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Football clubs pledge to work together with police following stadium trouble report
The review was commissioned by the Chief Constable of Police Scotland and carried out by Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, of South Yorkshire Police and the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for football policing. Its publication came just days after trouble marred the end of Aberdeen FC’s 1-1 draw with Rangers in their Scottish Cup quarter-final match. As fans filed out of Pittodrie following the stalemate on Sunday, fans were seen throwing seats at opposing supporters.
Football supporter group accused of being apologists for criminality
An influential football supporters group have been branded “apologists for criminality” after failing to take part in a review of policing at matches in Scotland. David Hamilton, vice-chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, hit out at Fans Against Criminalisation (FAC) for its failure to acknowledge hooliganism and its refusal to work with officers. The 70-page report describes video footage of fans fighting and warned of “growing evidence of youth risk groups” at games.
Trade urged to report hate crimes
Licensed trade staff are being encouraged to report hate crimes as part of a new campaign from Police Scotland. Feedback from police offers and partners revealed that workers in the late-night industries – including door stewards – are most at risk of experiencing hate crime.
Transport Secretary says cost of introducing 20mph speed limit is not known
Mr Matheson made the admission as a senior police officer said enforcing a new limit would not be a priority for Police Scotland if the legislation comes into force. Questioned on the proposal by MSPs on Holyrood’s Rural Economy Committee. Mr Matheson suggested that cost forecasts for councils of £21 million to £22m could be an underestimate. The Transport Secretary want on to stress that there was no funding in his budget to meet the costs associated with cutting the speed limit – such as replacing existing signs. He told the committee: “There’s no allocation in my budget for the purposes of delivering this Bill….any financial support we would have to give to local authorities – and I recognise we would have to give them financial support to assist them with this matter – would have to come out of existing budget allocations.”
Police review calls for better safety at Scottish football grounds
A report on football stadium safety has found that fans attending matches in Scotland could be at “significant risk”. The police chief who carried out an independent review called for action to establish an appropriate “governance, consultation and inspection regime” for Scottish venues. The review of policing of the game found inconsistencies in the way safety certification is managed around the country. However, it also found the operational model for policing football is “certainly fit for purpose” with some “excellent” examples of good practice.
Weapons, pills and phones smuggled in to Scots prisons by ‘growing menace’ of drones
Wrenches, pills and mobile phones are among the items being dropped into Scottish prisons by drones. Politicians yesterday branded the situation a “growing menace” as figures revealed unmanned aircraft were either spotted or intercepted by prison staff on 24 occasions in less than three years. The latest Freedom of Information figures from the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) show weapons, drugs and phones carried on drones were seized on seven occasions – at a time when dangerous and forbidden items seized within the prison estate totalled almost 2000 a year. Barlinnie in Glasgow was the prison most frequently targeted by drones, with seven known incidents between May 2016 and December 2018.
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