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April 22, 2014

Glasgow cannabis enthusiasts celebrate \’green\’ on city green

Glasgow cannabis enthusiasts celebrate ‘green’ on city green

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coinciding with Easter Sunday, Glasgow Cannabis Social Club’s annual 420 event was held on Glasgow Green, under sunny blue skies, and overlooking the river Clyde. Despite the city’s council attempting to revoke permission for the gathering at the last minute, police were happy for it to go-ahead with approximately a dozen officers attending in high-visibility vests.

Setting up the stalls, with the river Clyde and Adelphi distillery as a backdrop
Image: Brian McNeil.

Good weather, albeit tempered with a cool breeze, saw higher numbers than the prior year’s event
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Glasgow Green, in the East End is the city’s oldest park
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A speaker from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) explained his organisation’s position on cannabis
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Police were in-attendance from early-on, with Monday’s issue of the Daily Record reporting five arrests, but no trouble
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A section of the crowd, with the People’s Palace in the background
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One of the bands setting up to entertain the crowd
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A neon-bright sign for the Glasgow branch of the UK Cannabis Social Club
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Small stall, with obvious pro-cannabis signage
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Home-made sign for the Legalise Cannabis Campaign Scotland
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View of stage from partway up the hill
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People buying refreshments from the stall
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Several attendees wore clothing with slogans openly advocating cannabis
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A view of the tents over the stage and stalls from across the Clyde
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Attendees watch the stage entertainment while police look on
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Small groups of attendees regularly walked away from watchful police once it was made clear people would be arrested and cautioned for smoking
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View of the stage area from opposite bank of the Clyde
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Trumpet player in one of the Reggae bands that performed
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A small stand offered hydroponic supplies
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Clear view of the hemp products stall
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Close-up of some hemp-based products on sale
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The Daily Record reported five arrests were made for minor offences, likely smoking and possession of small quantities of cannabis. Taking a less-sensational — and more accurate — line of reporting, the Monday edition of Glasgow’s Evening News stated five were referred to the Procurator Fiscal who is responsible for deciding if charges should be brought.

Official figures provided by the police were that 150 attended. With people coming and going, Wikinews reporters estimated upwards of 200 attended, compared to nearly 700 who had signed up for the event on Facebook. Hemp goods were advertised and on sale at the event, and some attendees were seen drinking cannabis-themed energy drinks.

“I was searched and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act (which is a lot of bollocks)” one attendee noted online, adding “not fair to happen on a brilliant day like it was, other than that I had a great day!” A second said they were openly smoking and ignored by police, who “were only really focusing on people who looked particularly young”.

Cannabis seeds were openly and legally sold at the event and a hydroponics supplier brought a motortrike towing an advertising trailer. Actually growing cannabis is, however, illegal in the UK.

With the event openly advocating the legalisation of cannabis, speakers put their arguments for this to a receptive crowd. Retired police officer James Duffy, of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, spoke of the failed United States alcohol prohibition policy; stressing such policies needlessly bring people into contact with criminal elements. Highlighting other countries where legalisation has been implemented, he pointed out such led to lower crime, and lower drug use overall.

One speaker, who produced a bottle of cannabis oil he had received through the post, asserted this cured his prostate cancer. Others highlighted the current use of Sativex by the National Health Service, with a cost in-excess of £150 for a single bottle of GW Pharmaceuticals patented spray — as-compared to the oil shown to the crowd, with a manufacturing cost of approximately £10.

Similar ‘420‘ pro-cannabis events were held globally.


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February 25, 2013

Scottish police arrest two over Glasgow apartment death

Scottish police arrest two over Glasgow apartment death

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In the United Kingdom, Strathclyde Police arrested a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman in relation to the death of a man in Glasgow, Scotland, reports said yesterday. Paul Cunningham, a 35-year-old male, was discovered dead February 11 at approximately 18:15 UTC, in his apartment on Aberdour Street in the Dennistoun district of Glasgow.

The two suspects are scheduled to appear before Glasgow Sheriff Court today. The procurator fiscal is expected to receive a report about the incident.

Strathclyde Police announced the launch of a murder inquiry into Cunningham’s death on February 14. On that day, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Carey from Strathclyde Police’s Major Investigation Team reported the last sighting of Cunningham being made by a friend at approximately 11:00 UTC on February 8. “I am anxious to speak to anyone who saw him after this, or anyone who knew of his whereabouts over the past weekend,” Carey requested.

DCI Colin Carey said police were also conducting local enquiries and examining CCTV footage as part of information gathering for the investigation “Officers are also working to gather as much information as possible on Mr Cunningham, including details on his lifestyle and the people he associated with,” he added.



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February 15, 2013

Teenager arrested over Dingwall, Scotland hostel fire

Teenager arrested over Dingwall, Scotland hostel fire

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In the Highlands of Scotland, the Northern Constabulary have arrested a 17-year-old male in relation to a fire at a hostel, reports said yesterday.

Eight fire vehicles with 45 fire workers were alerted to a fire at the Royal Hotel in the town of Dingwall at approximately 0300 UTC Monday. Numerous people had to be evacuated from the burning building.

The Northern Constabulary launched a joint investigation with the Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service shortly after the fire. Police are expected to provide the procurator fiscal with a report on the incident.

The Royal Hotel, now a hostel for homeless persons, was formerly a hotel.



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November 6, 2012

Officer dies in Glasgow police station shooting incident

Officer dies in Glasgow police station shooting incident

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A police officer has died after an incident involving a gun at a police station in Glasgow. It is thought no-one else was involved in the incident at Baird Street police station in Sighthill where an ambulance was called at 1100 UTC yesterday morning. It is thought a firearms unit is based at the station.

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Strathclyde police said that an investigation was taking place into the cause of the officer’s death and that a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal. They said: “As in accordance with ACPOS guidelines, officers from an independent force (Lothian and Borders Police) have been appointed to oversee the investigation. No further information will be provided until family members have been informed.”

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins stated: “It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that a serving Strathclyde Police officer died today, Monday, 5 November, in an incident where a firearm was discharged at Baird Street police office. No details of the officer involved will be released until family members have been informed. … Our thoughts are with the officer’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Scottish Police Federation chairman Brian Docherty said: “We can confirm that one of our colleagues has died following a firearms incident in Baird Street police station this morning. It is too early to speculate as to the circumstances surrounding the tragic death and our thoughts turn immediately to his family who have lost their loved one and colleagues who have lost a friend.”

Earlier this year, two British police officers were shot dead after responding to a reported burglary. Police constables Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes were killed in the Hattersley area near Manchester.



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August 17, 2012

News of the World Scotland editor charged with perjury, hacking

News of the World Scotland editor charged with perjury, hacking

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The former news editor at the now-defunct News of the World‘s Scottish division has been charged with perjury, conspiring to hack telephones, and breaching data protection legislation.

Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan features prominently in the inquiry, with Wight the second man to be accused of lying at his trial.

Strathclyde Police made the announcement yesterday that Douglas Wight, 39, has been arrested and charged as part of the force’s probe into phone-hacking in Scotland, dubbed Operation Rubicon. The investigation encompasses possible perjury at the trial of Tommy Sheridan, a former Member of the Scottish Parliament who was himself tried for perjury in late 2010. Sheridan was convicted of lying during an earlier defamation case against the News of the World.

Wight is now accused of lying at that trial, as well as a plot to hack phones in Scotland, and a number of allegations relating to unlawful acquisition of private data. Wight, who lives in London, attended a Glaswegian police station yesterday at the police’s request. He left last night and is not due in court today; a report is being prepared for the local procurator fiscal (prosecutor).

The charges follow Andy Coulson, who served as communications chief to David Cameron, being charged in May with perjury at the same trial. Sheridan was ultimately jailed for three years and released after serving one; he continues to protest his innocence. It followed a successful defamation case before the Court of Session in 2006, at which Sheridan was awarded £200,000 over allegations in the paper of sexual infidelity; his wife Gail was also tried in 2010 but cleared of lying in the case.



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December 12, 2011

Scottish police charge two over Liam Aitchison murder

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The Northern Constabulary have charged two men, aged 21 and 20, in relation to the murder of Liam Aitchison in Stornoway, located in the Western Isles of Scotland.

The Northern Constabulary stated that a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal. The 21-year-old is currently being retained in custody. Speaking of their “heartbreak” at the news of his death, Aitchison’s family have asked those with any information relating to this matter to inform the police.

Aitchison was last sighted on Anderson Road in Stornoway at approximately 2100 UTC on November 22. His body was found in an abandoned building in Steinish one week later.

Aitchison’s death was the first to prompt a murder inquiry on the island of Lewis for more than forty years. Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Anderson had previously spoken of the “very positive” reaction provided by the residents of Stornoway when Aitchison’s family appealed for assistance.


 
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August 18, 2011

Scots report crime using Facebook

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Facebook has revealed a new system in conjunction with the Scottish Lothian and Borders Police whereby users can report criminal activity and concerns to police using the social networking site.

The “Made From Crime” initiative allows Internet users to anonymously report their concerns to police on a dedicated Facebook page that is being established to direct people with tip-offs to Crimestoppers. Police will also be able to send mass Bluetooth messages to mobile phones at public events like football matches to encourage the public to report crime.

Designed to make use of the Proceeds of Crime Act, it will be the first of its kind in Scotland with the Scottish government, the Crown Office, and Procurator Services constituting the foundation of the service. Their backing will allow officers to seize assets that have been purchased through criminal activity.

Assistant Chief Constable Iain Livingstone of Lothian and Borders Police has stated to the public: “We know there are people living beyond their means on the proceeds of crime, be it through the purchase of flash cars, designer clothes or expensive jewellery, and that communities are suffering from the side effects of drug dealing, violence and other associated crimes”.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill states that Lothian and Borders Police is tackling the problem of dirty money that has been obtained through criminal activity in a serious matter. Constable Livingstone has encouraged this, appealing to local communities to provide information and come forth immediately either to Crimestoppers or the Lothian and Borders Police.

Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC has affirmed that they will take a robust approach to those that profit from crime, using the vast powers at their disposal though the Proceeds of Crime Act.The act has resulted in more than £41 million (US$67.09 million, €46.66 million) in seizures from crooks. It has been utilised in new community projects in Edinburgh, the Lothians and throughout Scotland.



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March 30, 2010

Man dies after being hit by train in Moray, Scotland

Man dies after being hit by train in Moray, Scotland

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A man has died after being impacted by a train on a railway line in Moray, Scotland. The man, who is currently remaining publicly unidentified, was hit by the train, which was travelling between the city of Inverness and the town of Montrose, at approximately 0920 GMT on Saturday. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. The British Transport Police have denied claims that the man had been killed as the result of an incident at a level crossing.

The death is not being treated as suspicious. The British Transport Police have commenced an investigation to determine what happened; members of the force could be sighted on the railway line in search of evidence. A report is anticipated to be handed over to the Procurator Fiscal later.

A spokesperson for the British Transport Police stated: “At 9.21am on Saturday, British Transport Police attended the Brodie automatic half-barrier level crossing at Forres to a report of a person having been struck by a train. Paramedics and officers from Grampian Police and British Transport Police attended the scene, where a male person was found and declared dead.”

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December 23, 2009

UK Wikinews Shorts: December 23, 2009

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Two-year-old child in Northern Ireland dies of H1N1 swine flu virus

The Department of Health (DHSSPS) in Northern Ireland has announced that a child aged two has died after falling victim to the H1N1 swine flu virus. The toddler had underlying health problems. The death brings the total number of people from Northern Ireland that have died as a result of having the disease to 17, also including one person who was in Spain and one person who was in England at the times of their deaths.

Michael McGimpsey, health minister of Northern Ireland, expressed his sympathy. “Sadly, we have been notified of the death of a two-year-old child who was confirmed as having swine flu,” he stated. “The child had underlying medical conditions. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family at this very sad time for them.”

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Woman killed in collision with ambulance in Staffordshire, England

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An elderly woman has been killed in a car collision physically involving an ambulance in Staffordshire, England. The incident occurred when the woman and her female passenger, travelling in a Ford Ka, crashed into a West Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle that was flashing its full emergency lights. The crash occurred at approximately 15.15 GMT at the junction of Quarry Hills Lane and Tamworth Road. An air ambulance subsequently arrived at the scene and took the 72-year-old passenger to a hospital; she suffered included damage to her chest and her head. The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. It is believed that icy road conditions were not a factor of the collision.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said that : “the woman driver of the Ka was pronounced dead at the scene. Her female passenger was airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, suffering from head and chest injuries. The male driver of the ambulance vehicle was taken to Stafford Hospital after suffering minor injuries.”

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Keith Prior from West Midlands Ambulance Service also spoke about the incident. “All our thoughts are with the families of all of those involved in this tragic crash. We have launched an internal investigation to examine the circumstances of this incident,” said Prior. “We have already been working with our colleagues in Staffordshire Police and this will continue.”

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90-year-old man dies after car crash in Northern Ireland

A man aged 90 has died after being involved in a road traffic accident in Northern Ireland. The accident, which occurred at 1030 GMT on Sunday, involved two vehicles and took place on the Doagh Road in the suburb of Newtownabbey in County Antrim. The man died the following day from the injuries he sustained in the accident. At the request of his family, the police have not yet publically identified the gentleman.

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Man dies while carrying child in railway station in Edinburgh, Scotland

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A man has died while carrying his child in a railway station in Edinburgh, Scotland. The man, who was aged 47, was carrying his young daughter in Waverley Station in Edinburgh when he suddenly either collapsed or slipped near a taxi rank at approximately 0900 GMT on Wednesday; his head impacted with a parked car. The man, who came from the city of Dundee, suffered from injuries to his head as a result of the impact. After being treated by staff at the scene, he was taken to hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

A spokesperson for Network Rail has released a statement about the incident. “We can confirm that a man has died following a tragic incident at Waverley station this morning,” said the spokesperson. “We are co-operating fully with the police investigation into this matter.”

A post-mortem examination is to be held to try and determine the cause of the man’s death. The police have yet to have identified him publically, however his next of kin have been notified. The British Transport Police have now launched an investigation. “About 0920 GMT on Wednesday, 23 December 2009, a man in his 40s appeared to fall as he walked on the concourse of Edinburgh Waverley station,” said a spokesperson for them. “He was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he later died. Inquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding his death, although at this stage there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances. It is anticipated that a post mortem will take place in due course to establish his cause of death and full report will be submitted to the local procurator fiscal by Lothian and Borders Police.”

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December 22, 2009

UK Wikinews Shorts: December 22, 2009

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Man appears in court case involving murder of woman in Glasgow, Scotland

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A man has appeared in a court case regarding the murder of a woman from Glasgow, Scotland. Khalid Mamoun Sarwar, aged 28, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on charges of theft and murder. The charges relate to the death of 54-year-old Nasim Jamil. She was an agony aunt who worked as a presenter on Awaz FM, an Asian community radio station. She was killed in her apartment on Byres Road in Glasgow. The radio host’s body was discovered by her daughter on December 9. Sarwar, who is from the city, was not making any declarations or pleas during the court trial. The man was subsequently remanded in custody.

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Man jailed for murder of ex-girlfriend in Lancashire, England

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A man has been jailed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Lancashire, England, after a trial in Preston Crown Court. 52-year-old Alan Entwistle admitted the murder of his ex-girlfriend and mother of two Claire Atkinson, who came from Elm Street in the town of Fleetwood. The court heard how he had been planning the murder for several weeks since the relationship between him and Claire had broken down. A month before the killing he had been charged with kidnap and using a knife to threaten her but was released on bail. It was said that the former bouncer had been stalking Atkinson on the day of her murder and that he had managed to coax her into his blue Hyundai Getz. He then stabbed Claire 13 times, with her heart being infiltrated by seven of the wounds from the knife. After the murder, which occurred on April 17, 2009, Alan drove around with the body of the victim in the passenger seat of the car before deliberately crashing the vehicle into the back of a Land Rover. Alan Entwistle was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison. Judge Anthony Russell QC described him with the words “manipulative man”.

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Two people killed in car crash in East Yorkshire, England

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Two people, a man and a woman, have both been killed as the result of car crash in East Yorkshire, England. The two accident victims have been identified as 20-year-old Rebecca Robinson and 22-year-old Liam Normington. Both came from Hull. They were travelling along the A1079 towards Hull in their silver Citroën C2 car when they collided with a silver Volkswagen Passat which was moving in the other direction. The Citroen slid across the road and the two vehicles collided with each other. The Citroen then went off the road and rolled down a large embankment, resulting in the vehicle going onto its roof. The collision occurred at around 1420 GMT on Sunday between the market towns of Beverley and Market Weighton. Both died at the scene of the accident after sustaining fatal injuries. The road conditions were icy however Humberside Police have not yet confirmed that this was indeed a factor in the accident. North Yorkshire Police are now asking for any people who witnessed the collision to contact them.

A spokesperson for the police has said: “They were in a silver-coloured Citroen C2, travelling eastbound towards Hull when the car is believed to have veered to the other side of the road causing it to collide with a silver -coloured Volkswagen Passat travelling in the opposite direction. The Citroen then left the road and went down a very large embankment coming to a rest on its roof. As a result Liam and Rebecca sustained fatal injuries and sadly died in the incident.”

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Man dies after being found unconscious in garden in Western Isles, Scotland

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A man has died after being found unconscious in the back garden outside his house in Western Isles, Scotland.

35-year-old Donald Martin was found unconscious by one of his neighbours outside his house, located on Kennedy Terrace in Stornoway on the island of Lewis, at around 1300 GMT on Saturday. He was taken to Western Isles Hospital and placed in a high dependency unit, however the man died later that day. It is believed that the man froze to death as a result of sub-zero temperatures in the area. The man was working as an electrician and was not married. What was to be the last time he was seen was when he was returning to his house from a night out in the town centre of Stornoway, it is understood.

A spokesperson for the Northern Constabulary, the police service in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, has released a statement saying: “Despite their best efforts the man was pronounced dead some hours later. A post mortem will be carried out to establish cause of death and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.”

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