Hero police officer who tackled murderer at Tesco wins award
A police officer has been hailed a hero after single-handedly tackling a murderer in a supermarket car park. Ross Falconer, from Musselburgh, bravely struggled with the man – who had fatally stabbed a woman earlier that day – despite not knowing if he was still armed. The killer, Nicholas Rogers, had been trying to escape the scene after stabbing the woman nearby – tragically, she would later die in hospital. During the struggle, Rogers threatened to kill PC Falconer and tried to throw him to the ground. But the officer succeeded in handcuffing him before back-up arrived.
Revealed: Teen psychopath Aaron Campbell was a known offender who police were MONITORING when he raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail
Child killer Aaron Campbell was a known offender who was being monitored by authorities, a secret report reveals. The teenage psychopath, who raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, was subject to the SNP’s Named Person scheme. His offending meant he was referred to youth justice programmes but it fell short of triggering official protocols for tackling ‘sexually harmful behaviour’ [SHB] – which are now under review
Stricter drink-drive limit ‘is for the better’
It’s five years since the drink-drive limit was lowered in Scotland and 75 per cent of drivers believe it has improved road safety, according to a study. Since the introduction of the reduced limit, 53 per cent of Scots drivers say they have cut the amount of alcohol they drink if they know they are driving the next morning or even later that day. A further 43 per cent of drivers say they now walk, take a taxi or get a lift from a designated driver after a night out due to the stricter legal limit in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK.
And 38 per cent say they will consume no alcohol if they drive to a pub or restaurant, while 31 per cent say they no longer drive to a venue if they know they will be having alcohol on a night out.
Falkirk police launch Operation Christmas safety campaign from Howgate hub
For many, Christmas is a time for giving and being thankful for those we have around us. That is why the festive period is also extremely important to those whose job it is to keep others safe. Protecting the public is of course a constant focus for police, however, ensuring people also know how to protect themselves from the threat of crime during what is supposed to be the season of goodwill is crucial. In order to spread that safety message, officers in Falkirk district hold an annual campaign involving various partners from different strands of society.
‘No let up’ for drink-drivers as figures show little decline since limit changed five years ago
A police chief has said there can be “no let up” on drink-driving after new figures revealed there has been little decline since the legal limit was lowered. On December 5, 2014 the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland was lowered from 80mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood to 50mg – the lowest in the UK. But although figures suggest that initially there was an immediate drop in detection rates, they have steadily climbed again – with only 260 fewer cases recorded for 2018/19 compared to 2013/14.