27th June 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

Three senior officers in running to lead Police Scotland

Three senior officers are in the running to become Police Scotland’s new chief constable, the BBC understands. Applications for the second biggest job in UK policing closed on Monday. It is thought Iain Livingstone, Johnny Gwynne and Bill Skelly have applied for the £216,549 a year post. The vacancy follows the resignation of Phil Gormley in February amid a series of investigations into claims of gross misconduct. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) declined to comment on the candidates or the response to the advert, which was published last month.


A 43-year-old man has admitted making threatening phone calls to Police Scotland over two days at the start of the month. Fraser Miller of Weensland Road in Hawick pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to sending menacing messages to call handlers at Police Scotland on several occasions on June 8 and 9. During the menacing calls he threatened violence to police officers and others and said he was in possession of knives and firearms. Sentence was deferred until July 23 for the production of background reports.



AROUND 20 children growing up in care are reported missing every day in Scotland, according to new figures. Police Scotland data show there were 7,598 missing persons investigations relating to looked-after children in 2017/18, up 5 per cent from 7,243 in the previous year. The majority of cases (85 per cent) involved children missing from a young persons’ residential unit. The police division with the highest number of investigations (1,217) was Lanarkshire, followed by the Lothians and Scottish Borders, excluding Edinburgh, (893).



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