Tayside named worst in Scotland for road deaths
Shocking figures released by Transport Scotland showed 22 people lost their lives on Tayside roads last year, more than any other region in the country. Despite being among the regions with the lowest number of accidents, the transport agency’s report showed Tayside had the joint highest percentage of fatalities to incidents at 4.8%.
Helpline finds 300 potential slavery victims
Nearly 300 potential victims of trafficking and exploitation have been identified in Scotland in just 18 months, according to a charity. Unseen, which works to highlight the extent of so-called modern slavery, said around 60 per cent of cases involved forced labour, while about one in five related to sexual exploitation. The charity released its figures, which relate to calls made to its Modern Slavery Helpline, as the Scottish Government prepares to publish its first annual progress report on human trafficking.
‘Sexy cop’ who narrowly escaped jail for brawling with Perth police banged up after attacking officer at home with fella
A couple who attacked a police officer after trapping him in their home for 20 minutes have been jailed for a total of three years. Paula Davidson locked Sergeant William Ross in her house when he arrived to try and arrest her partner Darren McDonald.
How organised crime affects the most vulnerable communities
Despite the lurid coverage of organised crime in the UK, the public often appears relatively sanguine about it in studies, preferring police to focus on more everyday crime such as antisocial behaviour, burglary and property damage. Other surveys such as the Police Foundation’s recent study of the impact of organised crime on communities in England have attempted through creative (but speculative) analysis of local crime figures, to determine what proportion is down to organised crime.
Scotland makes progress on road safety targets
The number of people killed or injured on Scottish roads fell in 2017, according to latest figures. The provisional data published by Transport Scotland shows that a total of 146 people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2017, 45 fewer than in 2016, equating to a 31% fall.
Watchdog chief ‘was too busy’ to see to police cash scandal
The former boss of Scotland’s police watchdog said that he did not respond to a whistleblower alleging a financial scandal because he was ‘very busy’ and had just come back from holiday. John Foley, ex-chief executive of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), said he was away when finance official Amy McDonald emailed him about house move expenses for a senior police officer.
More video interviews to spare vulnerable witnesses court ordeal
Children and complainants in rape trials will be spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court under plans to extend the use of pre-recorded interviews. Legislation introduced to the Scottish Parliament will create a new rule allowing children due to give evidence in the most serious criminal cases to have their evidence filmed in advance. The Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill will also make it easier for vulnerable witnesses to give evidence via TV link away from the courtroom, and will extend the new rules to those deemed vulnerable under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, including complainants in stalking, domestic abuse and sexual offences cases. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Building on our other improvements for victims and witnesses, this bill is an important step forward, which will mean far fewer vulnerable witnesses have to give evidence in court during criminal trials.
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