Tayside police hand out more than 60,000 tickets as speeding figures prompt safety fears
Tayside Police handed out more than 60,000 speeding tickets last year and recorded the fastest speed in a 30mph zone anywhere in the UK. The figures, obtained through a series of Freedom of Information requests, have raised serious concerns over road safety in the region. Research from car leasing agent UK Carline showed one individual was snapped travelling at 106mph in a 30mph zone – the highest such speed reported by any UK police division. In another instance, a driver was caught speeding at more than twice the national limit on a Tayside road using a cloned registration plate.
Seven cops cleared in spy probe over bid to find Emma Caldwell leak
Counter Corruption Unit cops have been cleared in a spying probe – despite Police Scotland being forced to apologise to officers who were snooped on. A gross misconduct investigation was launched into seven officers after claims that more focus was put on finding the source of leaks to our sister paper the Sunday Mail than solving the 2005 Emma Caldwell murder. An earlier probe by Durham chief constable Mike Barton into the CCU’s illegal mole hunting operation led to a scathing report on Police Scotland’s conduct. But a subsequent inquiry – by Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton – into the conduct of the CCU officers reported back yesterday and found no misconduct.
Senior officers give backing to embattled police chief
A number of senior police officers have given their backing to Scotland’s chief constable amid continuing uncertainty over his future. Phil Gormley has been on leave since September while allegations of bullying are examined by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc). Past colleagues of the chief constable were among those to write in his defence on Twitter after former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill last week reiterated calls for Mr Gormley to step aside. Simon Bailey, the chief constable of Norfolk Constabulary, said Mr Gormley was an “excellent chief and leader” who had made a “real difference” during his policing career.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson right not to minute crunch police meeting, says his predecessor
Former Justice Secretary Kenneth MacAskill has defended his successor’s failure to minute a key meeting about the future of Scotland’s top police officer. Writing in today’s Herald, Mr MacAskill says government “can’t be conducted in full view… like Celebrity Big Brother” and ministers need space to discuss sensitive issues in private. Michael Matheson was widely criticised last week after it emerged no minute was taken of a disputed meeting with former Scottish Police Authority chair Andrew Flanagan.
Kenny MacAskill: Why ministers must not be tied down by constant minuting
The meeting between Justice Secretary Michael Matheson and the former chairman of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), Andrew Flanagan has been much commented on. For what it’s worth I believe the Minister was right to voice objections to a decision that was clearly flawed.
Scotland’s top prosecutor personally probing whistleblower ex-cop’s claims police covered up hiker’s possible murder
Scotland’s top prosecutor is personally probing a whistleblower ex-cop’s claims police covered up a hiker’s possible murder. James Wolffe’s intervention comes after we revealed crucial evidence about Nicholas Randall’s unsolved death was allegedly ignored. The Lord Advocate has asked to review case notes probing what happened when remains of Nicholas, 30, were found three years after he vanished.
Police Scotland records drop in domestic abuse over Christmas
The number of domestic abuse incidents reported to police fell more than six per cent over the festive period. According to figures from Police Scotland, there were 300 fewer calls – a decrease of 6.1 per cent – over Christmas and New Year. However, reports of incidents still remain higher over the festive season than at other times of the year. Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald said: “Reports of domestic abuse over the Christmas and New Year period reduced by 6.1 per cent which equates to over 300 fewer calls to police.
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