Street marches, including those organised by the Orange Order could be cancelled due to fresh legal advice that is likely to increase the cost of parades. In the past, road closures for Orange marches, and other religious, political or cultural parades have been arranged informally by officers and the local council when necessary, however, Police Scotland have now been informed that they lack the power to divert or hold up traffic without a court order, unless responding to an emergency. Adhering to such legal advice will inevitably raise costs for councils according to a paper to be presented at the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).
POLICE Scotland have been accused of breaching protocol after they informed a man by phone that his brother was dead. Wayne Everett reported his brother, Darran, missing and received a call from police asking for details about tattoos. Shortly afterwards, Wayne, was told by phone that his brother’s body had been found and identified. The force’s handling of the case is now being investigated by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner.
Police officers are poised to work with firefighters to provide reassurance to an Aberdeen community ahead of Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities. Officers in Northfield will meet residents in the Oldtown and Marchburn communities ahead of both dates. Northfield Inspector Karen Main said: “During June we joined with partner organisations including Aberdeen City Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Alcohol and Drugs Action and city wardens to make physical improvements to the Oldtown and Marchburn areas.”
A NEW campaign has been launched in a bid to tackle the growing problem of hate crime. Experts at Crimestoppers want more people across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire to step forward and help bring a halt to a “massively under-reported issue.” Between May and September, the charity recorded an 88 per cent increase in hate crime reports in Scotland compared to the previous five months from December 2016 to April of this year. A breakdown of the statistics reveals half of those calls related to information on Islamophobia.
Scotland is set to become the first part of the UK to ban parents from smacking their children, after the SNP confirmed that it will back a change to the law. The Scottish Government said it would “ensure” that proposals put forward by the Green MSP John Finnie were implemented, after previously suggesting it would merely not oppose them Mr Finnie has brought forward a Member’s Bill which aims to remove the defence of “justifiable assault” from Scottish law, which can currently be used by parents who punish their children.
The children’s commissioners of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are calling for a UK-wide change in the law after the Scottish government confirmed its support for a ban on smacking children. Scotland is to become the first part of the UK to introduce an outright ban on the physical punishment of children, after the Scottish government said it would ensure that a member’s bill became law. John Finnie, the justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has proposed removing the defence of “justifiable assault” from Scottish law, giving children the same legal protection as adults.