7th December 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

7th December 2018

MSPs have raised concerns after the Scottish Police Authority increased the salary it pays its chief executive despite reducing the size of his job. Hugh Grover was appointed to lead the SPA in August in a role which commands a £117,000 salary. The post’s responsibilities were reduced when controversial former chief executive John Foley took early retirement last year, receiving a £57,000 golden handshake payment on top of an early retirement payment of £43,470.


POLICE Scotland have backed a campaign to encourage pubs and clubs to put lids on glasses, in a bid to stop drinks being spiked. The force yesterday teamed up with Girls Against Spiking, an organisation set up in September 2018 by Cara Teven, a 21-year-old law student at Strathclyde University. She started the campaign to raise awareness of the attacks where drugs like GHB or rohypnol are surreptitiously added to drinks. Teven also called on all nightclubs and venues in Glasgow to introduce their own “sippy cups”, saying it “seems to be the only way to be truly safe.”


Girls Against Spiking given backing by Police Scotland

Police have given their backing to a campaign to raise awareness about the spiking of drinks and encourage more people to report it. Girls Against Spiking was set up in September 2018 with the aim of giving information and advice about keeping safe. The group is campaigning to encourage bars and nightclubs to provide cups with lids to prevent people’s drinks being spiked on a night out.


Concerns have been raised over the legal aid system with the number of solicitors who have withdrawn from providing cover in Scottish police stations increasing fourfold. Falkirk district has seen eight advocates pull out from the region’s duty rota in 2018 after new rules – deemed “not financially viable” by local solicitors – were introduced by the Scottish Government at the turn of the year to extend the hours lawyers are available to give advice to suspects in custody. Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats reveal that in 2017 just two solicitors in Falkirk district withdrew, while there were no withdrawals the year previously.


With 23 years of police work under his belt, PC Euan Stewart has seen it all when things go wrong on the roads. The veteran police officer has spent the last decade working with Tayside’s Road Policing Unit (RPU), attending everything from the smallest of shunts to fatal smashes – and he’s now putting his experience to good use with a scheme that aims to save young lives.

He said: “I’ve said at talks that accidents will happen as I’m speaking – and then gone back to the office to find there’s been a fatal crash. If I can speak to a room of 20 young people and help them to avoid having that crash, then I’ve done my job.” Police Scotland’s New Driver Early Intervention Scheme involves officers speaking to learners and new drivers about building good habits for life early on.


Sexual crimes have increased in East Renfrewshire amid increased reporting of historical crimes. But the area’s top cop, Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty, has revealed that detection rates have fallen because officers are having to wade through piles of complex investigation work. It comes as the number of serious assaults rose by 90 per cent while drug-related crime was up by 47 per cent.



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