29th June 2018

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Donald Trump visit will cost Scotland £5 million

CASH-strapped Police Scotland will have to find an extra £5 million to pay for the policing of a visit by Donald Trump. The force, who have a £35m black hole in their finances, are fretting about the cost. Scottish Police Federation boss Calum Steele even warned that the need to find cash to pay for a Presidential visit could “deeply damage the quality of policing that’s able to be delivered to the communities of Scotland for many months to come”.


The cost of policing a visit from President Trump would be more than £5 million and require 5,000 officers, according to the head of Police Scotland. The US president, who owns two golf resorts in Scotland, is due to make his first official visit to the UK on July 13 to meet Theresa May for talks in London. He is expected to cross the border to play one of his courses, either Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire or Trump International in Aberdeenshire, the following day. The suggestion that he will travel to Scotland has led to large demonstrations being planned in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Police Scotland yesterday confirmed that contingency planning was underway, with rest days cancelled and officers ordered to change their shifts.


DONALD Trump looks set to spend at least two days in Scotland when he visits the UK next month. The president is due to come to the UK on July 13, but earlier this morning the White House announced that Trump would meet with Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki. It seems likely the US Commander-in-Chief will spend the days between in Scotland, where he owns golf courses in Aberdeenshire and Ayr. The 2016 campaign and his subsequent election means Trump has yet to play his Turnberry course.


President Trump visit could cost Police Scotland £5m

Police Scotland’s most senior officer has expressed concern over how his force will pay for a £5 million security operation being mounted for a potential visit from President Donald Trump. Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone told a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority board that around 5,000 officers will be required for the president’s visit, which is expected between 12 and 15 July. But despite having to cancel rest days and rearrange shift patterns, Mr Livingstone said his force had yet to receive official confirmation that the visit will go ahead or whether it will receive any financial support from the UK Government.


Commander chief superintendent George Macdonald met with representatives of the Highland Council yesterday, presenting the figures linked to the Local Policing Plan between 2017 and 2020. Police Scotland have reported increased detection in tackling crimes that affect Highland communities, with 237 fewer victims of violent crime reported each year. Serious violent crimes have been reduced with serious assault dropping by 7.4% and common assault facing a 9% decline. Chief superintendent George Macdonald said: “These figures highlight the very positive work ongoing in the Highlands during the last year to tackle issues which most affect our communities.


Donald Trump’s rumoured visit to Scotland next month may only last a day, but could cost around £5 million and has resulted in 5,000 police officers being put on standby, it has emerged. Iain Livingstone, Scotland’s interim chief constable, revealed details of the plan and said he had no idea how the cash-strapped Police Scotland would meet the bill. President Trump is expected to meet Theresa May on July 13 before heading north of the border where he may visit one of his two golf courses – Turnberry in Ayrshire and the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire. It has also been suggested he may visit Stornoway, where his mother was brought up.


Cases of dogs left in hot cars double

Reports of dogs left in hot cars have doubled in Scotland as police broke a window to rescue a “boiling” animal. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) said it received 22 reports yesterday of dogs trapped in vehicles in the sweltering heat compared to last year’s average of nine a day. Police yesterday freed a dog overheating in a car at Leuchars in Fife.




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