9th March 2019

Suspended police chief Bernard Higgins back at work

One of Scotland’s top police officers has returned to work after a period of suspension, his lawyer has said. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins was stood down from his duties by the Scottish Police Authority in November, with a number of criminal and misconduct allegations made against him. His solicitor said he had now returned to work although two inquiries by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner are outstanding. Callum Anderson of Levy & McRae said: “ACC Higgins is pleased to return to his duties. He has fully co-operated with every stage of the investigation and provided a substantial body of evidence to the authority to demonstrate that all of the anonymous unspecific allegations against him are entirely without foundation.”



Spy mystery: ‘Good copper’ Sgt Nick Bailey rushed to help victims of nerve agent attack

The detective injured in the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning is a “good copper” whose first instinct would have been to help the other victims, his family said last night. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey suffered serious symptoms of chemical weapon poisoning after the attack on Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, in the Maltings shopping precinct on Sunday. Mr Bailey started to recover yesterday and by last night was conscious, talking and engaging with medical staff. His cousin Andrew Bailey, 50, said that the detective had joined the police at 17 and was widely respected.



Anas Sarwar and Police Scotland race row rumbles on

THE race row between Anas Sarwar and the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) intensified yesterday. The Labour MSP was criticised over the weekend after he claimed that black and Asian people were over four times more likely to be stopped and searched by police. He claimed police were making people “feel they are a greater target because of their colour or religion”. The SPF, effectively the trade union of the rank and file, hit back calling the remarks a “disgraceful slur against police officers”.



Police officer injured in Salisbury nerve agent attack in stable condition

police officer critically injured responding to the Salisbury nerve agent attack is in a stable condition, authorities confirmed as the injury toll climbed to 21. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey rushed to the aid of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who had been struck down by a toxic substance.

Wiltshire Police temporary Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said the officer was in a “serious, but stable, condition” and had since regained consciousness. Counter-terror police are trying to pin down the source of the chemical weapon used against the 66-year-old ex-spy and his daughter, 33.



First minister concerned by police detention rate for revenge porn

Nicola Sturgeon has said she is “concerned” by the police detection rate for so-called revenge porn cases in Scotland. She said there is “still work to be done” in tackling the crime, involving intimate pictures or video of a person being shared online without their consent, and said laws made must be able to be “effectively used”. The police detection rate for cases is at 39% since a new law covering disclosing images without consent or threats to do so came into force last summer. The figures, obtained by the BBC through freedom of information, cover July to December 2017.



BTP transfer into Police Scotland ‘will still happen’

The merger of British Transport Police with Police Scotland north of the border will still go ahead both the SNP and UK Government say.  The plan to amalgamate the force into Scotland’s national constabulary was set for April 2019




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