Scottish police chief Will Kerr alleges Brexit planning snub
Police Scotland has been denied access to sensitive plans to handle civil disruption after Brexit, a senior officer said as he accused UK ministers of stoking tensions with irresponsible language. The force has only seen arrangements that are heavily focused on the south of England, with little recognition of Scotland’s distinct constitutional and legal position, according to Will Kerr, deputy chief constable for local policing. “We have, frankly, at times struggled to access some of the more sensitive elements, or layers, of those planning assumptions,” he told the Holyrood justice committee.
No deal Brexit could ‘significantly impact’ police ability to keep Scots safe
In particular, leaving EU law enforcement agency Europol and the loss of the European Arrest Warrant could have a big impact. A no-deal Brexit will “significantly impact” on the police’s ability to keep Scots safe, one of the country’s most senior officers warned yesterday. Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Campbell said leaving EU law enforcement agency Europol and the loss of the European Arrest Warrant would make it harder to trace criminals. Outlining 36 policing tools that would go if the UK crashes out of Europe on October 31, he said: “The model we are moving towards come a no-deal scenario will significantly impact on our ability to keep the communities of Scotland safe.”
BREXIT ALERT Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable urges politicians to be respectful as he warns their Brexit language could cause violence
A top cop urged politicians to be respectful, as he warned their Brexit war of words could incite violence. Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr appeared to give Boris Johnson a dressing down over parly taunts such as “betrayal” and “surrender” targeted at anti-No Deal MPs. And he insisted all party leaders have an onus to ens- ure they use “temperate and responsible” language. Nats MSP Jenny Gilruth quizzed Dep Chief Con Kerr on whether the PM’s “dangerous political rhetoric” was stirring “civil unrest” He told Holyrood’s justice committee: “At a time of heightened emotional and political tension, words and behaviour do matter.
Cops to open review into death of Stefan Sutherland, 25, found dead on Caithness beach six years ago
Cops investigating the death of a man whose body was found on a beach in Caithness six years ago have launched a review. Stefan Sutherland, 25, was discovered on the shoreline near Occumster, 11 days after vanishing from his home in September 2013. It comes after calls from his family for his body to be dug up and his death to be treated as murder. The review will be carried out by cops who had no involvement in the investigation at the time.
Police and councils should do more to stop dog attacks, minister says
During a debate on dog control legislation, Ms Denham claimed powers given to Police Scotland and councils had not been used consistently. The debate comes after a report by Holyrood’s public audit committee found there were still too many dog attacks and concluded the Control of Dogs (Scotland) 2010 Act was “not fit for purpose”. The report found there was a lack of consistent data on attacks and said there had been a “failure” to establish a Scottish dog control database. It also said the act had not resulted in a decrease in dog attack victims needing treatment or prosecutions of owners.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise clicks on to £465k investment in digital and innovation support programme for businesses
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands which want to develop their use of digital technology and innovation are set to benefit from a new £465,000 support programme. The new initiative was announced by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) at a digital collaboration event to launch the refreshed #hellodigital facility in An Lochran in Inverness. More than 2500 businesses across the region are expected to benefit over the next three years from specialist advice and events on topics such as data innovation, artificial intelligence (AI), sensors and internet of things (IoT), as well as robotics and cyber resilience. Also announced was the creation of a new digital economy programme board and industry advisory group for the Highlands and Islands, while the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, National Cyber Security Centre and Police Scotland are also combining to provide cyber security events and support for rural businesses the region in a new collaboration backed by the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Unit