Crime on Scotland’s rail network falls despite increase in England
Crime on Scotland’s rail network has fallen so far this year in contrast to an increase south of the Border, British Transport Police (BTP) has reported. The clear-up rate for tracing offenders was also more than twice the rate in England and Wales so far in 2019-20.
New strategic police action to tackle drug-related deaths
Police in Glasgow have designed a new strategy to tackle drug-related deaths in the city.
Statistics released by the National Records of Scotland in July showed the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2018 was 1187 – the largest ever recorded and more than double the number a decade ago.
Plea for ‘shooting galleries’ and drugs policy rethink
All drugs should be decriminalised and “shooting galleries” where addicts can inject safely ought to be introduced across Britain, MPs have said. The Commons health and social care select committee argued that ministers should take drug use out of the hands of the police and treat it as a health issue. It is the latest influential body to urge Britain to emulate countries such as Portugal, where decriminalisation and a focus on treatment led to a fall in drug deaths and young addicts.
Anti-Mafia cops will travel to Glasgow to monitor 300 notorious Lazio ‘ultras’ ahead of Celtic clash
Specialist anti-mafia cops are flying to Scotland in a bid to stop notorious Italian footie fans causing havoc. The crack squad will monitor around 300 feared Lazio “ultras” before, during and after Thursday night’s clash against Celtic. Elite “Special Operations” officers, known as DIGOS, often hunt down mobsters and terrorists.
Pete Wishart urges Home Office to review drug legislation
The Home Office has “important questions” to answer on drugs legislation, according to the convener of the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster. Pete Wishart has urged the UK and Scottish Governments to work together to tackle the “drugs epidemic” in Scotland. Crime Minister Kit Malthouse and the Home Office’s crime director Dan Greaves will appear before MPs as the committee concludes its inquiry into problem drug use in Scotland.