Police awards for saving pregnant stabbing victim
Officers from Police Scotland’s Fife Division received an award for bravery at the Scottish Police Federation Bravery Award Ceremony in Edinburgh. Constables Stather, Hay, Gillies and Archer were quick to attend when worried neighbours called the police after hearing a woman screaming within a flat in Glenrothes in February this year. Inside, they found a man, straddling his pregnant partner after stabbing her in the neck. Despite not knowing if he was still armed, and without a thought for their own safety, the officers intervened, arrested the suspect and providing lifesaving first aid to the victim.
Thousands of callers fail to get through on rape helpline
Nearly 10,000 calls to a helpline for rape victims went unanswered last year due to a lack of resources, according to Rape Crisis Scotland. A new report by the charity, which runs the helpline, also says that 1,150 people seeking help had attempted to take their own lives after a sexual attack. Such was the demand for help that rape crisis centres struggled to cope, with some even forced to close their waiting lists at times.