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Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

RSPCA seeks powers to enter private property without police permission

The animal rights charity, which has been heavily criticised by the rural community in recent years because of a perceived anti-farming stance, is in talks with Government officials and police chiefs about getting the new powers to ‘rescue animals’. Countryside Alliance chief executive Tim Bonner said: “However you dress it up, this can mean only one thing. The RSPCA wants statutory powers of entry on to private property and intends to use its huge £140 million annual budget in pursuit of those powers. “Not happy with being moral arbiter, investigator and prosecutor of criminal offences, the RSPCA now wants the power to enter your land, access your garden and break down your front door if it believes an offence is being committed.”


Scottish government publishes new justice strategy

The Scottish Government has published a new justice strategy for 2017 to 2020. ‘Justice in Scotland: Vision and Priorities’ particularly focuses on prevention and intervention as it lays out the priorities for progress over the next five years. It highlights the key role of wider public services, such as health, education, housing and employability, in supporting justice organisations to deliver on their priorities. The need for modernisation of the justice system and a better experience for victims are also among the areas for work.


11 arrests made after 162 people contact football sex abuse inquiry

Nearly 300 crimes have been recorded by the police since a major investigation into child sexual abuse in Scottish football was launched at the end of last year.  Police Scotland has made 11 arrests after being contacted by 162 people in the wake of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) independent review into reports of historic abuse allegations in the sport. The inquiry, headed up by former Lothian and Borders Police child protection executive officer Martin Henry, was sparked by claims from former players across the UK – including ex-Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward – that they were abused by people in positions of authority. Detective Chief Superintendent Lesley Boal, head of public protection at Police Scotland, said investigations were “progressing well”.