27th March 2018

Security to be increased at Dundee mosque following sick ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letter

A letter has been circulated that promotes “Punish a Muslim Day” and says points will be awarded based on the extremity of the violence. Counter terrorism police in England are investigating the campaign, which Muslim leaders believe has already triggered violence in Scotland.  The Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group (CPG) on Tackling Islamophobia, which is due to meet on Tuesday, said they are aware of five serious hate crime incidents in Glasgow involving women and girls reported in the last 10 days.  They also received a report of a schoolboy asking a young girl if he could pull her hijab off so he could earn points in the shocking game.


MSPs to address Islamophobic ‘punish a Muslim’ campaign

Politicians will consider further action to tackle an “abhorrent” anti-Muslim campaign as a community representative said it has already triggered Islamophobic incidents in Scotland. Police Scotland representatives will tell MSPs of action taken so for against social media and letter campaign urging people to “punish” a Muslim. The officers will set out their response so far at a meeting with the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group (CPG) on tackling Islamophobia, chaired by Anas Sarwar.


Anas Sarwar raises hate crime fears over ‘Punish a Muslim’ campaign

Five serious hate crimes have been committed in Glasgow in the past 10 days as a result an “abhorrent” anti-Muslim campaign, according to Anas Sarwar. The MSP and his Holyrood colleagues will today consider further action to tackle a social media and letter campaign urging people to “punish” a Muslim. Police Scotland representatives will tell MSPs what the force has done so far to crack down on the issue. The officers will set out their response at a meeting with the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group (CPG) on tackling Islamophobia, chaired by Labour MSP Sarwar.


A quarter of sex offenders have abused children online

Police Scotland has launched a campaign to deter child sexual abuse after it emerged almost a quarter of all registered offenders have exploited children online. Twenty-three per cent of registered sex offenders in Scotland are on the list because they committed online child sexual abuse offences, according to a snapshot of data by the force. The statistics were released to publicise the start of Police Scotland’s #NotMyFriend campaign, which seeks to inform children how potential groomers will try to manipulate them.  It also makes clear to perpetrators the consequences of their actions, warning they are just “one click away from losing everything”.  The project accompanies new figures that revealed at least 20 per cent of all sex crimes recorded by Police Scotland in 2016/17 involved internet use.  Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald said: “The key to preventing online offending is to raise awareness of online safety and empower children and young people to recognise the potential risks and report them.  “Because of the nature of these offences, children may not ask for help. They may not recognise they are being exploited, they may have been threatened, they may be embarrassed or they may believe that they have acted unlawfully.  “All children and young people should have the confidence to enjoy the benefits of internet platforms and social media and understand who they can turn to and speak to if they feel threatened or are subjected to inappropriate communications.”


Retiring council chief Mary joins Scottish Police board

One of the seven new members of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board will be familiar face to anyone who has had dealings with Falkirk Council over the last two decades. This summer Mary Pitcaithly is set to retire from her role as chief executive with the council – a post she held for 20 years – but she will keep herself busy by joining the SPA board later this year. Justice Secretary – and Falkirk West MSP – Michael Matheson, welcoming the new appointments, said: “These new members will bring a broad range of skills and experience to the SPA, further strengthening it as it continues to scrutinise Police Scotland.”


Rape victims could be forced to give evidence against their will under new policy in Scotland

Rape victims in Scotland could be forced to give evidence against their attackers under a new policy by the body that instructs Scottish prosecutors. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) said prosecutors must give greater consideration to the risk a rapist poses to the public, in a letter on the issue of “reluctant complainers”.  But campaigners and MPs from across the political spectrum said it would further harm survivors of assault and undermine faith in the justice system.


Cyber Crime Contributing to Overall Growth in Sex Crime

New report by the Scottish Government reveals 20% of all sex-crimes are being committed online. The recently released Cyber-Crime in Scotland: Review of the Evidence report shows that cyber-crime is on the rise and is contributing significantly to the overall number of sex crimes. The report examines the scale and nature of cyber-crime affecting individuals in Scotland.  Since cyber-crime can now be committed remotely, technology has created new opportunities for criminality, meaning people can be victimised by criminals in other jurisdictions; similarly Scottish crooks can commit offences against individuals in other countries. This supposed anonymity has made the perpetrators bolder in their behaviour.


Daniel and Lyons gang war sparks rise in death warnings issued by police to ‘marked men’

The number of death warnings given by police to potential murder victims soared last year as gangland feuds erupted in Scotland. Police Scotland issued 13 “Threat to Life” notices in 2017 – compared to just one the previous year. Increases in the red alert notifications – formerly known as ”Osman Warnings” – have been put down to an escalation in underworld violence and fears of vendettas leading to murder attempts.


Top police officer got £34k of public cash with ‘no questions’

Scotland’s most senior female police officer faced no questioning after requesting a £34,000 bank transfer of public cash to fund her relocation, a tribunal heard yesterday. Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick faced criticism in December after the Audit Scotland public sector finance watchdog revealed she had a £53,000 tax bill paid and had been given £67,000 to help move house.



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