Major anti-terror exercise in Edinburgh simulates attack at RBS
Police Scotland, the NHS and the Ministry of Defence are among the agencies involved in the planned scenario, which is being held across central and eastern Scotland and the north east of England. Code named Exercise Border Reiver, it was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in March and follows a series of high-profile attacks in London and Manchester. It began yesterday at the Gogarburn headquarters of RBS and will continue at smaller sites and individual properties across Scotland and the north east of England until Thursday.
Fears repeal of Offensive Behaviour Act could leave ‘gap in the law’
Scottish Labour MSP James Kelly’s bill to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act will leave a gap in the law, according to prosecutors. The Holyrood Parliament’s Justice Committee yesterday heard differing views on the Kelly bill from Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and three supporters’ organisations. The COPFS said that alternative charges are available to those contained in the 2012 Act, but that law does give prosecutors extra powers which are not contained in other legislation.
Scrapping Football Act won’t create ‘significant challenge’ for police
Sectarian hate crime at football matches will continue to be dealt with by police if controversial legislation is repealed. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins told Holyrood’s justice committee that scrapping the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act would not pose a “significant challenge” for Police Scotland. MSPs were taking evidence on Labour MSP James Kelly’s Member’s Bill to repeal the Act.
Chris Marshall: Scrap football act and start again
In football terms, Celtic’s 1-0 victory over Rangers in March 2011 has long since been forgotten about. But the political fall-out of the so-called “shame game” continues to be felt more than six years on. One of seven Old Firm games played over the course of the 2010-11 season, the game was notable for an infamous bust up between then managers Neil Lennon and Ally McCoist. It was the point the Scottish Government decided enough was enough, introducing the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act the following year.
School knife attacks reported for first time in Scotland
A child or teacher is threatened or attacked with a weapon every other week in Scottish schools. Eight incidents were reported to police between April 1 and June 30 this year – an average of one a fortnight. It is the first time official statistics have been produced in Scotland. It follows the death of 17-year-old Bailey Gwynne, who was fatally stabbed at school by fellow pupil Daniel Stroud. Child protection expert Andrew Lowe, who led the inquiry into his death, said he was “very pleased” by the decision to record attacks.
Cop who accused Phil Gormley of bullying has wages stopped while Chief Constable pockets £214k a year on special leave
A cop who accused the Chief Constable of bullying has had her wages stopped — as he pockets £214,000 a year on gardening leave. Inspector Aimee Canavan is no longer getting sick pay but boss Phil Gormley is collecting his full salary while facing three gross misconduct probes.
Police stations on axe hit list
Three Perthshire police stations could be sold off under the force’s plans to streamline its estate. Police Scotland sought permission from the Scottish Police Authority last week to begin a three-month consultation over the future of 53 properties which they say are no longer required. Police stations in Bridge of Earn, Stanley and Longforgan are all on the hit list. All of the properties have been identified by local police commanders as “surplus to requirements” and almost all of them are already closed with some still acting as a base for local officers.