28th Nov 2017

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North-east police officer recognised for rescue efforts after car crashed into burn

Pc Carolyn Wright and five of her colleagues managed to save Amy Duguid, but big sister Kirsten later died in hospital after the car they were travelling in plunged into a burn last December. The Meldrum Academy pupil, from Methlick, was trapped when the Audi A3 they were travelling in left the road and overturned at Mains of Arnage, near Ellon.


Kenny MacAskill: New SPA chief has been handed a baptism of fire

The latest turmoil in Police Scotland is unedifying for the organisation and debilitating for staff. Just as it was steadying itself, the feet are ca’d from under it. A financial boost through VAT exemption and the imminent arrival of a new chairwoman of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) in Susan Deacon augured well for some stability. Instead she faces an additional challenge with the suspension of several senior officers in a service, previously reeling from bad publicity.


Scotland needs to break cycle of domestic abuse… and that should start in our schools

A good friend of mine went out with a guy who used to hit her. We were teenagers at the time. The guy was older. He took her away from Scotland. Sometimes I’d get a scratchy, hurried landline call from her. She seemed OK.  Eventually she made her way home. But he was still in tow. One day she told me about their “play fights”. She laughed. She told me about the smashed-up walls in their flat, taking a long draw of her cigarette and grinning at me. But she seemed OK. This Saturday marked International White Ribbon Day and the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The campaign is focused on educating men about violence against women and girls, asking them to become part of the solution. It’s poignant given the recent focus on sexual harassment.


Scotland police responds to leadership crisis

The acting leader of Police Scotland will respond on Tuesday to the shock suspensions of several of its top officers over alleged criminal behaviour. Police Scotland’s chief constable, Phil Gormley, was suspended earlier this year after complaints of bullying, but one of the force’s assistant chief constables, the head of armed policing and his deputy, have now also been suspended. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) said it has opened an investigation “following receipt of anonymous allegations of criminality by officers, including a senior officer, serving with Police Scotland”.


Row over ‘preferential treatment’ for Chief Constable amid suspensions

Four officers have been suspended during an independent probe into crime and misconduct allegations. But their boss Mr Gormley, who is being investigated in relation to separate bullying complaints, avoided suspension in favour of what he has called special leave.  The Scottish Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, has spoken out against its members not having the same rights as those at the very top of the organisation.  An SPA spokesman told the Daily Mail “there is no such thing” as special leave, adding there are differences between Mr Gormley’s case, which is relates to misconduct only, and the other senior officers’ situation, which is said to involve criminal allegations.  A source close to the senior officers said he is baffled by the decision to suspend them.


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