John Finnie claims chief constable could end up in court over `disgraceful’ police stations
The Highlands and Islands MSP made the claim at Holyrood after a Scottish Police Federation (SPF) survey last week revealed the “disgraceful” state of some stations, including Oban. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf was challenged over the survey, which found Oban staff had covered numerous holes on damp walls with sheets of paper and that paintwork in the food preparation area was covered in mould. Scottish Police Authority (SPA) accommodation was found to be similar to that supplied by “slum landlords”.
Scotland’s top police officer ‘faces being hauled before court unless crumbling estate fixed’
SCOTLAND’S top police officer faces being hauled before the courts unless a catalogue of defects plaguing the country’s crumbling stations can be fixed, it has been claimed. Scottish Green MSP John Finnie – a former police officer – said there had been “a singular failure of police management”.
Hero cop pulls teen from freezing Renfrewshire river
A brave cop waded into a freezing Renfrewshire river to rescue a stricken teenager. Police Scotland launched a major operation when an 18-year-old lad was reported missing in the Houston area on Sunday morning. The extensive search involved dog units, the police helicopter and specialist Scottish and Fire and Rescue teams. Eventually the chopper spotted the vulnerable teen floating in the Gryffe River at around 8.30am. Rescue teams scrambled to the river bank in a desperate bid to save the young man, covering access points to the river.
Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP’s new stalking bill will give more support to victims
Strathkelvin and Bearsden SNP MSP Rona Mackay has submitted a proposal for a Bill to give police the power to apply for a stalking protection order on behalf of victims. The Stalking Protection (Scotland) Bill goes out to public consultation on Monday for a period of three months. It is widely recognised that stalkers can have a profound effect on their victims, both mentally and physically, and that stalking behaviour can culminate in serious violence. A survey by the Scottish Government in 2017/18 found 27% of women aged 16-24 had experienced at least one incident of stalking in the previous year.