Wednesday headlines: Crack-fueled murderer knifed Scots gran 25 times in frenzied attack


Welcome to the Daily Record’s Wednesday briefing.

The top stories you need to know today include a crack-fueled murderer who knifed a Scots grand 25 times, the gangster claiming one of Scotland’s most notorious gangland feuds began over stolen drug stash, and the product Sainsbury’s shoppers are loving.

Here are the latest headlines from Scotland and beyond.

Crack-fueled murderer knifed Scots gran 25 times in frenzied attack



Margaret Robertson, 54, was found dead in her home in Aberdeen.

A violent drug user who brutally murdered a grandmother in a frenzied knife attack at her flat was jailed for life today.

Crack cocaine-fueled Norman Duncan stabbed Margaret Robertson, 54, at least 25 times during the fatal assault.

A judge told Duncan, 43: “This was a sustained and merciless attack inflicted upon a defenceless woman in her home.”

Lord Harrower ordered at the High Court in Edinburgh that the murderer must serve 20 years in prison before he is eligible to seek parole.

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Gangster claims one of Scotland’s most notorious gangland feuds began over stolen drug stash



Ian 'Blink' McDonald
Ian ‘Blink’ MacDonald

Gangster Ian “Blink” MacDonald has claimed one of Scotland’s most notorious gangland feuds began over a stolen drug stash.

The convicted bank robber said Paul Ferris, 58, asked him to sell a consignment worth tens of thousands of pounds which actually belonged to Arthur Thompson snr.

MacDonald, 60, said the war between Ferris and Thompson, nicknamed The Godfather, began when the betrayal emerged.

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Sainsbury’s shoppers go wild for 20p sleep products they praise as ‘best ever’



Shoppers have praised the sleep aid products as 'the best'
Shoppers have praised the sleep aid products as ‘the best’

If you’ve had struggles with your sleep pattern at any point in your life, then you’ll know how much of pain it can be.

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It can especially be worse for those suffering from medication conditions such as restless leg syndrome, which may lead to them resorting to medications.

But it looks like social media users have found the ‘best product ever’ to help you get a good nights rest, and it can be found on supermarket shelves.

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National Insurance threshold increase to £12,570 could see people lose access to vital credits for State Pension



Workers will pay more towards National Insurance Contributions from April 2022
Workers will pay more towards National Insurance Contributions from April 2022

Rishi Sunak has announced that the National Insurance Contributions starting threshold will rise by £3,000 to £12,570 from July, meaning employees across the UK will keep more of what they earn before they have to start paying personal tax.

The cut, worth over £6 billion, will benefit almost 30 million working people with a typical employee saving over £330 in the year from July 1.

The Chancellor hailed it as the single biggest tax cut for a decade. He said: “Around 70 per cent of all workers will have their taxes cut by more than the amount they’ll pay through the new levy.”

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Martin Lewis issues warning to every energy customer paying their bills by Direct Debit



Martin Lewis
Martin Lewis was prompted to explain the gray area around backdated payment of the £150 energy rebate after a question from a viewer

Martin Lewis has issued a stark warning to every energy customer in the UK paying their gas and electricity bills by Direct Debit.

The consumer champion took to social media on Tuesday to advise anyone considering canceling their energy supplier Direct Debit payments in an effort to keep their finances under control not to do so as it could actually increase their monthly outgoings.

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Writing on his official twitter and Facebook accounts, Martin said: “WARNING! Many talking about canceling energy Direct Debits to ‘keep in control’ and just pay when billed. Yet be aware that’s usually charged at a HIGHER RATE.”

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