MSP branded ‘utterly irresponsible’ over move to repeal Offensive Behaviour Act
A Labour MSP has been branded “utterly irresponsible” and “self serving” over efforts to repeal controversial legislation aimed at cracking down on football sectarianism. James Kelly is to give evidence to MSPs on Holyrood’s Justice Committee on his member’s bill, which if passed, would scrap the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act. But ahead of the committee meeting SNP MSP George Adam accused the Labour MSP of ignoring the “vast majority” of people in Scotland who support the legislation. The SNP cited a YouGov poll from 2015 as showing more than 80% of Scots support the Act.
Police Scotland shouldn’t deal with trivial incidents, cyber crime or steward public events says Kenny MacAskill
Police should no longer respond to some minor crimes or steward major public events, former SNP justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said. The veteran politician, in government from 2007 to 2014, said officers on the national force he helped set up are now “run ragged” dealing with minor matters others could take care of. MacAskill’s suggestions were blanked by the Scottish Government last night and opposition parties said he should have fixed problems when he was in charge. The former MSP also risked a backlash from NHS workers when he said it’s time for the health service to “step up to the plate” on mental health issues which “drain” police resources.
Scottish £200million drug supergang brought down after torture victim’s DNA found on pistol
Cops brought down a £200million drug gang after finding a torture victim’s DNA on the butt of a pistol. The mob’s empire crumbled following the discovery of a deadly weapons cache in Glasgow which linked them to the brutal attack on Robert Allan. Probe boss Det Chief Supt Gerry McLean said: “Scotland is a safer place with them behind bars. “They had absolute disregard for public safety.” The gang were funded by dealing “vast quantities” of cocaine — importing a tonne of drugs every year.
Calls for bungling Scottish Police Authority chief John Foley to lose £57,000 golden handshake pay off
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson last night faced calls to halt a £57,000 golden handshake for a bungling cop boss. John Foley was promised the sum — on top of a £43,000 early retirement payment — despite presiding over a long-running shambles at the Scottish Police Authority.
Force warns domestic abusers: ‘we are coming for you’
Police Scotland has launched a national campaign to tackle the increase of domestic abuse over the Christmas period. The Scottish force received 199 reports of domestic incidents on average every day between December 24, 2016 and January 5, 2017, compared to 158 at other times of the year. Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald said Police Scotland receives a report of domestic abuse every nine minutes. In response, it has released cinema, radio and television advertisements which use the language and controlling behaviours heard by victims to target the perpetrators. An additional £110,000 funding was also announced for domestic abuse alarms that will immediately connect victims to the police. These will be rolled out early next year. Launching the four-week campaign #every9minutes, Ms MacDonald said: “Domestic abusers want to control the actions and thoughts of their victims, this can take the form of violence but equally it can be threats or other abuse which demean their victim, destroying their confidence, and isolating them financially or from family and support.
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