The awards are held to celebrate the achievements and personal triumphs of the volunteers, who are aged 13-18. Youngsters from the Dundee East and Dundee West sections had a successful evening and were presented with Saltire Awards, which are designed to recognise the commitment and contribution of the volunteers, by recording skills, experience and learning gained through volunteering. The awards were presented by Inspector Chris Boath. Dundee East volunteers Sophie Gibson, Keir Duffus, Kennedy Boland, Saarah Sakur, Liam Bell, Dylan Ferguson, Rhys Ross, Matthew Howie and Luke Macintryre were presented with their 10 hours certificate. Sophie Downes collected her 25 hours certificate and a certificate for 50 hours’ volunteering was presented to Muahid Iqbal, Kirsty Turfus, Kian Brodie and Sophie Murray.
Extra patrols deployed in Maryhill as police reassure residents over targeted shooting
Police Scotland has deployed high visibility patrols and an incident caravan to Maryhill in a bid to reassure residents after last night’s shooting in Bilsland Drive. A 29-year-old man, named locally as Kenny Reilly, was gunned down by a masked man who pulled up in a car near the silver BMW in which he was a passenger. Detective Superintendent Kenny Graham commented: “Whoever is responsible for this shooting clearly has no regard for the safety of those living in this busy residential area, and they must be caught.”
The Scotland Police have defended a contract it has with the Sri Lankan Police despite concerns raised by human rights groups. A reply to a freedom of information request by Police Scotland noted that its international contracts in 2017 included a training programme in Sri Lanka, a state accused of gross human rights abuses including Police torture, The Ferret reported. The Ferret requested information (FoI) on training Police Scotland provided to other countries last year, both here and abroad, plus details of projects with private organisations. The FoI reply said that Scots officers were sent to Jamaica and Sri Lanka to train their respective police forces, two projects criticised by human groups.
The handling of an unexplained death more than 20 years ago has been described as a “huge miscarriage of justice”. The body of Kevin Mcleod, 24, was recovered from Wick harbour on February 9, 1997 after a night out with friends. Last year Police Scotland made an “unreserved apology” for “serious failings” in the initial investigation by Northern Constabulary, including a decision not to investigate the death as murder despite being instructed to do so by prosecutors. Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, local MSP Gail Ross said the way the Mcleod family had been treated was “an absolute disgrace”.
The schemes in Badenoch & Strathspey and Nairn will involve licensees from across both areas, as well as input from local police officers. The aim of Pub Watch is to provide a means of sharing details of unacceptable behaviour across all of the licensed premises involved. Individual managers will retain the power to exclude people from their premises – but the scheme will allow serious breaches such as assaulting staff or customers, misuse of drugs or damaging property to be dealt with by all of the pubs involved. Aviemore-based Sergeant Craig Johnstone said: “We have long enjoyed a good working relationship with licensed premises in Badenoch and Strathspey.
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