Scots railway police fear losing employment rights in merger
Police officers on Scotland’s railways fear losing their existing terms and conditions if they seek promotion following a controversial merger. The Scottish Government has promised to protect the rights of British Transport Police (BTP) officers once the force’s operations are integrated into Police Scotland from 2019. But it is understood BTP officers risk losing their employment status if they move away from the “rail division” and into another part of Police Scotland. Earlier this year, the BTP Federation warned officers in Scotland were leaving due to the uncertainty created by the merger. BTP officers are currently classed as employees, while those working for Police Scotland are Crown servants.
Scotland’s busiest needle exchange service shuts in Glasgow
Scotland’s busiest needle exchange service for injecting drug users was closed yesterday, sparking fears that HIV infection rates could spike as a result. The facility, based in Glasgow Central Station, has been used by nearly 2,000 people since it opened last July, and it has been supported by Police Scotland, Glasgow City Council, and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. However, Network Rail, owners of the station, said it had decided to shut down the service after “constantly” discovering drug-related paraphernalia in public areas, including lavatories.
Kirkcaldy police station could be option for court trials
The possibility of moving trials from Kirkcaldy’s sheriff court to the town’s police station is being considered. The move follows further calls for a new justice centre in the town amid concerns that the current court facilities are inadequate to deal with a rising number of trials which it is being faced with.
Death of Scots mother in bike crash sparks fresh police warnings over ‘fixies’
The killing of a Scottish mother by a cyclist riding an illegal bike with no brakes is fuelling a fresh police campaign to clampdown on the use of track-style frames on the roads. Officers have been made aware of the tragedy in which Glasgow-born Kim Briggs died as she tried to cross the street in east London and cyclists in Scotland will come under greater scrutiny as police move to enforce the ban on so-called ‘fixies’.
Nearly half of LGBT pupils are being bullied at school but ‘modest improvement’ made
Almost half of lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) young people in Scotland are bullied at school, a new report suggests. Stonewall Scotland research found that 48 per cent of the 402 LGBT young people who took part were bullied for their sexuality in 2017, a slight drop from 52 per cent in 2012. More than three in five (63 per cent) LGBT young people aged between 11-19 frequently or often heard homophobic language in school with 91 per cent regularly hearing phrases such as “that’s so gay”.