2nd Nov 2017

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Shock police stats reveal at least one domestic attack in Wishaw area every day

At least one domestic abuse incident takes place in the region every day. Police figures show that in the last three months alone there were 106 attacks within the Wishaw, Shotts and Motherwell area.  A Police Scotland spokesman said: “With the majority of domestic abuse perpetrated behind closed doors, incidents are often challenging to investigate.  “Domestic abuse encompasses all manner of crime types as well as conduct such as controlling behaviour or coercive control which, at present, is not a stand-alone criminal offence. “All frontline police officers receive additional training to deal with these incidents thoroughly and professionally and are supported by Lanarkshire Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit.


SNP renews demands for Westminster to ‘end cash grab’ from Police Scotland

A member of the Scottish Parliament has renewed demands for the government to allow Scotland’s police and fire rescue services to reclaim VAT. Currently the amount owed stands at £140m and will rise to £300m by 2022 if demands are not met.  SNP MSP Ben Macpherson has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond on the issue – which sees money for devolved services siphoned off by the government.


Campaigners say it is “extremely worrying” that police plan to water down zero tolerance approach to domestic abuse offenders

Campaigners against domestic violence have said it is “extremely worrying” that police have moved to water down a zero tolerance approach to offenders. Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) said the change to the previous hardline policy – which has already taken place – was a sign Police Scotland still did not understand the nature of most domestic abuse.

Dr Marsha Scott, chief executive of Scottish Women’s Aid said: “Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour that involves fear, coercion, control and sometimes physical assault.


Top officer stays on leave after fourth bullying allegation surfaces

It is understood that the latest allegation against Phil Gormley – reportedly by a civilian worker – would lead to suspension. Mr Gormley was already being investigated by the Police Independent Review Commissioner (PIRC) over three earlier complaints involving gross misconduct when a fourth complaint emerged.  He stepped aside last month to help the PIRC examine the alleged grievances.  The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board has, however, decided to allow his period of ‘extended leave’ to continue – rather than suspend the officer – to allow the investigations to take place.


Force scrapping zero tolerance domestic abuse policy not a ‘light’ decision

Police Scotland has changed its approach to domestic abuse which previously meant all alleged perpetrators were kept in custody to protect victims.  Prior to the amendment, those accused of domestic abuse could be held until they were able to appear at a court hearing “on the next lawful day”.  Some were also forced to leave their family home or ordered not to approach the alleged victim.  Now those who are judged to be “less of a risk” to the victim are to be released on special conditions. The change to the custody policy was made in March after the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and Police Scotland signed a new joint protocol, but it was not publicised.


Tat’s life as police team have designs on award win

The police team behind the Inkredible Art Project in Dunfermline and West Fife have been nominated for a national award. PC Scott Morgan and PC Stewart Paton of the Dunfermline Central Community Team launched the project, which initially aimed to boost the confidence of budding young artists in the area and open doors to a career in the creative arts, in October last year. The duo have now been nominated shortlisted for Team of the Year at the third annual Scottish Policing Excellence Awards on January, 30, at Scottish Police College at Tulliallan.


Police launch consultation on future of police buildings

Police Scotland has launched a three month consultation exercise which will give local communities, partners and stakeholders the opportunity to have their say on the future of some of the police estate. On 28 September 2017, the Scottish Police Authority approved a period of consultation in relation to 53 premises which have been identified for potential disposal. These premises were identified following a review of the estate and the vast majority are empty or will soon become empty and therefore the proposed changes will not impact on service delivery to local communities.  The consultation begins today (Wednesday 1 November 2017) and will conclude on Wednesday 31 January 2018.


Chief inspector of prisons warns of rehabilitation failure

Scotland’s courts are continuing to send too many people to prison for short-term sentences which do not as a deterrent to offending, the chief inspector of prisons has warned. David Strang backed Scottish Government plans to introduce a presumption against sentences of under 
12 months, but said there was a “lot of work to do” to help improve rehabilitation for those already behind bars. Publishing his annual report yesterday, Mr Strang said Scotland had “much to be proud of”, particularly when compared with prisons in England and Wales, which have been beset by problems in recent months. But he said too many people are being held on remand – almost 15 per cent of Scotland’s 7,500-strong prison population are on remand.


30k soft touch warnings issued in only 18 months

More than 30,000 soft touch police warnings have been handed out to criminals, including thugs and drug-users. Shocking new figures reveal nearly 6,000 of those were issued for possession of cannabis – more than 1 in 5 of all drug charges. Offenders avoid a full criminal record as a result of the Recorded Police Warnings (RPWs) issued by officers for supposedly ‘minor’ offences.


Ayr police sergeant sexually assaults five women – including two married women – during work nights out

A police sergeant in Ayr has been found guilty of five sex attacks on two married women on a work night out Allan Ross groped the victim’s breasts during the assaults. The 47-year-old and the women had chatted on a private messaging group called two “chicks and a d**k” after meeting at a birthday bash.  The dad-of-three sexually assaulted the pair during journeys home and at Furys nightclub in Ayr.  Depute fiscal Andrew Lazarin said: “You have been a predator with these females. You explored the boundaries, pushed the boundaries and acted inappropriately.”  Married Ross was convicted of five charges of sexually assaulting the two women at Ayr Sheriff Court on Tuesday.


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