Nicola Sturgeon asked to apologise for police pay response at First Minister’s Questions
The First Minister faced calls to apologise for describing a serving police officer’s comments on pay as “disgraceful”. Tory MSP Graham Simpson read out an email sent to him by an East Kilbride policeman that bemoaned a 6.5% salary rise, when NHS staff are getting 9%. Mr Simpson asked the First Minister to respond to the remarks, which included: “Is it that the government know that because police officers cannot strike or take any real industrial action that they are an easy target?” Ms Sturgeon replied: “Parts of those comments were quite disgraceful. I value all public sector workers, and I thank them for the work that they do. “The police pay award is the best award for police officers anywhere in the United Kingdom.”
Nicola Sturgeon asked to apologise for ‘disgraceful’ comment
Nicola Sturgeon has been asked to apologise to a serving police officer after she branded his comments about public sector pay rises as “disgraceful”. Her remarks came in response to a letter read out by Scottish Conservative MSP Graham Simpson at today’s First Minister’s Questions.
Knife crime: Number of offences at nine-year high
The number of crimes related to knives and other offensive weapons dealt with by the criminal justice system reached a nine-year high in 2018, figures show. The Ministry of Justice reported a total of 21,484 offences in England and Wales, the equivalent of 59 every single day. Of all those convicted or cautioned, just over a fifth were under 18.
Poll: Majority of Scots back 20mph speed limit in residential streets
More than half of Scots back cutting the default speed limit in residential streets to 20mph, a new poll has found. Research carried out by Survation for the Scottish Greens shows 56.9% of people are either strongly in favour or somewhat in favour of the move. Less than a quarter (22.2%) of those surveyed said they are against the proposal – which Green MSP Mark Ruskell is trying to pass at Holyrood.
Operation Close Pass: Tayside police division maintains cycle safety scheme ‘not justified’ in Dundee despite its use elsewhere
The pressure will be kept on police in Dundee to introduce a campaign to educate motorists about cyclist safety. Councillor Kevin Cordell recently wrote to the police divisional commander for Tayside, urging him to introduce Operation Close Pass in the area. The initiative, which has been rolled out in other regions including Fife, involves plain clothes officers stopping drivers when they fail to give cyclists enough space, as well as using a special mat to educate them on how much room should be given.