6th June 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

A senior government minister was personally alerted to allegations of a gross misuse of public money involving senior members of Police Scotland, a tribunal has been told. Amy McDonald, 45, former director of financial accountability with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), contacted Michael Matheson, the justice secretary, after claiming that her employers failed to take accusations of financial misconduct seriously. Ms McDonald argues that she was frozen out and suffered as a result of her whistleblowing at the SPA, which was created to independently scrutinise Police Scotland and hold the force and senior officers to account. Giving evidence at an employment hearing in Glasgow yesterday, Ms McDonald confirmed that she sent an email to Andrew Flanagan, then chairman of the SPA, on May 5


NICOLA Sturgeon has written to two police officers seriously injured in an alleged attack in Inverclyde. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said he and the First Minister had written to police constables Laura Sayer, 39, and Kenny MacKenzie, 43, to thank them for their service and dedication. The police officers were seriously injured at a house in Gateside Gardens, Greenock, on Friday morning and were discharged from hospital at the weekend following treatment. Speaking at Holyrood, Matheson said: “I’m pleased to hear that they are now recovering at home.


A man has been talked down to safety from the Scott Monument in Edinburgh this afternoon. A large area of Princes Street in the city centre was taped off after a man was spotted sitting high up on the famous tourist attraction. Officers from Police Scotland were seen patiently engaging with the man and they were able to persuade him to come down. Since the incident the road has reopened allowing buses and trams to return to normal.


Dumbarton teen represents Police Scotland Youth Volunteers at Buckingham Palace

A TEENAGER from Dumbarton was selected to represent the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Nicole McKechnie, aged 16, was one of only two of the youth volunteers throughout Scotland selected to attend the event. She travelled to London with the other PSYV representatives and the night before the event met volunteer police cadets, other volunteer organisations and people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The following morning she was briefed at an army barracks before being deployed at the palace, helping to line up guests before they were greeted by members of the royal family.


Two separate reviews will take place into Scotland’s system of home release for prisoners after the killing of a father-of-three by a knife thug who was “illegally at liberty.” Justice Secretary Michael Matheson told MSPs today that the “home detention curfew” (HDC) regime will be reviewed by the country’s prisons inspectorate following the killing of Craig McClelland in Paisley last year. A separate review will also be carried out into how breaches of the HDC are dealt with, including apprehending offenders, after it emerged that his killer Jamie Wright had breached his home curfew five months before the attack and was unlawfully at large while he carried out that attack. This will be undertaken by the inspectorate of Constabulary. “The inspectorates will report directly to ministers,” a Scottish Government spokeswoman said today.



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