9th October 2019

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9th October 2019

Glasgow Republican walks and Loyalist protests ‘cost taxpayer £176,000 in one day’ amid city-wide chaos

A day of Republican walks and Loyalist protests in Glasgow last month allegedly cost the taxpayer over £176,000. It’s reported that around 400 cops were on hand to monitor parades by Cairde Na Heireann (Calton Republicans) and Friends of IRPWA on September 7. The walks were met by protests from Loyalist groups – with officers having to keep the groups apart throughout the city. Now the Daily Record reports that the taxpayer will have to foot the £176,439 bill for policing the day. And a Scottish Police Federation boss has made calls for proper funding – claiming that some of the cops might have worked for nothing. Andrea MacDonald, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “We have the responsibility to the police to make sure there is a budget in place that reflects what they are being asked to do.


Revealed: Glasgow Republican marches and Loyalist protests cost £176k to police for ONE day

The policing of two Republican marches and Loyalist counter-protests on one day in Glasgow last month cost taxpayers £176k. Around 400 officers from Police Scotland were deployed to monitor parades by Cairde Na Heireann (Calton Republicans) and Friends of IRPWA on Saturday, September 7. The day was marred with sectarian violence as Loyalist counter-demonstrators lined the streets which led to violent disorder across the city.


Kevin Mcleod: Family has waited 500 days for response into why case was not treated as murder – as instructed

The family of 24-year-old Kevin Mcleod – who died in mystery circumstances at Wick Harbour 22 years ago – is seeking the personal intervention of the Scottish Police Authority chairwoman after waiting an astonishing 500 days for a response into the failure to investigate the tragedy as murder. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) said the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) should probe why a former Chief Constable Graham Gormley did not act on the instruction of the procurator fiscal at the time to treat the death as a murder case. Their conclusion following a complaint from the family stated: “We conclude that the SPA has not handled this complaint to a reasonable standard.”


John Swinney pledges £7m fund to mitigate impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit

The Scottish Government has committed £7 million for a new fund to help tackle poverty in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as price hikes could push 130,000 Scots into financial hardship. Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that the Rapid Poverty Mitigation Fund would provide resources to local councils so that “people most in need can get support quickly”.


Police Scotland launches first ever survey of football policing and wants to hear from fans of Inverness Caley Thistle and Ross County

Police Scotland is asking for views on how the force engages with Scottish football supporters – and the wider public – about football policing. This follows a recommendation made in the Independent Review of Football Policing in Scotland report, commissioned by Police Scotland last year. Chief Inspector Campbell Crawford, head of Police Scotland’s national football unit, said: “Getting views directly from supporters is extremely important and a real step forward for us. We are keen that people understand that our role at football is to support the event organiser, as well as understanding what people expect from us.


Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today welcomed the evaluation of The City of Edinburgh Council’s 20mph scheme.

According to the report (which you can read in full below) Edinburgh’s scheme has lowered the average speed limit by 1.3mph, which has in turn made the capital’s streets safer. According to research, every 1% drop in speed can lead to a six per cent reduction in casualties on our streets.
Mark Ruskell’s members bill to introduce a 20mph speed limit for all residential streets in Scotland was defeated after The Scottish Government sided with the Tories.


Police Scotland launches nationwide survey of football policing

Police Scotland is set to undertake a nationwide survey on how the force engages with Scottish football supporters and the wider public about how matches and incidents are managed. The move to seek views from across the country comes following a recommendation in the national force’s own ‘Independent Review of Football Policing in Scotland’ report, which was commissioned last year. A key finding of the review was that issues around stadium safety, which it identified as a risk to fans, as well as the need for better engagement with fans and other stakeholders.


Scottish prison staff reluctant to release offenders on tags for fear of making mistakes

Prison Service staff are reluctant to release offenders on electronic monitoring devices for fear of making mistakes. Colin McConnell, chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service, said some officers suffer from “error terror”, in case someone who is released goes on to commit a further crime. Addressing the Justice Committee at Holyrood, Mr McConnell alluded to the murder of Craig McClelland, a father of three from Paisley who was stabbed by James Wight, who had 16 previous convictions and was “unlawfully at large” after removing an electronic tag just days after release on a Home Detention Curfew (HDC).


Police launch crackdown on uninsured drivers – and it could see you hit with an unlimited fine and disqualified from driving

Police are cracking down on uninsured drivers in a bid to get them off the road. But thousands of Brits could be unknowingly breaking the law, putting them at risk of hefty fines and even a driving ban. Police have launched Operation Drive Insured this month, alongside the Motor Insurers Bureau, to crackdown on the 80,000 uninsured drivers in the UK.



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