One was hard, gallus and crime-ridden.
DRUG mule Melissa Reid could be sent home to Scotland within weeks after a Peruvian court agreed she could be sent home.
AN 80-year-old woman has been left terrified to stay in the country cottage which has been her home for 60 years after a gun-toting raider robbed her and threatened to shoot her.
A "WALTER MITTY" bank manager swindled almost £90,000 from his branch to fund a lifestyle of foreign holidays and luxury goods.
AN independent cattle expert has told an inquest that a herd of 30 cows which trampled to death a university professor may have wanted to "eliminate" him.
The remains of two bodies have been found on reclaimed bogland in the Irish Republic where three of the IRA Disappeared are believed to have been secretly buried.
TWO bank workers sexually abused a one-year-old girl over an 18 month period after embarking on an office affair.
A jury has been shown the weapons a man has admitted he used to kill his brother-in-law.
SCORES of police stations are to be downsized or moved into council buildings under radical plans being drawn up by Scotland's national force to save millions of pounds a year.
Detectives are now solving more murders than take place.
A CONVICTED killer has denied knowledge of two voicemails allegedly sent by another man who is accused of plotting to murder two former high profile loyalist terrorists.
A MATHS teacher who performed sex acts on a schoolboy has been jailed for two years.
PENSIONERS and savers are being targeted by Scottish organised crime groups that are pioneering frauds which police fear could leave thousands of people penniless in old age.
A MAN whose fingerprint was found on the inside of a black bin bag wrapped round an AK-47 rifle has told a court he did not know how it got there.
A WORLD renowned conductor faces jail for sexually abusing two young boys.