9th July 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

9th July 2019

As our debate on tackling Scotland’s drugs crisis continues, a former Scottish Parliament presiding officer backs a call for decriminalisation, allowing police to better pursue major dealers while addicts are dealt with as a health issue. Here former MSP and Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick has her say.




Police Scotland issues plea for Highlands and Islands residents to beware

POLICE have urged Highland residents against bogus workmen this summer. The force said it had made the plea in a bid to make people more mindful of how they can help protect themselves, their families and their neighbours from unscrupulous criminals. “Doorstep crime can take many forms, with bogus traders generally cold calling and offering goods or services,” said a spokesman. “We recommend only dealing with people who you know are genuine – remember a properly accredited workman will not pressure you into making a decision on the spot.”


Officers have been talking to drivers of cars, heavy goods vehicles and motorcyclists as part of a campaign, recently launched by Road Safety Scotland in partnership with Police Scotland. Road Policing constable Shaun Knox said: “The Highlands attract a huge number of tourists, and numbers peak between May and September. This initiative was aimed at educating foreign drivers and was in partnership with Road Safety Scotland and various vehicle hire companies. “Throughout the week we carried out mobile patrols covering all of our trunk roads and frequent roadside checks, many of the drivers found that the information we provided was helpful and will assist within them driving safely.




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