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Man Hunt After Gun Drama At Airport

Benjamin Bland

Police have launched a man hunt after gunshots were fired at a house near Edinburgh airport.

Initial reports were received at 9:30pm on Monday. An investigation started immediately resulting in the closure of the A8.

The road was closed for 12 hours in both directions between Newbridge Roundabout and Edinburgh Airport to allow forensic officers to carry out a detailed search of the area.

Police have said that no one was injured but have appealed to the public for any information.  There is increased anxiety after it was confirmed that the police were not treating the incident as a random act. There has been some speculation that the shots were an attempted gangland hit on a local convicted fraudster.

Police Scotland Superintendent Matt Richards said: “This incident took place close to one of the main routes to and from Edinburgh. It is always busy with passing traffic. I would appeal to any member of the public, either locally, or who may have been passing through Ratho Station at or around 9.30pm last night and who saw anything to contact us urgently.

It is imperative that we trace the individual involved in this incident, which thankfully did not result in any injuries. The consequences of a weapon being discharged in the manner which happened last night may have been extremely serious.

“Anyone with any information can contact the 101 Police number or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.”

Edinburgh Evening News
Traffic chaos near the airport.            Credit: Edinburgh Evening News

Air passengers faced disruption due to the road closure as they struggled with heavy traffic and diversions as they attempted to catch their flights.

Many took to twitter to express their frustration with one disgruntled traveller commenting:

“Due to incident on A8 arrived at 6:02am, bag check in closes 6am. No leeway. V upset.”

The quick response by police was reflective of heightened security in Scotland after the attempted terrorist attacks in Glasgow Airport in 2007.

Superintendent Richards said : “Uniformed officers are in the area to provide extra patrols to support the local community.”

Arcade Fire Add Two ‘Secret’ Glasgow Shows To November Tour

by Ben Bland


Arcade Fire are set to play 2 ‘secret’ gigs next month in Glasgow. The Montreal based band, whose 4th album ‘Reflektor’ was released on Monday, have announced under their alter ego ‘The Reflektors’ they will play two shows at Barrowlands on the 15th and 16th of November.

This follows an underground marketing campaign which has included graffiti and posters with the ‘reflektor’ symbol appearing in cities all around the world. These latest shows came to light after a poster was spotted and posted on an Arcade Fire fan twitter account. The poster (see below) reads ‘ formal attire or costume’ which has become a recurring request with other secret shows in Blackpool, New York and Miami.

The band who first came to the world’s attention with their seminal album ‘Funeral’ in 2004 have composed a series of critically acclaimed albums culminating in their Grammy-award winning 2010 album ‘The Suburbs’. However, their latest offering, produced by former LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy has taken a new direction musically and has divided critics. The Guardian commented that ‘It sounds like the work of a band that has plenty of good ideas, but increasingly can’t tell them from their bad ones’ while the Telegraph have called it ‘ a baffingly brilliant art rock epic’ . Despite this division, their ability live has never come under question with the seven piece’s unique mix of instruments and styles fronted by the husband and wife partnership of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne creating an energy that few of their contemporaries can match.

Consequently, despite the covert nature of the concert announcement, there is sure to be high demand. Tickets go on general sale on Friday (November 1) on Ticket Master for £30.

The poster advertising the latest shows.
The poster advertising the latest shows.