15 anti-social behaviour incidents a day in East Lothian, figures show
More than 15 anti-social behaviour incidents a day are reported to police in East Lothian, a councillor has claimed. The number of reported incidents in the county rose for the second year in a row, with 4,247 complaints recorded by police between April 1 and December 31 last year, police figures show. Councillor Lachlan Bruce (Con) highlighted the figures this week as he called for more to be done to tackle the problem he described as “a blight on society”. It comes after East Lothian previously reported the highest rise in the crime – which can range from noise to vandalism and littering – in Scotland during the same period in 2016, when it went up by a staggering 19 per cent.
Herald View: Victims need a better criminal justice system
The Scottish justice system is not what it was, but it is not yet what it should be. There have been improvements to the way the system handles cases of rape and sexual crime, notably the 2009 Sexual Offences Act and the creation of the National Sexual Crimes Unit. But the conviction rate for rape and attempted rape is at its lowest for 10 years, and the experience of some victims is troubling. If the aim is a system that always works quickly, sensitively and fairly – and it should be – then Scottish justice is still falling short.
Report into police call handling welcomed amid criticism of SNP’s ‘botched centralisation’
An independent report detailing improvements to police phone call handling has been welcomed by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson amid renewed calls for a fatal accident inquiry into the tragedy that prompted the review. The report, published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, follows an independent review of call handling systems directed by Mr Matheson in 2015 in the wake of the M9 tragedy, in which police failed to act timeously on a call that there had been a serious car crash. The review resulted in 30 recommendations, all of which have been discharged.
Rape victims should not have to give evidence in court, charity claims
Victims of rape and sexual violence should be cross-examined on video, to spare them the trauma of giving evidence in court, according to a charity. The call came as the Scottish Government launched research into the experiences of survivors of rape and sexual assault at the hands of the justice system – in a bid to improve Scotland‘s poor conviction rates. Earlier this month Scotland’s most senior judge Lord Carloway told the BBC rape victims should not have to appear in court, and could give filmed statements within 24 hours of an alleged attack.
Rape victim set to push justice secretary for law change
A woman whose alleged rapist escaped prosecution is set to meet the justice secretary as she campaigns to have the centuries-old legal principle of corroboration scrapped. Emma Bryson, 45, waived her right to anonymity earlier this year to speak about the abuse she suffered in the 1980s, beginning when she was just ten years old. She will today meet Michael Matheson as part of her efforts to have the Scottish Government re-examine the issue of corroboration, the legal principle which requires two independent pieces of evidence for a case to come to court.
Top cop given £870k for being victimised … by his woman boss
A senior policeman has won a secret £870,000 payout after claiming sexism by his female boss at Scotland Yard. Chief Inspector Adrian Denby, 49, was removed from his post running the riot squad amid a politically influenced campaign to challenge its macho culture.
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