Making Celtic and Rangers meet in potential title decider risks taking a backwards step warns former police chief
SPFL chiefs would be taking too big a risk if they were to make the last Celtic v Rangers clash of the season a potential title decider, according to former police chief Les Gray. League bosses are expected to announce the post-split fixtures in the next few days with Celtic just one win away from clinching a seventh successive title. That has led to calls for the Hoops to go up against arch rivals Rangers in the next round of fixtures.
Old Firm title decider should be avoided, says ex-police body chairman
A former police federation chair says a “supercharged” Old Firm match should not be a potential title decider. Celtic need one more win to clinch the Premiership and are due to face Rangers once more in the league this season. The Scottish Professional Football League have not yet announced the top-flight’s post-split fixtures, which will begin later this month. “[Police are] concerned with public safety and that will always be paramount,” said Les Gray. “The last few games have been brilliant to watch, a great spectacle and people have behaved themselves so why do we want to endanger that?”
Tories attack Government over plans to scrap short prison terms
Tory Justice spokesman Liam Kerr has claimed Scottish Government plans to scrap prison sentences of less than a year will lead to dangerous criminals walking the streets of Scotland. Last year, announcing her programme for Government, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs she would look to “extend the presumption against short term sentences from three months to 12 months”. Effectively, that would mean swapping jail time with fines, community payback orders, or making the convicted work with a social worker, or treatment programme to change offending behaviour.
Killers, thugs and sex offenders the SNP would not jail
Hundreds of violent and dangerous criminals are among 10,000 prisoners who would have escaped jail last year under SNP plans to end prison terms of 12 months and less. Killers, sex predators and other violent offenders were given jail terms of under a year in 2016 and 2017, raising fears the justice system ‘swung too far in favour of criminals’.
Racism is STILL thriving inside the Met police, says Stephen Lawrence family’s lawyer
Scotland Yard was accused yesterday of betraying its promise to tackle institutional racism, 25 years after the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Lawrence family lawyer Imran Khan QC said he believed the Metropolitan Police was still guilty of racism, adding: ‘It’s now hidden far better than it was but it exists and it’s thriving.’ Scotland Yard was condemned for institutional racism after its botched investigation into the murder of 18-year-old Stephen by a gang of white teenagers at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London.
Scotland leads big decreases in homicide figures across Western world
Scotland recorded a bigger fall in homicides than anywhere else in a group of leading Western nations over much of the past decade, figures show. An international comparison carried out by the Home Office shows the number of murders and culpable homicides fell by 37 per cent between 2008 and 2014, compared with a 22 per cent fall in the equivalent offences in England and Wales, and a 14 per cent decline in the United States. While there was a 3 per cent rise between 2014 and 2016, the comparable figure for England and Wales was 16 per cent, with the US recording a 22 per cent rise. The fall recorded by in Scotland between 2008-14 was the largest of 13 major nations, although Italy, Spain and the Netherlands posted larger falls across the entire period (2008-16).
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