Shocking conditions discovered at Argyll and Bute police stations
Calls have been made to close two police stations and officer accommodation in the Argyll and Bute area due to “disgraceful conditions”. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) carried out inspections of sites across the region earlier this month. Officials found that staff at Oban Police Station had covered numerous holes on damp walls with sheets of paper to try to improve its appearance, and that paintwork in the food preparation area was covered in mould. Officer accommodation rented out by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) was also inspected and found to be in a poor condition similar to that supplied by “slum landlords”.
Sex attack victim had to give policeman lift to station due to lack of squad cars
A sex attack victim had to give an officer a lift back to the police station in her car due to a lack of police vehicles. This happened due to a shortage of squad cars as 10 staff from a Police Scotland rape unit and domestic units shared just two cars. The victim took the officer in her own car so she could pick up her personal protection alarm at the station, according to the Daily Record . A report filed by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has stressed other chaotic condition in the Argyll and Dunbartonshire area. The report showed there’s only one dedicated vehicle to monitor over 100 registered sex offenders in the L division’s offender management unit.
MSP in call for islamophobia definition to be adopted in Scotland to tackle racism and hate
Government and councils must adopt a definition of islamophobia to tackle racism and prejudice against Muslims a new campaign has urged. Anas Sarwar, Glasgow Labour MSP is leading a group calling for islamophobia to be treated as a form of racism. He is a leading member of a cross party group at Holyrood which has joined forces with Westminster’s all Party group on British Muslims looking to stop the spread of anti-muslim hate. He has been alarmed by an increase in abuse and attacks on Muslims and mosques in Scotland and the UK and is calling for concerted action to make it clear it is not acceptable and for it to be dealt with.
Sex attack victim had to give cop lift to station due to shortage of police cars
A sex attack victim had to give an officer who visited her a lift back to his station because of a shortage of police cars. The embarrassing situation arose in Clydebank where 10 staff in a Police Scotland rape unit and domestic abuse unit share two cars. The complainer took him in her own car so she could pick up a personal protection alarm. A Scottish Police Federation report also highlights chaotic conditions in Argyll and Dunbartonshire. It reveals L division’s offender management unit has just one dedicated vehicle to monitor more than 100 registered sex offenders. The report said: “Quite simply, this presents considerable risk for the Police Service of Scotland and the wider public.” It claims officers have been forced to salvage office chairs out of skips to replace broken ones.
Police Federation calls for immediate closure of Argyll stations
Argyll and Bute police officers have been forced to salvage office chairs out of dumpsters to replace the broken ones at their crumbling station. A catalogue of horrifying discoveries was made by the Scottish Police Federation, which carried out inspections at police stations and officer accommodation in Argyll and Bute. As well as ‘skip diving’, officials found that officers at Oban Police Station had begun covering numerous holes in the building’s damp walls with sheets of paper to try improve its appearance.
Watch moment boxer tasered by cops outside Stirling boozer as he crashes onto deck after offering to ‘fight cops’
This is the shocking moment a boxer was tasered and sent crashing to the deck after offering to ‘fight cops’ outside a Stirling boozer. The crazy incident kicked-off as the fighter, named as Garry Hamilton – who has “a history of violence” – broke free from officers as they escorted him outside The Empire Bar in Bannockburn. He is chased by five police officers and two firearm specialists as cop cars speed past the bar towards the group. One officer goes to ground as he is shrugged off by Hamilton who legs it. As police chase him he circles round and is surrounded by police in the middle of the road.
Watchdog raps police for the use of a taser on a man in Bannockburn
An investigation has found that a police officer’s use of a taser on a man outside a pub in Bannockburn was not ‘reasonable or necessary’. That is the conclusion of an investigation into the incident last year by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner Kate Frame. Her report, published yesterday (Tuesday) found that the 28-year-old man did not appear to be posing an imminent threat to any police officers and the use of the taser was not a “proportionate response”. The Observer reported at the time how video footage had surfaced of the incident. It was shot in Quakerfield, near the Empire Bar, on Sunday, September 16, at around 6.30pm.
PIRC publishes findings on two incidents involving PAVA spray
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has published its findings on two incidents involving the use of PAVA irritant spray. In one case concerning the use of the spray on a 39-year-old man during a violent struggle in a police cell, the watchdog said the use was both necessary and proportionate.
Police release video of Taser incident outside pub
The Scottish Police Federation has circulated video footage in which a man is shot with a Taser after the incident led to criticism from a watchdog. Earlier this week, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) said it was neither “reasonable nor necessary” to use the Taser in the incident outside a pub in Bannockburn, Stirling in September.
More than 750 cars stolen in Glasgow in 2018, FOI reveals
Motor thieves nicked more than 750 vehicles in Glasgow last year – an average of 13 being stolen every week. Figures obtained by the Freedom of Information act revealed a total of 773 cars were reported as being pinched in the Greater Glasgow area in 2018. Since January this year, 129 vehicles have already been listed as being stolen, as thefts on cars remain stubbornly high. It means more than 1,500 cars were stolen within the last three years.