21st June 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

A Scottish policing unit that dramatically reduced Glasgow’s knife crime rate is responding to fears that gang violence affecting Somalis in London could spread north through a unique collaboration with the community’s women. The pioneering Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) – which was visited by the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, earlier this year – is to work exclusively with women for the first time, having traditionally focused on breaking cycles of violent behaviour among young, usually white, males.  Officers will offer training in Scots law, conflict trauma and mental health to Somali women, who officers believe have the greatest access to the young people most at risk.


The family of 24-year-old electrician Kevin Macleod have repeatedly challenged the authorities following the tragedy at Wick Harbour in 1997, which they firmly believe was murder. It was only last year that parents Hugh and June were given a personal apology from Assistant Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, currently the most senior officer in Scotland. The Scottish Government this week announced an independent review is to take place into how complaints against the police are handled. It will be carried out by the former Lord Advocate, Dame Elish Angiolini.




Law bans home knife deliveries after Bailey Gwynne killing

A new law banning knives bought online from being delivered to homes is set to come into force across the UK. It comes almost three years after the death of Aberdeen teenager Bailey Gwynne, who was stabbed to death at school. The 16-year-old killed with a knife bought on Amazon, which his killer had delivered to his home without his parents’ knowledge. In the wake of Bailey’s death 12 major retailers promised to introduce tougher age checks on knife sales, but the pledge was not enforced in Scotland.




Additional police patrols in Bishopbriggs after targeted gang knife attack

Police Scotland has confirmed additional officers have been deployed to Bishopbriggs after a man was stabbed in a targeted daytime attack. Detective Sergeant Craig Warren said the incident will have caused concern amongst the community but officers will be in the area to provide reassurance. Around 5.20pm last night (Tuesday) a 30-year-old man was sitting in the passenger seat of a grey Vauxhall Combo van in Queens View when a dark or blue Audi stopped in front of the vehicle, blocking it in. A number of men then got out of the Audi armed with knives and proceeded to smash the passenger window and attack the victim.



The Scottish government has announced an independent review into how complaints against the police are handled. It will be carried out by the former Lord Advocate, Dame Elish Angiolini. The move follows questions raised about the way investigations are carried out into senior police officers, including former chief constable Phil Gormley. He resigned five months after a series of investigations had begun into allegations of gross misconduct. 




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