7th Dec 2017

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Scottish Police Federation’s top official rips apart LibDem claims in must-read Twitter thread

Top police official Calum Steele has set the LibDems straight on their criticism of the Scottish Government over the creation of Police Scotland. LibDem Justice Spokesperson Liam McArthur hit out at the SNP ahead of his party’s motion of no confidence in Police Scotland being debated in Holyrood today. Steele, general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, tore apart McArthur’s arguments on Twitter.


Organised crime gang behind bars after major police probe

A major crime gang are behind bars after a large-scale police probe into violence, drugs, firearms and dirty money. The nine-strong mob includes Mark Richardson and Martyn Fitzsimmons.  The clan had been due to stand trial in a case that had been expected to last around three months.  Prosecutors had listed a total of 28 charges which included the shooting of Ross Monaghan outside a Glasgow primary school.


Crime gang facing jail after guilty pleas

Members of an organised crime gang linked to violence, drugs and firearms are facing jail after pleading guilty to a string of serious offences. Nine men, including Martyn Fitzsimmons, an army veteran with convictions for the theft of ammunition and explosives in 2008, had been due to stand trial in a case that was expected to last three months. Prosecutors had listed a total of 28 charges, which included the attempted murder of a senior gangland figure and the possession of £1.5 million in cash alleged to have been gained through criminal means.


Lifesavers honoured by Police Scotland

Three men who saved a woman from drowning during the storms of two years ago have been presented with bravery awards by Police Scotland. Romanno Bridge airline worker Jamie Simmons and Peebles teacher Keith Russell both dived into the flooded Lyne Water on Boxing Day 2015 after seeing a woman fall from a nearby bridge. Jamie’s father, Michael, who is from Newcastle, also waded through the icy-cold water to help with the recovery.


Police chief vows organised crime fight will go on

The head of Police Scotland’s organised crime and counter terrorism unit welcomed the outcome of yesterday’s case. Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry McLean said it had “removed men who were responsible for bringing fear and misery to communities” from
the streets.


LibDems lose Police Scotland no confidence vote in Holyrood

A LIBDEM motion of no confidence in Police Scotland has been rejected by MSPs. Holyrood voted by 85 to 35 against the motion which would have seen parliament register “no confidence in the structure of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority to deliver resilient and accountable policing at a strategic level”. It also included a call for the Scottish Government to establish an independent commission on the matter.


MSPs told Police Scotland set-up commission would create uncertainty

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has dismissed calls for a new commission to examine the set-up of Police Scotland, insisting such a move would only create more “uncertainty”.

Mr Matheson defended the national force after Liberal Democrats raised a motion in Holyrood stating they did “not have confidence in the structure of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority to deliver resilient and accountable policing at a strategic level”. Lib Dem justice spokesman Liam McArthur said: “We do not have confidence in those structures and they need change.”


Police Scotland review ‘would create unwanted uncertainty’

Establishing a commission to examine Police Scotland’s managerial structure would create unwanted “uncertainty”, the justice secretary has said. Michael Matheson defended the force at Holyrood on Wednesday during a debate on a motion of no confidence in the organisation’s structure put forward by the Liberal Democrats. The debate comes during a time of disruption for Police Scotland, with chief constable Phil Gormley on special leave since September after a number of complaints were made regarding his conduct.


No confidence motion in Police Scotland and SPA to be debated in Holyrood?

An independent commission is being demanded to investigate the “problems in policing” as a troubled national force comes under intense political scrutiny at the highest government level later today. A motion of no confidence in the strategic ability of Police Scotland and its supervisory body – the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) – will be debated at Holyrood on Wednesday afternoon (December 6). Liberal Democrats are to raise the issue in parliament, making clear that they “believe that the Scottish Government should take responsibility” for the “bulldozed” creation in 2013 of a single force from eight regional ones.


Named person Bill progress blocked by Holyrood’s education committee

MSPs have stalled the Scottish Government’s named person scheme, with a Holyrood committee taking the unusual decision not to let it past the first parliamentary stage. Members of the education committee voted not to produce a Stage 1 report. The rules of the parliament mean that for legislation to proceed there needs to be a committee report.


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