24 Jan 24th January 2019
Driver jailed for deliberately endangering a police officer
Thomas Sinclair pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly driving off at speed when the officer was leaning into the car through an open door ‘whereby he had to take evasive action to avoid being injured’, all to his danger.
Sinclair, of Grey Place, was jailed in 2017 for assaulting two constables within Greenock police office after following his wife inside, shouting, swearing and seizing her by the body.
He punched one officer on the head, attempted to headbutt him and then kicked him and another PC on their bodies.
The sheriff said: “In my view it is more serious because your most recent convictions are for a number of assaults on police.
“Police officers put themselves in danger every day, including during routine car stops.
“This officer was leaning in across the passenger seat to deal with you, and you decided to drive off, putting the officer in danger and that is completely unacceptable.”
A 30-year-old man is to stand trial charged with attempting to murder a police officer with a sword.
Craig Brown is alleged to have attacked Sgt Brian Simpson in Dumbarton last September.
Prosecutors claim he threatened Sgt Simpson before repeatedly trying to hit him on the head and body with the weapon.
Mr Brown is further charged with damaging a police vehicle with the sword and having an offensive weapon.
His QC Thomas Ross pled not guilty on his behalf during a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.
Lady Stacey set a trial due to begin in May.
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100 years ago today Constable James Campbell, of the City of Glasgow Police, succumbed to the injuries he sustained having been shot whilst responding to a housebreaking in Glasgow’s Tollcross area two days earlier.
Constable Campbell was so poorly paid his colleagues paid for his funeral and his original headstone.
Today that wrong was righted.
To mark the centenary the Scottish Police Federation commissioned a plaque to honour our fallen colleague, which was officially unveiled in Bannockburn cemetery, Stirling.
The tribute also records the deaths of Constable Campbell’s two young children, who died within months of their father.
The SPF owes a huge debt of gratitude to our retired member and good friend Sandy Geddes for all his work in bringing the tragic murder of Constable Campbell to public attention.
Some pictures – including a before and after – and a report from today.
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