8th Nov 2017

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Police Scotland are at fault yet again after vulnerable woman was murdered after cops ignored help plea

The catalogue of disaster revealed by Police Investigations and Review Commissioner report almost beggars belief. Commissioner Kate Frame is blunt in her assessment that a vulnerable woman was murdered because the police simply ignored her plea for help.


Prompt police response could have prevented woman’s murder, watchdog finds

Police may have prevented a woman’s murder by her brother if they had responded to her 999 call almost 90 minutes before she was found injured, investigators have found. Elizabeth Bowe, 50, was found seriously hurt at her home in St Andrews, Fife, on September 17 2016 and later died. She had phoned police at around 8pm that evening using her brother Charles Gordon’s mobile telephone, to report that he had stolen her mobile and was refusing to return it to her, the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (Pirc) report found.


Teenager charged with attempted murder of cop outside Edinburgh College

A teenager has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a police officer. The male Police Scotland constable was stabbed after being called to Edinburgh College in the Granton area of the city on Monday morning. The officer, who is in his 20s, was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment to the non-life-threatening injury.


Scottish Police Cuts Causing ‘Human Rights Violations and Assaults to Staff’

Budget cuts to custody facilities are leaving police officers at risk of assault, according to the Scottish Police Federation (SPF). In a letter to the Scottish Justice Committee this week, the organisation said that while “cell care” had greatly improved, budget cuts meant it was arguable that “the human rights of prisoners are being ignored.” “As a direct consequence of diminished funding […] police officers and the police service are under intolerable pressures,” they continued.  “Notwithstanding the best intentions and efforts of all involved, an unacceptably large number of prisoners are treated in a manner, which in the view of the SPF, is completely incompatible with their human rights.”


Police Investigations and Review Commissioner finds failings in Police Scotland handling in case of vulnerable woman

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found a number of failings in the way that Police Scotland handled a call from a vulnerable woman, before she was murdered by her brother. Police took nearly an hour and a half to respond to a call from 50-year-old Elizabeth Bowe that her brother had stolen her mobile phone, even though she was recorded on their systems as a vulnerable person who had been subject to domestic abuse, including allegations that she had been assaulted by her brother, Charles Gordon.  Bowe was found seriously injured at her home in St Andrews on 17 September 2016 after her brother called police to say he had killed her. She died of her injuries three days later.  PIRC commissioner Kate Frame said: “Had Police Scotland timeously dispatched resources in accordance with their call priority system following Elizabeth Bowe’s 999 call one hour and 24 minutes earlier, officers may have arrived at her home prior to her receiving the injuries from which she died and thereby prevented her death.”


PIRC criticises ACR response following ‘preventable’ death of vulnerable woman

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found several failings in the way Police Scotland responded to 999 calls made by and in relation to a 50-year-old woman before she was murdered by her brother. Elizabeth Bowe was found seriously injured at her home in St Andrews on September 17, 2016 – almost an hour and a half after she had phoned Police Scotland on the emergency number.  Her injuries were so severe that she died three days later. The matter was referred to the PIRC by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.


‘Unequivocal’ apology to gay men convicted of historical sexual offences

The Scottish government has formally apologised to gay men who were convicted under abolished gross indecency laws. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday (November 7) that discriminatory laws that criminalised same-sex relationships were “completely unjust”. Her apology coincides with the publication of new legislation that will provide victims with an automatic pardon.  The new Bill will also allow men to apply for any convictions for same-sex sexual activity that is now legal to apply for it to be removed from criminal records.  Ms Sturgeon said: “Those laws criminalised the act of loving another adult; they deterred people from being honest about their identity to family, friends, neighbours and colleagues; and by sending a message from parliament that homosexuality was wrong, they encouraged rather than deterred homophobia and hate.


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