13 Feb 13th February 2019
The day PC Mick Johnson confronted a knifeman changed his life forever. Stabbed in the arm in the 2017 incident in Hartlepool, it left him suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He says staff shortages caused by cutbacks left him no choice but to operate alone that day. The number of police officers in Scotland fell to a nine-year low of 17,170 in May 2018, while in Northern Ireland there has been a smaller decrease since 2010 than in England and Wales.
The force teamed up with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) to catch offenders in Scotland for the operation which targeted “hotspot areas” in the country. A total of 232 motorists were charged for having no insurance and many had their cars “removed” from the roads. Officers from the Roads Policing Division carried out mobile and static road checks on vehicles. Uninsured drivers are said to have been detected with the help of the motor insurance database, which contains records of all the UK’s vehicle insurance policies.
Businesses close to Glasgow’s main train station are being invited to help create an action plan to tackle anti-social behaviour. Letters are being sent to around 500 businesses in Argyle Street, Hope Street, Renfield Lane and Union Street explaining a new joint approach to address the problem. A series of meetings have already taken place following concerns raised by businesses. Glasgow City Council and project partners, British Transport Police and Police Scotland, are drawing up an Action Plan in coordination with a range of agencies and support organisations.
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