Weekly Roundup 22nd March

Published 22 March 2019

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.

On Monday, we launched our most recent campaign tackling Child Sexual Abuse. The campaign, #StopItNow, pulls no punches, speaking directly to perpetrators to make it clear that if they attempt to engage with kids online for sexual purposes, they will be caught and they will face the consequences.

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Working with Stop It Now! Scotland, Police Scotland has developed a campaign that taps into the biggest fear of perpetrators, that their families will find out and that they will face public exposure for their offences.

Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald, lead for Crime and Protection, Police Scotland, said: “We use a range of techniques to identify perpetrators. As our figures show, the vast majority of those who engage with children for sexual purposes, who groom or attempt to groom will be caught. They will face the consequences of their actions, their families will find out and they will face public exposure.

“Our message to offenders or people who think they might offend is get help. Support is out there, Stop It Now! can provide help and advice if you are in danger of offending, or if you have offended. What you are doing is wrong, you will be caught and you risk losing everything.”

Also this week, Police in Edinburgh have charged a man in connection with two armed robberies in the Newington and Southside areas of the city. A Fife man who raped two women was jailed for seven years, and three people were charged in relation to drugs offences in North Aberdeenshire.

And finally, Police Scotland has bestowed a Police Public Bravery Award on Sandra MacLean of Fort William for her actions when a man entered the library where she worked and placed what appeared to be a handgun in front of a member of staff.

Sandra, who worked at the time as a library supervisor, calmly and discreetly ensured the building was cleared of members of the public and her staff.

She then bravely entered the library again by herself after police had been contacted to check the man remained sitting where he had been last seen working on a computer in order to check nobody else remained within the building before leaving through the rear door.

That's it for this week, folks. Stay safe, have a great weekend, and we'll see you again next Friday.

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