Theresa May faces backlash after insisting police cuts have ‘no direct correlation’ to rising knife crime
Theresa May sparked a fierce backlash over the government’s handling of knife crime after denying police cuts are linked to the latest wave of fatal stabbings. Senior police officers and politicians have spoken out to warn that Britons are losing faith in the government’s ability to put an end to the violence. The backlash comes after two 17-year-olds were stabbed to death in separate incidents in London and Greater Manchester at the weekend. Mrs May had said there “was no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers”.
College conference on gender-based violence
A conference looking at how to end gender-based violence in Scotland’s colleges and universities was held at Ayrshire College last week. Over 80 delegates attended the ‘Love doesn’t hurt’ conference, which brought together staff and student associations from other colleges and universities. There were representatives from Police Scotland, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, local authorities and third sector organisations such as Rape Crisis and Women’s Aid to discuss ideas and support the implementation of the Equally Safe toolkit, which is being rolled out across the country.
Child welfare expert tells Holyrood committee smacking ban is “long overdue”
A University of Stirling academic has told MSPs that a new bill to ban the smacking of children was “long overdue”. Professor Jane Callaghan, Director of Child Wellbeing and Protection, was giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s equalities and human rights committee. MSPs are examining the Children (Equal Protection for Assault) Scotland Bill which would remove the defence of “justifiable assault” in Scots law, which allows parents to use physical punishment on children. The member’s bill from Green MSP John Finnie has already passed stage one of the legislative process at Parliament and is backed by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Police Federation, Barnardo’s Scotland, the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland and the NSPCC, are all in support of outlawing smacking.
Police launch vulnerable road users campaign
Pedestrian, cyclists and motorcyclists are being encouraged to take extra care on the roads, as Police Scotland launches a week-long national vulnerable road users campaign today. Chief Inspector Mark Patterson, said: “As we are now officially in Spring, and the weather hopefully takes a turn for the better, we can expect to see an increase in the number of people venturing out on foot, horseback and pedal cycles to enjoy it.”
Angela Kelly: Knife crime – Scotland could have the answer
No one in their right mind can be unconcerned about knife crime in this country today.
It is not exclusive to individual communities, races or beliefs. It touches us all in some way because now, in 2019, in a land which dares to call itself civilised, each week more children are dying needlessly. Last weekend alone, a 17 year-old Manchester Grammar School pupil died from stab wounds in the wealthy Cheshire village of Hale Barns. Police don’t believe it was gang-related and two other 17 year-old youths were arrested. So even more lives are wasted by a single act of madness.
Drugs deaths in Scotland expected to hit record high
Drugs deaths in Scotland are expected to have reached a record high in 2018 with the number of people dying rising to more than 1000. David Liddell, chief executive of the Scottish Drugs Forum, said the figures could be upwards of 1100 when they are published this July.