11th July 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

HUMZA Yousaf has pleaded with the UK Government to tell Police Scotland exactly where Donald Trump is going to be when he comes to Scotland this weekend. It’s thought that the President will fly into Prestwick on Friday, and could possibly visit one or both of the golf courses his family run in Scotland. Thousands of Scots are preparing to take to the streets this weekend, with major protests organised in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Yousaf said: “We understand that many people feel very strongly about President Trump and his administration’s policies, and will want to express that this weekend when he is in the country.


People in custody will be able to receive support for mental health issues through a pilot project launched by Police Scotland.  The organisation has joined forces with Breathing Space, Scotland’s mental health telephone service, run by NHS 24. The free, confidential phone service for adults aged 16 years or over currently receives more than 8000 calls per month from people in distress. Now those who suffer from symptoms such as low mood, anxiety or depression will be offered access to the service while they are in police custody.



Newly appointed Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf was briefed by senior Police Scotland officers on how preparations for the visit of the US President Donald Trump later this week are being made. Protests about the visit are expected to take place in various locations with many Facebook groups announcing their plans. Mr Yousaf has urged those attending any protests this weekend, when President Trump visits Scotland, to do so both safely and peacefully.




Custody cells at Stirling police station deemed ‘not fit for purpose’

A Police Scotland review of custody facilities found that cells in Stirling were not safe. Force chiefs closed the cells last year after deciding it would cost too much to bring them up to operational standard. Since then, suspects requiring to be held are taken to custody cells at Falkirk Police Office. An analysis of the custody cells in Stirling was undertaken in August 2017 following a review of custody facilities across Scotland. A Stirling councillor has hit out at the closure, describing it as “astonishing”.


Top cop: Force is so stretched we cannot list definite times offices will be manned

The shortage of personnel has led to the Police Scotland website no longer showing the opening hours for any public counters in the city apart from the two 24-hour stations at Gayfield and St Leonard’s. Members of the public who want to visit any other station are told to dial 101 to check if it is open before they go. Chief Superintendent Gareth Blair said the force was committed to maintaining a 24/7 service at Gayfield and St Leonard’s, but other stations now operated a “changeable opening hours system”, which reflected the staffing situation.



Scotland’s new justice minister has called for “further clarity” on Donald Trump’s visit to Scotland in order to help police preparations for the event.  Humza Yousaf advised anyone planning to attend one of the several planned protests against the visit of the US president should do so “safely and peacefully”. The minister today received a briefing by senior Police Scotland officers on how the force is preparing for the imminent arrival of the US President. Mr Trump will touch down in the UK on Thursday and meet Theresa May as well as The Queen. He is expected to spend the weekend in Scotland at his Turnberry resort in Ayrshire.



Locals are invited to have some fun-in-the-sun at the Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police Open day. The Y Sort It charity will be hosting face-painting, there will be music from an SKapade DJ, beat the goalie, Fire Service demonstrations and a magician. There will also be a chance to meet some police dogs and horses, the police mountain rescue team, NHS paramedic motorbikers and Loch Lomond Search and Rescue.



Young police volunteers highlight new speeding campaign to motorists

Speeding Shotts motorists felt the young arm of the law last week. Shotts Police Scotland Youth Volunteers were out in the town along with councillors to highlight their speeding campaign. As residents of Shotts and the surrounding areas, the youths were aware of the speeding problem and wanted to do something about it. PC Susan Rooney said: “Several of the worst areas were identified and arrangements were made with the Local Problem Solving Team to assist with the campaign. “The two areas covered were Springhill Road, Shotts and Main Street, Harthill.




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