04 Apr 4th April 2019
New Scottish law to crack down on fugitives
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creating a statutory offence in cases where an individual does not return immediately to custody when their licence has been revoked.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, the move would strengthen the sanctions available when an offender on licence is recalled to prison to serve the remainder of their sentence. The new offence could also be applied to those who fail to return after temporary release.
The way police officers in Scotland are scrutinised will be transformed over the next three years, according to a watchdog. In a new report, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) has outlined five areas for potential reform in its strategic plan for 2019 to 2022. These include a focus on the level of discretion granted to Police Scotland in handling complaints against officers, the powers afforded to Pirc investigators in Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)-directed investigations, as well as those afforded in probes against retired officers.
Calls go out for action to tackle youth disorder in Hawick
Calls are being made for an urgent public meeting to be held in Hawick in a bid to find a solution to a surge in anti-social behaviour, vandalism and thefts in the town over recent weeks. In the latest alarming incident, six youngsters, three of them thought to be no more than eight years old, went on the rampage in the town’s Orchard Crescent. One of the boys was seen to run up and kick the wing mirror off a red Toyota Aygo parked in the street. That follows on from a spate of recent reports of anti-social behaviour, particularly in Howegate, where an 86-year-old woman was terrorised in her home by youngsters kicking at her door.
Old Firm matches should be held on Mondays to prevent boozed-up violence says anti-bigotry campaigner and top Cops – after Celtic fan Francis McCann’s stabbing
OLD Firm matches should be trialled on a Monday night to prevent booze-fuelled violence after a stabbing left a Celtic fan fighting for his life, it was claimed. Anti-bigotry charity Nil By Mouth backed playing the next clash on the weekday after shameful violence in the aftermath of Sunday’s match. And the Scottish Police Federation also supported trialling a weekday clash – as Celtic fan Francis McCann, 47, continues to fight for his life after being knifed in Glasgow’s city centre. Nil By Mouth director David Scott said: “It used to be that matches were changed to earlier on a Sunday because people would be getting tanked up before the games – but now they are getting tanked up after instead.
Campaigners are calling for Old Firm games to be held on weekdays to cut down on drink-fuelled violence. Nil by Mouth, an anti-sectarian charity, said the games should be moved to weekday evenings to prevent drunken fans from causing trouble during the match, following the latest football- related violence on Sunday. Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses to the attempted murder of Francis McCann, 47, who was still fighting for his life in hospital last night after being stabbed during a brawl in Merchant City, Glasgow.
Old Firm matches ‘should be moved to weekdays’ to prevent booze-fuelled violence such as the weekend stabbing which left a man fighting for his life. Both the Scottish Police Federation and anti-sectarian charity Nil By Mouth have made the suggestion, after a street attack in Glasgow city centre, which left a man fighting for his life in hospital. Football fan Francis McCann, 47, was reportedly stabbed on Sunday evening after the heated derby at Celtic Park, where Celtic won 2-1. The violence, which saw two other men aged 29 and 30, also hospitalised, was described as the worst in 20 years.
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