Warning Edinburgh festival late licences are fuelling drunken violence
BOOZED-UP thugs are being fuelled by late licences granted for bars during the Capital’s festivals, police representatives have warned. Scottish Police Federation east area committee chair Andy Malcolm said extensions to 5am are putting emergency workers at risk. He said cells are full of drunken offenders each morning with the Cowgate among hotspots of trouble. “The biggest problem is that we have the fringe and the festival increasing the population of Edinburgh and the number of people travelling in and out but in terms of police we stay stuck on the same numbers with added demands,” said Mr Malcolm.
Police officer hit by car in Edinburgh’s Cowgate where traffic is banned during summer
A police officer has been hit by a car in an Edinburgh street where traffic is banned at night during the summer months. The officer, in his fifties, was knocked down by a Vauxhall Corsa while attempting to stop the vehicle on Cowgate in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was treated at the scene by paramedics. A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident and was due at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday.
We must act now to end scandal of needless jail deaths
On a Friday afternoon, a fatal accident inquiry determination which should shock Scotland was quietly posted on the Scottish Courts website. The circumstances of the death of remand prisoner Allan Marshall have, for four years, been allowed to slip under the radar because, appallingly, that’s how long it takes to get an FAI. In the meantime, memories become hazy, evidence is lost and changed, opportunities for civil suits are time-barred and the family of the dead sit in limbo, waiting for truth and justice. Allan’s death, reported today in this newspaper, is one of the most shocking indictments of Scotland’s prison service in modern times.
‘Cairngorm John’ highlights problems of single police force and privatised search and rescue
One of the world’s most acclaimed mountain rescue leaders has attacked the impact of the creation of a single police force in Scotland and the privatisation of helicopters on crucial search and rescue operations. John Allen, MBE, the long-serving but now-retired leader of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue, is concerned about the loss of local knowledge he believes has happened in the process. Mr Allen, 77, made the comments in a new edition of his book “Cairngorm John”, which was originally published in 2009. He said: “The loss of Northern Constabulary [when Police Scotland was created in 2013] and with it the loss of mountain rescue’s local connection was bound to be diminishing.