22nd Jan 2018

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Police set for week-long crackdown on uninsured drivers in Scotland

Police are carrying out a week-long crackdown on the “menace” of uninsured drivers. Officers will use the latest intelligence to target those driving without insurance and urged motorists to make sure they are covered. They are delivering the campaign, which runs from today until 28 January, in partnership with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, head of road policing for Police Scotland, said: “This campaign will be delivered through a combination of mobile and static road checks, involving all road policing officers across Scotland with support from divisional colleagues. “Officers will be using the latest intelligence to target potential uninsured drivers and hotspots, and by doing this we hope to minimise the inconvenience caused to the general public while maximising the effectiveness of the operation.



Cops to crackdown on the ‘menace’ of uninsured drivers in new campaign

Cops are set to carry out a week long crackdown on the “menace” of uninsured drivers.

Officers have urged drivers across the country to make sure they are covered before heading out onto the roads this week.


Bid to get more protection for shop and bar workers

An MSP is launching a consultation on his plan for a new law to protect shop and bar workers from violence. Daniel Johnson is seeking views on a member’s bill to create new offences around the assault and abuse of workers who sell age-restricted items such as alcohol and cigarettes. The Labour MSP said such violence and abuse is at a 10-year high.

The Usdaw union, the Scottish Grocers’ Federation and retailer Scotmid are backing the plan. Speaking ahead of the launch in Edinburgh, Edinburgh MSP Mr Johnson said: “I am pleased to be launching the consultation for a bill which will provide additional protection to workers.  “The issue of violence and abuse against workers continues to grow, and many workers have told me that they now see it as just part of the job. My bill aims to provide legislative solutions, by creating new offences for those who assault or abuse workers.


Police Scotland crisis deepens as probe into Phil Gormley branded ‘disproportionate’

The Police Scotland crisis deepened today as the wife of Chief Constable Phil Gormley branded the bullying probe into his behaviour “a disproportionate fishing expedition”. In an unprecedented public attack retired senior police officer Claire Gormley said her husband had been “vilified” – hitting out at “some politicians” who had “immediately decided” he was guilty.  Mr Gormley has been on on gardening leave since September after a string of bullying claims were made against him, but is battling to return to his £214,000-a-year post.


Doctors urge England to follow Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

Senior doctors have renewed their efforts to get England to follow Scotland on minimum alcohol pricing. Experts said a thousand people could die over the next five years because of delays imposing a policy to come in to force north of the border in May. English medics, police figures and charities have long backed the Scottish position, which was delayed by an ultimately unsuccessful five-year court action by the global alcohol lobby. The Welsh Government late last year said it would copy Scotland in a bid to cut demand for cut-price supermarket lager, cider and vodka.


Top historian Sir Tom Devine backs calls to minute official meetings as Scottish Government accused of failing to keep records

Scotland’s leading historian has backed calls for all official meetings to be minuted as the Scottish Government is accused of failing to formally record scores of important discussions. Tom Devine warned a failure to properly minute meetings will hamper future historians from unpicking the truth while campaigners say the practice risks democratic accountability.



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