Whistleblower says she was told to torch undercover police files
Reports that senior officers ordered the destruction of files relating to covert operations have prompted renewed calls for an inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland. A whistleblower, known only as Mrs K, is said to have told an employment tribunal that she had been frozen out of her job after raising the alarm about the security of secret operational files. She claimed to have visited a storage facility containing phone bills, rent receipts, mailbox numbers, bank documents, passports and credit cards supporting officers’ cover stories.
UK’s 27 most wanted criminals and suspects named by National Crime Agency
These are some of the most wanted criminals and suspects that police are looking to speak to. The National Crime Agency has appealed for information about people wanted by police in connection with serious crimes. All the people pictured are on the agency’s ‘most wanted’ list. Scroll down for details on how to report them if you see them – but members of the public have been urged not to approach them.
Recognition for Lanarkshire cops at Scottish Policing Excellence Awards
Two Lanarkshire teams celebrated success at the fourth annual Scottish Policing Excellence Awards. The event held at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan saw a range of officers, staff and partners from across the country being celebrated for their outstanding contribution to policing. The Team of the Year award was presented to Operation Performance, Lanarkshire Division. Operation Performance was a proactive and investigative response to an emerging threat involving the theft and selling of stolen tools by organised crime groups within Airdrie, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld.
Communities benefit from 7m hours of unpaid work by offenders
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed figures revealing communities have benefitted from around seven million hours of unpaid work by offenders. Yousaf also confirmed plans to extend a presumption against short prison sentences of between three and 12 months after Easter, subject to parliamentary approval.
Scottish Government to scrap jail sentences of less than 12 months
Attempts are being made to reduce Scotland’s prison population by introducing a presumption against sentences of less than a year. Justice secretary Humza Yousaf yesterday said he would bring forward plans to extend the current presumption from three months to 12, putting greater emphasis on community sentences.