20th March 2018

Alarm as 12 Scottish sex offenders are ‘missing’

Police in Scotland have “lost” 12 registered sex offenders, according to a report. The individuals who are wanted by officers north of the Border are all believed to no longer be in the UK. Figures released by 41 UK police forces show the number of convicted sex offenders whose whereabouts are unknown is 485, an increase of more than 20 per cent in the last three years. The missing offenders include rapists and paedophiles, according to a TV news investigation.



Bungling Police Scotland lose tabs on 12 sex offenders who are wanted after fleeing abroad

Police Scotland has LOST tabs on 12 registered sex offenders who are wanted after fleeing abroad. Nearly 500 are missing from across the UK – but cops are refusing to name them to protect the fiends’ human rights.  The roll-call of shame includes scores of rapists and paedophiles – some of whom disappeared over a decade ago.  But officers are refusing to name the 465 beasts because doing so would breach Britain’s draconian data protection laws.


Huge rise in number of knife and weapon offences in Dundee

Police Scotland has revealed that 198 offensive or bladed weapons crimes were logged in the last quarter — up from 83 over the same period in 2016/17. The number of people who were caught handling a blading or pointed instrument also jumped from 51 to 79.  Detections for offensive or bladed weapons increased from 79 to 168.  Police Scotland said today that new counting rules for offences had resulted in a higher number of crimes being recorded.  Statistics show that although the total number of weapons crimes increased, the number of people caught with offensive weapons dropped from 32 to 26.

But Amanda Scott, from No Knives in Fife, said: “The police are always saying to us that there has not been an increase but we get the same reports and it seems to be going up.



Scots urged to look out for these signs that someone may be plotting a terror attack

Scots have been urged by cops to look out for signs of suspicious behaviour and activity in a bid to prevent terrorism. Police Scotland is backing a UK-wide campaign calling on people to report activity such as buying large amounts of chemicals, looking at extremist material and hiring large motors for no obvious reason.


Police whistleblower’s concerns were ‘leaked’

Concerns raised by a whistleblower about expense payments to Police Scotland’s deputy chief constable were leaked by the force watchdog to the officer concerned, a tribunal has been told. Amy McDonald submitted a formal complaint after she learned that Rose Fitzpatrick had asked for almost £70,000 in relocation expenses to be paid in a cash transfer, meaning that it would not be taxed. The contents of the confidential complaint were immediately given to Ms Fitzpatrick, leaving Ms McDonald, the financial accountability officer at the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), to question how the information had been passed on, the tribunal was told.


DCC asked for relocation expenses in tax-free cash payment

One of Police Scotland’s most senior officers has been accused of asking for relocation expenses to be paid in cash amid ongoing accusations of financial mismanagement in the force’s governing body. Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick was given £67,000 by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) that was not transferred through the organisation’s payroll system – meaning it would not have been taxed. Former SPA accountant Amy McDonald told an employment tribunal that essentially amounted to a bonus payment.  The comments to an employment tribunal follow allegations that another four SPA senior figures received more than £350,000 that they were not entitled to.  Meanwhile, SPA deputy chair Nicola Marchant has announced her resignation from the organisation’s board.


Figures reveal the shocking truth about West Dunbartonshire’s drink problem

The number of people suffering brain damage because of alcohol abuse in West Dunbartonshire is four times the national average. Shocking figures also show that the rates of alcohol deaths and hospital admissions here are also higher than the Scottish norm.  The statistics, issued by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, show alcohol abuse is sending poor health figures rocketing.  Police also said 30 percent of domestic abuse incidents recorded in the area in 2016/17 involved alcohol.


Court set to move into Kirkcaldy police station

Plans to give Kirkcaldy a fit-for-purpose court have taken a major step forward. An application has been submitted to Fife Council to build a two-court complex within Kirkcaldy police station in St Brycedale Avenue. It would allow sheriff and jury cases to continue to be heard in town. The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) wants to move into the existing police base.  And once the new court complex is operational, the current JP court will be put up for sale.  The moves comes amid a strong push locally to create a new justice centre based in Kirkcaldy.


Demand for extra funding to tackle sectarianism as ‘cash set to run out’

Labour has called for an immediate £1m funding boost to fill the void left by the scrapping of controversial legislation aimed at tackling sectarianism at football matches in Scotland. The party claims schemes currently running have just two weeks before their financial support runs out and have not been told when applications for more cash will open.
Scottish government funding has fallen in the last three years from £3 million in 2015/16 to £500,000 in 2017/18. Labour MSP James Kelly, whose Member’s Bill last week ended the 2012 Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act, said the Scottish parliament now recognised the importance of funding for projects to tackle sectarianism.


Police Scotland to re-examine claims detective told alleged rape victim ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it’

Police have been ordered to provide further information over claims that a detective told an alleged rape victim “If you’ve got it, flaunt it” and “We’ve all done it – woke up in the morning with regret”. Complaints were made that a sexual offences liaison officer made inappropriate and offensive comments to the alleged victim, constantly spoke over her and that the response on the night of the incident was “inappropriate and insufficient”. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) has made three recommendations to Police Scotland about how these allegations were handled, ordering further statements and inquiries to be carried out.


Blog: Ongoing costs of flawed BTP merger revealed

While the recently announced delay to the British Transport Police (BTP) merger with Police Scotland was a welcome relief, it will nonetheless come at a cost that wasn’t accounted for on either side of the border, writes Dr Kath Murray.  The BTP and BTP Authority anticipated a clean break by early 2019. Meanwhile, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is now expected to meet ongoing transition costs that are currently indefinite, and will invariably involve some very hefty consultancy fees. To put it bluntly, this isn’t the deal that was agreed by stakeholders, or in the Scottish Parliament.


Police Scotland ACC Bernard Higgins back at work as probe goes on

One of Scotland’s most high-profile police officers is back at work after more than three months’ suspension. Assistant Chief Constable Bernie Higgins headed the firearms unit and responses to major incidents. In a shake-up of the senior management team, he has been moved to lead local policing in the west of Scotland.  It follows his suspension in November 2017 following allegations of gross misconduct and criminal behaviour, which he has strenuously denied. Investigations into these claims, which included claims of unauthorised use of the police firing range at Jackton near East Kilbride, and involved three other officers, have been carried out by the independent Police Investigation and Review Commissioner (Pirc).



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