06 May 6th May 2019
Internet predators have targeted a child in ‘every class in every school in Scotland’ expert warns
An online safety expert says she has found a victim of internet predators in every Scots primary school class she has worked with. Annabel Turner, a lawyer and director of Cybersafe Scotland, made the shocking revelation as police work to tighten the net on online sex predators following a rise in the number of reported cases. The Cybersafe initiative, piloting in Aberdeenshire, has also identified widespread problems with porn being shared by primary school children and cases of addiction to hardcore material among teenagers at academy level. With children as young as seven becoming active on social media, the project leader wants to see the information she has gathered rolled out across Scotland to protect more youngsters and educate them on the law.
Police fear being accused of ‘abducting’ child criminals
Scottish police officers who stop youngsters from getting “up to no good” and return them to their parents, risk being charged with abduction under changes to the law, senior figures in the force have warned. Under the plans, officers will be given strict guidelines defining when it is appropriate for a child to be taken to a place of safety — usually to their home — if they have been caught committing a crime. An officer will only be able to detain a child in such a manner to protect another person “from an immediate risk of significant harm”.
Cops let suspects go free to avoid 60-mile drives to police cells
Offenders are being allowed to walk free because of custody suites and cell cutbacks, it’s claimed. Hard-pressed cops are routinely having to ferry offenders more than 60 miles to charge and detain them which is diverting them from police work. An investigation by The Sunday Times found some drink-drivers are being freed because by the time they are taken to custody and tested they are below the legal alcohol limit. It is believed the lack of cells is behind the collapse in the number of arrests across the country — halving even as crime has been increasing.
Sheku Bayoh’s family demand probe into cop’s claim he sent her ‘flying 26ft in air’
The family of Sheku Bayoh want police to probe a female officer’s court claims that she was sent “flying” after being allegedly attacked by the tragic dad. Constable Nicole Short told a judge she “landed on the other side of the road” after being assaulted by the 31-year-old. She made the claims at a Court of Session hearing to overturn the Scottish Police Authority’s decision to refuse her medical retirement from the force. Sheku’s close relatives lodged a perjury complaint with Chief Constable Iain Livingstone on Friday – the fourth anniversary of his death. They also want police to examine alleged contradictions between officer statements and other evidence, including CCTV footage.
Police let suspects go free to avoid 60 mile drive to cells
Closures of custody suites have left officers with such long distances to travel that it may not be worth arresting offenders. Police officers are routinely having to drive offenders more than 60 miles to charge and detain them after cuts to the number of custody suites and cells. Police representatives believe the reductions help explain a collapse in the number of arrests, which have halved even as crime has risen. Drink-drivers are being freed because it takes so long to get them to custody that they are below the alcohol limit by the time they reach the police station, an investigation by The Sunday Times has found. In some towns, any arrest requires a round trip of up to four hours.
Figures released to the Tele under the Freedom of Information Act show there was one sexual offence against a transgender victim reported to police in 2018. And there were five reported incidents of threatening or abusive behaviour towards transgender victims, which includes verbal abuse, shouting and aggressive behaviour.
Call to shut Lochgilphead police station
Argyll and Bute police officers have been forced to work in buildings not fit for purpose.
That was the finding by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF), which carried out inspections at police stations and officer accommodation in Argyll and Bute. The ‘deep dive’ inspection of L Division, which also covers West Dunbartonshire, was organised in April after numerous concerns were raised by police officers. The police station at Lochgilphead was found to have a rat infestation which has continued despite the issue being raised by the SPF in 2017.
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