14 Feb 14th February 2019
Private letting market ‘area of risk’ for serious gangsters say Aberdeen police
More than a dozen serious organised criminal gangs are believed to be operating in the north of Scotland. All are under surveillance and investigation by police who have warned the north-east’s private letting market is “an area of risk” as they attempt to set up bases for illicit activity. The criminals are said to be buying private flats and faking rent payments to pass off their ill-gotten gains as legitimate.
Senior Edinburgh police officer issues serious warning about epidemic of break-ins in the Lothians
A senior police figure has issued a serious warning about a spate of break-ins and thefts in East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh Live have reported on several vehicle thefts in East and West Lothian in the last two months, the most recent being two gritting vehicles that were stolen in West Calder on 7 February. Writing on Facebook, Lothians and Scottish Borders Supt. Angus MacInnes said: “Communities within West Lothian, East Lothian and Midlothian will be aware of witness appeals we have issued in the past week relating to housebreakings at homes and businesses throughout these regions.
Survey shows police facing extreme stress
Survey results contradict what the Government say is working when it comes to fighting crime and keeping the public safe. That is the message coming from the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) as it publishes stark findings from its latest Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey. There is an increase in lone working – new research reveals that 76.1% of respondents from relevant frontline roles* indicated that they are often or always single-crewed. PFEW’s National Vice-Chair Ché Donald, said, “When officers work alone they are undoubtedly exposed to increased risk – for them and the public, not to mention the detrimental effect on their overall health and wellbeing. It’s quite simple – policing is dangerous in every sense, and whilst single-crewing may work for some forces and certain types of enquiries, it is not acceptable the majority of the time.
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