfortable talking to about what’s going on? Maybe a friend, someone at your school, someone you live with or just someone you
  • When you’ve decided who to talk to, tell them what’s happening and how it’s making you feel. They might be
    able to tell you what you can do about it, or can help you decide what you want to do next.

  • If you’re being bullied at school, ask someone (such as a teacher) to tell you about the school’s guidelines on bullying. All schools should have a written policy on bullying, and this may give you an idea of what you can do and what your school should do. If you tell a teacher don't be afraid to keep going back and asking for more help.
  • If you talk to someone about what’s happening and it doesn’t help, don’t give up. Sometimes you may need
    to talk to more than one person. You have the right to be helped, and don’t have to put up with being bullied. Always remember that it is not your fault.
  • Trying to remember things accurately can sometimes be difficult, so keep a record of what happens to you. Writing it down is often a good way of being sure about what, when and where things happened.
  • It’s important to feel safe. Are there ways for you to keep
    yourself out of harm’s way? For instance, you could walk home with friends rather than on your own, or ask someone to stay with you if you feel threatened.

If you witness bullying

  • Don’t ignore what happens.
  • Let the person who’s being bullied know you’ve seen what’s going on and are concerned.
  • Encourage them to tell someone.
  • If it is in school and you are worried about it, you may need to report the incident. Try to find out who to report bullying to. If you are worried about putting yourself at risk, can you tell someone about the bullying in confidence? Write them a note about what you saw.
  • Teachers are often the last to know that bullying is going on. If they are going to be able to do anything about it, they need to know it’s happening.
  • If there is a problem with bullying in your school you may want to encourage others to get involved in anti-bullying schemes such as poster campaigns or support groups run by pupils. Maybe you could put on a drama presentation to raise awareness in your school.
  • Are you aware of your school’s antibullying policy? Can you think of ways to make it more effective? You may be able to talk to your school council or members of staff.

If you are bullying someone

  • You do have a choice – just because you’ve bullied others in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it!
  • People who are bullied can feel upset and scared. You can put a stop to that by changing your behaviour.
  • You can get into a lot of trouble if you keep bullying others – you might get suspended or excluded from school or, in extreme cases, the police might get involved.
  • Sometimes things happen to you that make you more likely to bully others – being bullied yourself, for instance,
    or having problems at home. It’s important to get help for yourself, rather than taking your frustrations out on others.

Useful Links

Childline 24 hour helpline
0800 11 11
Childline for Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire
0800 389 5272

Links on this page
What is bullying
If you are being bullied
If you witness bullying
If you are bullying someone
Useful Links


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Nice one mactheknife and thank you for the links.


Here are some more that may help:



Whether you’re being bullied or are a bully yourself, or if you see bullying going on and don’t know what to do about it, the most important thing is to talk to someone you trust.

If you’re a young person and want to talk to someone in confidence about bullying, or if you’re a parent needing advice about your children and bullying, call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 (Textphone 0800 056 0566). We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Are you being bullied? If you are:

  • Write down everything that happens. Put the dates, the places and the times you were bullied. It’ll make it easier to tell someone what’s going on if you’ve got your facts straight
  • Think up some good replies for when people make nasty comments. At break times, try to stay with your friends, or somewhere where an adult can see you
  • Don’t keep things to yourself. Even if it’s hard to find someone you can talk to, don’t give up. If you want to talk to someone in confidence, call the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Are you an onlooker?

  • Listen to friends who are being bullied. If your friends are bullying others, talk to them about their behaviour
  • Don’t join in with people who bully
  • Try not to ignore things because you are worried that you will be bullied yourself
  • Tell an adult and encourage your friends to ask for support and help

Are you an adult wanting to know what you can do to help?

  • Listen to young people’s feelings and concerns
  • Help them to explore their options and keep control. Don’t take over
  • Talk to other adults. Explore options both in school and at home
  • Encourage children to feel good about themselves - those who bully and the bullied often lack self-esteem
  • Encourage children to understand that we are all different, yet all equally important
  • Encourage children to think about their own and each others’ feelings

The TRUTH is out there...........

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21 May 2006

A MUM revealed her horror last night at gangster Frank Carberry being granted custody of her daughter - despite her warnings he was a sex offender.

The 42 year-old had a daughter in the early 90s a crime ' associate of Carberry - who was convicted of sex attacks against two teenage boys and a 20-year-old man last week.

Her ex-partner - who can't be named for legal reasons won custody in 1995.

Social workers decided that if he was jailed, Carberry, 46, could care for her.

Last night, the mum-of-two said: "I was sick with worry but my concerns were dismissed. They said there was no evidence Carberry was a sex criminal. But he and the father bombarded me with sick, sexual calls.

"Carberry would threaten to rape, shoot and slash me.


"Social workers actually warned me to stop making allegations about him."

A FORMER enforcer of late crime Godfather Arthur Thomson Snr last night slammed Carberry's claims he worked for the gang boss.

Tam Bagan, 50 - who was released from prison in 2002 after serving 12 years for armed robbery - said: "The only people he hits are women and children."

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'9,000 bullying cases' each year
Workplace harassment
Cases of workplace harassment and bullying are increasing
More than 9,000 cases of bullying in the workplace are reported to the Labour Relations Agency in Northern Ireland alone, every year.

The issue is being addressed in Belfast on Tuesday at a conference involving the LRA and the Equality Commission.

Harassment is the most common issue in cases assisted by the Equality Commission, making up 25% of cases.

LRA director Pat McCartan said managers needed to recognise the extent of the problem.

"People in the workplace are demanding to be treated with dignity, respect and, indeed, to be trusted to do the job and to do it properly," he said.

"Workplaces need to adjust to make sure that they are treating people with that respect, to make sure that the managers are well tuned in dealing with employment relationships in the workplace."

A joint guide to harassment and bullying in the workplace is being launched at the conference.

Issues contributing to the increasing allegations of harassment and bullying at work will be examined.

The conference will also discuss developments in case law and current approaches to dealing with these issues.

Mr McCartan will open the conference. It will be closed by the chief commissioner of the Equality Commission, Bob Collins.


Bullying bosses 'rife across UK'
10 May 06 |  Business
How to tackle workplace bullying
23 Apr 06 |  Business


Bullying in the workplace

Bullying differs from harassment and assault in that the latter can result from a single incident or small number of incidents - which everybody recognises as harassment or assault - whereas bullying tends to be an accumulation of many small incidents over a long period of time. Each incident tends to be trivial, and on its own and out of context does not constitute an offence or grounds for disciplinary or grievance action. CrazyColour recognises that Bullying can be a problem in the workplace - we hope that the articles in this chapter help you identify bullying early to avoid some of the devastating effects it can have.

  • What is Workplace Bullying?
  • Where are People Bullied?
  • How do I Recognise a Bully?
  • What Does Bullying do to My Health?
  • Why Don't You Stand up for Yourself?
  • What is Harassment?  

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    3 June 2006

    THE family of Big Brother's Pete Bennett have spoken about his

    "livewire" childhood growing up with Tourette's Syndrome.


    Grandparents Doreen and Brian Stephenson said Pete, 24, was

    teased as a youngster by playground bullies who did not understand

    the condition.


    But they said rocker Pete's appearance in the Big Brother house

    should help others to accept Tourette's and its symptoms.


    Doreen said: "Pete was always a fidget. If we went out, I used to

    put my hand on his legs to stop them from flicking about.


    "He wasn't diagnosed until he was 14. Because of his condition,

    people often don't understand him because he just used to

    shout and twitch.


    "But we are hoping that by going on Big Brother people will

    understand more about Tourette's and its symptoms."


    As a tot, Pete was looked after by Doreen and Brian at their home

    in Congresbury, near Bristol, while his musician mum Anne toured

    with bands, including the Manic Street Preachers.

    Doreen, 69, said: "Pete made friends while he was here.


    He also used to like feeding the ducks on the River Yeo."

    Pete, an unemployed rock singer, fell in love with music in his

    teenage years when he sang karaoke in one of the village's pubs.

    On his first night in the house, Pete constantly swore at his

    housemates - a common symptom of Tourette's.

    But despite his frequent outbursts, he has won the hearts of the

    nation and is now one of the favourites for the £100,000 prize.



    Understanding the symptoms is what will help clinicians and

    patients reach goals for the treatment of Tourette Syndrome.


    The goal of treatment should not be to completely eliminate

    all the tics and symptoms, but to relieve tic-related discomfort

    or embarrassment.


    To achieve a control of the Tourette symptoms

    that allows the patient to function as normally as



    Read more about Tourette Syndrome treatment here...



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    7 June 2006 NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST.
    Man held after horrific 6/6/6 attack on couple

    AN OAP couple suffered horrific injuries in a nightmare 6/6/6 attack at their house - on ELM STREET.

    Harry and Margaret Miller, both 67, were alone in their Dundee home when they were confronted by an intruder.

    They are understood to have suffered serious head injuries.

    Police were called to the house at around 4am yesterday and found the stricken couple, who were rushed to Ninewells Hospital.

    Last night, uniformed officers stood guard outside as forensics experts carried out an extensive search of the nearby area.


    One elderly female resident said: "I was awakened just before 4am when police cars and an ambulance arrived in the street.

    "I saw the couple taken away in an ambulance and I also saw them take a man away in a police car.

    "The couple only moved in to Elm Street around a year ago and, since then, I have spoken to them about four times.

    "However, they are very nice people. I am in a state of utter shock about what has happened in our street. I had to take a brandy to calm my nerves."

    Police said a 46-year-old man had been arrested following the incident.

    He is expected to appear from custody on petition at Dundee Sheriff Court later today.

    A Tayside Police spokesman said: "The man sustained cuts and bruises and the woman sustained serious head and neck injuries.

    "Both were taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee."


    7 June 2006

    THE mum of Big Brother crossdresser Sam Brodie last night urged her son to stand up for himself.

    She thinks the mixed-up 19-year-old Scot is being bullied by other housemates.

    And last night, he found out he was up for eviction on Friday, along with Nikki.

    Speaking from her home in Irvine, Ayrshire, Emmy Brodie said: "I hope that being on the show is going to help him discover who he really is.

    "I am still not sure that it was a good idea for him to go into the Big Brother house but it was his decision.

    "I just hope that he is able to use it as an opportunity to learn about himself and what kind of a person he wants to be.


    "He has to start standing up for himself because, at the moment, I think he is being bullied by other people on the show.

    "Lea has not been nice to him at all and he can't let her keep doing this or she will not stop.

    "In some ways, I want him back at home but there is nothing I can do about that.

    "At the moment, he is shy and trying to find his feet but he will need to come out of his shell or these people will keep on picking on him.

    "I don't know how all this publicity is going to affect him. He always wanted to be famous and on TV so I hope it is going to be a good thing."

    Emmy, who is Indonesian, and husband Robin say Sam started dressing up and decorating his nails after he left home three years ago.

    Sam is a gay man who lives in Irvine as a woman. His next door neighbour Mary Giffney, 74, believes he will become a favourite with the public.

    Sam now calls Mary his "nanna" and Mary always refers to him as "she". She said: "Lea is just behaving like a bully, she is just picking on poor Sam because she is an easy target. She has to take a good look at herself in my opinion.

    "Sam doesn't quite know whether he is a man or a woman but Lea doesn't know whether she is a granny or a teenager.

    "Sam is a genuinely good person. When I have been ill in the past, she was always there for me and would drive me to the shops. "She is having a tough time at the moment but in the end, I just hope she will be able to shine."

    Mary added: "Her parents still refer to him as son but Sam is much more of a woman.

    "She walks and talks like a woman and thinks like a woman, people just have to accept that."

    Sam received five votes for eviciton from housemates and Nikki four. Whoever leaves will be replaced by one of the Golden Ticket winners.

    Yesterday the housemates found out this week's task will be to become 'temps', working for Big Brother.

    Everyone had to write their CV and prepare for a job interview. If housemates fail to complete their jobs successfully, they will be sacked.


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    Hi Admin2... thanks for your posts with regards to the topic of bullying.  I found the post in relation to Tourette Syndrome quite interesting, as I once worked with a colleague who suffered from Tourette's, and as a result, had endured bullying not only throughout his school years, but which followed him into the workplace too, making his life very difficult and as a result, cost him his job.


    As with all disorders, it must be very difficult (particularly for a child I would imagine) to learn to cope not only with the disorder itself, but the relentless teasing and bullying that they may suffer as a result of their disorder.


    We're all very aware that bullying not only occurs in the playground, but in all aspects of life - the workplace being one of them, and it saddens me that adults feel the need to inflict what can only be described as misery on other human beings, for the sake of what they might see as 'having a laugh'.


    I found the link in your post to Tourette Syndrome Treatment very interesting, as I believe that lack of understanding and in many cases, complete ignorance, is what causes some people to bully, and whilst this disorder may be amusing to some, perhaps these bullies should put themselves in the shoes of the sufferer and imagine what they would feel if they themselves were the ones being bullied.

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    Stories From 9 Jun: On This Day... 

    A man with a history of sex offences has been jailed for life for the attempted rape of another man, in the first case of its kind.

    In sentencing 26-year-old Andrew Richards, Judge Richard Lowry said he was using new powers provided by last year's Criminal Justice Act.

    Richards, from West Glamorgan, was convicted last month on charges of attempting to rape a young man, indecent assault and actual bodily harm.

    The court was told that unemployed Richards had met his 18-year-old victim at a central London hostel where they were both staying.

    The attack happened in Regent's Park last December after the two men had been drinking. Sheltering from the rain by a tea bar, Richards committed two indecent assaults and attempted to rape the youth.

    The court heard Richards had a long history of sex crimes. At the time of this latest attack he had been out of prison for only four months, after being jailed for three years at Swansea Crown Court for indecently assaulting a seven-year-old girl.

    In 1988 he was convicted of the rape, wounding and false imprisonment of a 15-year-old girl.

    The judge said Richards was a danger to young people and children, and recommended he serve a minimum of ten years of the life sentence.

    The court's first concern was to protect the public, he said, before praising the courage of the victim for reporting the attack.

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    If you can't slap 'em, snap 'em!



    Mobile vigilantes snap sex pests in action

    Harassed women in New York are using a website to shame men behaving badly

    David Smith, technology correspondent
    Sunday April 30, 2006
    The Observer

    The day that a man was caught masturbating on the subway was the day that the women of New York said enough was enough. Thao Nguyen, a disgusted fellow passenger, took a picture of the man with her camera phone and posted it on the internet.

    A cyber-storm gathered, the photo made it to the front page of the New York Daily News and the man, 43-year-old Daniel Hoyt - a repeat offender - was convicted of public lewdness. Supporters compared Nguyen, 23, with civil rights activist Rosa Parks who famously refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus.

    Inspired by Nguyen's use of technology, Lauren Spees and six friends launched a website,, which invites people who have been sexually harassed in public to take a picture of the offender and post it online, thus shaming the guilty party.

    The growing interest in the site, which receives an average of 1,500 hits a day, has been described as 'cyber vigilantism' by critics and raises new questions about where society draws the line between an innocent chat-up line and 'harassment'.

    In the eight months, about 100 camera phone pictures have been posted on the site along with text accounts, or 'blogs', of the harassment suffered. Next month, British and European sites will launch under the banner: 'If you can't slap 'em, snap 'em!'

    The New York version makes the bold proclamation: 'Holla Back NYC empowers New Yorkers to Holla Back at street harassers.' It goes on to say: 'We believe that what specifically counts as street harassment is determined by those who experience it. While there is always the classic, "Hey baby, nice tits," there are so many other forms that go unnoted.'

    Tackling the question of whether a man can tell a woman that he finds her attractive, it argues: 'Some do not find comments such as, "Hello, beautiful," or, "Hey, gorgeous," offensive. Many do. Others may find them intimidating, intrusive, or just an annoying pain in the ass. Keep in mind that many women experience unsolicited comments, as well as violent verbal assault, from men in public spaces on a regular basis.'

    The most recent blog entries include 'Tru', from Los Angeles, recalling how a middle-aged man said, 'I really dig your culottes [cropped trousers],' and added: 'I really want to get between them and your thighs.'

    Another photo is entitled 'Two fire escape ass-hats' and shows two grinning youths, one of whom is holding his penis in his right hand; it is captioned by 'Shana', who writes, 'Right out my third storey window... this is SO annoying.'

    Spees, 25, told The Observer: 'The guys who harass with sexual comments are not interested in a date... It's not an attempt to connect.'

    Emily May, 25, another co-founder of Holla Back NYC, denied that women are putting themselves in danger by aiming their camera phone at a hostile male. 'We encourage women to be safe rather than sorry, which could mean only doing it in daylight or if they're with someone,' she said.


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    'Sickening' attack on two England fans...

    AN ATTACK on two celebrating England fans in a Scottish town has

    been branded "sickening" by an Executive minister.


    The two men, aged 19 and 36, were assaulted outside a hotel in

    Linwood, Renfrewshire, a few hours after their team's victory over

    Trinidad and Tobago in the World Cup.


    They were set upon by two men around midnight last Thursday.


    Both victims had to be taken to Paisley's Royal Alexandra

    Hospital after the attack outside the Travel Inn in the

    Phoenix Business Park.


    After hearing about the attack, the Paisley South MSP and deputy

    justice minister Hugh Henry said: "I'm appalled and sickened by this

    dreadful act of violence.


    The two English fans were minding their own business and not

    causing anybody any harm when they were brutally assaulted."

    Henry promised to send a written apology to the two England supporters.

    He said:


    "We want Scotland to be a place that welcomes people and not

    drives them away. This type of behaviour sends out an entirely

    wrong message about Scotland."

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    Hi All... thanks for your posts with regards to 'Bullying'.  I thought I'd include this article, as I found it quite disturbing, and relevant to the topic.




    A seven-year-old boy has been attacked by a racist thug because he was wearing an England football top in Scotland. Hugo Clapshaw had been enjoying a kick-about with his father in Edinburgh when a man shouted abuse and punched him.

    Lothian And Borders Police branded the attack "cowardly and pathetic".

    His father Damon, 34, said: "Hugo was just wearing a football top, that's all he did wrong. Has the Scotland-England rivalry come to this?"

    Mr Clapshaw said the man ran up to his son in the park and shouted expletives at him.

    Hugo was punched in the head before the thug turned on Mr Clapshaw, punching him to the ground and kicking him.

    He said the man shouted "this is Scotland, not England".




    What's the world coming to, when an innocent 7 year old child is targeted by AN ADULT simply because of the top he is wearing?  It's disgusting, and if that had of been my child, or I had been a passer-by, it would have been ME having to pay out criminal damages to the mindless thug who attacked this young boy and his father.


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    Bullying scars the lives of everyone it touches, from the tearful kid in the playground to their worried parents wondering what's troubling their child.

    Of course, bullies have been with us since school gates first swung open.

    That does not mean we should just shrug our shoulders, look the other way and hope our own children escape the playground torment.

    We reveal the ordeal of nine-year old Blair Kennedy today but bullying is horrific for any youngster.

    Apart from the physical pain, it can shatter confidence for a lifetime.

    Last year, Childline took calls on 31,000 cases of bullying and provided counselling to 8000 victims. Every one of those children will carry the scars for the rest of their lives.

    The money Education Minister Peter Peacock is putting in to tackling the problem will provide better support and training for the adults paid to protect our kids from bullies.

    But money can only ever provide part of the answer. What we need is a sea-change in attitudes.

    It is up to everyone who sees or hears about bullying - parents, teachers, janitors, lollipop ladies, bus drivers, shopkeepers and umpteen others - to stand up and be counted.

    Together we can beat the bullies.


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    A new report from ChildLine shows how children don’t know about safe sex, feel pressured into having sex and don't know how to keep themselves safe. A report looking at nearly 6,000 calls to their helpline has identified that a embarrassment and a real lack of knowledge about sex are putting the UK's young people at risk.

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    Blind 91-year-old's bag snatched
    A 91-year-old blind woman has had her handbag snatched by a thief in Midlothian, police have said.

    The woman, who was walking with a white stick, had got off the number 141 First Bus at the last stop on Eskbank Road, Dalkeith, at 1445 BST on Thursday.

    A man snatched her bag, which contained £50, from her shoulder and ran off.

    The victim was so shocked that she collapsed in the street and had to be treated by paramedics. Police said the robber was "extremely cowardly".

    Witnesses described the suspect as white, about 5ft 10in, in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a light-coloured top and bottoms with a light-coloured baseball cap.

    A police spokesman said: "Despite her age and disability, the victim is very active and enjoys her trips into town regularly, but this incident has upset her greatly and she is now too frightened to go out.

    "It is extremely cowardly to rob an elderly person, but knowing she was blind has sickened officers investigating the case and everyone who knows her."

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    27 June 2006

    A GUNMAN shot up a taxi boss's home in an early morning raid.

    Stephen Conley and his wife Colette were asleep with their nine-month-old baby when the attack happened yesterday.

    Shots were fired through security gates of their luxurious Glasgow home before the raiders sped off in a waiting Ford Mondeo.

    Bullets hit the couple's £40,000 Range Rover, which was parked next to a £50,000 Mercedes in the driveway of the home in Mulberry Road, Newlands.

    Last night, Conley, 40, said of the attack: "Everyone's OK. I think they got the wrong car because they hit my wife's. "It's just one of those things."

    Conley, who has links with Hampden Cars, one of the big taxi firms on the city's south side, said no one was injured.

    Neighbours heard shots at about 3.30amand then a car speeding off. One woman, who did not want to be named, said: "I heard two shots - but we've no idea what it was about."

    Minutes later, the vehicle crashed into a lamppost on nearby Lubnaig Road. The occupants torched the car and ran off.

    One resident said: "I heard a crashing sound and looked out and directly opposite I could see something on fire.

    "There was a lot of smoke and flames and I called the fire brigade.

    "My immediate concern was that someone was trapped inside."

    Voices were heard shortly after the crash but it's not known if it was the driver or passengers fleeing the N-reg car.

    Officers were yesterday standing guard at the couple's £750,000 detached home.

    Forensic experts examined the burnt-out Mondeo and the street was taped off.

    A police spokesman appealed for the public's help in finding the gunman.

    Detective Inspector William Coyle is heading the inquiry and he is anxious to speak to two or three males seen running on Lubnaig Road early yesterday morning

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