Scottish Region Counter Terrorism Protective Security Update 7th March
7th March 2019
The following has been issued nationwide today 7th March 2019.
Improvised Explosive Device Sent via Mail - 6th March 2019.
Police are currently investigating an improvised explosive device which has been sent through the mail addressed to the University of Glasgow. The package is described as having a white outer plastic postal bag with a handwritten address and has two postal stamps with red heart motifs in the top right corner.
There are similarities in the package, markings and type of device to those discovered in London yesterday. Please refer to the UK Protect bulletin circulated yesterday for images.
The Policing response to the incident is still ongoing and a further update will be provided, as appropriate, as more information becomes available. Police Scotland are working closely with partners in response to the incident.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson, of Police Scotland, said: "The package sent to the university was not opened and no one was injured. A controlled explosion of the device was carried out this afternoon by EOD.
"There are similarities in the package, its markings and the type of device that was recovered in Glasgow to those in London. Therefore, we are now treating it as being linked to the three packages being investigated by the Met in London and both investigations are being run in tandem.
"Our enquiries into the Glasgow package are at an early stage but there is no ongoing risk to the public.
"The package in Glasgow was identified by alert staff at the university mailroom who had received protective security information advising them to be vigilant and to report suspicious packages.
"The same advice has already been sent to a range of businesses, including transport hubs and mail sorting companies, and will now also be sent to those in the education sector.
"Anyone who sees something suspicious should report it to the police immediately."
Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or via the confidential hotline: 0800 789 321.
Please monitor the Police Scotland Twitter feed @policescotland and news channels for more information.
Police Scotland has asked for an independent review into the death of a man whose body was recovered from Wick Harbour more than 20 years ago. Senior representatives of Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service met with the family of Kevin Mcleod earlier today to inform them that, following consultation with the Lord Advocate, Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has requested Merseyside Police carry out a detailed review of the case under the direction of the Crown.
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland. The key findings of the statistics are: There were 17,251 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 March 2019.
A multi-agency operation aimed at removing abandoned and untaxed vehicles from the roads of Caithness has led to 27 vehicles being clamped or seized. Police Scotland officers have worked with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Highland Council Environmental Health officers during the three day operation running from Monday, April 15 until Wednesday, 17 April 2019.
Help halt the harm doorstep criminals cause in your community. Independent charity Crimestoppers is today launching a campaign to raise awareness of Doorstep Crime and encourage people to pass on any relevant information 100% anonymously.
Police Scotland and the I Am Me charity have welcomed new members to the network of Highland premises which have agreed to make their premises a Keep Safe place for people to go if they feel frightened, distressed or have been the victim of crime. Nairn Citizens Advice Bureau and the Co-ops in Golspie and Brora have joined the initiative, which is delivered in partnership between I Am Me and Police Scotland.
The cost of Police Scotland's junked phone hacking kiosks is likely to rise again as the force considers taking legal action to prove it did not breach privacy laws. It spent £370,684 last April on 41 of its cyber kiosks, which let officers copy data from mobile phones, but the plans were shelved following an outcry from privacy campaigners, The Times reports.
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Eight police officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) have achieved their HGV Class 2 Cat C driving licences in order to drive an unmarked truck. The officers were trained by the Ryder Truck Driving Academy to operate the CPMG's HGV ‘supercab', which helps identify drivers that are breaking the law.
Police in Lochaber can confirm that a 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with alleged consumer protection offences in Fort William. It follows an investigation by Police Scotland and Highland Council Trading Standards, after a report was received this week of "bogus workmen" in Fort William and alleged fraudulent activity relating to charges for work carried out on a house in the town.
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