8th Dec 2017

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LibDems lose Police Scotland no confidence vote in Holyrood

MSPs have turned down the chance to establish an independent commission into the “problems in policing” in Scotland.
The move was part of motion of no confidence in the national force proposed by the Liberal Democrats, which was soundly defeated.  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”.  The motion comes as senior figures in government and policing have joined forces to quell the groundswell of opinion over accusations of a leadership crisis at the top of Police Scotland.


Police are stepping up patrols in the North-east in a bid to keep people safe over the festive period. As part of the Safer Streets policing campaign, officers will go on more patrols across Aberdeenshire before Christmas to target antisocial behaviour, theft and violence. Announcing the increased patrols yesterday, local area commander Chief Inspector Murray Main said: “We want to ensure the minority do not get the opportunity to ruin it for those who are looking to go out and enjoy themselves over the festive period. “A small number of people will look to take advantage of the situation to cause issues or commit retail crimes, including shoplifting or other thefts such as stealing handbags, purses or wallets.”


Liberal Democrats criticised for no confidence motion in Police Scotland. The Liberal Democrats came under fire from MSPs of other parties as the party’s motion of no confidence in Police Scotland was defeated at Holyrood. The party called for an independent commission to look at previous reforms which saw local police forces merged into a national force in  Liam McArthur said a succession of resignations, suspensions and early retirements had weakened confidence in Scotland’s national police force and governing body the Scottish Police Authority.


A CRACKDOWN on sex offences and other serious crimes is at the heart of a new three-year plan drawn up by top cops. The Local Police Plan 2017-2020 details the main objectives for keeping people safe over the next three years. As well as tackling a surge in sexual offences, there is also set to be a major effort by officers to gain a better understanding of the distribution and supply network of illegal drugs across Renfrewshire, which has the sixth highest rate of drug deaths in Scotland.


Police action at Aberdeen triple death tower block ‘was appropriate

Police acted appropriately when they were called to an Aberdeen tower block where a man jumped to his death after apparently fatally stabbing two other people, a review has found. Tracy Gabriel and Keith Taylor were found dead at Donside Court, in the Tillydrone area, in July last year. Hugh Gallacher, 56, then fell to his death shortly after police arrived. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) said police acted appropriately and with professionalism. The review said four officers were called to the tower block after reports from residents that a woman had been heard screaming and a man had been seen with blood on his hands.


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