Police Federation tells SPFL clubs to get tough on hooligans – and invest in stamping out unrest
Scotland’s football clubs are directly to blame for the alarming upsurge in crowd trouble at matches this season – for failing to accept responsibility for the escalating problem. And they must act decisively now and invest more heavily in stamping out disorder – or run the risk of decent supporters being driven out of grounds by hooligans and irrevocable long-term damage being done to our national game.
Police seek East Lothian-wide ban on drinking in public
A county-wide ban on drinking in public across East Lothian is being sought by Police Scotland. Authorities want to see the county, which has 13 different by-laws covering different towns and villages, adopt just one by-law that entirely prohibits the public consumption of alcohol. The widely varying by-laws, which were introduced in 2008, include one for the county’s biggest town Musselburgh, which bans public drinking unless those partaking are horse riders, council representatives and guests drinking outside The Ship Inn on Market Street from a “sipping cup” during the town’s annual ride-out parade.
North-east police officers and staff to be remembered at Aberdeen service
More than 100 police officers and staff who have died while serving in the north-east will be honoured at a memorial service this week. The service is to be held on Saturday in St Mark’s Cathedral, Rosemount Viaduct at 10.30am and anyone wishing to join the service of remembrance is welcome to attend. The names of 101 members of staff will be read out during the service and candles will be lit to represent their lives. Speaking about the service, president of the north-east branch of the Retired Police Officers Association Scotland, Kenny Thomson, said: “This is the twelfth year the service has taken place and it is an important event in the police calendar.