A former lord advocate has been appointed to hold an independent review of how complaints against the police are handled. Dame Elish Angiolini will examine the way complaints against the police are dealt with and the way serious incidents and misconduct allegations are investigated. The review follows months of controversy about complaints against Police Scotland. They include misconduct allegations against the former chief constable, Phil Gormley, which he denied and which were dropped when he quit the force in February. An investigation into misconduct allegations against Bernard Higgins, the assistant chief constable, was dropped after the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) found there was no case to answer. He is still waiting to find out if he will be subject to criminal proceedings.
A Taser has been used by police dealing with a disturbance at a house in the Scottish Borders. They were called to the property in the Howden Road area of Jedburgh at about 23:00 on Monday. Police Scotland said a 48-year-old woman needed treatment at the scene. A crossbow, knives and samurai sword were found in the building. The Taser was used during the arrest of a 20-year-old man who has been charged with alleged weapons offences. Police said a Specially Trained Officer (STO) discharged the Taser – the first such use by an STO since they became operational at the beginning of June.
The justice secretary has said he had no knowledge of a controversial Police Scotland report until the revealed its contents ahead of a documentary. Michael Matheson was facing questions from opposition politicians at Holyrood about the investigation. The documentary showed that corruption complaints and criticisms about the police were removed from an internal Police Scotland report. Mr Matheson said the report was never given to the Scottish government. And he said it was a mistake for the force not to have shared it with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), which is supposed to hold Police Scotland to account.
Youth related disorder ‘significantly felt in Arbroath’
The scale of the problem has been highlighted in a report by Chief Superintendent Paul Anderson of Police Scotland placed before Angus Council’s scrutiny and audit committee There are fears a rise in recorded crimes will follow and Councillor Derek Wann, the local authority’s convener of children and learning called for “drastic action”. In the report, Mr Anderson said: “The overall number of disorder complaints has risen 2.3 % to 4741 recorded incidents. “Aligned to this, reports of anti-social behaviour have increased by 1058 to a total of 6292 reported incidents.
The UK will be kicked out of the European Arrest Warrant deal after Brexit, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said. The warrant allows EU members to request the arrest and detention of criminals in other countries without extradition talks between them. The UK wants to stay part of the system when it leaves the EU next March. But Mr Barnier said the UK could not, because of its desire to leave the EU’s court and free movement scheme.
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