Fatal accident inquiry figures show waits of four years
Families in Scotland are facing waits of up to four years for fatal accident inquiries (FAIs) into their relatives’ deaths to be concluded, figures highlighted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats show. The average number of days for an FAI to be undertaken and concluded in 2016/17 was 406 days, however data covering the past eight years puts the longest wait at 1586 days in 2012/13. The Liberal Democrats raised concerns over “unreasonable” delays in the process following an appeal to the Lord Advocate to initiate an FAI into the deaths of M9 crash victims Lamara Bell and John Yuill in 2015.
Off duty police officer Rhys Prentice dies in Scottish Borders motorcycle crash
An off-duty policeman has died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in the Scottish Borders. PC Rhys Prentice, 24, who was stationed in East Lothian, died at the scene on the A7 just north of Galashiels.
A police scheme to help youngsters who experience trauma has been praised by a local politician. Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee East, is backing the trauma teddies initiative and visited Longhaugh Police Station to learn more about it. The station has teamed up with Children First Dundee to use the teddies to help break down barriers when working with young children. Ms Robison met Inspector Chris Boath and PC Andy Kerr of Police Scotland, Linda Jardine and Jane Pengally from Children First.
Families in Scotland are facing waits of up to four years for fatal accident inquiries. The average number of days for an FAI to be undertaken and concluded was 406 days in 2016-17. The longest wait was 1,586 days in 2012-13. The Scottish Liberal Democrats said there were unreasonable delays in the process after an appeal to the lord advocate to initiate an FAI into the deaths of Lamara Bell and John Yuill in 2015 on the M9. The couple lay undiscovered in their car for three days, despite the incident being reported to Police Scotland. There is still no sign of the FAI predicted by the lord advocate when he started his job two years ago.
Police say they have stepped up their presence in a Renfrewshire town after a sex attack on a dog walker. The 43-year-old woman was approached from behind on a footpath in Rashieburn, Erskine, at 03:15 on Sunday. Police Scotland said she was left “extremely distressed” but did not need hospital treatment. Officers are carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area as well as studying CCTV footage.
VOLUNTEER emergency workers have been honoured for saving a man’s life by clearing snow drifts of up to 10ft during the Beast from the East storm earlier this year.
The voluntary community resilience team received a Police Scotland bravery award for their impressive efforts. Allen Kemp’s life was in danger when the crew cleared te snow on RoutenburnRoad to allow safe access for a doctor to reach him. The 69-year-old had spent a month in hospital with the potentially lethal combination of sepsis, pneumonia and flu.
Armed police in false alarm near Midlothian school
Armed police and ambulances descended on a house near a Midlothian school following a call about someone being seen with a gun. The armed officers were deployed to the property near Beeslack Community High School in Penicuik after the call was received at about 08:55 on Monday. However, it turned out to be a “false alarm with good intent”, police said. A spokesperson for Police Scotland said there was no threat to the public.
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