10th Nov 2017

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Cost of controversial railway policing plan could be ‘significant’

Police bosses have awarded an initial £400,000 contract for work overseeing the merger with British Transport Police amid warnings final costs will be “significant”. Police Scotland has tasked Ernst & Young with helping deliver the integration ahead of a move which will see the national force assume railway policing duties from 2019. Despite initial assurances that costs associated with the project would be “minor”, minutes of a closed Scottish Police Authority (SPA) meeting now makes it clear there are likely to be “significant financial implications” associated with the work.


Two years after the deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell, hundreds of police call centre blunders are still being made

A STRING of failings at Police Scotland call centres have been exposed in the wake of an “ignored” report which may have prevented a murder – as it emerged more than one case every two days is being mishandled. An estimated 200 botched calls have been flagged up in police reports over the past year, including one in which a suicidal man told to hang up by call handlers and a woman who had to phone three times to report a dead body in her home. It was revealed this week police could have prevented Elizabeth Bowe’s woman’s murder by her brother, Charles Gordon, in St Andrews, Fife, if they had responded to her 999 call.


Police Scotland urged to provide MSPs with assessment of current custody arrangements

Police Scotland has been urged to provide MSPs with a human rights assessment of current custody arrangements. Green MSP John Finnie made the call following concerns raised by the Scottish Police Federation over custody care. In a submission to Holyrood’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, SPF general secretary Calum Steele said that a cut in the number of custody centres had led to prisoners being “routinely conveyed over vast distances to be accommodated in cells”.


Police call-handlers ‘made 200 serious mistakes’

Police Scotland’s call-handling system has made 200 serious mistakes in the past year, the Scottish Conservatives have claimed. Ruth Davidson, the party leader, used first minister’s questions to attack Nicola Sturgeon over what she said was a series of errors, mistakes and lapses by Police Scotland in response to emergency calls. Some of the errors involved the failure to deploy officers to serious incidents, sending officers to the wrong address or sending them to the right address in the wrong town, she said.


Teenagers need jail as a deterrent, says Metropolitan police chief Cressida Dick

The country’s top police officer has called for tougher sentences for teenage criminals to stop them becoming serial offenders. Cressida Dick, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said that years of trying to keep young people out of prison had resulted in criminals who did not fear the legal system. She cited the case of a 16-year-old from south London who had not been locked up despite committing 42 offences — involving violence, weapons, and drugs — in less than three years.


Ruth Davidson: hundreds of emergency police calls go ‘unheeded’

Two hundred emergency calls to Police Scotland have “gone unheeded” in the past year, with officers not being deployed to incidents or being sent to the wrong town, according to Ruth Davidson. The Scottish Conservative leader said the mishandled cases included a suicidal caller who was told to “hang up”, and a 999 call from a couple saying their front door was “being kicked in”. She challenged Nicola Sturgeon on the issue at First Minister’s Questions after a damning police watchdog report found a number of failings in the way police dealt with an emergency call from a vulnerable,  domestic abuse victim.


Scottish Parliament evacuated after ‘suspicious package’ discovered

Firefighters were called and they examined the white powder. “No other areas of the Holyrood campus are now affected and the Parliament remains open to the public at present”. A package containing white powder was sent to a Conservative Party lawmaker, a source at the parliament told Reuters news agency. A police spokesman described the incident as a “false alarm with good intent”. Scotland’s parliament building was evacuated on Tuesday after at least one package containing white powder was found.


Davidson slams Sturgeon over ‘unheeded’ 999 police calls

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has criticised the First Minister over a series of mishandled 999 calls when officers were sent to the wrong town or not dispatched at all. The matter was raised at First Minister’s Questions on Thursday following the publication of a police watchdog report into the murder of a Dundee woman, Elizabeth Bowe. It stated her death could have been prevented if officers had been dispatched following her emergency call.


I’m proud to have known him’ Tributes pour in for Scots police officer shot dead in line of duty in Canada

Tributes have been paid to a Scots police officer who was shot dead while serving in Canada. PC John Davidson, 53, from Hawick , was shot while trying to arrest a suspect in Abbotsford, British Columbia, on Monday. The local police department said it had lost “an amazing colleague and friend who died in the line of duty”. On its website, the force paid tribute to the married father-of-three, saying: “Our community lost a hero. “John was a dedicated police officer who devoted so much of his time to connecting with the community and helping kids.”


Man held in Germany over 1993 Ayr killing of Ansar Shah

A man has been arrested in Germany over the alleged murder of a Scottish restaurant owner almost 25 years ago. Ansar Shah, 36, was stabbed to death in a car park on Ayr’s seafront in October, 1993. Europol, French and German authorities, Police Scotland, the Crown Office and the UK National Crime Agency were involved in arresting a man aged 51 in Frankfurt. Police Scotland saidthat proceedings to return him to Scotland will take place in due course. Mark Bell, a detective chief inspector and part of Police Scotland’s homicide governance review team, said: “Time and location are no barrier to the efforts and determination of our staff and partners to pursue justice for victims and their loved ones.”


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