8th May 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

SNP MSP calls for review into dangerous dog legislation amid high number of attacks

Alex Neil, the SNP MSP, said police must have more powers to take dangerous canines off the streets and called for harsher punishments for those who use their pets as weapons. The ex-communities secretary wants the Scottish Government to look at toughening up the law after claiming the legislation he helped draft is no longer fit for purpose. In a debate in Holyrood on Tuesday, Mr Neil said: “We have still got thousands of incidents across Scotland of people – postmen and women, children, people going about their normal business, people playing in parks – being attacked by out of cohttps://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/politics/scottish-politics/649672/snp-msp-calls-for-review-into-dangerous-dog-legislation-amid-high-number-of-attacks/ntrol dogs.



Racist murders ‘more common in Scotland than rest of the UK’

Racist murders are more common in Scotland than in the rest of the UK, according to a shock academic study into the extent of prejudice. A new book to be launched this week insists the belief Scotland is immune to racism and “culturally different” to England is condemned as a “misleading fantasy”. The authors of No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland cites official crime figures to prove there is a very real problem north of the Border. The analysis shows the rate of racist murders is higher on average in Scotland than in the UK as a whole. Between 2000 and 2013, there were 1.8 murders per million people with a known or suspected race element in Scotland. The equivalent figure for the UK was just 1.3 murders per million people.


Police armed response vehicles being sent to more incidents

Armed response vehicles will be out on Scotland’s streets responding to a wider range of incidents from Monday. Previously armed units were only allowed to deal with firearms incidents or emergencies involving a risk to life. In December, Police Scotland announced the role of armed officers would be expanded. The force said this would have an emphasis on “on public protection, vulnerability and speed of response” and would include local and national campaigns such as drink-driving.


Violent crimes including knife attacks committed by under-tens soared by 38 per cent last year

VIOLENT crime involving under-tens rose by 38 per cent last year. Police investigated a record number of offences by children too young to prosecute — including knife attacks, threats to kill, assault and robbery. Experts say gang leaders now deliberately recruit under-tens because they cannot take action. Youth leader Mick Neville, a retired Met detective chief inspector, said: “Older teenagers and gang leaders think nothing of using children to carry drugs or stolen goods, knowing a child under ten can’t be prosecuted.


Clydebank College works with Police Scotland on counter terrorism project

A CLYDEBANK college is working with Police Scotland on a counter terrorism project, it has been revealed. The issue was discussed during a report by Divisional Commander for Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Division Hazel Hendren to the local Community Alliance Group. West Dunbartonshire is rated as a low to medium risk of attack from major crime or counter terrorism. Chief Supt. Hendren said: “Keeping people safe by reducing the threat posed from organised crime and terrorism across West Dunbartonshire remains a high priority for all local police officers.


Dundee police dog handlers leading the pack

Police Scotland’s dogs and their handlers won the top trophy, as well as several others, at the 58th National Police Dog Trials. A team of dogs and handlers travelled to London to take part in the trials where Dundee-based PC Peter Gargan and police dog Dale, a three-year old German Shepherd, won the Jordan Shield for Overall National Police Dog Champion. The pair also won the Joseph Simpson trophy for best tracking dog and the Brigadier Rymer-Hones trophy for the highest combined marks for tracking and searching.



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