29th Jan 2018

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Ten Scottish pupils caught with knives every month

Ten pupils at schools across Scotland are being caught carrying knives every month, i has learnt. The Police Scotland figures show that 80 school pupils were found with knives on school premises between the start of April and the end of November last year. There were a further 19 cases of knives being used in “other criminal activity” at schools and 45 cases where pupils were found carrying an offensive weapon.

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/exclusive-ten-scottish-pupils-caught-knives-every-month/

Police watchdog warned government to ‘back off’

The head of a police watchdog warned a Scottish government aide against interfering with her independence. Emails obtained by the Sunday Post show one of the Justice Secretary’s staff suggested the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) delay publishing a report. The suggestion happened against the backdrop of misconduct allegations against Chief Constable Phil Gormley. The Scottish government denied any interference in the report.  Kate Frame replied saying she perceived the remarks to be governmental interference and the report – which criticised the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) – was published as planned.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42851413

Ten Scottish pupils caught with knives at school each month

Ten pupils at schools across Scotland are being caught carrying knives every month. The Police Scotland figures show that 80 school pupils were found with knives on school premises between the start of April and the end of November last year. There were a further 19 cases of knives being used in “other criminal activity” at schools and 45 cases where pupils were found carrying an offensive weapon. Despite the tragic killing of teenager Bailey Gwynne at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, children attending schools in the north-east of Scotland are among the most likely to be caught with knives.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/ten-scottish-pupils-caught-with-knives-at-school-each-month-1-4675184

Michael Matheson urged to resign over fresh claim of interference

Michael Matheson is facing fresh calls to resign as Scotland’s justice secretary after revelations that his officials were warned not to interfere with the publication of an independent police watchdog’s report. Emails show that Kate Frame, the police investigations and review commissioner (PIRC), said she was “surprised” that a senior official in Mr Matheson’s department should have suggested the publication be delayed.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/michael-matheson-urged-to-resign-over-fresh-claim-of-interference-9lvg0sdds

‘STAND DOWN’

Nats Justice Minister Michael Matheson facing fresh calls to quit for ‘police meddling’

NATS Justice Minister Michael Matheson is facing fresh calls to quit amid more claims of police meddling. Holyrood rivals urged him to stand down after it emerged one of his aides suggested delaying a damning report by a force watchdog.  Civil servant Donald McGillivray put the idea to Kate Frame in an email over her probe into complaint handling procedures.  But Police Investigations and Review Commissioner Ms Frame said she saw it as “interference with my independence”.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2154798/justice-minister-michael-matheson-fresh-calls-to-quit-police-meddling/

DON’T INTERFERE

Cop watchdog warned government not to interfere with report slamming SPA complaint procedures

Cop watchdogs warned a government official not to interfere over the publication of a report slamming the Scottish Police Authority. Emails show Police Investigations and Review Commissioner Kate Frame rejected a suggestion that her report on complaint handling procedures might be delayed.  The suggestion was made by Donald McGillivray, deputy director of the Scottish Government’s police division, to Ms Frame last November.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2152865/spa-pirc-kate-frame-donald-mcgillivray-phil-gormley/

Exclusive: Emails reveal police commissioner accused Scottish government of interfering after Justice Secretary’s aide asks her to delay scathing report

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner had to warn one of Justice Secretary Michael Matheson’s senior civil servants to back off after he attempted to persuade her to delay the publication of a damning report. Kate Frame’s withering response to Donald McGillivray, the Scottish Government’s Deputy Director of Policing, is revealed as pressure mounts on Mr Matheson and his cabinet colleagues over attempts to influence the work of independent public bodies.  Ms Frame responded to the civil servant’s suggestion that her report might be delayed by writing: “My perception of your remarks is governmental interference with my independence.”

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/thats-my-job-let-me-do-itexclusive-police-tsar-accuses-government-of-interfering-after-justice-secretarys-aide-asks-her-to-delay-publication-of-scathing-report/

Matheson urged to quit over attempted ‘governmental interference’ at police watchdog

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson is facing calls to resign after one of his top officials apparently tried to interfere in the work of an independent police watchdog. Kate Frame, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc), rebuffed the attempt last month, telling Mr Matheson’s aide she was “more than a little surprised” at his action.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15902858.Police_watchdog_warned_official_not_to_interfere_in_report_publication/

Michael Matheson facing calls to resign over latest police claims

Opposition parties have today called on Justice Secretary Michael Matheson to resign over fresh claims of Government “interference” with Police Scotland. It follows revelations today that one of Mr Matheson’s most senior civil servants sought to delay the publication of a report into the Scottish Police Authority by the police watchdog. E-mails published by the Sunday Post today show that Scottish Government official Don McGillivray suggested that Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) Kate Frame could hold back publication of the report into SPA complaints.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/michael-matheson-facing-calls-to-resign-over-latest-police-claims-1-4674924

Pirc rejected call by Donald McGillivray to delay report into SPA

Scotland’s police watchdog warned a government official not to interfere over the publication of a report criticising the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), it has emerged. Emails obtained by a Sunday newspaper show that Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) Kate Frame rejected a suggestion that her report on the SPA’s complaint handling procedures might be delayed. The suggestion was made by Donald McGillivray, deputy director of the Scottish Government‘s police division, to Frame in November, against the backdrop of misconduct allegations against Chief Constable Phil Gormley.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15902806.Official_was_warned_not_to_interfere_with_report_criticising_SPA/

Pension fears for retired railway police officers

Retired railway police officers have expressed dismay at plans to use their pension pots to begin a new fund as part of a controversial merger. The Scottish Government is pressing ahead with moves to integrate the British Transport Police (BTP) into Police Scotland from April next year, despite concerns from staff associations, trade unions and the railway industry. The National Association of Retired British Transport Police Officers (NARBTPO) said it had been told of plans to create a new pension fund for about 200 serving officers and 200 retired officers using the pensioners’ savings. At present, the retired officers belong to a UK-wide fund with about 6,000 members and assets of more than £1 billion.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/pension-fears-for-retired-railway-police-officers-1-4674493

Senior police figures call for Scotland’s chief constable to resign

Senior police figures are calling for the resignation of Scotland’s chief constable amid a growing political crisis over a series of allegations of misconduct. Phil Gormley, who leads Police Scotland, has been on special leave since July pending the investigation of the claims. He has denied any wrongdoing. But after the seventh in a string of misconduct allegations was filed against him this week and his wife Claire published a furious defence in the Scottish Daily Mail claiming he had been subjected to anti-English prejudice, he faced fresh calls to stand down.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/26/senior-police-figures-call-for-scotlands-chief-constable-to-resign

 

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