9th April 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

9th April 2019

The Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC), which includes Police Scotland, the farmers’ union, Food Standards Scotland, landowners, horse interests, young farmers and foresters, has set out a three-year programme of action to tackle serious organised crime groups in particular. It also guarantees greater visibility in the countryside. Partner organisations will share out responsibilities for different rural crime priorities, including the theft of agricultural vehicles and machinery, poaching, livestock offences, heritage crime, fly-tipping, fuel theft and equestrian incidents. Action plans have been put in place and SPARC states they will be regularly revisited to ensure they are working towards or achieving agreed objectives.


Scottish football has been warned that if its professional clubs do not take “meaningful action” against supporters guilty of unacceptable conduct in stadiums the government will step in. Humza Yousaf, the justice secretary, said that clubs needed to show him what was being done to eliminate from the game the loutish behaviour that is growing more disturbing by the week. On Sunday, the Rangers captain James Tavernier was targeted by missiles thrown from the home support in his team’s match against Motherwell at Fir Park. In the game between Hearts and Hibernian 24 hours earlier, smoke bombs and a coconut were hurled on to the pitch at Tynecastle.


PIRC seeks to strengthen its power to investigate

Launching the PIRC’s Strategic Plan 2019-22, which sets out its priorities for the next the three years, Commissioner Kate Frame said further refinement of the PIRC’s remit and powers was needed to strengthen its ability to carry out its role.  “These next three years will provide the opportunity to transform the way in which police actions are independently scrutinised in Scotland,” Ms Frame said.  “Our current operating model was established with some degree of haste in the wake of the decision to form a single Police Service of Scotland. Experience over the five years since then has convinced me that further refinement of our remit and powers would be beneficial – a view we shared with the Scottish government and other stakeholders during our 2016–2019 strategic cycle.”


A police operation to crack down on “county lines” drug dealing is
to be extended after a successful initiative in drugs-ravaged fishing villages.
More than 2,000 people have been charged in relation to drug offences in north Aberdeenshire over the last year. Since September 2017, officers have identified more than 100 people in Fraserburgh and Peterhead who were victims of “cuckooing”, which occurs when dealers use their homes to distribute drug.


Eyewitnesses have described hearing noises coming from a police helicopter before it crashed into the Clutha pub. The final seconds of the flight in Glasgow city centre on 29 November 2013 were described at the opening day of a hearing into the tragedy. Statements on behalf of six of the 10 victims were also read out after a minute’s silence was observed.


Two police officers rushed to hospital with injuries after incident in West Lothian as two arrested

TWO police officers were hurt while making two arrests after an incident in West Lothian. Cops were responding to reports of a disturbance at a home in Riddocchill Crescent in Blackburn at around 1pm on Sunday. A 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were arrested but two officers suffered injuries to their leg and hip during the arrest. Both were rushed to hospital for treatment and later released.



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