5th September 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

5th September 2019

Crime on Scottish trains decreases despite rise in UK

Scotland is the only area in the UK to see an overall decrease in the number of crimes committed on-board trains. This is despite crime on the British railway network increasing by more than 12% throughout the UK over the past year. Scotland also had the fewest incidents recorded of anywhere in the UK.


Scottish community so fearful of break-ins it could install own CCTV to deter criminals

Crime-hit neighbours on an Edinburgh estate are so fearful of break-ins they plan to install their own CCTV system. Homeowners say teen scouts have been deployed to Swanston to case properties for seasoned housebreakers – a claim disputed by senior police chiefs.


PC Roy Buggins: tributes to veteran Montrose officer who died on duty

A police officer who died on duty after almost 30 years of service has been remembered in an annual ceremony at the Scottish police memorial. PC Roy Buggins, 51, was taken ill while working in Montrose, Angus, on Tuesday afternoon. Chief Constable Iain Livingstone expressed his sympathy for his widow and two children yesterday.


Republican and Loyalist hardliners ‘drinking in last chance saloon’ as powderkeg marches get go-ahead, warn anti-bigotry campaigners

Anti-bigotry campaigners have warned Republican and Loyalist hardliners that they’re drinking in the last chance saloon. Charity boss Dave Scott spoke out after cops and council chiefs allowed two parades to go ahead in Glasgow this Saturday — days after hundreds of thugs clashed with cops in the city’s Govan.

A top cop leader last night claimed it is easier to monitor yobs in official parades.
Scottish Police Federation chief Calum Steele said it helps officers when potential thugs are on a planned route. Backing the decision to approve the marches, he also claimed troublemakers could still act out even if they had been axed.


Mutual aid police officers will not be deployed to Irish border, MPs told

Police officers from across the UK will not be deployed to the Irish border if sent to Northern Ireland to help quell Brexit tensions, a Westminster committee has heard. Northern Ireland’s deputy police chief Stephen Martin said mutual aid arrangements have not been used by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) since 2013. Since then, he said, mutual aid arrangements have been in place ready for a PSNI request for each summer in case of violence resulting from the parading season, but this year this readiness period has been extended due to Brexit.


Police Scotland reveal spending boost of over £30,000 for community safety initiatives in Lanarkshire

Police Scotland has announced a five-figure cash boost for communities in Lanarkshire.
The £31,679 award is part of a £325,000 fund to be spent in areas across Scotland by commanders. And the new local partnership and initiative fund is to be spent on community empowerment, inclusion and collaborative working. It follows a commitment by Chief Constable Iain Livingstone to provide divisional commanders with discretionary funds and falls under the wider local policing programme.


Cameras slash speed on notorious Edinburgh blackspot

More than double the number of motorists are now sticking to the 30mph speed limit on Old Dalkeith Road after speed cameras were set-up. Figures show prior to the cameras being installed two years ago, less than 40 percent of vehicles were adhering to the limit while average speeds in April 2019 dropped to 25.6mph.



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