Call for police assurances over Elizabeth Bowe murder
A Fife councillor wants a senior officer from Police Scotland to discuss the events leading to Elizabeth Bowe’s death in St Andrews last year and explain the mechanisms in place to prevent a similar tragedy in the future. Liberal Democrat member Tim Brett will ask members of North East Fife Area Committee on Wednesday to agree officers are asked to attend next month’s meeting to discuss the issue. His motion follows findings from the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) that Mrs Bowe could have been saved had police attended promptly following her call for help.
Dozens of local sex offenders taken off register
Dozens of sex offenders in Tayside and Fife previously subject to “indefinite notification” have been wiped from the register. The offenders include those convicted of rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, indecent exposure and possession of indecent images of children. It’s been revealed that 25 sex offenders in Tayside and Fife no longer have to register their movements and that victims are not necessarily notified that their attacker is no longer seen as a threat. Offenders previously subject to “indefinite notification” could move in with a young family or live near a school. They will also be able to travel abroad freely without informing the authorities. Scottish Conservative shadow justice spokesman Liam Kerr MSP said: “The public deserve to feel safe and they also deserve to know ‘indefinite’ does not necessarily actually mean ‘indefinite’. They will certainly be surprised to know registration can be as short as 15 years, or eight for offenders who were aged 18 or under at the time of their offence.
Ten men charged with alleged drink driving offences in North-east
Six people were arrested in Aberdeen, three in Aberdeenshire and one person in Moray, and subsequently charged. The motorists – all men – have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal, with a number expected to appear at court today. Policed Scotland is supporting the latest national festive drink-drive awareness campaign led by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland, which stresses that the best approach to festive drinking is to not drink at all before getting behind the wheel. Road Policing Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie said: “It beggars belief that anyone would put themselves or others at risk on the road when under the influence, yet time and time again a persistent minority of drivers think they can ignore safety messages and put the public in danger.