Thursday’s headlines: Covid cases spike and jailed drug dealer caught hiding phone

Good evening and welcome to today’s Daily Record headline briefing.

The rundown keeps you up to date with the latest news from Scotland and beyond.

Here is everything you need to know to keep up to date.

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Angela Constance told parliament that plans for a Safer Drug Consumption Facility have been submitted to Scotland’s Crown Office.

Our Lord Advocate will now be expected to have the final say on opening a pilot facility in Glasgow – more than four years after such a centre was meant to open in the east side of the city.

A similar initiative could then follow in Dundee.

The issue has rumbled on for years, with the Home Office refusing to back any initiative that involve an acceptance that illegal drugs being taken by people who are addicted.

Constance said: I have been clear before that we will support work to try and make these facilities available within the constraints and limits of the currently reserved drugs law.

“Following detailed partnership working between the Scottish Government, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, and Police Scotland, details of a new service specification have been developed and shared with the Crown Office.

“The specification, which seeks to meet the parameters set out in the Lord Advocate statement on the third of November, will now be considered by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and, if appropriate, will then be referred to the Lord Advocate for consideration.”

Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain has been a noted supporter of progressive drug laws, signalling the effective decriminalisation of drug possession in her first address to parliament last year.

She has also made positive statements on the possibility of facilities to allow safe drug taking.

Man rushed to hospital after disturbance in Glasgow’s east end as cops swarm scene

Police are on the scene of a disturbance at Eversley Street in Tollcross
Police are on the scene of a disturbance at Eversley Street in Tollcross

A man has been rushed to hospital after a disturbance in the east end of Glasgow.

Officers including CID were called to Eversley Street in Tollcross just after midday on Thursday.

The Record understands two men were involved in the incident, with a police cordon set up near family homes and a garage on the street.

Scots murderer who killed wife takes his own life after charity shop suspension

Richard Farquhar at the High Court in Edinburgh
Richard Farquhar at the High Court in Edinburgh

A murderer who killed his wife after she had an affair took his own life after being suspended from working in a charity shop.

Richard Farquhar, 61, was jailed after slaying Anne, 45, in 2008 on the A90 between Aberdeen and Stonehaven.

Farquhar was held in HMP Greenock and was nearing the end of the punishment part of his sentence, and moving to less restrictive procedures.

Scots mum rushed to hospital at Celtic convention in Las Vegas and diagnosed with cancer

Ellen Cassidy in Glasgow
Ellen Cassidy and her son Kevin Martin together

A Scots mum who fell ill at the Celtic Convention in Las Vegas was diagnosed with cancer after being rushed to hospital.

Ellen Cassidy, 54, had travelled from Springburn near Glasgow for a 10-day holiday with pals to attend the Hoops event.

Six days into her trip, the Celtic super-fan began suffering from pain near her kidneys and extreme fatigue.

She was rushed to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Centre in Southern Nevada last Thursday.

A scan found cancer in Ellen’s gallbladder and she was taken away for emergency surgery to remove the organ.

Covid cases spike in Scotland as highly infectious New York variant spreads

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Covid cases in Scotland have spiked by almost a third in the past week with the highly infectious New York variant on the rise.

Public health expert Professor Linda Bauld has called for an extension of the vaccination programme to all over-50s.

In the past week, there were 15,541 confirmed cases in Scotland – about 2200 cases per day – up 30.5 per cent on the previous week.

The most recent Office for National Statistics figures showed about one in 30 Scots with the virus – more than 182,000.

There have also been rises in the numbers of people in hospital and in intensive care.

Naked 25-stone drug dealer caught trying to hide phone between thighs in Scots jail

Callum Menzies
Callum Menzies

A naked 25-stone drug dealer was caught trying to hide a mobile phone between his thighs when prison officers raided his jail cell.

Callum Menzies had another three mobile phones stashed within his cell at Perth Prison and today he was jailed for a year.

Menzies, 39, was serving nearly five years behind bars after he was caught with £500,000 worth of cocaine in his Perth flat.

Fiscal depute Alistair McDermid said prison officers were carrying out a routine inspection of the heavyweight drug dealer’s cell on 29 October 2020.


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