08 Nov 8th November 2018
Police numbers in Edinburgh down by 40 since creation of single force
The number of police officers in Edinburgh has dropped by 40 since the formation of Police Scotland – and another 40 have gone from the next-door Lothians & Scottish Borders division. Latest figures show police strength across the country at its lowest for nearly a decade with 17,147 full-time equivalent officers.
Holyrood seeks public’s views on a smacking ban
Views are being sought on proposed legislation to ban smacking of children. Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee wants to hear from local people as it considers the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Bill. Introduced by Green MSP John Finnie as a private member’s Bill, it would remove the defence of ‘justifiable assault’ in Scots law, which allows parents to use physical punishment on children.
MSPs back raising age of criminal responsibility to 12
Scotland has the youngest age of criminal responsibility in Europe with the age set as eight. A Holyrood committee has backed raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland from eight to 12. Scotland presently has the youngest age of criminal responsibility in Europe, with the age for the rest of the UK set at ten. Under current law in Scotland, children aged between eight and 11 cannot be prosecuted in the criminal courts but can be referred to the children’s hearings system on both offence and non-offence grounds.
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