04 Jan 4th January 2019
Almost 1,000 police officers from England and Scotland are to begin training for deployment in Northern Ireland in case of disorder from a no-deal Brexit, the Guardian has learned. The plans were put in place after Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) chiefs asked for reinforcements to deal with any trouble that arises from a hard border. The training for officers from English forces and Police Scotland is expected to begin this month.
Football fan who threw glass bottle at police officer dodges jail over assault during Europa League clash
A RANGERS fan who launched a glass bottle from the crowd that narrowly missed a police officer has been spared jail. Nicholas Walker, 20, admitted assaulting police officer Gary Montgomerie at the Europa League clash with Villareal on November 29, 2018. He was given a community payback order at Glasgow Sheriff Court with the condition he must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work within three months. The court heard that while police were removing fellow-fan Paul Cairney from the pitch, items were thrown by fans at the Ibrox clash last year.
The Press and Journal spent a morning with the north of Scotland’s police dog section during a training exercise at the Black Isle showground in Muir of Ord. Police Constable Donald Pearson has served in the police for 18 years in locations including Thurso, Inverness, Lairg and even a stint in New Zealand. He said: “I have always wanted to be a dog handler and there are a finite number of positions available in the dog section. Once you are in the section you tend to stay so it is very difficult to get in to as there are not many posts and people tend to stay in the role for some time.”
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