Holyrood News

Police Chiefs spend over £32,000 on music licenses

The Scottish Sun report that police chiefs spent over £32,000 on music licenses so officers could listen to music at work.

Liam said: This does “not represent value for public money given the cost pressures faced by the police.

Unpaid court fines will increase under SNP sentencing plan

A number of newspapers and websites report on recent figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service that show £5.2 million of sheriff court fines from 2014/15 to 2016/17 were unpaid as of October 11 – 15.9% of the total handed out in that period.

Concern over number of rail police set to quit BTP, if merged

The Scotsman report that around two-thirds of British Transport Police officers are unsure whether they will transfer to Police Scotland following the controversial merger. This comes after an internal survey showed that less than half of BTP officers and civilian staff intend to move across.

A slap on the wrist for 40,000 criminals

The Scottish Daily Mail report on recent figures that indicate in nearly one in four cases offenders in Scotland are now receiving softtouch ‘punishments’ to help ease pressure on Scottish courts.

Wealthy criminals evade orders to repay £6.5m

The Times and The Sunday Times report how wealthy criminals have failed to pay £6.5 million required from them under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Many of the criminals still owe money years after confiscation orders were imposed by the courts.