14th May 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

14th May 2019

MINISTERS have rejected concerns over a huge rise in cases against parents if a ban on smacking is brought in. Critics have said research from Wales shows that if the defence of reasonable chastisement is removed there could be an estimated 1,370 smacking allegations recorded in the first five years.


Police Scotland has said that the number of people caught speeding in Perthshire has risen last year by nearly 500. Officers caught 2,067 drivers travelling above the speed limit in the last 12 months, over 36% more than the previous year’s figure of 1,518. Police also caught over 40% more people driving without wearing a seatbelt. These figures, which will be put to Perth and Kinross Council’s housing and communities committee on Wednesday, were released in the same week as four major collisions on Highland Perthshire roads, one of which resulted in the death of an 81-year-old woman.


A GLASGOW politician has said loyalist organisations being allowed to march past Catholic churches has “gone on too long”. Labour MSP Pauline McNeill has called for a cross party effort from political parties to work together and agree routes with the Orange Order which do not pass such places of worship. The statement comes in the midst of two protests in a week, with lodges parading past two catholic churches in the city’s East End. Ms McNeill said: “Such routes are seen as designed to intimidate and antagonise.


CRITICS of the smacking ban have claimed Police Scotland will have to investigate more than 2300 allegations of assault against parents if the law is changed. Campaigners said research from Wales shows that if the defence of reasonable chastisement is removed, there could be an estimated 1370 smacking allegations recorded in the first five years. The Be Reasonable group said the study, carried out by the Police Liaison Unit for the Welsh government, suggests there could be 2370 investigations into smacking claims against Scottish parents, accounting for Scotland’s higher population.



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