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A SENIOR police officer had the tax due on her £67,000 relocation package paid by her bosses despite being told she would have to foot the bill. The Scottish police Authority (SPA) paid Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick's £53,000 tax bill as part of a deal agreed when she moved to Scotland.
The family of a man who died after being restrained by police nearly three years ago are suing the chief constable of Police Scotland. A lawyer for relatives of Sheku Bayou said they were seeking £2m from Iain Livingstone. Sheku Bayoh, 31, lost consciousness after being restrained by officers in ...

The inspiration for tackling knife crime should be Scotland, where the number of homicide cases in the country has fallen by 47 per cent in the past decade. This incredible shift was led by Karyn McCluskey, a former nurse and qualified forensic psychologist who was appointed director of a new Violence ...
Ahead of the March board meeting, the BTP Federation tabled several questions on the potential merger of the railway force with Police Scotland. The Federation asked the Board about the “hiatus” in the integration plan, whether there was a new timeframe, how to improve engagement, and pension ...
Collette said: “On May 3, 2015, Sheik came in to contact with Police Scotland. “He had not been charged with anything and should have been safe. Instead he was pronounced dead shortly after 9am. The only people who are responsible for him never coming home are the police. “Three years later, I'm still ...
... has been sexually assaulted as she tried to arrest a man on suspicion of attempted rape. She was one of two officers who came under attack in Sheffield city centre in the early hours of Friday morning. South Yorkshire Police said they had responded to a report of an attempted rape on Scotland Street.

POLICE Scotland is to review thousands of warnings handed out to sex workers in a bid to ensure prostitutes are not being unfairly criminalised. Warnings for individuals who sell sex will also be removed from the internal police system after two years as part of a new policy designed to reduce the risk of ...
A police officer was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man she was trying to arrest on suspicion of attempted rape, South Yorkshire police said. The officer and a colleague were also hit with a wooden sign after they were called to investigate an incident in Scotland Street, Sheffield, on Friday. A man ...
Police have appealed for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Moray. The incident was said to have happened in a property in the North Port area of Elgin on Monday night. The woman did not require hospital treatment but was "extremely upset". Police Scotland want to trace two ...
Armed police will become a more common sight on the streets of Scotland in less than a fortnight as they begin attending routine incidents. Police Scotland said Armed Response Vehicle officers (ARVs) would be given an “extended role” from 7 May, allowing them to attend a much wider range of incidents.
A statement from Police Scotland said: "The response from members of the public has been very positive and encouraging and police have received numerous calls regarding suitcases and other items. "All of these items are being thoroughly investigated, but in the vast majority of cases, they have turned ...
Insp Jamie Wilson, of Police Scotland, said: "Unfortunately Mr McMullen remains missing following extensive search activity on the River Oykel and the surrounding area. "I would like to take the opportunity to thank the public and all our partner agencies for their support with this search. "Further activity will continue over the ...
Det Con Stevie Herd, of Police Scotland, said: "Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident but it was a terrifying ordeal for members of staff in the store. "We will do everything in our power to trace this individual and, while we are making our inquiries we are keen to speak to anyone with information that ...
Police fighting organised crime will be able to seize betting slips, casino chips, jewellery and precious stones from criminals under new powers. The measures, which comes into force from Monday, are part of changes to the Criminal Finances Act 2017. Scotland's justice secretary said it would help ensure ...
"This is useful for Police Scotland and a wide variety of partners. "We would continue to encourage anyone who finds the remains of a bird of prey and has concerns about it to contact us so the circumstances can be assessed." Franz Brulisauer, senior veterinary investigations officer for Scotland's Rural ...
Britain's second biggest police service was launched on 1 April, 2013. Eight forces became one in the biggest overhaul of law enforcement north of the border since 1967. As Police Scotland turns five, BBC Scotland looks back at its challenges, from unspeakable tragedies to misconduct allegations.
Earlier this week, Meechan was convicted of hate crime under the 2003 Communications Act, at Airdrie Sheriff's Court in Scotland. His conviction for posting a "grossly offensive" video — "anti-Semitic and racist in nature" as determined by the court — caused a heated debate online, with arguments for and ...

He added: "There can be no place in Scotland for those involved in criminal activity to undermine the rule of law. It was important for Police Scotland to take all reasonable steps to guard this position and to protect jurors from such interference or intimidation." It is understood the Crown can ask the court for authority to bring ...
A deliberate fire on a new housing development in Glasgow caused more than £100,000 of damage. Police Scotland said the alarm was raised in Wallacewell Quadrant, Balornock about 19:30 on Monday. A joint investigation between the force and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is treating the incident as wilful ...
He said the material had been leaked and gone viral but Police Scotland then wrongly pursued Meechan despite his later videos attempting to "set the record straight". Mr Brown said: "His girlfriend testified that Mr Meechan had never made known to her any any anti-Semitic views whatsoever. "The accused possesses both ...
One of Scotland's most high-profile police officers is back at work after more than three months' suspension. Assistant Chief Constable Bernie Higgins headed the firearms unit and responses to major incidents. In a shake-up of the senior management team, he has been moved to lead local policing in the ...
Police Scotland is backing a UK-wide anti-terror campaign to encourage the public to report suspicious behaviour. The move follows research by Counter Terrorism Policing which suggests three out of four Scots are concerned about acts of terror. Across the UK, two thirds of people said they had become ...
Police, who are treating the death as suspicious, said they were following a positive line of inquiry. Det Ch Insp Dave Pinkney, from Police Scotland's major investigation team, said: "As a result of the injuries sustained by the man found within the Pine Grove property, we are treating this death as suspicious and have ...
"Yellow (be aware) weather warnings are still in place across all but the most westerly parts of Scotland, and in most parts ice and surface water will create challenges for drivers on some minor roads. "The advice from Police Scotland is travel with caution in all areas, and drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and check ...
And many now believe a chief constable with the same qualities Barton showed before the justice sub-committee on policing is what is needed to turn around troubled Police Scotland. At the hearing 10 days ago, Durham chief constable Barton accused the Scottish force of ineptitude and was scathing ...
He added she was able to get in her car and drive away, but Henderson followed her in his car and continued shoot at the woman. Locklear said at some point Henderson shot and killed himself in a parking lot off of Main Street in Wagram. The woman was airlifted to a hospital and is in critical, but stable condition, ...
The worst hit areas were central Scotland - where a red alert for snow is in place - as well as Kent, East Anglia and the North East of England. In London, a ... Police have asked motorists to avoid travelling while the RAC said where driving is necessary, travel should be kept to the main roads. Many of the ...
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf told BBC Scotland that the country was experiencing "unprecedented weather" with many people saying it was the worst snow they had ever seen. Some gritters on the M80 and A720 were given a police escort to help them get through traffic to treat problem areas, with a ...
The new chief constable of Police Scotland will not take up their post until the end of the year. Scottish Police Authority (SPA) chairwoman Susan Deacon said the post vacated by Phil Gormley's resignation would be advertised in the summer. The successful candidate will then be recommended to Justice ...
Ch Supt Stewart Carle, head of road policing at Police Scotland, said: "With the wintry weather on its way, I would urge drivers across Scotland to start to take extra care on the roads for their journeys. "Snow is already falling in some areas, and drivers should make sure they are prepared for their journey ...
The controversial merger of British Transport Police with Police Scotland will be be delayed, the Scottish government has announced. .Justice Secretary Michael Matheson described the longer timetable beyond April 2019 as "disappointing". But he said it would allow more time to engage with the Transport ...
Sir Stephen House, the former chief constable of Police Scotland, has been appointed as an assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police. He was in charge of policing when Scotland's regional forces merged. The appointment will see Sir Stephen take charge of disclosure policy and practice.
Police in Scotland were called by a farmer who thought a big cat had invaded his cow shed. They ended up in a 45-minute standoff with a large stuffed tiger. Police thought they had the tiger by the tail when they were deployed to a farm in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, sending in a number of units, including ...
The chief constable of Police Scotland has resigned with immediate effect. Phil Gormley had been on special leave since September amid a series of investigations into claims of gross misconduct. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) had been investigating five complaints, while a ...
... the circumstances, to allow officers to control the man quickly and safely. "However, inaccuracies in the information provided to the Pirc investigation has again highlighted an ongoing problem in relation to the accuracy of information provided by Police Scotland on the CS/PAVA Spray Discharge Report. " ...
Emergency services mounted a full-scale rescue operation, including fire engines, ambulances and lifeboats, after a passerby thought a group of heavy metal fans out camping were involved in a suicide pact. The three men were enjoying beers around a camp fire on an island in Loch Leven, Perthshire on ...
Ms Frame said: "Clearly, if the police had carried out a thorough search of the garage area, then it is highly likely that they would have discovered Mr Mouat's body, something acknowledged by Police Scotland's own internal review. "In light of this case, I have made several recommendations which I have ...
A financial expert at Scotland's police watchdog raised concerns about a number of payments made to senior figures, an employment tribunal is to hear. Amy McDonald raised her concerns as director of financial accountability at the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). She claims she was frozen out after ...
Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick asked for relocation expenses to be paid by cash transfer, an employment tribunal has heard. Scottish Police Authority accountant Amy McDonald said the payment would not have gone through the payroll system, where it would have been taxed. Mrs McDonald ...
The ruin is looked after by Historic Environment Scotland, while other islands are maintained by Scottish Natural Heritage. A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "We were called regarding a concern for a group of people on Sunday at around 19:00. "Inquiries were carried out, along with the Scottish ...
The Metropolitan police commissioner is travelling to Scotland to seek a solution to London's knife crime epidemic, after two men were stabbed to death within two hours of each other in Camden on Tuesday night. Cressida Dick will visit Glasgow on Friday to learn more about Police Scotland's pioneering ...
A top police chief has slammed "ineptitude" at Police Scotland which "prevented" him from carrying out a full-scale misconduct probe. Durham Constabulary was called in after Scottish officers were found to have obtained communications data without judicial permission during an inquiry. But Michael ...
"She has served over 30 years as a police officer, including 16 years as a chief officer, with the last five and a half as deputy chief constable for Police Scotland. "DCC Fitzpatrick was appointed in 2012 and after Sir Stephen House she was the second officer to join the service. "Since that time her professionalism and ...
Police Scotland urged drivers to be vigilant and keep updated on the latest forecasts. Ch Supt Stewart Carle, head of road policing at Police Scotland, said: "With the wintry weather on its way, I would urge drivers across Scotland to start to take extra care on the roads for their journeys. "Snow is already falling in some areas, ...
The new chief constable of Police Scotland will not take up their post until the end of the year. Scottish Police Authority (SPA) chairwoman Susan Deacon said the post vacated by Phil Gormley's resignation would be advertised in the summer. The successful candidate will then be recommended to Justice ...
Reports to police in Scotland of suspected human trafficking have shown a marked rise over the past year. Figures for 2017 recorded 213 referrals to Police Scotland - up 42% on the previous year. The most significant rise was in suspected cases of labour exploitation, up 64%, with over half relating to male ...
The controversial merger of British Transport Police with Police Scotland will be be delayed, the Scottish government has announced. .Justice Secretary Michael Matheson described the longer timetable beyond April 2019 as "disappointing". But he said it would allow more time to engage with the Transport ...
In a statement, Police Scotland said: Police in Forth Valley are currently in attendance following a report of an escaped farm animal near to the village of Drymen in the Trossachs National Park. "A bull escaped from a farm around 12.15pm on Thursday, February 15, in the area of Gartness Road, Drymen, ...
Former Police Scotland chief constable Sir Stephen House is to join the Metropolitan Police in London as an assistant commissioner. House took early retirement from Police Scotland in November 2015 after three years at the helm of the national force. He was previously the chief constable of Strathclyde ...
A campaign driving home the message that sex without consent is rape has been launched by Police Scotland. Officers say a fifth of the rapes reported to them are from victims who were asleep or suffering from the effects of drink or drugs at the time. The "We Can Stop It" campaign will target men aged ...


 

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