Police watchdog to review progress on football policing in Scotland
A watchdog is to examine progress made by Police Scotland following an independent review of football policing. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) will examine what steps have been taken by the force to fulfill 18 recommendations made in their initial report. The probe was commissioned by Police Scotland just weeks after fans were caught up in a crush at Celtic Park in Glasgow following a Celtic v Rangers match. The report, which was released in March, praised the force for their current operating model which they found was generally “fit for purpose”.
Survey reveals Edinburgh’s hotspots for vandalism and anti-social behaviour
The Edinburgh People Survey discovered a drop in the number of people across the Capital saying violent crime, vandalism and graffiti and anti-social behaviour were not common in their neighbourhood. But there were large variations between wards, with just 15 per cent of people in Corstorphine/Murrayfield and 16 per cent in Inverleith and Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart saying vandalism and graffiti were common, while in Sighthill/Gorgie it was 47 per cent. More than 80 per cent of people in Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart, Morningside and Corstorphine/Murrayfield said anti-social behaviour was not common in their area.
New sentencing guidelines for rape and sexual assault in Scotland
New sentencing guidelines are being drawn up for a range of sexual offences amid an increasing number of cases in Scotland’s courts. The Scottish Sentencing Council said it planned to develop multiple guidelines for how the courts deal with rape, sexual assault and indecent images of children. Scotland’s courts are dealing with an increasing number of complex sexual cases. Figures published earlier this year by the Scottish Government showed the number of people convicted of sexual offences in 2017-18 was 39 per cent higher than in 2010-11. Judge Lady Dorrian said: “Given the wide-ranging nature of sexual offending, the council has decided to develop multiple guidelines focusing on particular sexual offences, rather than a single guideline covering all offences. This will allow each topic to be given in-depth consideration, and for the first guidelines on sexual offending to be produced more quickly.