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Police Scotland has more than 250 cars over a decade old, figures have revealed.A total of 870 cars, about a quarter of the fleet, have driven 100,000 miles or more, with 126 covering between 150,000 and 200,000 miles.The average vehicle was four to five years...

New Scottish law to crack down on fugitives Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf is putting forward amendments to the Management of Offenders Bill currently under consideration by the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee, including creating a statutory offence in cases where an individual does not return immediately to...

Police Scotland has more than 250 cars over a decade old, figures have revealed.A total of 870 cars, about a quarter of the fleet, have driven 100,000 miles or more, with 126 covering between 150,000 and 200,000 miles.The average vehicle was four to five years...

Police chief blasts Old Firm and believes SPL is ‘in crisis’ Player behaviour in Sunday’s Old Firm derby was “unacceptable”, according to Scottish Police Federation vice-chairman David Hamilton. Hamilton has called out both Celtic and Rangers players after Sunday’s match at Parkhead which saw Hoops captain...

New domestic abuse laws in Scotland to criminalise ‘coercive and controlling behaviour’ “Groundbreaking” new domestic abuse laws have come into force in Scotland. Law enforcement officials say the new legislation makes it clear that coercive and controlling behaviour is a crime. The Scottish Parliament passed the...

Police Scotland forced to deal with ‘mental health crisis’ Police officers are increasingly doing “other people’s jobs” in dealing with a crisis of mental ill health in Scotland’s communities, it has been claimed. Calum Steele, general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation (SPF), said it was...

Q&A: Humza Yousaf on the future of policing Policing needs to evolve to meet new and emerging demands, both in terms of prevention and detection. Criminals buy on the black market, they don’t adhere to procurement rules. We have to be nimble and not allow them...

NEW domestic abuse laws will be a “game changer” for Scotland’s children, it is claimed. Legislation coming into force next week will cover both violence and coervice control and, in a UK first, make the impact on children an aggravating factor which can lead to tougher...

Police and fire service merger review identifies ‘systemic problems’ Improvements are needed to address “systemic problems” created when Scotland’s police and fire services became national bodies, according to MSPs. Holyrood’s Justice Committee has completed a review of the reorganisation of the services. Bad money management and...

MSPs told smacking ban was ‘lightbulb moment’ in Ireland The introduction of a ban on smacking children in Ireland was a “lightbulb moment”, a politician behind the move has told MSPs. Jillian van Turnhout, a former Irish senator, had campaigned to remove the defence of reasonable...