Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.
Ask for Angela, a campaign which has been run in conjuntion with Rape Crisis Scotland since 2017, has been extended to the North East, being rolled out across Aberdeenshire and Moray. Police Scotland Licensing Constable Kevin Fyfe explains, “Following on from the success of this campaign last year, we wanted to extend the concept into Aberdeenshire and Moray and refresh it in the city. Posters will be provided to licensed premises throughout the North East for display and premises part of the project will advise staff on how to quickly and discreetly deal with any 'Ask for Angela' request."
Also this week, it was revelealed nearly 1600 people have been informed about their partner's abusive past since the introduction of the Disclosure Scheme for Domestc Abuse in Scotland. Applications from individuals using their ‘Right to Ask’ have increased by almost 40 per cent in the last 12 months. Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald, strategic lead for Crime and Protection, said, “Domestic abuse affects all of Scotland’s communities. It is a despicable and debilitating crime and DSDAS gives us the chance to prevent abuse before it occurs."
Meanwhile, Operation CEDAR in the Highlands and Islands has resulted in 33 drivers being dealt with in it's first week in relation to motoring offences. In Edinburgh, Operation SOTERIA has also recorded success after recording a notable reduction in motorcycle crime, and a man has been charged after a car was stolen from an elderly woman.
In other news, two men have been charged in the Orkneys after a heroin recovery, and Highland and Islands officers have been working with Nottinghamshire Police to disrupt the flow of drugs across the border. Other notable operations this week include a man charged with attempted murder in Whitburn; a man charged with the assault of a referee at last weelend's Livingstone and Rangers game; three charged in connection with pickpocketing in Edinburgh, and a man charged with housebreaking in Hawick.
Special Constables in Forth Valley have donated their kit allowance to a charity which promotes mental health and wellbeing in football. Special Constables presented a cheque to Laura and Phil Mitchell in Stirling on Tuesday 2nd October, donating £1,660 to The Chris Mitchell Foundation. Philip Mitchell, a Co-Founding Trustee of the Chris Mitchell Foundation and Chris’ father, said, “The Chris Mitchell Foundation allows us to honour Chris’ memory by delivering tangible resources to clubs across the country that will hopefully prevent further tragedies.
And finally, Police Scotland has joined forces with the Scottish EPA to help fight against waste crime.
That's it for this week. Stay safe, have a great weekend, and we'll see you again next Friday.