Work underway to secure St Simon’s Church after blaze

Council workers have been helping to make the fire-hit site safe.

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The fire took hold in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The stability of the remaining facade at St Simon’s Church was “very much in question” after the devastating blaze which destroyed most of the building.

Glasgow City Council workers have been helping to make the fire-hit site in Partick safe before handing it back over to the Archdiocese.

Calls have been made by local politicians to restore what was Glasgow’s third-oldest Catholic Church after the fire in the early hours of Wednesday.

Glasgow’s building standards team and Archdiocese representatives have carried out “immediate safety works”, reducing its height to that of the side walls.

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Most of the church’s interior and roof have been destroyed by the fire.

The blaze also spread to a room in the adjoining chapel house, but that building is “essentially intact”.

A council spokesman said the Archdiocese was “in position to take on responsibility for the remaining structure”, and said that, as the owner, it will decide on the church’s future.

Once the building was stabilised, workers were able to reconnect the local power supply and move evacuated local residents back into their homes.

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Contractors employed by the Archdiocese are continuing to do other safety work, such as removing debris and remaining areas of the damaged roof.

Glasgow MSP Paul Sweeney raised concerns over “hasty attempts” to demolish the church.

“The facade has already been reduced on the western side facing Partick Bridge Street,” he said.

“Heritage accredited engineers should be commissioned to ensure maximum preservation of the building remains.”

A police drone has been deployed at the church to assist the fire service with its investigation into the fire.

By local democracy reporter Drew Sandelands.


Ayr explosion: 35 homes remain sealed-off after blast destroys house

A family of four were seriously injured in the explosion in Gorse Park on Monday night.

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Around 35 homes remained cordoned off after an explosion ripped through an estate in South Ayrshire.

The blast, which happened in Ayr’s Gorse Park on Monday night, razed one home and caused severe damage to several others.

A 43-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy are currently being treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

A 47-year-old man is receiving treatment at the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, while an 11-year-old boy is being cared for at the Royal Hospital for Children.

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On Wednesday, South Ayrshire council confirmed 46 properties were safe to return to, however 35 homes remained cordoned off due to damage. 

It is likely four homes within the cordon will be demolished. 

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The incident took place on Monday evening.

Out with the cordon, four homes were significantly damaged and will require extensive repairs before householders can return. 

Many residents from the Kincaidston housing estate have spent two nights away from their homes following the blast. 

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Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Peter Henderson said: “I know that council teams, the emergency services and partners have been working tirelessly to help as many people as possible to return to their homes.

“This is no easy task and I am relieved that their painstaking work has allowed some families to get back home today. Of course, it’s still very early days and the devastation caused by this tragic event will take considerable time to rectify.

“We are committed to working alongside our communities and partners to support them through the aftermath of this terrible event.”

A “complex” investigation into the cause of the explosion continues, with police adding gas is “one potential being looked at”. 

Engineers from gas distribution company SGN remain at the scene as they work with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the blast.

Bradley Barlow, spokesperson for SGN, said: “We’re continuing to assist the emergency services in Gorse Park following an explosion on Monday evening.

“This is a complex incident and we’re supporting several organisations to establish the cause of the explosion.

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“We’ll have an ongoing presence on site at this time, with our engineers continuing to monitor our gas network and the surrounding area.

“We’d like to reassure the Ayr community that the gas network remains safe and secure.

“Our thoughts remain with those injured and everyone in the community impacted by this incident.”

South Ayrshire Council said it had been overwhelmed by donations from the public and offers of help from local businesses.

A hub for residents affected by the incident has been set up at Kincaidston Community Pavilion.

If you have been affected by the explosion and require council support, call 0300 123 0900.


Vaccines 90% effective at preventing deaths from Delta variant – study

The data, released by the University of Edinburgh, was gathered using a Scotland-wide Covid surveillance tool.

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The study is the first to show across an entire country how effective vaccines are at preventing death from the Delta variant.

Vaccination is 90% effective at preventing deaths from the Delta variant of Covid-19, according to research.

The data, released by the University of Edinburgh, was gathered using a Scotland-wide Covid surveillance tool.

Figures show the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 90% effective and the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab 91% effective in preventing deaths in people who have been double vaccinated but who have tested positive for coronavirus in the community.

The study is the first to show across an entire country how effective vaccines are at preventing death from the Delta variant, which is the most dominant form of Covid in the UK.

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Researchers defined death from Covid as anyone who died within 28 days of a positive PCR test, or with Covid recorded as a cause of death on their death certificate.

The study analysed data from 5.4 million people in Scotland between April 1 and September 27 this year.

During this period, 115,000 people tested positive for Covid using a PCR test in the community, rather than in hospital, and there were 201 Covid-related deaths recorded.

No deaths have been recorded in those who have been double vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine in Scotland, according to the data.

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Researchers said it is therefore not possible to estimate this particular vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing Covid-related deaths.

The research team from the University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde and Public Health Scotland analysed the dataset as part of the “EAVE II project” – Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of Covid-19 – which uses anonymised linked patient data to track the pandemic and the vaccine rollout in real time.

Professor Aziz Sheikh, director of the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute and EAVE II study lead, said: “With the Delta variant now the dominant strain in many places worldwide and posing a higher risk of hospitalisation than previous variants seen in the UK, it is reassuring to see that vaccination offers such high protection from death very shortly after the second dose.

“If you still have not taken up your offer to be vaccinated, I would encourage you to do so based on the clear benefits it offers.”

Professor Chris Robertson, of the University of Strathclyde and Public Health Scotland, said: “This study shows the value of carrying out analyses of routine healthcare data available in near real-time.

“Our findings are encouraging in showing that the vaccine remains an effective measure in protecting both ourselves and others from death from the most dominant variant of Covid-19. It is very important to validate these early results in other settings and with a longer follow-up study.”

To increase confidence in these early findings, researches said data gathering needs to be repeated in other countries and settings, and with longer follow-up time after full vaccination.

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The team behind the study said due to the observational nature of the figures, data about vaccine effectiveness should be interpreted with caution and it is not possible to make a direct comparison between both vaccines.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees trade deal with New Zealand

The UK Government says the deal will cut red tape for businesses and end tariffs on exports.

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The deal comes after 16 months of negotiations.

Boris Johnson has agreed on a new trade deal with New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.

The UK Government said the deal, agreed on Wednesday, would cut red tape for businesses and end tariffs on exports.

But farmers warned of “huge downsides” to the deal, which they said “could damage the viability of many British farms in the years ahead”.

The deal comes after 16 months of negotiations, and Johnson said: “This is great trade deal for the United Kingdom, cementing our long friendship with New Zealand and furthering our ties with the Indo-Pacific.

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“It will benefit businesses and consumers across the country, cutting costs for exporters and opening up access for our workers.

“This is a fantastic week for Global Britain. On Tuesday, we raised almost £10bn in investment for the industries of the future, and this new deal will help drive green growth here and on the other side of the world in New Zealand.”

Trade between the two nations was worth £2.3bn last year, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) said that is set to grow under the deal.

National Farmers’ Union president Minette Batters said the deal, coupled with the earlier agreement signed with Australia, will open the UK to “significant extra volumes of imported food” while “securing almost nothing in return for UK farmers”.

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“We should all be worried that there could be a huge downside to these deals, especially for sectors such as dairy, red meat and horticulture,” she said.

“The Government is now asking British farmers to go toe-to-toe with some of the most export-orientated farmers in the world, without the serious, long-term and properly funded investment in UK agriculture that can enable us to do so.

“This is why it is very, very difficult for the NFU to show any support for these deals.

“This could damage the viability of many British farms in the years ahead, to the detriment of the public, who want more British food on their shelves, and to the detriment of our rural communities and cherished farmed landscapes.”

The UKs’ international trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan told British farmers they should not be worried by the deal and said it was a “possibility” they could start sending lamb to New Zealand.

“In terms of New Zealand lamb, I’m not at all concerned that my Northumberland farmers will be at risk. Different seasons, in a practical sense, because it’s the other side of the world,” the Berwick-upon-Tweed MP told reporters aboard the HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth.

“When I’m eating my Northumberland lamb at Easter I wouldn’t be eating New Zealand lamb but I might now be able to have some lovely New Zealand lamb for my Sunday lunch in autumn, which otherwise I wouldn’t have had.”

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DIT said the deal would “remove barriers to trade and deepen access for our advanced tech and services companies”, and it would also make it easier for small businesses to take advantage of the New Zealand market.

Tariffs as high as 10% will be removed on a huge range of UK goods, from clothing and footwear to buses, ships, bulldozers and excavators.

While high-quality New Zealand products such as sauvignon blanc wine to manuka honey and kiwi fruits, will be cheaper to buy.

The UK Government said that UK workers such as lawyers and architects will also be able to work in New Zealand more easily.

Ardern said: “The United Kingdom and New Zealand are great friends and close partners. The historical connections that bind us run deep.

“This world-leading free trade agreement lays the foundations for even stronger connections as both countries embark on a new phase in our relationship. It is good for our economies, our businesses and our people.”

Under the deal, New Zealand will be granted more access to the UK market for lamb exports.

The deal will see all quotas on lamb lifted after 15 years, but before that there will be a quota of 35,000 tonnes for the first four years, then 50,000 additional tonnes thereafter.

However the quota will only be accessible once the existing quota that the country has through the WTO of 114,000 tonnes is filled to 90%, and officials insisted that as it stands New Zealand currently use only half of that, and that there are also safeguards in place to protect farming.

Trevelyan added: “This deal is a win-win for two like-minded democracies who believe in free and fair trade. It delivers for families, workers and businesses across Britain, and sets the stage for greater cooperation between our two nations on global challenges like digital trade and climate change.

“It is a vital part of our plan to level up the country: slashing costs and red tape for exporters, building new trade routes for our services companies and refocusing Britain on the dynamic economies of Asia-Pacific.”

The Scottish Government said the deal “will not remotely offset the damage to our economy caused by Brexit”.

Shadow trade secretary Emily Thornberry said the deal “fails on every count”, adding: “It is a deal whose only major winners are the mega-corporations who run New Zealand’s meat and dairy farms, all at the expense of British farmers who are already struggling to compete.”


MPs facing ‘substantial threat’ to their safety after Amess killing

It comes after Conservative MP Sir David Amess was killed last week.

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A review was carried out by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre.

Intelligence officers have deemed that MPs are now facing a “substantial threat” to their safety in the wake of the murder of Sir David Amess, Priti Patel has said.

The home secretary told the Commons on Wednesday evening that a review by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre linked to MI5 has not found a “specific or imminent threat”.

But she did say that the threat level to MPs is “now deemed to be substantial” and counter-terror police will ensure the “change is properly reflected in the operational posture”.

The review was launched after the Conservative representative for Southend West was killed on Friday at a surgery for his constituents.

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The murder of the second MP in five years – after Jo Cox was killed in a similar situation – has sparked concern over the safety of British politicians.

Patel said: “While we do not see any information or intelligence which points to any credible or specific or imminent threat, I must update the House that the threat level facing Members of Parliament is now deemed to be substantial.

“This is the same level as the current national threat to the United Kingdom as a whole, so I can assure the House that our world-class intelligence and security agencies and counter-terror police will now ensure that this change is properly reflected in the operational posture.”


Farmers must be protected after New Zealand trade deal – Scottish Government

The trade deal between the UK and New Zealand was agreed on Wednesday.

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The Scottish Government bas said it was not consulted on the New Zealand deal.

Farmers in the UK will need to be protected from the impact of the New Zealand trade deal, the Scottish Government has said.

Responding to the deal struck between Boris Johnson and Jacinda Ardern, the Scottish Government said it would not offset the effects of Brexit.

However, the Scottish secretary Alister Jack has said the agreement will provide new opportunities for Scotland’s whisky, food and financial services industries.

The trade deal, agreed on Wednesday, cuts tariffs on exports between the UK and New Zealand.

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Dairy products and red meat will be easier to import to the UK from New Zealand as a result.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Any deal with New Zealand will not remotely offset the damage to our economy caused by Brexit.

“Even the UK Government’s own scoping assessment published last year said a deal with New Zealand would result in zero increase in GDP and that the agriculture and semi-processed food sectors would be likely to lose out.

“Aside from the economic arguments of seeking new deals with markets thousands of miles away while putting up barriers to trade with our European neighbours, the climate change implications of long-distance trade must also be considered.”

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The Scottish Government said it was not consulted on the New Zealand deal, and said devolved governments should be part of any future discussions.

The spokesman continued: “The recent AIP with Australia has caused great concern among Scotland’s farmers and crofters and we said at the time this would set a precedent for New Zealand and called on the UK Government to protect Scotland’s food producers.

“Nevertheless, it has committed to remove tariffs on meat and dairy products from New Zealand and it must now bring forward proposals to protect these sectors in Scotland and mitigate the cumulative impacts of the deals.”

Alister Jack said: “This modern and progressive trade deal with New Zealand is hugely exciting for Scotland and the whole of the UK.

“Our thriving financial services sector, whisky and food producers are set to receive a boost, while our auto-industry will benefit from the removal of tariffs of between 5% and 10% on vehicles.

“As well as bringing new opportunities to Scottish farmers who produce globally sought after produce, the deal also lays the foundations for access to the fast-growing Asian market through accession to CPTPP – a huge free trade area of 11 Pacific nations with a GDP of £9trn in 2019.

“I know our New Zealand trade envoy, David Mundell, will be banging the drum for Scottish exports as this great deal takes effect.”


18,000 mobile SIMs sending scam texts blocked by EE since July

Providers have been battling a wave of bogus SMS communications during the pandemic.

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Scanning technology looks out for certain traits, such as the construct of the message.

Mobile network EE has blocked 18,000 SIM cards after detecting some 42 million scam text messages since July.

Providers have been battling a wave of bogus SMS communications during the pandemic, particularly around parcels and PCR Covid-19 testing but also related to the petrol crisis more recently.

The BT-owned firm has invested millions in a new anti-spam filter which can identify and limit the spread of scams, after some customers were tricked into parting with thousands of pounds.

Scanning technology looks out for certain traits, such as the construct of the message, whether the number is sending out huge volumes, and looking out for dodgy web addresses.

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The number of EE customers reporting scams since the system was introduced has fallen by 85%.

BT’s customer care change director, Christopher Howe, told the PA news agency: “The environment and the landscape of scamming has changed and that’s really brought us to where we were earlier this year.

“During Covid, the chances of receiving a parcel on a day-to-day (basis) significantly went up because we all started ordering more online, but I think it’s just exploiting life events.

“What the scammers do is they try and pick on emotional vulnerabilities and exploit those.

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“Sadly we have seen a number of customers who have fallen into financial hardship or certainly had a significant financial impact because of this. It’s the age-old story – they’ve provided personal details or banking details and then that scammer has then really impacted them; that’s why it’s so important for us to protect our customers.”

Many of the SIMs that have been barred are pay-as-you-go.

It came as Ofcom said an estimated 44.6 million adults in the UK have received a suspicious message in the form of a text, recorded message or live phone call to a landline or mobile over the last three months.

A survey by the regulator suggested text scams are the most common, with seven in 10 saying they had received one.


Police to assess scale of spiking at nightclubs amid injection claims

It comes as officers in Scotland investigate alleged incidents in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.

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Spiking: Concerns have been raised after incidents were reported in several areas of the country.

Police have been asked to urgently assess the scale of drink spiking at nightclubs and parties amid a rise in reports and claims some people have been drugged by injection.

Home secretary Priti Patel has asked forces for an update after some said they had seen more spiking incidents in recent months.

Police chiefs have also been tasked by the Commons Home Affairs Committee to urgently provide more information on their assessment of the scale of the problem after reports of incidents in several parts of the country, including Scotland, Nottingham and Northern Ireland.

Groups from more than 30 universities around the UK have joined an online campaign calling for the boycott of nightclubs, with campaigners seeking “tangible” changes to make them safer, such as covers/stoppers for drinks, better training for staff and more rigorous searches of clubbers.

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A petition launched last week to make it a legal requirement for nightclubs to thoroughly search guests on entry has already gained more than 120,000 signatures.

The ‘Girls Night In’ campaign has asked for women to avoid the venues on Thursday, October 28, in protest at safety concerns not being taken seriously.

It has gathered support from across the UK, with campaign groups having been established in cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

It comes as a University of Nottingham student told how she believes she was spiked with an injection during a night-out with friends.

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Zara Owen, 19, from Surrey, said she blacked out soon after arriving at a venue last Monday, telling BBC Breakfast: “I know I didn’t drink as much as I usually would on a night out this night, and the fact that I don’t remember anything is terrifying for me because this is something that is a very rare occasion to me.

“I’ve never suffered with memory loss and then the next morning I woke up with a really painful leg.

“I found a pin prick in my leg which was the epicentre of all pain. It made me unable to walk and I was limping around.

“As a young person who’s at university, I’m hearing stories of people who have been to nightclubs and they have been injected. I have heard stories of someone having it through their hand or through their back, so this kind of gave me an idea this had happened to me.”

Nottinghamshire Police said it has seen a rising number of reports of spiking over recent months and has arrested a man as part of a wider operation.

Superintendent Kathryn Craner, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Over the last few months we have seen an increase in reports where people believe that drugs may have been put in their drink.

“But we’ve also received a small number of reports where people are telling us, as Zara has, that this has been associated with a pain or a mark on a part of their body, scratching sensation, and as though they have been physically spiked.”

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The University of Nottingham said it was “extremely concerned” by the reports and was working with police and venues to “monitor, review and learn from incidents and experiences in the city centre”.

Police Scotland is also looking into similar reports.

A spokesman said: “Officers are carrying out inquiries and a small number of reports from the Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow areas are being investigated. These do not appear to be linked.”

They are also investigating a possible injection incident in Aberdeen.

A spokesperson said: “We are making enquiries into a drug spiking incident, reported to have occurred on Friday, October 15, at a premises in Aberdeen city centre. Our enquiries are at an early stage.”

Larissa Kennedy, president of the National Union of Students (NUS), said: “It’s absolutely disgusting that in the past few days a number of students have reported instances of women being spiked on nights out.”

Labour’s shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds described the reports of the “vile act” as “terrifying”, adding: “This awful crime needs to be clamped down on without delay.”

The chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association Michael Kill said the organisation was “very concerned” about the reports and called on the Home Office to do more to investigate the problem.

Although the industry is working to try to keep customers safe, Mr Kill warned: “The truth is, though, very real challenges still exist.

“We know this is a societal problem, but it is very difficult to say with any real certainty what the scale of this problem is.”

Sarah Crew, temporary Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset Police who leads the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) work on rape and adult sexual offences, told the Commons Home Affairs Committee on Wednesday: “In terms of the injection spiking, I only became aware of that this morning so I know about the reports.

“I think it’s a fair assumption there may be a sexual motive in those, but there isn’t an indication.”

It is “difficult to make an assessment on that particular trend at the moment, in terms of the more general drink spiking we do know that that’s a problem,” she added.

Metropolitan police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she had not heard about the injection spiking incidents but told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee that they sounded “very worrying”.

Reports of women having their drink spiked in London have increased in the past five years from 136 in the year to September 2017 to 473 in the year to September 2021, the committee heard.

The Met’s assistant commissioner Louisa Rolfe said this had coincided with awareness campaigns which may have led to an increase in reporting.

Spiking drinks can lead to up to ten years in prison – or even higher if other offences like rape, robbery or another assault has taken place.


Police Scotland urged to take ‘bold position’ on diversity

Current and former officers were surveyed on experiences of discrimination or harassment in the force.

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Female respondents to a staff survey listed reasons why they would not recommend a career in policing.

Police Scotland needs a “strong and bold” position on equality and diversity, a watchdog has recommended.

It comes as a survey of current and former Police Scotland officers found 41% of respondents experienced discrimination or harassment while in the force.

A total of 542 officers responded to a survey on their experiences of equality and diversity in Police Scotland.

Just under half of respondents said they would not recommend policing as a career, while only 28% expressed satisfaction with their training and development.

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The survey was part of a wide-ranging report by HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) on how Police Scotland treated under-represented groups within the organisation.

One respondent said there was a ‘boys’ club’ culture (Andrew Milligan/PA)

HMICS said the survey respondents were self-selecting and the results would not reflect the experience of everyone in the organisation.

While more than half of respondents agreed the force was committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, nearly a third said they felt they “did not belong”.

Female respondents listed reasons why they would not recommend a career in policing.

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One said: “I have been sexually assaulted at work, as have most female colleagues I have spoken to.

“I have also spent years being on the receiving end of sexist ‘jokes’ and banter, been asked questions regarding what sexual practices I take part in and so on.”

Another said: “Although there have been improvements since I joined the organisation it still very much feels like a ‘boys’ club’ and I feel women’s performance comes under far more scrutiny than males.”

Other respondents said issues around race and ethnicity were the reasons they would not recommend a career in policing.

One said: “Most people from ethnic minority backgrounds don’t feel they belong here and they feel that the colour of their skin and accent is a hurdle when it comes to their progress.”

Another said: “The police are corrupt, racist and Islamophobic and I would never want my family and friends to go through what I did.”

Another respondent said there were “daily racial microaggressions” and a “pack-like canteen culture”.

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Gill Imery, the chief inspector of constabulary in Scotland, said progress in recruiting people from underrepresented grounds had been made since her previous report in September 2020.

However there is little visibility of underrepresented groups in senior management, her report said.

She said: “The inspection found evidence of genuine commitment at the most senior levels of Police Scotland to ensure that the service is welcoming and inclusive.

“Where the evidence is less clear is the extent to which the strong message from the top is being translated into action that has a positive impact on the day-to-day experience of police officers and staff from under-represented groups working in Police Scotland.

“The limitations of data available to help the service understand the impact of its activities, identify trends and make improvements, was a recurring theme in this inspection.”

Her report recommended that “Police Scotland should assert a strong and bold position in its external and internal communications on equality and diversity matters”.

Inspectors noted there had been improvements in recruitment (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Responding to the report, deputy chief constable Fiona Taylor said: “This report recognises our commitment to building a service with a culture founded on our values so that we better reflect, represent and serve the public.

“Dame Elish Angiolini’s independent review underlined the depth of these challenges and we know through engagement with our own staff associations that there is much work to be done.

“Although HMICS acknowledges the limitations of the survey conducted as part of this inspection, the chief constable has been clear that police leaders must enable and support those who speak up so that they can be heard.

“We have introduced a recruitment and promotion process based on our values.

“Our intakes are more representative of society than in the past and our leadership training will foster culture change.”

Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur said the report should challenge Police Scotland to do more to tackle condescending behaviour and derogatory comments.

He said: “This long-overdue report shows that ignorance isn’t bliss.

“Nobody should have to face derogatory comments about their gender or any inappropriate behaviour in their workplace.”


Brewdog’s ‘solid gold’ beer can competition ruled as misleading

The Advertising Standards Authority upheld 25 complaints from customers over the 'misleading' promotion.

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Brewdog: Ellon-based brewery launched a 'solid gold' beer can competition in 2020.

A Brewdog competition which claimed customers could win “solid gold” beer cans was misleading, a watchdog has said. 

The Ellon-based brewer launched the promotion in 2020, which initially stated customers could find one of ten gold cans hidden in packs of beer purchased from its online store. 

In social media posts published in February 2021, the company claimed there were five gold wrapped cans to be found, which could be swapped for a “solid gold, 24-carat” beer can.

However it was revealed the cans were actually gold plated and worth significantly less than a “solid gold” version, which would be worth $500,000 at the current gold price. 

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Brewdog said the “solid gold” claim was an error due to a “miscommunication” between its marketing and social media teams.

The company stated the prize was worth £15,000 and stood by the evaluation, adding that it “could not see that any reasonable consumer who entered the competition would assume they were going to win over half a million dollars of gold”.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld 25 complaints over the competition, ruling three adverts were misleading.

The watchdog said it “understood the prize consisted of 24 carat gold-plated replica cans” but added “because the ads stated that the prize included a ‘solid gold’ can when that was not the case, we concluded the ads were misleading.”

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The ASA added: “We told BrewDog plc not to state or imply that consumers would receive a solid gold can when that was not the case.”

On Wednesday, Brewdog said the company had “messed up” over the promotion and added it would offer all the winners from the first round of the contest the cash equivalent of the gold cans. 

It has also now launched a new gold can competition where customers can win a “diamond encrusted gold plated can” or a £25,000 cash equivalent. 

The company added “clear T&C’s” would be provided to customers. 


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