Scotland’s drug crisis needs open minds on decriminalising drug use
At first sight, the Daily Record’s call for the decriminalisation of drug use might be considered highly contentious. This paper and our sister title the Sunday Mail make a point of pursuing the scourge of criminal drug dealers, revealing their operations in detail and recording and encouraging their sentencing in the courts. Decriminalising drug use would be doing these criminal parasites no favours – they’d lose their market.
PIRC investigation finds police officer’s use of Taser was justified
An independent investigation has found that police were justified in using a Taser device on a 20-year-old man who they feared may harm himself. Officers went to a house in Bannockburn at around midnight on Saturday 30 March 2019, following reports that a man was in possession of a knife. Based on the information available they believed it was possible he was going to take his own life. An investigation report, for the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC), found that a Specially Trained Officer (STO) initially ordered the man to drop the knife, but he refused to comply.
Five police officers hospitalised with injuries including dog bites after violent incident in Dalkeith
Five police officers have been taken to hospital with injuries, including dog bites, sustained while dealing with a violent incident in Dalkeith. Officers raced to the scene of a disturbance on Shadepark Gardens at around 4.10am on Thursday after being alerted by the Scottish Ambulance Service. A woman within the property had suffered multiple dog bites and was taken to hospital for treatment. Four police officers were then attacked by three dogs who were in and around the flat at the time. Two were bitten on the legs and arms, a third was scratched on the stomach and a fourth suffered a hand injury.
Police numbers slashed to ‘dangerously low’ levels, warn five former Scotland Yard chiefs
Police numbers have been slashed to “dangerously low” levels, the five most recent heads of Scotland Yard, the country’s biggest force, have warned. Cuts of more than 30,000 officers and support staff have led to “the feeling of lawlessness generated by knife murders”, the former Met Police chiefs say in a stark message. The five write in The Times: “The reduction of police and support staff by more than 30,000, the virtual destruction of neighbourhood policing and the inadvisable undermining of lawful police powers such as stop and search, have taken their toll. “Common sense suggests that these factors have contributed to the feeling of lawlessness generated by knife murders and ‘county lines’ drugs.”
Patrols to stop drivers racing 500 route
Police are to send out “unprecedented” numbers of traffic officers this summer due to fears that speeding drivers are turning tourist routes into race tracks. The North Coast 500 route, a 516-mile circuit through the Highlands, has proved hugely popular since it was opened in 2015. However, concerns have been raised about drivers breaking the speed limit to try to complete the route in less than 24 hours.