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HMP Perth one of the most targeted prisons in Scotland for drone contraband
The dangers of flying drones delivering contraband into prisons have been highlighted after figures revealed HMP Perth is one of the most targeted jails in Scotland. Twenty four incidents involving drones have been recorded across the country in the last three years – six of them at the Perth prison. The figures including sightings of drones flying over prisons, though the Perth figures include the seizure of drugs and mobile phones from the airborne devices.
Football fans at risk over stadium checks, says policing review
The safety of fans at Scottish football stadiums is to be highlighted as a key concern in a review on match policing, BBC Scotland has learned. The report, due to be published on Wednesday, says inconsistencies in stadium checks by local authorities could leave fans at risk. However, it lays out that generally, policing of Scottish football is fit for purpose. It was commissioned by Police Scotland following a crush outside Celtic Park. It comes as the government and football authorities continue to debate issues such as coin throwing and sectarianism.
Marked drop in reported crimes in Angus
Local area commander David McIntosh revealed the overall number of reported crimes in Angus in the last three months of 2018 showed a reduction of 19.3%, a fall from 7,376 to 5,954 incidents for this reporting period. At Angus Council’s scrutiny and audit committee in Forfar yesterday, he said: “This is 1,422 less victims of crime in the communities of Angus. “The overall number of group one, serious violent crime shows a reduction of 3.7% from 82 incidents previously to 79 incidents for this reporting period.”
Area commander McIntosh was commenting on a report compiled by Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd, which found there was a slight increase in serious assaults, which rose from 46 incidents to 49.
Scottish Government warning over ‘vile cancer’ of sectarianism
The Scottish Government will step in to rid Scottish football of the “vile cancer” of sectarianism if the game fails to deal with the problem itself, the Justice Secretary has said. Humza Yousaf issued the warning in the wake of incidents including sectarian chants, coins being thrown at players and match officials, pitch invasions and seats being ripped up at stadiums. Yousaf told MSPs: “While we would prefer football to take action, we are considering a range of options – including the role of strict liability and the licensing of football stadiums – and I would welcome contributions from across the chamber on how we can work together to address this issue.
Football grounds may be shut if clubs fail on hate
Football clubs face ground closures and tough licensing laws if they fail to take action against sectarianism. Humza Yousaf, the justice secretary, said yesterday that he had received “warm words” but no demonstrable action from clubs and was considering strict liability, which would hold clubs responsible for the actions of their supporters, and a permits regime. An independent review of football policing, commissioned by Police Scotland, will be published today.
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