Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.
Our recent Firearms Surrender campaign came to an end this week, and we were delighted to announce that more than 1500 illegal and unwanted firearms, air weapons and ammunition were handed in. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said, “This successful firearms surrender campaign has seen the removal of over 1,500 unwanted weapons from our communities - stopping them falling into the wrong hands. Whilst firearms offences are at historically low levels in Scotland, we will continue to work with Police Scotland to keep Scotland’s streets safe.”
We were kept busy last weekend at the TRNSMT Festival, and our officers were there in the company of some of our much-loved Police Dogs. You can read about how they got on in our featured article, where we also report on this year’s Regional Dog Trials, held at Perth Racecourse.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing fight against drugs it was another busy week. A £28k seizure of cocaine was recovered in Inverness, three were charged after a £250k cannabis cultivation was found in Aberdeen, and it was announced that Operation Ram has recovered almost £100k worth of drugs in the Highlands and Islands in the month of June. Also, second year pupils at Aberdeen’s Harlaw Academy have this week released a short film as part of the Choices for Life Programme focusing on drug misuse. You can watch the video below.
Elsewhere, two males aged 19 and 17 were arrested and charged in connection with assaults in St Andrews, a man was charged following a suspicious fire in Pumpherston, no less than nine people are being reported for drink driving offences in the Highlands over the course of last weekend, three men have been convicted of the murder of Jason McCue, and a 46-year-old has been convicted of culpable homicide regarding the death of James Gatti in Edinburgh last July. And finally, on Monday our new Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor was sworn in at a ceremony at our headquarters in Tulliallan. Interim Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said, "I am delighted to welcome Fiona back to policing in Scotland. Her experience both in Scotland and in London will be invaluable in helping us continue to deliver a high-quality policing service to keep people safe."
That's it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and we'll see you again next Friday.