SNP accused of “policing vandalism” over budget cuts
Frontline police officers have warned that swingeing cuts to the new national force are an act of “policing vandalism” in a stark letter to the Justice Secretary. Many officers feel the SNP has “given up” on the force amid concerns over a funding shortfall, according to Calum Steele, general Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation. He has described the funding settlement for the single force as “woeful” in a letter to Humza Yousaf and said criticism from officers on the ground was becoming “more vocal and pointed”. The letter was obtained by the Conservatives through Freedom of Information.
Family of Kevin McLeod demand probe into police failings 23 years after his death
A family seeking justice after almost 23 years for a loved one they believe was murdered want an English police force to consider whether failures of Scottish officers and prosecutors were criminal. Kevin McLeod, 24, died in the harbour at Wick in February 1997.
Scottish MPs back Record campaign in Westminster probe into drug addiction
Scottish MPs at Westminster are demanding the urgent decriminalisation of drugs and the opening of safe drug consumption rooms to tackle Scotland’s drug deaths crisis. The recommendations of the cross-party Scottish affairs committee echo the views of the Daily Record, which came months before the SNP also adopted decriminalisation as official party policy. Despite blocks on radical reforms by the Home Office, the drugs investigation also led to criticism of the Scottish Government, which cut funding as deaths spiralled out of control under its watch.
Time’s up Drumchapel ‘hotbed’ for gangland criminals as cops launch new crackdown and hunt over 300 criminals
COPS are probing more than 300 gang members potentially linked to the Lyons and Daniel family, it’s understood. Reports suggest it’s all part of a new crackdown – called Bluefield – and will work to identify violent crime in Glasgow. Cops intensified their swoops on the clans back in 2017 following a spate of stabbing and shooting in the city.
And now they’re on the hunt for over 300 suspects linked to both gangs.
UNHAPPY CAMPERS Police to be given powers to arrest travellers and seize caravans if they camp illegally on private or public land
Police will be given power to arrest travellers and seize their caravans if they set up illegal campsites on private or public land. Tough new laws will make it a criminal offence to occupy any land without permission with the intention of setting up home there. Under current law, trespass is a civil matter which means owners face long and costly legal battles to remove unwelcome visitors. But Home Secretary Priti Patel has drawn up proposals that would give police power to act instantly to remove the offenders and their property.
Scale of police station closures ‘alarming’ for north-east and Highland communities
More police offices and stations have been shut down in the north and north-east than anywhere else in the country since the formation of Police Scotland. The loss of dozens of buildings, some of which were based in poorer areas, was last night condemned by politicians who stressed the importance of having a “visible presence on the ground”. The string of closures has taken place since the country’s eight regional police forces merged into one central organisation in 2013.
MPs call for decriminalisation of low-level drug possession
THE possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use should be decriminalised across the UK, according to MPs. The Scottish Affairs Committee said the move could help address the root causes of problem drug use.