09 Nov 9th November 2018
Increasing levels of criminality in the countryside have prompted the farmers’ union in England to call on Police and Crime Commissioners to make tackling rural crime a strategic objective all year round. The appeal by NFU deputy president, Guy Smith, follows a national day of police focus on combatting crime in the countryside when all police forces were encouraged to carry out activity, including issuing warrants and making arrests. Mr Smith said that while the focus was welcome news for rural communities, statistics showed that crime in the countryside is increasing and it is leaving farmers, growers and rural communities increasingly fearful.
Mountain rescuers will be supported by a police helicopter in certain circumstances after they claimed that their lives were being put at risk. Nicola Sturgeon revealed the move yesterday as she praised the “vital job” carried out by the rescue teams and vowed to help them to “get the support that they need”. The first minister also said that Scottish Government officials had previously raised concerns about support for the mountain rescue teams (MRTs) with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The SNP leader’s intervention follows a decision by MRT leaders to speak out about the lack of available helicopter support since military aircraft were replaced by coastguard helicopters on such operations.
Two police officers who were stabbed while attending an incident at a house have been recognised for their “outstanding” bravery. Constables Laura Sayer and Kenneth MacKenzie were attacked after going to a house in Greenock, Inverclyde, to support colleagues from a partner agency and suffered serious injuries in the incident on 1 June. Speaking for the first time, the officers thanked colleagues and the public for their support but said they were only doing “what all police officers are trained to do”.
PC Adam Denny from Perth station, received the Police Scotland bravery prize at an awards lunch in Tulliallan, for his role in detaining an Auchterarder man following the bloody attack. Stephen Bertie plunged a blade into the chest of 32-year-old James Irvine during a fracas in August last year. The 30-year-old then went on to attack Mr Irvine’s sister Marion and their friend Stewart Henderson, while two children were in the property at the time. The row erupted when Bertie was accused of stealing a mobile phone after entering the flat, claiming to be a friend of Mr Irvine’s.
A POLITICIAN has demanded the Scottish Government explains how public safety will be affected locally following a drop in the number of police officers. Figures released this week show the number of officers in Scotland has fallen to the lowest level in almost a decade. There were 17,147 full-time equivalent officers in the country at the end of September, according to Scottish Government data. That’s 103 less than at the end of September last year. The last time the number of officers was lower was in the first three months of 2009, when the total was 17,048.
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