Cam­paign of­fi­cer ha­rassed Ed­in­burgh Uni cou­ple

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A CAM­PAIGN of­fi­cer for the Lib Dems has been sus­pended af­ter be­ing con­victed of stalking two Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity stu­dents.

Ryan Lytwyn be­came be­sot­ted with his vic­tims, show­er­ing one with gifts and grab­bing him in the street. And he threat­ened to out the other as gay to his par­ents.

The 23-year-old was found guilty af­ter a trial at Ed­in­burgh Sher­iff Court.

He was handed a 12-month com­mu­nity pay­back or­der. Yes­ter­day, a Lib Dem spokesman said: “He is sus­pended from the party pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and has been re­moved as cam­paigns of­fi­cer for Young Lib­er­als.”

Char­ity worker Lytwyn, of Trin­ity, Ed­in­burgh, ha­rassed one of his vic­tims in the city’s Ge­orge Square, Pol­lock Halls of Res­i­dence in Holy­rood Park Road and else­where be­tween De­cem­ber 2015 and March 2016, caus­ing him fear or alarm. He pre­tended to still be a stu­dent at Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity, where he stud­ied pol­i­tics, and sent him mes­sages on so­cial me­dia.

Lytwyn also staked out and “loi­tered” at venues he knew his vic­tim vis­ited, and he turned up at his home un­in­vited.

He stalked his first vic­tim’s boyfriend in var­i­ous places in Ed­in­burgh, be­hav­ing ag­gres­sively to­wards him and threat­en­ing to ex­pose his sex­u­al­ity. An A GI­ANT iguana is be­ing cared for by an­i­mal wel­fare ex­perts af­ter be­ing res­cued from a layby. The Scot­tish SPCA were called af­ter a man found the 5ft-long rep­tile next to the A702 in the Bor­ders. The crea­ture is now at an SSPCA cen­tre in La­nark­shire, where staff have named him Iggy. Of­fi­cer DawnVale Low­don said: “De­spite hav­ing a few bumps, he was all right once he had been warmed up. “If no one comes for­ward for him, we’ll keep him un­til we can find him a suit­able for­ever home.” Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity spokes­woman said: “We have well-es­tab­lished poli­cies, pro­ce­dures and sys­tems in place, as well as highly trained staff, to en­sure that the univer­sity is a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment in which to study and work.”

Lytwyn in­sists he doesn’t ac­cept the court ver­dict and will be lodg­ing an ap­peal.

Last year, he was in­volved in a race row af­ter paint­ing his face black to dress as the Grim Reaper for a univer­sity Hal­loween event.

Coun­cil worker GREEN GI­ANT It’s not with Iggy. his Steve O’Hara es­caped from rep­tile clear if the aban­doned or was owner’s home

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