Scottish police have launched a two-week gun amnesty to stop firearms falling into the hands of criminals. They hope its firearms surrender campaign will reduce the risk of weapons falling into the wrong hands. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “What we want to do is remove any firearm availability from the criminals that operate right across the country.”There have been a lot of high profile incidents in recent times and we want to reduce the opportunity for individuals that are intent on using firearms within our communities to actually come into possession of these weapons.
The body which monitors public spending has issued a damning verdict on the performance of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) since the creation of Police Scotland five years ago. Audit Scotland says the SPA has “struggled to establish and assert its authority over Police Scotland” and has also not fully held the force’s chief constables to account. Equally, Police Scotland has failed to properly respect the SPA, claims Audit Scotland. The SPA has been besieged by scandals and rows with the force since its creation in 2013 but claims it has turned the corner under new chairwoman Susan Deacon.
Fortnight amnesty for illegally held guns begins today
Police are launching a two-week gun amnesty to stop firearms falling into the hands of criminals Anyone who has a firearm or ammunition without a valid certificate can take it to one of 43 police stations around the country during the amnesty, which runs from today until 1 July. People will also be able to hand in replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items during the initiative. Police hope the firearms surrender campaign will reduce the risk of weapons falling into the wrong hands.
Hate crimes on the rise in Tayside and Fife
Figures released by the Crown Office show the number of people charged for religiously, racially or disability aggravated crimes in the city has gone up, while the country has experienced an overall decrease. In the year 2017/18 there was a 23% increase in the number of racist crimes brought before a court – rising from 94 in 2017/17 to 116. The city experienced an 18% increase in religiously motivated crime over the same time period. There were also 10 crimes committed against those living with a disability in the city, up 900% on the previous year.
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