9th Nov 2017

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Female cop left with horror burns after lit rocket launched by rioting Edinburgh yobs exploded inches from her face

A female cop was badly burned in a firework gang attack after a request for full riot squad back-up was ignored, outraged colleagues claimed. These are the horror scars on the PC’s neck and chest after a lit rocket thrown by rampaging yobs exploded inches from her face.  But outraged colleagues blasted bosses for sending the bobby to deal with an out-of-control mob — after refusing a request to send in the riot squad.  The horror bonfire night incident in Muirhouse, Edinburgh, has caused outrage among rank-and-file cops who claim the woman would not have landed in hospital if an urgent plea for back-up had been heeded.


Police Scotland welcomes Public Sector Action Plan on Cyber Resilience

Police Scotland has welcomed the national Public Sector Action Plan on Cyber Resilience. As a Cyber Catalyst, the service is working closely with the Scottish Government, the National Cyber Resilience Leaders Board and other key partners to implement the action plan within the organisation.  Police Scotland is also committed to prioritising work to ensure systems of incident response are in place to allow Scottish public bodies to respond quickly and effectively to cyber-attacks.


Peebles tests its resilience for training day

Around 50 residents helped Peebles to ‘prepare for the worst’. Organised by the Peebles Resilient Community Group (PRCG), locals took part in a training day on Sunday October 29, to prepare for another devastating flood. As well as the volunteers, the group had the support and guidance from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland and Scottish Borders Council. Co-ordinator Paul Spence told the Peeblesshire News: “We were greatly encouraged by the support given by the public. We had a wide variety of age groups that came to offer their skills in various ways.


Government outlines cyber security action plan

The Scottish government has outlined its action plan to protect public organisations from cyber-attacks. The strategy was fast-tracked after a global cyber-attack in May in which 11 Scottish health boards were targeted. Public bodies have been told to improve their defences against online attacks which “will continue to increase”.  The Public Sector Action Plan on Cyber Resilience outlines how local authorities, government departments and NHS boards can be more secure online. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the plan “will encourage all public bodies, large or small, to achieve common standards of cyber resilience”.


Highland police target deer poachers

Wildlife crime officers in the Highlands are carrying out anti-deer poaching patrols to clampdown on the illegal activity. Operation Moon is ongoing and will take place throughout autumn and in the run-up to Christmas. It will include patrols in hot-spots for deer poaching, visits to game dealers and targeting out of season and unauthorised shooting of deer.  Operation Moon follows on from initiatives during the summer which resulted in one individual being charged and reported to the procurator fiscal for shooting out of season deer.  Deer poaching can pose implications for public health as there can be poor food preparation hygiene when animals are taken for human consumption.


Vandals and thugs ‘a low priority’: Police watchdog warns some crimes are being ignored or not investigated for weeks

Police are not responding to some crimes including violence, assaults and criminal damage, a watchdog has warned.  So-called ‘low priority’ incidents are being shunned completely by officers or not investigated for weeks, said HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.  A damning report reinforced concerns that victims are losing confidence in police forces which increasingly treating offences such as street attacks and car crime as minor matters.


Over 2,000 drivers flout tougher law on phones

Ten motorists on average a day have been caught using their mobiles at the wheel since tough new laws were introduced in Scotland this year. Despite the threat of fines of up to £200, 2200 drivers were caught between 1 March and September 30.


Swinney apologises over named persons mistake

John Swinney has apologised over his handling of revived plans to introduce a named person for every child in Scotland. The Deputy First Minister told Holyrood’s education committee that he accepted he had make a “mis-judgement” that had “proved not to be helpful”.  The named person for every child would usually be health visitors or teachers appointed to look out for the welfare of every child in Scotland.


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