6th April 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr
Met Police urged to emulate Glasgow in reducing knife crime deaths

Police in London have been urged to adopt a Scottish knife crime strategy amid a rising tide of violence. Israel Ogunsola, 18, became the latest person to die in the English capital after being found with knife wounds on Wednesday evening in Hackney. The teenager’s death brings the total number of people killed in London so far this year to more than 50. Labour’s Diane Abbott, a Hackney MP and former shadow home secretary, called on London to follow the example of Glasgow, where the pioneering work of the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has been credited with helping to dramatically reduce the number of murders.


A parade of Oban’s new teenage police force

Young police cadets, volunteers at their passing out parade. Inspecting the cadets before the award ceremony were Inspector Mark Stephen, pc Claire brown and Chief Inspector Marleen Baillie.


Man accused of knife threat at DCA then struggling with seven cops

Police descended on the art gallery, which also functions as a cinema and bar, following reports of a man allegedly threatening staff. It is understood that the man left the premises following the incident and was later traced by officers. He was detained after an alleged struggle with seven police officers. The man was charged with five separate offences by police. Lloyd Cox, 23, of Mains Loan, appeared at the Sheriff Court and denied that on April 2, at DCA, Nethergate, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm, shouted, swore, threatened people with violence and brandished a glass.


Figures reveal vast majority of bike thefts go unsolved

The overwhelming majority of bicycle thefts in Scotland go unsolved, new figures have shown. Nearly 90 per cent of reports of a stolen pedal bike went without a culprit being found in the last year. The figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives revealed there were 5,394 recorded crimes for bike thefts in the 10 months to January 31, the equivalent of 17 a day.

However, just 548 of these were recorded as “detected”, according to the Police Scotland data. The number of thefts is on course to be significantly higher than 2016/17, when 5,424 incidents were reported for the entire year.



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