Willie Rennie urges Tory rethink on ‘poisonous’ stop and search
Scottish LibDem leader Willie Rennie is calling on the UK Government to heed Scotland’s experiences of “poisonous” stop and searches. He is to warn Prime Minister Boris Johnson that “industrial scale stop and search undermines community policing and poisons the relationship between officers and the public”. Rennie’s intervention comes after the controversial expansion of police stop and search powers in England and Wales, which critics say disproportionately affects black people and undermines community relations.
Police’s assault injuries double in five years
Injuries to Scottish police officers in assaults have risen sharply, with 563 recorded between April and June. This is a 32 per cent rise on the same quarter last year and more than twice the number in the same period in 2014.
Police Scotland scour social media amid fears of Brexit unrest
Scottish police officers are searching social media for information on potentially disruptive protests over Brexit. Police Scotland has retained 400 extra officers to deal with domestic unrest and stand ready for deployment in Northern Ireland, where the combination of a hard border and sectarian unrest would be particularly volatile.
Police Scotland Brexit bill reaches £7 million
Police Scotland has spent more than £7 million as it prepares for Brexit. The figures have been released in a paper which is to go before the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board meeting on Wednesday. A Brexit contingency planning document reveals the force has spent £7,011,038 in relation to EU withdrawal work as of August 9. It shows the force has been preparing for civil unrest and protests in the event of a no-deal exit.
Hundreds reported under Scotland’s new domestic abuse laws
Scottish Women’s Aid has given a cautious welcome to figures showing that hundreds of cases of domestic abuse have been reported since the launch of new legislation. Police have recorded more than 400 domestic crimes in the first three months of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act, which covers sexual psychological or financial abuse and carries a maximum 14 year sentence. But chief executive Dr Marsha Scott says she wants to hear more detail about the more than half of cases still not passed to procurator fiscals.
Shock over figures for domestic abuse crimes in north-east
More domestic abuse crimes have been recorded in the north-east than any other area since a new law making controlling behaviour an offence was introduced. The Domestic Abuse Act was brought in on April 1, criminalising the coercive and controlling behaviours used by domestic abusers. Official police figures covering the first three months of the introduction of the legislation shows there were 70 recorded crimes in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. That is the highest levels of Police Scotland’s 13 divisional areas.
New coercive control law leads to 400 domestic abuse crimes being reported
More than 400 crimes of coercive control have been recorded since legislation came into force this year. Coercion includes tactics like isolating a partner, financial control, monitoring their movements and stripping them of control over their lives. A new act outlawed the behaviour in April and in the period to June 2019, 414 crimes were recorded and 13 people convicted. Another 190 cases are being processed by the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service.