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Police Scotland crack down on domestic violence



Police Scotland has launched a national campaign to intensify its focus on tackling all forms of domestic abuse during the festive season – a time when domestic abuse incidents noticeably increase.

It makes it clear to perpetrators that Police Scotland will not tolerate domestic abuse with the warning – If You Do It, We Will Find You.

TV adverts – 13 Days of Christmas – will run from tonight to highlight the intent of the police operation from Christmas Eve and into the first days of January 2014.

There were more than 60,000 incidents of domestic abuse in Scotland reported in 2012/13.

Between the creation of Police Scotland on April 1, 2013, and December 2, 2013, there were 38,977 domestic incidents recorded.

During this period the detection rate for domestic abuse crime/offences was 80.1% and there were 2829 detections for Domestic Abuse bail offences.

Tayside Division has long recognised the malignant nature of domestic abuse and the devastating effect it can have upon its victims and their families.

With this in mind, officers know that it is imperative that the abusers are held to account for their actions and behaviour and strive to ensure that those who suffer domestic violence or abuse are given the right support.

Detective Inspector Tom Leonard of the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said:

‘‘It is desperately sad to realise that at a time of good will to all that we actually see a marked increase in reports of domestic abuse. Contributory factors can be alcohol consumption, people spending more time together during the holiday and even the financial pressures of affording Christmas.

‘‘They might be contributory factors, but they are in no way excuses and must never be seen as such.

‘‘Domestic abuse in all its guises can and does have a dreadful impact on its victims. Police Scotland and its partners maintain a focus on this issue throughout the year. But it is important to shine a light on such appalling, criminal behaviour at this time of year, when there is a spike in the reporting of such incidents.

‘‘Our officers will target domestic abuse as a priority, taking every opportunity to expose, investigate, record and tackle domestic abuse in whatever form it takes. We are sending a very clear message to that small but nonetheless significant number of people who wrongly believe that violence, including domestic abuse, is normal – acceptable even.

‘‘It is not and your actions will not be tolerated. If you commit domestic abuse you will be dealt with vigorously, decisively and experience the full force of the law.

‘‘People who engage in domestic abuse will be arrested and treated as the violent criminal they are and those persistent and serial offenders should be aware that they are very much in our sights.’’

The desire to dominate or control a partner is rarely a one-off event. Research shows that individuals are frequently subjected to numerous incidents before seeking help and support, initially from the police and then from other support networks.

Living in an environment of domestic abuse invariably exposes children and other family members to harm. Aside from the physical and emotional danger, youngsters in their tender years of development can be left with the belief that such behaviour is normal and this is something they carry into their adult life.

Police Scotland is determined to break that cycle of abusive behaviour and assist those caught within it. Police officers and their partner agencies want to assure victim’s of such behaviour that there is a route out of their nightmare.

Help is available. No one should ever be subjected to bullying, harassment, or even physical assaults at the hands of another, within the confines of their own home, let alone someone they know, trust and may have once loved, or love still.

Anyone reporting an incident will see their situation thoroughly and sensitively investigated and. Partner agencies are readily available to offer support and assist in dismantling this cycle of behaviour.

Victims of domestic abuse, female and male, can contact the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234 (24 hours) to access support or for referrals to local support providers.

For the perpetrators of domestic abuse, there is also the confidential service offered by the Respect Helpline 0808 802 4040.



Trev Sherwood is the founder & blogger at the UK’s Leading Crime & Policing News. Delivering you breaking news, insightful analysis, legislation & positive news!

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Murder Arrests after disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19



Murder Detectives have arrested two people following the disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19 Dorset Police have confirmed.

Cops have not found the body of Gaia however they believe she was murdered.

CCTV Images and transport hubs have been checked no evidence supports that she has left the area this is out of character leading police to believe she has come to harm.

Gaia who was last seen on November 7th she was staying at an address within Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th November.

Dorset Police launched a major search to find the missing teenager from the Langton Matravers area

This afternoon police carried out warrants at two addresses in Swanage. They arrested a 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, both known to Gaia, on suspicion of murder.

Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto of Dorset Police told Police Hour “It has been almost a week since Gaia’s last confirmed sighting and she has not been seen or heard from since.

“We have looked through CCTV that covers the Swanage area, including transport hubs, and there is nothing to suggest she has left the area. Her disappearance is completely out of character and, following our extensive enquiries, we sadly now believe that she may have come to harm.

“We have not yet found Gaia and our searches will continue. I would appeal to anyone who has information about her disappearance to please contact Dorset Police.

“Our specially-trained officers have updated Gaia’s family and are supporting them at this very difficult time.”



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Please help Cop with PTSD following a serious incident get some Christmas Gifts for his family. Otherwise they’ll get nothing.



Tonight we are asking you to support your fellow colleague, a cop who is ultimately a hero due to circumstances beyond his control he cannot afford Christmas gifts for his kids this year.

Let’s give him a Christmas to remember as he leaves the Police and walks away from the job he loves.

Before you jump in and judge the situation this police Officer who we won’t be naming needs our support at this dark time of the year.

We know at this time of the year on one really has much money to spare but if you could spare £5 please think about helping this cop out.

This cop is suffering PTSD having attended a serious job we won’t go into those details either but what we can tell you is this police Officer has had zero money for the past 12 months.

This is because he has been on the sick for 3 years having suffered serious mental health issues after attending a job. A job that helped others and put them first leaving him with life long lasting damage.

Sadly it is very unlikely this cop will return to work because of the serious level of PTSD, depression and other mental health issues following an incident at work in 2014.

He‘s been on no pay since November 2016 and will be going through the medical retirement process shortly.

He’s not in a position to provide Christmas presents for his 3 children due to the length of time his been on low or no income.

At this time, Police Hour simply ask that you give a little and support this Just Giving appeal so his last Christmas within our organisation is one to remember from everyones kindness.

Thank you please donate by clicking here



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‘Don’t block my drive’: Letter left on ambulance responding to emergency call



Crews on an Emergency call out were faced with an unacceptable angry letter which they did not spot until they arrived at the hospital asking them not to block the drive.

Ambulance Crews always try to be considerate when parking while on 999 calls, but it is not always possible there will be times when those ambulance crews may have to park in such a way so that they can keep the road clear and then treat the person who requires their immediate medical assistance.

The person who left this angry letter had little disregard for the person who was suffering a serious medical episode and that for the responders providing vital medical assistance.

Within the property, paramedics treat a person with a serious internal bleed that required immediate medical attention with the crew quickly leaving the scene to transfer the patient to the hospital.

Without a thought for anyone else, one member of the public was more concerned about their drive than the wellbeing and life support that their neighbour required.

Paramedics returned to transfer the patient to the hospital to find a nasty and shocking letter and tweeted “Crew alerted an extremely poorly patient to the hospital… minimal on-scene time, arrived at the hospital to find this note… this patient was TIME-CRITICAL.”

The Angry letter was left on the ambulance was tweeted by Tasha Starkey, who works for West Midlands Ambulance Service, tweeted a picture of the letter.

It read: “You may be saving lives, but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive.”



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