Thirty police stations across Scotland put up for sale
Thirty police stations across Scotland are being put up for sale. The sites have been identified following a public consultation exercise by Police Scotland. A commercial property firm has been appointed by the Scottish Police Authority to manage the sales. They include Anderston in Glasgow, Uddingston in South Lanarkshire, Kincardine, Cardenden, and Rosyth in Fife, and Blackburn in West Lothian, as well as Bridge of Allan and Bannockburn. The Anderston station has been marketed at offers over £800,000 while the Uddingston office has been valued at offers over £110,000. Other stations include Cruden Bay, Portsoy and Kemnay in the northeast of the country and Bridge of Earn, Muirhead, and Letham in Tayside.
Every death to be reviewed in bid to reduce Scotland’s suicide rate
Every suicide in Scotland is to be reviewed as part of a new strategy to reduce the number of people taking their own lives by 20 per cent in just four years. A total of 680 suicides were registered in 2017, the vast majority (77 per cent) men. As part of an initiative announced yesterday, all deaths by suicide will be reviewed for lessons to be learned, not just those where the person has been in contact with support services. The National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) – which is being backed with £3 million of funding – will be set up by September.
Thirty former police stations put up for sale
Thirty former police stations across Scotland are being put up for sale. A commercial property specialist has been appointed by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to manage the sale of the buildings, some of which have been empty for years. The properties were identified following a public consultation exercise by Police Scotland. Shepherd Chartered Surveyors said the first tranche of 21 buildings would be released to the market this month.
Scotland receives over £1 million to respond to the growth in sexual offence reports
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) are to use the £1.1 million to improve their response to the growing case load, reduce the time it takes to reach court and improve the communication given to victims. Rape and attempted rape made up 17 per cent of sexual crimes in 2016/17. There were 1,878 recorded incidents of rape — a four per cent increase from 1,809 in 2015/16. This trend has been consistent since 2010/11. Justice Secretary Humza Yousuf said that despite the increase in sexual offence reports, “we know that such crimes continue to be under-reported”.
Fewer police officers on Capital streets as ‘frustration’ grows in force
FEWER police are patrolling Lothians streets than five years ago when forces were merged, official figures reveal. There are 24 fewer officers in the Capital this year than in 2013 and 36 fewer in the Lothians and Scottish Borders region. The Police Scotland numbers prompted calls for more funding from the Tories, while senior officers stressed the force can call on specialist units as support.
New suicide prevention strategy to include £3 million task force fund
The former mental health nurse today unveiled a new strategy aimed at preventing people from ending their lives. It includes the formation of a £3 million specialist task force to deliver ten measures aimed at reducing the suicide rate. As many as 680 people killed themselves in 2017, which equates to a suicide rate of 12.5 per 100,000. The total is also an improvement on the 728 fatalities in 2016. Rose Fitzpatrick, former deputy chief constable of Police Scotland, will chair the new National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group, which is backed by £3 million of funding.