North-east fine dodgers among £1.9 million of unpaid Scottish court penalties
North and north-east fine dodgers have been forced to repay outstanding debts after court officers froze their bank accounts. Fines imposed by Aberdeen and Tain courts – which had been long overdue – were seized as the current accounts of 11 offenders were arrested. The crackdown by fines enforcement officers at courts in the Grampian, Highland and Islands Sheriffdom included recovery of £1,900 in unpaid fines – some dating back almost a year. They related to offences varying from road offences to drug misuse and assault.
Police voice concerns over ‘rise in disorder and sectarianism’ in Scottish football
One of Scotland’s most senior police officers has said there are concerns about rising disorder and sectarianism at football matches. Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr said he is surprised at how “normal” sectarianism is, and at the aggression shown towards police from some fans. He said recent incidents include a flare being thrown at a police horse, officers being pulled from horses and others being spat at and attacked.
When normal is not normal
Police have been whispering their concerns for months: hooliganism, they have been saying, is back. Organised football violence, source concede, is nothing like the bad old days of the 1970s and 1980s. Late last year Bernie Higgins, the assistant chief constable in charge of policing Scottish games, told The Herald that half of Scotland’s 42 senior clubs had what he called “risk supporters”. Some clubs – and he did not name them – have up to 150 of such fans.
Police chief says sectarianism at football is now ‘normal’
One of Scotland’s most senior police officers has said there are concerns about rising disorder and sectarianism at football matches. Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr said he is surprised at how “normal” sectarianism and aggression towards police is from some fans. He said recent incidents included a flare being thrown at a police horse, officers being pulled from horses and others being spat at and attacked.His comments came as Police Scotland said they are investigating reports of sectarian singing at Tynecastle on Wednesday when Hearts lost 2-1 to Celtic, as well as reports of coins being thrown from the away stand during the match.
Senior police officer shocked by the ‘almost visceral’ sectarianism in Scottish football
A senior police officer who spent almost 30 years working in Northern Ireland has expressed surprise at the “almost visceral” level of sectarianism in Scottish football.
Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr, who joined Police Scotland six months ago, said sectarianism and aggression towards the police appeared to be “normal” for some fans.
He also warned that disorder and offensive behaviour at matches had increased in the past year, with recent incidents including a flare being thrown at a police horse, officers being pulled from horses and others being spat at and attacked.
Smacking ban proposal branded ‘tragic and depressing’ in Holyrood Committee
MSPs have been accused of “living on another planet” and of “criminalising parents” over plans to ban smacking in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament’s Equalities committee was told that a new bill to ban smacking was “tragic and depressing” and underlined the “aloof, elitist nature of politics.” Dr Stuart Waiton, a senior criminology lecturer at Abertay University, said that MSPs were not listening to public opinion, and that if a slap on a small child’s hand was a “form of violence that harms them you are living on another planet.”
Dundee schoolchildren learn about knife crime
Since the programme started two years ago, more than 5,000 school pupils across the city have been given peer-mentoring sessions delivered by Dundee’s Police Scotland Youth Volunteers. The sessions are delivered as part of the curriculum in a bid to give kids knowledge of knife crime in society. Andrew Hutton, group coordinator for Dundee’s Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, said: “The main message is to let young people know the dangers of carrying knives in schools or in public and also the consequences. “Over 5,000 young people within the high schools of Dundee have now been taught the message of No Knives Better Lives.”