Two police officers injured during Glasgow van chase as driver arrested
The driver of a white van dramatically rammed during a police chase through Glasgow has been arrested. Officers were trying to trace the vehicle before they found it in the Harmony Row area of Govan around 10.10am today. But it failed to stop for police, leading to a pursuit towards the city centre. At least six Police Scotland cars then “boxed” the vehicle on Pacific Drive close to the Village Hotel before arresting the driver.
The Scottish Tory MPs are making a difference in Westminster
Ahead of party conference, Alister Jack MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, says Scotland has benefited from having a group of Scottish Tory MPs. The Conservative Party conference will be my first as Secretary of State for Scotland. I’m looking forward to it. I was immensely honoured to be handed the job, but I’m under no illusions about the challenge. I’ve taken on the role at a critical moment for Scotland and the whole of the UK.
New laws on the way to target owners of out of control dogs
Tougher dog control laws are to be introduced to reduce attacks after hundreds of children were treated in hospital in Glasgow last year. Figures show more than 250 children treated for dog related injuries in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals from a total of more than 1,400 cases. The Scottish Government has started a consultation on legislation covering dog ownership and to crack down on irresponsible owners. The Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it welcomed the consultation and said that better education among owners is also needed.
Borders MSP calling for more bobbies on beat to tackle rise in crime
A rise in recorded crimes in the Borders last year has prompted Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP Rachael Hamilton to call for more bobbies on the beat. Just over 3,700 crimes were reported in the region last financial year, up 7% on the year before, according to the latest national statistics published by the Scottish Government. That’s the eighth biggest increase in the country. It’s down by 9% since 2009-10, however, and the Borders continues to be one of the safest places to live in Scotland, with one of its lowest crime rates.
Scottish Government plans for digital evidence system
The Scottish Government has launched a procurement for a new digital evidence sharing capability (DESC) for the country’s criminal justice process. It said it is aiming to give users such as police officers, prosecutors, court staff and defence agents a user-friendly way to digitally access evidence. The move is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the defence community. The procurement notice is for a digital partner to develop and support a software solution to take in evidence including documents, CCTV and other digital forms. The solution is expected to include asset storage, multimedia conversion and transcoding, searching and indexing, view including video playback, editing, auditing, deletion and support for retention and archive policies.
Crime across West Dunbartonshire rises by 13 percent in a year
A senior cop has assured that West Dunbartonshire is a “very safe place to live and work” after statistics show crime has risen by 13 percent in a year. A breakdown of the figures, from the Scottish Government for 2018/19, show violent crime increased by 27 percent but sexual crime fell 12 percent on the previous year’s tally. Crime across Scotland rose by just one percent last year and crime in West Dunbartonshire is down 38 percent since 2009/10. But the area saw a total of 4,716 crimes recorded in 2018/9. This means there were 529 crimes per 10,000 of the population – the fourth highest figure in the country behind Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee respectively.
Scottish Government pledge not to conflate sex and gender when publishing stats
The Scottish Government has pledged that its new working group on the collection of data will ensure sex and gender are not conflated in statistics published by public authorities. The Sex and Gender in Data Working Group, which is headed by the government’s chief statistician Roger Halliday, will seek to ensure that the two categories remain distinct from each other. Concerns have been raised by academics and women’s groups, that the two terms were becoming interchangeable, undermining the collection of vital information needed in the planning of public services for women and men, changing the recording of crimes, and potentially removing sex as a protected characteristic as stated in the Equality Act 2010.