02 Apr 2nd April 2019
Police chief blasts Old Firm and believes SPL is ‘in crisis’
Player behaviour in Sunday’s Old Firm derby was “unacceptable”, according to Scottish Police Federation vice-chairman David Hamilton. Hamilton has called out both Celtic and Rangers players after Sunday’s match at Parkhead which saw Hoops captain Scott Brown celebrate in front of the visiting fans after their 2-1 win. And Hamilton believes that Scottish football is in “crisis” and that trouble on and off the pitch will eventually lead to the death of the game. “That winds the crowd up,” he told the BBC, pinpointing Brown’s actions post-match. “It’s despairing the way some fans are behaving in Scottish football.
Victim supports moves to toughen up Scotland’s laws against stalking Victim
A woman who was stalked for two years by her neighbour has welcomed moves to toughen Scotland’s stalking laws and give more protection to victims. Annette Hall, 53, backed the Stalking Protection Bill, which is being drafted by SNP MSP Rona Mackay, which would allow police to apply for court non-harassment orders, saving victims from taking legal action themselves when at their most vulnerable.
Rona Mackay: It’s time for Scottish legislation to tackle stalking
While overall crime rates in Scotland continue to fall, the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey suggests that incidences of stalking have almost doubled in the last five years. Nearly a fifth of our young people, and a quarter of young women, have been the victim of stalking or harassment in the last year, with the rise of cyber-stalking showing no signs of abating.
England to copy Scotland on public health approach to knife crime
Police chiefs in England are aiming to copy Scottish success by using a public health approach to reduce knife crime. Action taken north of the Border, where Glasgow was once dubbed the murder capital of Europe, has seen the number of homicides drop by 39% in a decade.
Greens ‘uncomfortable’ with private firms profiting from justice system
Private companies should not be allowed to profit from the criminal justice system, according to the Scottish Greens. John Finnie MSP will put forward an amendment to prevent any firm other than public bodies or charities from getting contracts in courts, prisons and the monitoring of criminals.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
Celtic v Rangers: Cops blast Old Firm stars after on-field antics ‘spreads into trouble in streets and stands’
Raging cop chiefs have warned brawling Old Firm stars their antics are putting fans’ lives at risk — as it emerged officers at Sunday’s shame game were pelted with fireworks. The Scottish Police Federation blasted “immature” Celtic and Rangers players for a string of flashpoints which marred the Parkhead clash.
Bill proposes new entry and search powers for police
Police could be given new powers of entry and search to apprehend a person unlawfully at large from home detention curfew (HDC) or temporary release as part of proposals to strengthen electronic monitoring. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf is putting forward amendments to the Management of Offenders Bill currently under consideration by the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee, including creating a statutory offence in cases where an individual does not return immediately to custody when their licence has been revoked. If approved by MSPs, this would add to the sanctions available when an offender on licence is recalled to prison to serve the remainder of their sentence.
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