Police officers involved in mass invasion of Asian family’s Cambuslang home cleared of wrongdoing
Two police officers involved in a huge police operation at a Scottish family home – slammed for being over the top – have been cleared of falsifying evidence. John Donaldson, 38 and Tyne McClymont, 23, were accused by Mohammed Yusaf Khan, 37, of “making up lies” about his family. They were among 40 police officers who turned up at the home of the Khan family in Cambuslang on December 8, 2015.
Ministers urged to declare public health emergency over drugs deaths
The Scottish Government has been urged to officially call a public health emergency in response to the number of drugs deaths in Scotland. Scotland had one of the worst drug-death rates in the world last year, with 1,187 fatalities, an increase of 27 per cent on 2017. Scottish Labour said legal designation should be given that would allow ministers to urgently direct public bodies under an emergency situation.
Kevin Mcleod death: Parents meet former Lord Advocate investigating the handling of police complaints
A high-profile former lord advocate carrying out a major police complaints-handling probe yesterday met the parents of Kevin McLeod, who died in mysterious circumstances at a Highland harbour. Dame Elish Angiolini took evidence from Hugh and June McLeod, who believe their 24-year-old electrician son was murdered at the town’s harbour 22 years ago, at a meeting in Inverness city centre. Police Scotland have already apologised to the family for “serious failings” in the initial probe by the old legacy force Northern Constabulary, including a failure to follow a procurator fiscal direction to treat it as murder.
Scots want to abolish parole, poll finds
Almost 70 per cent of adults in Scotland want to abolish time off for good behaviour in prisons and insist criminals should serve their full sentence before release, a poll for The Times has found. Scotland’s prisons are already overcrowded with more than 8,300 inmates recorded last month, 5 per cent over capacity. Speculation is rising that ministers are considering early release for more inmates, including those found guilty of low-level crimes who are not thought to pose a threat to public safety.
Police Scotland leads charge to turn every vehicle electric
Police Scotland is planning to be the first force in Britain to make its entire fleet of vehicles electric. The force told the Holyrood justice sub-committee on policing: “It’s our ambition that Police Scotland’s 3,500 vehicles, the second-largest public sector fleet in Scotland, will become the first blue-light, ultra-low emission fleet in the UK, with close to zero-carbon emissions.” The force has about 2,500 cars, 800 vans and 100 motorcycles, many of which are more than a decade old. Senior officers have been calling for their replacement and believe that the move can help the wider adoption of electric vehicles because of the charging infrastructure required.
Police Scotland boys in blue go green as they aim to turn entire fleet of cars into electric or hybrid vehicles
Police Scotland aims to turn its entire fleet of cop cars into electric or hybrid vehicles, top brass revealed. The national force wants to be the first UK emergency service to go fully green. It comes after research by the Lib Dems earlier this year revealed less than one per cent of Police Scotland’s vehicles were eco-friendly.
Firearms cop told she ‘shouldn’t be on patrol without a man’ sues for sex discrimination
A firearms officer is suing Police Scotland for sexual discrimination after being told she shouldn’t be on duty without a man. PC Rhona Malone fell victim to “institutional sexism” in its firearms unit, an employment tribunal heard yesterday. The 43-year-old – who still serves with the force – was sent an email by Inspector Keith Warhurst saying she should always partner with a male colleague due to “obvious differences in physical capacity”. Warhurst also allegedly referred to another female officer as a “wee lassie”. Malone took the force to an employment tribunal after suffering a string of alleged examples of sex discrimination. The impact of the ordeal has forced her to seek early retirement on the grounds of ill-health.