Majority of Scots believe Repealing Football Act was ‘bad idea’
Half of respondents to a poll have said that repealing Scotland’s anti-sectarian football legislation was a bad idea. The results come from a survey of 1000 people conducted for the Wings Over Scotland website. When 1000 people were asked: “Do you think it was a good or bad idea to abolish the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act”, 50% said it was a good idea, 34% didn’t know and 16% said it was a good idea. The Act was repealed in April last year after a campaign by Labour MSP James Kelly, who claimed the legislation had failed to tackle sectarianism and unfairly targeted football fans.
Police chief calls for banner bans, ID checks and stand closures to stop football yobs
Scottish Police Federation vice chair David Hamilton has outlined his solution to handle yobs in football. A number of shameful scenes took place over the weekend, including one which saw a Hibs fan confront Rangers captain James Tavernier on the Easter Road pitch.
Police officers told to stop sharing knife images on social media
The head of a police unit credited with cutting Scotland’s murder rate has called on officers to stop sharing images of seized knives on social media. Niven Rennie, director of the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), said the practice had reached “epidemic proportions” and could be undermining attempts to defeat knife violence. More than 100 people have been killed in the UK so far this year, with stabbings the largest single cause of death. Mr Rennie tweeted that he “could not see any benefit” of the pictures after officers in the London borough of Haringey released images of a “Rambo” knife taken off a robbery suspect.