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Climate change protest at Holyrood cost £500k to police Taxpayers have been left with a near £500,000 policing bill from a week-long climate protest at Holyrood last month. Members of Extinction Rebellion set up camp outside the Scottish Parliament as MSPs debated new legislation on setting...

Scottish Government and council commit to drug death summit THE Scottish Government has committed to holding an Emergency Drug Deaths Summit in Glasgow after calls by the Evening Times for urgent action to halt the shocking rise in drug related deaths. This week it was revealed...

Lethal cocktail blamed as Scotland named drug-death capital of West A deadly cocktail of opioids and “street valium” is driving drug deaths in Scotland, which now has the highest mortality rate in the developed world. At nearly 22 deaths per 100,000 people, Scotland’s death toll has...

Scotland’s most dangerous roads revealed amid mounting fatalities The worst roads for vehicle accident fatalities in Scotland have been revealed from new police data. Last year 147 fatal collisions took place on Scottish roads, amounting to 165 fatalities. The vehicle accidents occurred on 78 roads across...

Attacks on Scottish police officers hit record levels as fears rise for cops’ safety Attacks on the police are at record levels, according to new figures. Violent assaults on law enforcers have more than doubled since the formation of Police Scotland six years ago. In the...

Officers urge Tasers for all police on front line Frontline police officers should be issued with Tasers and body-worn cameras, according to a Home Office review based on the views of officers and staff. The recommendation comes as more officers are having to work alone after...

Number of police assaults in Tayside and Fife an ‘absolute disgrace’ Police officers have been subjected to more than 600 assaults across Tayside and Fife in the lifetime of the national force. There have been 383 assaults in D division (Tayside) and 281 in P division...

Police union issued stark safety warning over new car park levy A letter sent by Scottish Police Federation (SPF) general secretary Calum Steele said the chances of uniformed officers being “targeted” could rise sharply if they were to travel to work on public transport. He also...

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. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/decriminalising-drugs-lets-politicians-adult-17568252     Police...

Number of cocaine-related deaths in Scotland quadruples in four years The number of cocaine-related deaths in Scotland has quadrupled in the space of just four years amid warnings that people are using the drug along with other Class A substances. Cocaine was linked to 139 fatalities...