Council to review parades code after summer of violence in city
A “fundamental review” of parades and processions in Glasgow is to be held following a summer of protests and violent incidents requiring a massive police response. It is the first step in a process that could lead to Glasgow City Council asking the Scottish Government to change the law on parades. The council is to set up a group to look into the powers available to the council on parades.
We must declare Scotland’s drug deaths a public health emergency
The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has soared to the highest level in the EU. We know which strategies can tackle this crisis — we should be using them. Scotland’s most recently published national data confirm that 1,187 people died in the nation in 2018 as a result of drug overdose. The sobering figures leave Scotland in the unenviable position of experiencing the highest drug-related death rate in the EU.
Increase in sexual crimes in Highlands ‘extremely alarming’ says MSP
The rise in sexual crimes in the Highlands by 34 per cent has been described as “extremely alarming” by a north MSP. Edward Mountain, a Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands, plans to press the Scottish Government and Police Scotland to see what action can be taken to reverse the trend. He spoke out after a report on recorded crime in Scotland revealed that across the country the number of recorded sexual crimes jumped by over eight per cent from 12,4867 in 2017/18 to 13,547 in 2018/19 – the highest figure since records began. In the Highlands, the figure rose from 445 to 595 over the same period.
Aberdeen crime rates drop by 8% in last year
Crime in Aberdeen has plummeted by 8% in the last year – the second largest decline in Scotland. Official figures released by the Scottish Government show that while recorded crimes in the city dropped by 8%, violent crimes are up by 13% and sexual crimes have soared by 20%. The reduction in crime has been welcomed by a police chief – however, she said tackling sexual and violent crimes remained a “priority”.
Midlothian control centre for Brexit
Police Scotland are setting up a dedicated control centre in Midlothian to deal with any problems arising from Brexit. It is based on the campus which contains the Bilston Glen control room and will go live on October 21. The plan was revealed in a report to the Scottish Police Authority, which also states the force has spent more than £8m on Brexit planning so far while a ‘Force Reserve’ has been established at five hubs. Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr said the force’s Brexit contingency team was already in place.
NO MARCH BAN
Glasgow City Council ‘has no legal power’ to ban Republican and Loyalist marches – as bosses propose policy review
Glasgow City Council cannot impose a temporary ban on Republican and Loyalist marches as it has “no legal basis” to do so. A cross-party working group is to be set up to review council policy on public processions – following violent scenes at recent marches.