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Peter Telfer is on trial accused of murdering John Baker, 76, and a string of robbery bids on women across Glasgow …

OAP MURDER TRIAL

Peter Telfer is on trial accused of murdering John Baker, 76, and a string of robbery bids on women across Glasgow last year

A PENSIONER flagged down a bin lorry for help after being attacked in the street, a murder trial heard today.

Cleansing worker Paul Donohoe, 54, told how he and his two colleagues were told by John Baker “I’ve been stabbed”.

John Baker died after alleged attack in Glasgow’s east end

John Baker died after alleged attack in Glasgow’s east end

Mr Donohoe said his colleague phoned an ambulance for the injured man who called out words to the effect: “I’ve got a bad heart, I can’t breathe right” before passing out.

One of the workmen can be heard on a recording to the emergency services saying there was “blood coming from his mouth” and “I can’t feel a pulse”.

Mr Donohoe was giving evidence at the trial of Peter Telfer who is accused of murdering 76-year-old Mr Baker on June 29 last year in Calton, in Glasgow’s east end.

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Telfer is also accused of assaulting and attempting to rob shop worker Owaisuddin Siddique at the Day-Top on Shettleston Road and carrying a knife on June 24.

He also faces a string of charges including behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at various streets in Glasgow city centre and assaulting and robbing two women of their handbags, on June 28.

The 25-year-old allegedly attempted to defeat the ends of justice as well being charged with possessing cannabis.

Mr Donohoe said around 12.30am he and his colleagues were working on Abercromby and as they began to drive away were flagged down by a man in the middle of the road.

Police at scene of alleged murder in Glasgow last year

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Police at scene of alleged murder in Glasgow last year

He told the court the man said “I’ve been stabbed” and added: “He looked like he was in pain”.

He said by the time they got out the car the man had “fallen to the ground” and his colleague Alan Miller asked Mr Donohoe to get his phone then support the injured pensioner.

Mr Donohoe told jurors “he was leaning against my legs”.

Advocate depute Ian McSporran, prosecuting, asked: “How did he appear to you to be at this time?”

Mr Donohoe replied: “He appeared as if he was ready to collapse, I was just hoping the ambulance would come in time.”

Mr McSporran asked: “Were you able to converse?” and the witness replied: “Not converse, he was calling out along the lines of ‘I have a bad heart’, I can’t breathe right’.”

The court was told that he appeared “seriously injured” and that the man “passed out” while Mr Miller was on the phone to the ambulance service.

A recording of the 999 call made by Mr Miller was played to jurors, other voices can be heard in the background.

One person was heard to say there was two wounds on Mr Baker’s back and that he has “trouble breathing”.

The operator is told he is “spitting up blood”, that he is “losing consciousness” and “I can’t feel a pulse”.

Telfer denies the charges and the trial before judge Lord Matthews continues.


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New ideas are needed to keep M8 traffic flowing

Sometimes I think March should be called the ‘don’t bother to travel’ month.

The weather can catch us out, of course, with an unexpected dump of snow, but that usually only disrupts for a few hours. It’s the ­sudden sprouting of roadworks all over the place that cause cumulative irritation and the desire to see entire cone armies consigned to the ­nearest landfill.

Quite why councils ­discover every year that they have underspent their roads ­budget and now need to blow it all at once or lose it, is a mystery. And the ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ imposed on the councils, at the one time in the year the road maintenance contractors have them over a barrel, is equally a mystery.

But even when the cones are gone, mysteries about how our road system ticks – or doesn’t – abound throughout the year.

Take our dearly loved M8, for example. Welcome though the final link between Newhouse and Baillieston is, won’t it simply push the problem elsewhere? On a road which is as congested as the M8, one would hope that proactive management of the inevitable knock-on effect has been well planned. But the omens don’t seem to be too good.

A straw poll of regular M8 commuters would probably reveal an expectation that the two-lane section westbound from Livingston will increasingly become the next major bottleneck.

Over recent years, as the ribbon development feeding onto the motorway has expanded, each new ­distribution warehouse has added several hundred delivery journeys per day to the mix. The concept of the M8 as a commuter ­corridor has become something of a joke. Even at 6.30am, it is ­rarely possible to avoid being caught behind lorries ­playing leapfrog with a speed ­differential of barely a few miles an hour.

As most of us have ­experienced all too often, such overtaking can require a significant amount of time and ­distance to achieve. The result? A seriously backed-up queue of traffic and ­soaring frustration levels that are bound to increase the risk of an accident.

The mystery in this case is why some sort of intelligent traffic management has not long since been in place in the worst bottlenecks of the ­two-lane sections. So here’s an off-the-wall suggestion: ban HGVs/LGVs from the outer lane on the uphill drag from Harthill Services through to the start of the new three lane section at Junction 6 between, say, 7.00am and 9.00am.

Relocating two or three of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras once the Newhouse to Baillieston section is completed could alert police patrols to ­vehicles breaching such a ban, or ­trigger an automatic ticket.

Road space is now such a scarce and valuable resource that continuing to delegate the management of its use to the survival of the biggest is clearly a flawed concept.

But, regrettably, it’s a ­concept that there seems ­little prospect of being abandoned until and unless there is a sea-change in road ­management thinking.

Iain A. Masterton is a retired consultant software engineer. He lives in West Lothian.

Moment P-plate driver “forgets” to shut back door

BIZARRE footage shows a recently-qualified driver negotiating a roundabout after apparently forgetting to shut the back door.

The driver – proudly displaying a green “P” after passing her test – turns right with the passenger-side rear door wide open.

The startled motorist filming the scene on his dashcam can be heard exclaiming “Holy s***!”.

The driver of an HGV approaching the scene flashes his lights frantically to warn the driver of the danger.

Thankfully, the new driver seems to realise her vehicle is unusually well-ventilated and appears to pull over after leaving the roundabout in Bathgate, West Lothian.

The clip was taken just before nine o’clock this morning (mon), and the man who took the footage believes the driver had probably just dropped their children off for school.

The dashcam owner, who does not want to be identified, but runs the Scottish Dashcammer Facebook page, said: “I’m guessing the lady had dropped kids off at school and I’m presuming the door hadnt been fully locked tight. I can only assume that as there is a school directly opposite.

“My reaction, as you can hear from the audio was more worried about if the door would hit the footpath railings.

“Apart from that it was more of a ‘did I just see that?’ type moment.”

A spokeswoman for road safety charity Brake, said: “Drivers need to ensure that their vehicle is fit for the road every time they get behind the wheel; this includes making sure all passengers are secured with a seatbelt, and doors and boots are firmly shut.

“An oversight such as the one in this video creates a massive hazard on our roads, and could potentially be fatal.”

Thug’s girlfriend shouts ”Happy?” at tearful mother as boyfriend jailed for assaulting her dad with hammer

The girlfriend of a thug who attacked her father with a hammer shouted “happy?” at her mother as the boyfriend was jailed today.

Garry Kerr, 36, left John Archibald permanently disfigured after the father became concerned about his daughter Claire’s welfare.

A jury today rejected his ‘self defence’ claim and returned majority verdicts finding him guilty of repeatedly striking the HGV driver on the face and head with the weapon and having a hammer in public.

Tatooed Kerr, of Livingston, West Lothian, was remanded in custody while social workers investigate whether he should be subject to post release supervision to protect the public.

As he was led to the cells his girlfriend stormed out of the court and shouted: “Happy?” at her mother, who burst into tears.

Sheriff Peter Hammond said he was revoking bail because of the seriousness of the charges and Kerr’s criminal record, which includes previous convictions for assault and robbery, contempt of court and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Archibald said he had become concerned about the welfare of his daughter Claire, who lives with Kerr, after being told about a post on social media which was quickly taken down.

He repeatedly phoned his daughter’s mobile number but said Kerr always answered, shouted abuse at him and refused to let him speak to her.

Vic Rodrick John Archiblad who was attacked with a hammer and a knife by Gary Kerr

John Archiblad was left permanently disfigured after the attack

He said headed for the couple’s flat in Livingston to try and speak to her.

When he got there he saw Kerr holding something under each of his hands as he swung himself over a fence towards him.

Mr Archibald said: “Whatever he had in his hand he swiped to try and hit me.

“I jumped back and bent forward a bit and he hit me in the eye with something hard.

“I couldn’t see what it was but obviously he split my left eye. It was quite heavy force.

“I put my hand over my eye because it as bleeding. I just felt cold things hitting me on the head like scratching and cutting.

“Then he hit me twice on the head with the hammer. I’m not sure if it was a hammer but it felt cold and made of metal.

“I was crouched down holding my eye with my right hand trying to defend myself with my left. It was heavy force. It shocked me.

“I don’t remember if I pushed him or kicked him or punched him but we seemed to separate and we both went down to the ground.”

He added that he saw he had cuts and round marks on his head “the shape of a hammer head” when he was treated at hospital.

He also suffered a snapped tendon in his right arm as a result of one of the blow’s inflicted by Kerr, he said.

Kerr had pleaded not guilty to two charges of carrying weapons during the incident near his home on 1 April this year.

Remanding him in custody until sentence on November 28, Sheriff Hammond told him: “It’s obvious that custody is uppermost in the court’s mind at the moment however, I’ll require reports before I can determine an appropriate sentence.”

Thug’s girlfriend shouts ”Happy?” at tearful mother as boyfriend …

The girlfriend of a thug who attacked her father with a hammer shouted “happy?” at her mother as the boyfriend was jailed today.

Garry Kerr, 36, left John Archibald permanently disfigured after the father became concerned about his daughter Claire’s welfare.

A jury today rejected his ‘self defence’ claim and returned majority verdicts finding him guilty of repeatedly striking the HGV driver on the face and head with the weapon and having a hammer in public.

Tatooed Kerr, of Livingston, West Lothian, was remanded in custody while social workers investigate whether he should be subject to post release supervision to protect the public.

As he was led to the cells his girlfriend stormed out of the court and shouted: “Happy?” at her mother, who burst into tears.

Sheriff Peter Hammond said he was revoking bail because of the seriousness of the charges and Kerr’s criminal record, which includes previous convictions for assault and robbery, contempt of court and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Archibald said he had become concerned about the welfare of his daughter Claire, who lives with Kerr, after being told about a post on social media which was quickly taken down.

He repeatedly phoned his daughter’s mobile number but said Kerr always answered, shouted abuse at him and refused to let him speak to her.

Vic Rodrick John Archiblad who was attacked with a hammer and a knife by Gary Kerr

John Archiblad was left permanently disfigured after the attack

He said headed for the couple’s flat in Livingston to try and speak to her.

When he got there he saw Kerr holding something under each of his hands as he swung himself over a fence towards him.

Mr Archibald said: “Whatever he had in his hand he swiped to try and hit me.

“I jumped back and bent forward a bit and he hit me in the eye with something hard.

“I couldn’t see what it was but obviously he split my left eye. It was quite heavy force.

“I put my hand over my eye because it as bleeding. I just felt cold things hitting me on the head like scratching and cutting.

“Then he hit me twice on the head with the hammer. I’m not sure if it was a hammer but it felt cold and made of metal.

“I was crouched down holding my eye with my right hand trying to defend myself with my left. It was heavy force. It shocked me.

“I don’t remember if I pushed him or kicked him or punched him but we seemed to separate and we both went down to the ground.”

He added that he saw he had cuts and round marks on his head “the shape of a hammer head” when he was treated at hospital.

He also suffered a snapped tendon in his right arm as a result of one of the blow’s inflicted by Kerr, he said.

Kerr had pleaded not guilty to two charges of carrying weapons during the incident near his home on 1 April this year.

Remanding him in custody until sentence on November 28, Sheriff Hammond told him: “It’s obvious that custody is uppermost in the court’s mind at the moment however, I’ll require reports before I can determine an appropriate sentence.”

Hitchin trucker Martin: ‘I’m not a hero, I’m lucky to be alive’

07:01 25 February 2016 Layth Yousif [1] Long-distance lorry driver Martin Hamilton helped two other lorry drivers after their lorries blew over in high winds on the A1 Archant A long-distance driver from Hitchin who helped two truckers after their lorries blew over in separate incidents just yards from each other said this week: I m not a hero. Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Once Martin Hamilton had made sure the driver was safe he took a picture of a lorry blown over in high winds on the A1. Martin Hamilton, 55, from Milestone Road, was on the A1 near the Torness power station in East Lothian when an HGV in front of him was blown onto its side by wides which had reached 100 miles per hour. Dad of two Martin, who has been criss-crossing the UK for 35 years, narrowly avoided disaster as he took evasive action and hit the brakes. He said: If I had been two or three seconds further ahead I would be dead now, because I would have smashed into the corner of the toppled lorry. It would have gone straight through my cab and squashed me like a sardine. Thankfully those extra seconds saved my life. Once Martin Hamilton had made sure the driver was safe he took a picture of a lorry blown over in high winds on the A1. Martin then raced to see if he could help the driver of the stricken lorry. He jumped on to the cab and somehow managed to pull the driver out. He said: I don t know whether he was in shock but he had trouble getting out of his seatbelt. I told him: Mate, you ve got to get out before the cab goes up in flames . Once Martin Hamilton had made sure the driver was safe he took a picture of a lorry blown over in high winds on the A1. He just kept saying he couldn t find his phone which had lots of pictures of his family on it. I told him not to worry about that, the only thing he needed to do was get out. Thankfully I managed to get him out. But just as Martin was leading the man to safety, another lorry behind them was blown over, too. Martin said: I didn t think twice. It like being in slow motion. Once Martin Hamilton had made sure the driver was safe he took a picture of a lorry being righted after being blown over in high winds on the A1. When the second lorry blew over it made an almighty crash so I ran about 100 yards to that HGV to see if the driver was ok. I think he was in shock too but I managed to get him out. The emergency services then arrived and shut the road until mid-afternoon. Both ambulance and fire brigade teams praised the Hitchin trucker for his actions. But modest Martin, who drives for Origin Global in High Wycombe, said: I m not a hero. Anyone would have done what I did. I m just glad the drivers were ok. References ^ Layth Yousif (www.thecomet.net)

New Iveco Stralis Hi-Way delivers the goods at Arclid Transport

Specialist bulk powder haulier Arclid Transport has expanded its fleet with the company s first Iveco: a Stralis Hi-Way 6 2 tractor unit featuring Iveco s patented HI-SCR engine technology. The Stralis joins a fleet of 31 at the Sandbach, Cheshire-based firm, and will be used for the transportation of granular raw materials, minerals and bulk powders destined for the UK s construction industry, as well as firms manufacturing pottery and glass, chemicals and detergents and animal feed. Transport Manager Peter Conway says: We were looking to expand our fleet, and having heard good things from a number of other Iveco operators regarding fuel performance and low total cost of ownership, we were eager to try a Stralis for ourselves. Iveco s HI-SCR engine technology was another key feature that drew us to the Stralis, adds Conway. Being able to meet the stringent Euro VI emissions limits without a need for exhaust gas recirculation or regeneration is a clear winner in terms of increased productivity and reduced downtime, while the lack of driver involvement in the process allows our staff to keep their minds on the job delivering excellent, on-time customer service. Iveco dealer Sherwood Truck and Van finalised the deal, and Arclid Transport s new Stralis Hi-Way (AS440S50TX/P) is expected to remain a part of the company s fleet for five years, travelling approximately 60,000 miles annually. The new 6 2 tractor is powered by a highly efficient Iveco Cursor 13 engine. Capable of producing up to 500 hp between 1,600 and 1,900 rev/min, the engine provides up to 2,300 Nm of torque between 900 and 1,525 rev/min. The vehicle also benefits from the proven EuroTronic automated gearbox, manufactured for Iveco by ZF. Further enhancements specified by Arclid Transport include alloy wheels and leather seats in the truck s spacious and comfortable sleeper cab a cab designed with a drag-reducing aerodynamic profile, helping reduce the company s fuel bills. The addition of Iveco s latest Fuel Efficiency Package completes the new arrival a system incorporating technologies designed to further cut Arclid Transport s running costs. These include an Eco-Roll function that constantly monitors the road angle, looking for opportunities to shift into neutral on downhill stretches, before re-engaging a gear at the end of a descent for normal operation. Meanwhile, a new engine oil management system reduces energy absorption within the oil pump and provides faster warming of the engine, coupled with OW-20 low viscosity engine oil to further boost engine efficiency and stretch oil service intervals. Founded in 1972 with one tanker, Arclid Transport was first established to transport foundry sand for associate company Bathgate Silica Sand. Six years and 10 vehicles later, it became apparent that demand for professional haulage services was growing, so a larger tank was purchased to allow for the carriage of a variety of materials. Today, as part of the Archibald Bathgate Group, Arclid operates a fleet of vehicles and provides haulage services for clients across the UK.

coastrider: KEELA Road Runner cycling trousers; Commuting kit …

It`s nearly mid winter here and for most folks it`s dark commuting into, and returning from work… It`s not so bad if it`s high pressure weather with clear skies and red skies and long shadows. or snow like 5 years ago when we had the last White Christmas. But this December here has mostly been mild, damp and overcast with grey laden skies… I am lucky to be outdoors in daylight weather permitting but still love cycling to work even in the depths of winter, You arrive at work buzzing from exercising and your head is clear and your ready for the day ahead as already decided what to do having been out in the weather, and after a days work and riding home you unwind and switch off… I pass loads of cars and many of the drivers look miserable… If you see a guy on a bike in a orange top grinning like a daftie near Whitekirk then it`s me!, and i am happy to be out in touch with the weather, the conditions, wildlife, and getting some exercise 🙂 Gearing up to commute by bike… Waterproof cycling clothing has only been needed for a few commutes here in East Lothian despite the UK News reports of heavy rain and widespread flooding etc, And commuting in even the most breathable waterproof clothing results in damp and sweaty base layers even after a modest 4 mile commute if the temperature is at all mild. DWR Softshell to the rescue!; This is where soft shell clothing with a DWR coating for light rain showers comes in. The material is breathable and quick drying and as long as your not wearing a cotton base layer that will get damp and take a while to dry (i find a thin Merino wool layer can be kept on once at work and as well as warm dries quickly with body heat) then you can regulate heat better with softshell clothing… KEELA Clothing; KEELA [1] Clothing is a Scottish clothing company which manufacturers outdoor clothing used by the British Military forces, Mountain rescue and Emergency services and has a proven track record of excellent quality, and your not paying for a designer brand name like most Outdoor clothing companies… Over the 7 years of blogging you will have seen my references to the excellent KEELA soft shell multi purpose outdoor KEELA Scuffer [2] trouser that lends itself to being a great cycling and general use outdoors trouser… And it is!, i wear these daily at work and only when wet do these trousers sag a bit and the crotch and legs around the calf sag a bit and can catch on the saddle and drive train… So imagine if KEELA were to make a trouser the same but in a cycling cut? well they have now for a year now!, and i recently bought a pair and think i have indeed found the perfect soft shell cycling trouser having been wearing these commuting and cycling off road for the last month, Named the Roadrunner these are the perfect cut for cycling with all the same features of the famous Scuffer trouser with an added reflective strip on the rear of each calf. And these are a bargin at 63!… [3] Really impressed with these trousers which have completed a perfect commuting clothing set up… The orange top is An Altura `Night Vision Soft shell top, And that top along with the KEELA Roadrunner trousers… SealSkinz gloves and Ron Hill Running skull cap is a comfortable quick drying ideal set up… The top layer Altura top with a Merino long sleeve top and T shirt if needed is perfect… And Shimano MT91 Gore Tex Boots makes the perfect clothing set up for dry to damp conditions… On the bike… Two front lights already reviewed Here… [4] And two rear lights, one steady, one flashing… And a waterproof old Karrimor pannier with Altura Night Vision Trousers and a Craft 100% waterproof Jacket take care of the heaviest rain in cold conditions… If you cannot see me with this lot on then you should not be on the road!… KEELA Roadrunners Off road… And these new trousers are also my off road cycling trousers and they have proved perfect in the last months off road cycling on the coast. No reason they will also last as long as the Scuffer trousers i have used for over 5 years now… I also have been wearing the Altura Night Vision soft shell top but it`s a bit loud! and i think i will buy another in a more muted colour!… More soon… References ^ KEELA (www.keela.co.uk) ^ KEELA Scuffer (coastkid.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Roadrunner (www.keela.co.uk) ^ Here… (coastkid.blogspot.co.uk)