Calls for ‘urgent’ changes to fatal accident inquiries four years on from M9 tragedy
Calls for a review into the fatal accident inquiry process have been made, four years on from the tragic M9 deaths of Lamara Bell and John Yuill. Ms Bell and Mr Yuill died following a road traffic incident on the motorway in July 2015. The incident was reported by a member of the public to the police, however the victims and the car was not traced for three days after the initial emergency call was placed. Mr Yuill was discovered dead at the scene and mother-of-two Ms Bell was conveyed to hospital where she sadly died.
Hard-pressed police called to deal with scores of incidents inside north and north-east courts
Hard-pressed police officers are being called to deal with crimes as serious as assault and sexual offences in court buildings across the north and north-east. Figures obtained by the Press and Journal through Freedom of Information legislation have revealed the number of incidents police have to investigate at court. While the buildings have their own security guards, and police officers are usually stationed inside, more officers are regularly being drafted in to help with certain situations. The findings have led to fears that resources are being stretched thin.
Rape victims to give video statements in bid to improve conviction rates
Sex crime victims will give their police statements on video in a historic and radical overhaul of Scotland’s justice system. The country’s most senior officers have approved a pilot project under which rape survivors can tell their story straight to camera – and potentially avoid appearing in court. Chief Constable Iain Livingstone and his senior leadership board are understood to believe the scheme – to be pioneered in Edinburgh and Inverness – will generate better evidence than age-old longhand note-taking by detectives.