4th July 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

UK Government to foot police bill if Donald Trump visits Scotland

The UK Government has confirmed it will foot the policing bill should Donald Trump visit Scotland later this month. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf wrote to Home Secretary Sajid Javid after it emerged a US presidential visit could cost Police Scotland around £5 million and require more than 5,000 officers.


Hundreds of illegal firearms and air weapons have been handed in to police during a two-week amnesty campaign. A total of 474 firearms, 690 air weapons and 337 lots of ammunition were received at police stations around Scotland. These included a machine gun, an AK47 assault rifle, and a pistol dating back to World War One. Supt Ronnie Megaughin said getting the weapons off the streets “lowers the risk of harm within our communities”.


Drug related deaths in Scotland double in decade

Drug-related deaths in Scotland have increased to their highest level, official records have shown. There were 934 drug-related deaths registered in Scotland in 2017, an eight per cent increase on the previous year and double that of 2007, according to the National Records of Scotland. The rate is over double that of the UK as a whole.


An AK47 assault rifle and a machine gun were among weapons removed from Scotland’s streets in a two-week amnesty. A total of 474 firearms, 690 air weapons and 337 lots of ammunition were surrendered across the country. The AK47 – also known as a Kalashnikov – is the weapon of choice for terrorists and can fire at a rate of up to 600 rounds per minute.


Police on the Isle of Bute have confirmed schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail was murdered. The case has become a murder inquiry following a post-mortem examination on the six-year-old, although police have yet to say how she died. Alesha’s body was found by a member of the public in woodland on the site of a former hotel in Ardbeg Road on Monday. She had been staying at her grandmother’s house but was reported missing at about 06:25. Local police have urged the community to be vigilant and to look out for each other.



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