15th March 2018

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Eye-watering £555k bill to police Glasgow Old Firm games

Old Firm clubs and Scottish football’s governing bodies have spent more than £500,000 policing the matches in less than two years. According to national reports, the SPA and SPFL pay for cup games while the Old Firm foot the bill for security at league matches. Figures released to the Daily Record through a Freedom of Information request, reveal the cost hit £555,568 between April 2016 and the end of last year.


Let UK’s first drug use centre open, Scottish MP urges

An MP told how constituents find used syringes on their doorsteps on a “daily basis” yesterday as she launched a bid to open an injection facility. Alison Thewliss revealed the cost of intravenous drug use on families, health services and police as she urged the government to give permission for the opening of the UK’s first supervised drug consumption centre. Authorities in Glasgow say the centre would bring drugs off the streets and offer health and social support.


MSPs expected to repeal football sectarianism act in vote

A controversial law aimed at tackling sectarian behaviour at football is expected to be repealed in a vote at Holyrood. Labour MSP James Kelly’s Bill to scrap the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act is expected to be passed in its final stage at the Scottish Parliament. The Act was introduced by the majority SNP government in the last parliament but all opposition parties want to ditch it. The legislation has faced criticism from legal experts, fans’ groups and equalities organisations who have argued it is unworkable and unfairly targets football fans.



Rangers pay more to police Old Firm matches than Celtic according to shock figures

Rangers spend more cash policing Old Firm matches than Celtic according to shock new figures – despite having a smaller stadium. A report has found the two clubs – along with the SFA and SPFL – have forked out more than half a million pounds to Police Scotland over the past two years.  Between April 17, 2016, and December 30, 2017, a total of £555,568.80 has been spent to keep fans safe inside Ibrox and Parkhead when the two teams clash.  In that time, Rangers have spent £206,796.00 on officers for three matches.


Expert questioned payments to police

A financial expert at Scotland’s police watchdog raised concerns about payments made to senior figures, an employment tribunal is to be told. Amy McDonald raised her concerns as director of financial accountability at the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). She claims that she was frozen out after bringing the potential misuse of public funds to the attention of SPA leaders.


New figures show North-east firefighters called out to 115 deliberate blazes in just two months

Fire chiefs today spoke of the devastation deliberate blazes can cause to communities. The comments were made after figures revealed more than 2,000 deliberate fires took place during a two-month period across Scotland, and included incidents involving refuse, fields and the countryside.  Figures released by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) show crews dealt with a total of 2,782 such blazes across the country between March and April 2017.  In Aberdeen, the figure for the same period last year was 47, while in Aberdeenshire and Moray it was 68.  The figures were revealed ahead of a national Spring safety campaign, with the brigade warning how firefighters will continue to work closely with Police Scotland to identify those responsible for the blazes.  Darren Riddell, SFRS group manager for prevention and protection in Aberdeen city, said an area which is often targeted by firebugs is The Gramps.


Bid lodged to raise age of criminal responsibility to 12

The age of criminal responsibility will rise to 12 under new plans lodged by the Scottish Government. Deputy first minister John Swinney has lodged a bill at the Scottish Parliament which if passed would end the practice of children as young as eight receiving criminal records. Scotland’s age of responsibility is currently the lowest in Europe, with the rest of UK having an age threshold of 10.


Scotland to lead UK in raising criminal age of responsibility

Scotland will see the age of criminal responsibility rise from eight to 12, under a new law being introduced to the Scottish Parliament. Currently children as young as eight can be held to be criminally responsible for their action even though they are not prosecuted. The legislation will see Scotland lead the way in the UK, ensuring no child under 12 will receive a criminal record. It has been introduced following a consultation in which 95 per cent of respondents supported an increase to 12 or above.


Legislation lodged to increase age of criminal responsibility to 12

The age of criminal responsibility in Scotland is to be raised from eight to 12, higher than in the rest of the UK, but not high enough according to the country’s children’s commissioner. A new government Bill introduced at Holyrood will ensure Scotland no longer has the lowest age in Europe at which a child can be labelled as an offender. At present, children under 12 cannot be prosecuted in court in Scotland, but those eight and over can be referred to a children’s hearing for offending, and can get a criminal record.


Prosecutors ditch football bigotry law even before MSPs

Prosecutors have already ditched legislation aimed at tackling bigotry in football – before it is officially repealed. Scotland’s senior law officer has told them to stop using the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.



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