Police failing to tackle curse of hooliganism, warns report
Police are failing to make full use of football banning orders to crack down on hooliganism in the game, a new report warns. The Independent Review of Football Policing in Scotland found that the force is missing an opportunity to tackle crime. It suggests that officers don’t apply for civil football banning orders for known troublemakers as they are seen as being too costly. It comes after a series of incidents at matches in recent months – including sectarian abuse and missiles being thrown on to pitches – and also claims that organised groups of thugs are arranging clashes with rival supporters in advance of matches.
Green MSP hits out at pro-smacking campaigners for ‘non-credible witnesses’
The Green MSP behind plans to bring in a ban on smacking children has accused a group opposed to the measure of using non-credible witnesses to back their campaign. The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, which has already cleared its first stage in Holyrood, would abolish the defence of “reasonable chastisement”. Ultimately, it aims to give children the same protection as adults.
Scotland in grip of national emergency as drugs epidemic tears apart entire generation
Scotland’s failure to counter its growing drugs menace has become a national emergency. A death rate which was slipping out of control as far back as 2007 has now reached epidemic proportions – especially when compared with our European neighbours. Starting tomorrow, the Record will publish a new series of articles which will ask: What can be done about Scotland’s drug deaths? Featuring many voices and perspectives, we will speak to academics who are at odds with each other’s ideological stances, as well as GPs and recovery specialists running residential abstinence programmes.