Scots inspire UK’s acid attack strategy
Techniques developed to tackle knife crime in Scotland are to be introduced across Britain to combat the growing scourge of acid attacks. Early intervention in schools, using doctors to warn of the dangers and tough, intelligence-led enforcement will be included in a plan to tackle assaults with corrosive substances that will be sent to all UK police forces. The ideas were tested and developed by Scottish police forces, particularly the former Strathclyde regional force, when officers were battling a wave of knife-related violence dating back to the 1980s.
In 2015/16 there were 12 hate crimes, which fell to six in 2016/17 and dropped further to five in 2017/18. A hate crime is one motivated by prejudice, including race, religion, disability, sexual identity or sexuality. Chief Superintendent John McKenzie encouraged anyone affected by hate crime to report it to police. He said: “Hate crime is a key priority for Police Scotland. We recognise the deep personal impact it has on individuals, their families and wider communities.
When Bernie Higgins first patrolled the streets of Glasgow, it was all the police could do to keep the peace. “In 1988, I was working in Glasgow city centre. It was when things like raves were just starting and we had an increased use of drugs,” he said. “We had some really, really troublesome licensed premises. I remember standing in Hope Street of a weekend, at three in the morning when customers were spilling out. “We would break up the first two fights because we knew the third one was going to be a mass brawl. We were standing outside knowing this was going to happen and dealing with it.”
A MAN threatened cops with sexual violence and assaulted another officer in a sustained attack. Thug Daniel Lacey, 22, formerly of Rosehead House, Heather Avenue, Alexandria, committed the offences on December 21, 2017, in a police car which started its journey in Tullichewan Road, Alexandria, en route to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, and Stewart Street Police Station, Glasgow. Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard on Friday how Lacey behaved in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear and alarm by repeatedly shouting and swearing, making threats of violence, struggling violently with police and striking his head against the inside of the police car.
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