Catching 20mph speeders ‘not a priority‘ – Police Scotland
Enforcing planned Scotland-wide 20mph limits would not be a priority for Police Scotland, its roads chief told MSPs today. The comment came as it was revealed that speed camera vans will be deployed to enforce Edinburgh‘s 20mph zones for the first time next month. Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, the force‘s head of road policing, was giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament‘s rural economy and connectivity committee on a member‘s bill for a default 20mph limit on most 30mph roads in Scotland with street lighting.
Criminal suspects able to ‘self-identify’ gender
Criminal suspects can self-identify their gender without providing evidence of their birth sex to police, the justice secretary has said. Humza Yousaf said Police Scotland required no evidence of gender other than a person’s self declaration unless it is “pertinent” to a criminal investigation they are involved in. SNP MSP Joan McAlpine who asked a question on the issue at Holyrood said the justice secretary’s answer would leave many people “shocked” and could lead to concerns over the accuracy of recorded crime statistics.
Aberdeen community thanked for support during police operation
Police have thanked residents for their “positive” contribution following a week-long community operation. Officers joined various organisations in Mastrick in a bid to tackle youth annoyance – while getting to hear more about residents’ concerns in the community. PC Richard Arton said: “There were more than 130 residents that engaged with officers over the course of the operations – including about 30 youngsters. “We were also joined by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who spoke to people about fire safety. The purpose of the week was not to issue any fines or charge anyone – we were focused on wanting to get to know the community and hear about their concerns.”