26th April 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

Police launch new training scheme aimed at bikers to help reduce summer road deaths

Bikers are being urged to seek additional training with some of the country’s most experienced police motorcyclists in an effort to reduce the “shocking” number of accidents on Scotland’s roads. Last summer 24 motorcyclists were killed – 12 of those across the North of Scotland – and 190 injured.  Police hope a one-of-a-kind one day training scheme, Rider Refinement North, might help riders in the North East, Highlands and Tayside stay safe.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1462318/police-launch-new-training-scheme-aimed-at-bikers-to-help-reduce-summer-road-deaths/

LANDMARK POLICY

Scotland’s minimum alcohol price decided as 50p per unit as country becomes first in world to introduce the policy

MSPs have backed a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol, making Scotland the first country in the world to introduce the policy. The new unit price will come into effect on May 1 following the unanimous vote at the Scottish Parliament.  Legislation to implement minimum pricing was approved at Holyrood in 2012, but only cleared legal challenges in November 2017.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2556357/scotland-minimum-alcohol-pricing-rate-set-unit/

Coppers donate to charities

A Police Scotland wellbeing event in Lochgilphead for officers and staff nailed funds for two charities. On Tuesday PC Michelle Rusden, who organised the event, and Inspector Julie McLeish from Lochgilphead, presented a cheque for £120.10 to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and a further sum of £120.10 to the British Red Cross.  There was fundraising during the day with prizes generously donated by the Scottish Police Recreation Association and Portavadie Spa and Leisure.  Police Scotland is committed to the health and wellbeing of all our staff and their families, ensuring that they have support on a wide range of issues.A Police Scotland wellbeing event in Lochgilphead for officers and staff nailed funds for two charities.On Tuesday PC Michelle Rusden, who organised the event, and Inspector Julie McLeish from Lochgilphead, presented a cheque for £120.10 to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and a further sum of £120.10 to the British Red Cross.There was fundraising during the day with prizes generously donated by the Scottish Police Recreation Association and Portavadie Spa and Leisure.

https://www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/2018/04/26/coppers-donate-to-charities/

Rape victims who won’t testify may face jail under controversial policy

Rape victims who refuse to give evidence in court might be jailed “under exceptional circumstances”, under new guidelines, it has emerged, after an MSP sought clarification over a new Crown Office policy. Under the controversial measure, since March 12, reluctant complainers in cases of rape or other serious sexual offences can be compelled to testify, where prosecution is deemed to be in the public interest. In response to a question from SNP MSP Christina McKelvie yesterday, Solicitor General Alison Di Rollo failed to guarantee that victims of rape would never be sent to prison for failing to give evidence against their alleged attacker.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16185324.Rape_victims_who_won_t_testify_may_face_jail_under_controversial_policy/

 

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