22nd May 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

22nd May 2019

Chief demands review into Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency

Scotland’s top cop has called for a review into the old Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. Iain Livingstone has told the Scottish Police Authority that he wants an outside force to investigate the disbanded undercover unit.


Number of sex offenders living in East Kilbride up by one third in a year

Almost 60 sex offenders are living in East Kilbride and Avondale, the News can reveal. And shocking statistics show the number of convicted paedophiles, rapists and sex attackers in the area has risen by more than a third in the last 12 months. Police Scotland figures obtained by the East Kilbride News under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that, as of April 15, there were 48 convicted perverts resident in East Kilbride and a further eight in Avondale. The figure has risen by 36 per cent from last year when there were 41 sex offenders housed in the area. Central Scotland List MSP Monica Lennon said: “From reading the East Kilbride News it’s evident that Hamilton Sheriff Court is kept extremely busy every single day dealing with these vile cases.”


Police claimed ‘not proven’ verdict implied guilt

Police Scotland was criticised by lawyers this month after mistakenly claiming that “not proven” implied a jury believed a suspect was guilty. In a letter to Dundee city council objecting to an application for a taxi licence, police cited the driver’s three minor criminal convictions dating back more than seven years and a charge against him that was found not proven by a jury in 2017.


Police Scotland asks for peer review of former undercover policing unit

Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has asked for an external force to examine “unsatisfactory and unprofessional” conduct by the former Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA). He said that while he was “entirely satisfied” that a review of the SCDEA by an in-house team had been “robust and appropriate”, he understands that public confidence in covert policing was vital. Mr Livingstone added that the force would take further action if the review finds any further lines of inquiry or recommendations. The misconduct allegations relate to an incident in 2011 when a former employee, known as Mrs K, claims she was frozen out of her job for raising concerns about actions within the unit.


Review into young offenders’ institute looks at youth custody suicide risk

A review of mental health provision at a young offenders’ institution where two people took their own lives has found the “risks and vulnerabilities” of some inmates are not given enough attention. The report on HMYOI Polmont also found “systemic inter-agency shortcomings” of communication and information exchange across justice inhibit the management and care of young people entering and leaving the institution.


Office worker captured on police facial recognition camera launches first major legal challenge over technology

The first major legal challenge in the UK over police use of facial recognition technology will begin in Cardiff today. Ed Bridges, from Cardiff, has crowdfunded action against South Wales Police over claims that the use of the technology on him was an unlawful violation of privacy. Mr Bridges is also expected to argue the surveillance method breaches data protection and equality laws during the three-day hearing at Cardiff Civil Justice and Family Centre.



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