26th November 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

26th November 2018

Celtic and Rangers face lap of honour crackdown as cop report claims Hoops’ joy sparked fan rammy

Police have called for a crackdown on players doing laps of honour at Old Firm matches. A senior officer said Celtic’s “celebrations on the pitch” following their 1-0 home win in September had incited a violent reaction from Rangers supporters and “inflamed an already delicate situation”. As the Hoops did their victory lap, some Gers supporters surged forward to get on the pitch, knocking over wheelchair users in the chaos that ensued. In an internal police memo following the powderkeg match at Celtic Park on September 2, a crackdown on such “post-match celebrations on the pitch” was suggested.


Outdated technology wastes police time, says David Hamilton of the SPF

The Police Scotland “project” is at risk of being derailed by failures to invest in state-of-the-art equipment, a figurehead for rank and file officers warned. Officers are wasting hours manually typing up notes rather than targeting criminals because of archaic technology, David Hamilton, vice-chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, said. The force is one of the last in the UK to roll out digital notebooks and “both officers and the public are suffering from it”, he added. “The wastage in time and efficiency is staggering,” Mr Hamilton said. “We are spending hours of time double and triple-keying information into crime systems when we should be investigating the crimes instead.”


Domestic abuse action plan to be extended in Scotland

An action plan to address domestic violence against women in Scotland which includes measures to teach school children the significance of consent and healthy relationships is to be expanded. The Equally Safe strategy was launched last year and hinged on the idea of tackling perpetrators and intervening early to stop violence and maximise the safety and wellbeing of women and children. The Scottish government has drawn attention to actions taken and schemes to be expanded as part of a United Nations campaign of 16 days of activism around violence against women.


Police say people struggling due to Universal Credit could be to blame for a rise in robberies

A report by Police Scotland has suggested that an increase in robberies could be to do with changes to the benefit system. The force report said the introduction of Universal Credit may have pushed robberies up by 30 percent over the five-year average. The report found that during the April to June period, robberies were up 12.5 per cent (50 crimes) on the previous year and up 30.5 per cent (105 crimes) on the five-year average.


Scottish police suggest link between benefit changes and rise in robberies

Police Scotland report says policies including universal credit may have contributed to 8% increase. Police Scotland has suggested that government changes to the benefits system could have fuelled a significant rise in robberies. In a report, the force said welfare changes – including the introduction of universal credit – may have contributed to an 8% rise in robberies. The Scottish Police Authority also said that higher drug prices due to police raids and effective border policing was contributing to the increase.


Campaigners call for a ‘Stalkers Register’ after number of deaths revealed

Police Scotland has been accused of failing to protect women from violent and abusive partners and ex-partners. The accusation came from Broadly – VICE’s women’s website – after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed that six women had been killed by a partner or ex in Scotland between 2016 and 2017, despite having previously reported their threatening behaviour. Broadly said previous data it had uncovered revealed 49 deaths in similar circumstances in the UK in the same period, apart from the Scottish figures.


Six women killed after alerting police to abusive partners

Six women have been killed in the past three years after reporting their partner or ex-partner to the police for threatening behaviour. Figures released by Police Scotland show that in each of the domestic homicide cases, the female victim had previously raised concerns with officers. The statistics led to claims Scotland’s national force is “failing to protect” women from abusive partners, but Police Scotland said it was committed to providing protection for victims of domestic abuse.


New sentencing guideline for judges comes into force

Scottish judges passing sentences will have to abide by a new guideline for the first time today. The guideline, developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council, was approved by three senior judges at the end of last month and comes into force today. If a judge does not follow it, he or she will have to state their reasons for not doing so. Lady Dorrian, chair of the council and Scotland’s second most senior judge (pictured), has described the move as “historic”, and said it marked the start of a new approach that will help to support consistency in sentencing and decision-making.



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