Rise in police assaults in Edinburgh and Lothians prompt taser call
Injuries suffered by police officers while on duty in the Lothians are at the highest rate for five years, figures obtained by the Evening News reveal. Statistics from Police Scotland show there were 515 wounds reported over the last year compared to 451 in 2014-15. The number included assaults prompting the Scottish Police Federation, which represents the rank and file, to call for all officers to be armed with tasers. “Police officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect others, this unique circumstance should be recognised in the legal system and treated as an aggravation,” said SPF east are committee chair, Andrew Malcolm.
Road police will target uninsured drivers
Police are focusing on uninsured drivers in the area during its latest operation this week.
Road policing teams will undertake Operation Drive Insured which will feature enhanced actions to seize uninsured drivers’ vehicles and improve safety. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), a not-for-profit organisation that compensates victims of uninsured driving and works with the police to tackle the issue, estimates that 26,000 people are injured each year in the UK in collisions caused by an uninsured or untraced driver.
Police team up with Amazon Ring to hand out free camera doorbells worth £89 to thousands of households across Britain
Amazon’s video doorbell company is working with police forces to hand out thousands of its devices, it has been reported. The move to distribute the £89 Ring devices has, however, raised Big Brother fears about the close relationship between a private company and the police.
Police Scotland spark ‘doomsday fears’ with cryptic tweet warning to be prepared
A tweet from Police Scotland has sparked ‘doomsday fears’ amongst Scots after cops warned us to be prepared for any emergency with a ‘grab bag’ of essentials. The cryptic message was posted on Police Scotland control room’s Twitter page with a diagram showing what residents should have inside their emergency bag. Medication, copies of important documents, food, water and a torch are all essential items. The ominous message sparked thousands of messages to Police Scotland with many Scots asking if the cops know something the rest of us don’t.
Criminologist: Bring back Bar-L’s special unit to treat Alesha killer
In its 20-year history the special unit at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow faced public hostility and was derided as a soft option for some of the country’s most violent and uncontrollable men. But many rated it a success as infamous prisoners, such murderers Jimmy Boyle and Hugh Collins, emerged as respected artists
and writers. Now a leading criminologist is advocating its return and reckons it would be a suitable set-up to treat the likes of Aaron Campbell, the schoolboy who abducted, raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on Bute, in Argyll last year.