19th July 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

19th July 2019

Climate change protest at Holyrood cost £500k to police

Taxpayers have been left with a near £500,000 policing bill from a week-long climate protest at Holyrood last month. Members of Extinction Rebellion set up camp outside the Scottish Parliament as MSPs debated new legislation on setting targets to tackle climate change. “No one’s saying the environment isn’t something worth campaigning for,” said Tory MSP Edward Mountain, who uncovered the cost through a freedom of information request. “But it’s plain to see this particular week-long stunt did more harm than good.


Scotland has a drugs problem – and it’s called Westminster

Scotland’s drug mortality rate cannot be shelved as just another misery statistic. It has risen by 27% in a year and is three times England and Wales’s rate, 50 times Portugal’s and higher even than that of the United States. Westminster is clearly deaf to this tragedy. There is only one solution. Declare it Scotland’s problem. Let Scotland decide what to do.


UK lawmakers call for police to stop using face recognition tech

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said the police should stop using AI face-recognition tech, and added there should be no further testing until relevant legislation is set up. The technology raises several concerns on bias and accuracy. “It is unclear whether police forces are unaware of the requirement to review custody images every six years, or if they are simply ‘struggling to comply’,” said the committee’s report. “What is clear, however, is that they have not been afforded any earmarked resources to assist with the manual review and weeding process.”


Hamilton’s sex beast shame as stats reveal number of offenders living among us

Shocking new statistics have revealed that dozens of sex offenders are living in Hamilton. Figures obtained under freedom of information laws show there were 32 perverts living in the town’s ML3 postcode as of April 15, 2019. And more than 200 of the beasts were housed across the whole of South Lanarkshire. As well as the 32 offenders living in Hamilton, another 13 were in the neighbouring ML9 postcode covering Larkhall. In the ML8 postcode covering Carluke, there were 19 sex offenders and 29 in ML11, which includes Lanark and Lesmahagow. Strathaven’s ML10 postcode had eight sex offenders, while there were six in the G71 district for Uddingston, and three in Biggar’s ML12 district.


Call for ‘radical approach’ as figures show drug-related deaths in Stirling have doubled

Figures released yesterday (Tuesday) show that drug-related deaths in the Stirling Council area have more than doubled in a decade. The 19 Stirling deaths in 2018 are part of the highest ever recorded figure for drug-related death in Scotland of 1187. According to National Records of Scotland, the 2008 Stirling drug deaths figure was nine. Of last year’s Stirling deaths , 12 were due to heroin with others attributed to methadone and dihydrocodeine. Sixteen deaths were attributed to drug abuse, two to accidental poisoning and one was undetermined. In April Stirling police confirmed that since March 1 they were treating four out of seven deaths reported to the procurator fiscal as potentially drug related.



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