Police work with staff across all of the Edinburgh Festival
Police Scotland has been working with staff across all of the Edinburgh Festivals, to encourage them to be extra eyes and ears and help keep the event safe and secure. This is part of Project Servator, which aims to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, and will be operating across the event. Police carry out highly visible and unpredictable deployments that can turn up anywhere at any time before and throughout the event. They involve uniformed and plain clothed officers specially-trained to spot the tell-tale signs that someone is planning or preparing to commit an act of crime. In the run-up to the Festivals, officers have been engaging with businesses and partners to develop a network of vigilance and encourage reporting of anything that doesn’t feel right.
Man arrested for attack on police
A 24-year-old man was arrested for assaulting police after reports of an incident involving a knife. Two males were later traced by officers following the call out to Caldon Road just after 9am today. No weapons were found at the scene but one of the men was then arrested for attacking an officer and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner. A Police Scotland spokeperson said: “At 9.18am on Thursday, August 1, police were called to an incident in Caldon Road, Irvine involving two males, one of whom had a knife.
Football clubs to crack down on misconduct in 2019/20 season
Football fans have been warned that unacceptable conduct inside grounds will not be tolerated next season. Clubs and police have promised a crackdown following a rise in incidents during the last campaign. Players and officials were targeted by coins, missiles and fireworks were thrown onto the pitch and sectarian chanting was reported. BBC Scotland has learned that a number of clubs have upgraded CCTV and increased security as a result.
Alcohol minimum price law obeyed across Scotland, says report
Scotland’s pioneering policy of minimum pricing for alcohol has been successfully implemented, with compliance high across the country, according to the first report to evaluate its effectiveness. The study by NHS Health Scotland also welcomed the policy as having “the potential to improve Scotland’s relationship with alcohol and reduce the harm it causes”. Minimum unit pricing (MUP) for all alcoholic drinks, set at 50p a unit, was eventually introduced in May last year after repeated attempts led by the Scotch Whisky Association to derail the proposals in the courts.