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Sharp Fall In Vandalism Over Last Decade

SNP Tackling Crime In Renfrewshire

Cases of vandalism across Renfrewshire have fallen sharply since the SNP came to power in 2007, latest figures have revealed – proving that the SNP’s approach to crime and justice in the community is working.

 

In 2007/08, there was 199 instances of vandalism per 10,000 of the population in Renfrewshire – which has fallen sharply to 86 by 2016/17, a drop of 57%.

 

The latest figures back up Tory Justice Minister Rory Stewart’s comments that the rest of the UK “has a lot to learn from Scotland”.

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“This is welcome news – and proves that the SNP’s approach to justice is paying dividends for our communities across Renfrewshire.

 

“Thanks to our approach to justice and well-supported police in our communities there has been a marked drop in the rate of vandalism across Renfrewshire – meaning everyone can enjoy living here more safely, without damage to property.

 

“Given this sharp drop in cases of vandalism – 57% since 2007 – it is no wonder that the Tory UK government are looking to Scotland for answers on how to tackle crime, acknowledging that they have ‘a lot to learn from Scotland’.

 

“The SNP has made justice one of its top priorities since coming to power in 2007 – putting more police on the streets and taking decisive action to reduce reoffending, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years and our communities are as safe as ever before.”

Scottish Budget Stage 3

SNP Budget Will Give Scots Best Deal In UK

 

Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers And Lower Taxes For 70% Of Scots

 

The Scottish Government’s budget protects low and middle income earners and delivers for public services and public sector workers, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has said as Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill is laid before the Scottish Parliament.

 

The budget delivers progressive reforms to Scotland’s income tax system, with modest increases on higher earners, while 70% of taxpayers will pay less than they did last year and 55% will pay less than the rest of the UK. Opinion polling found that Scots back the SNP’s tax plans by 2 to 1.

 

The Budget will also deliver an additional £400 million for the NHS, an expansion in childcare, more spending on broadband, extra funding for our police and fire services, and a pay rise for hard-working public sector employees.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“This is a budget for a stronger economy and a fairer society – with increased funding for the NHS and protection for low and middle income earners.

 

“The Scottish Government is delivering lower income tax for 70% of Scots, with every worker earning less than £33,000 paying less in tax next year – while protecting public services across Paisley that we all hold dear.

 

“This budget brings an additional £400 million to NHS Scotland, delivers a pay rise for public sector workers, £756 million for affordable homes, additional funding for the arts and culture sector, a £4 billion investment in infrastructure, including in superfast broadband, as well as significant investments in research, education and childcare.

 

“In the face of massive Westminster cuts, ongoing Tory austerity and a damaging hard Brexit – this budget provides investment to seize the opportunities of tomorrow.”

Chancellor U-Turns On Police And Fire Rescue VAT

SNP Campaign Win For Paisley As Chancellor U-Turns On Police And Fire VAT

However Tories Still Owe Scotland £140 Million

Intense SNP pressure on the UK government has paid off for Scotland’s emergency services after the Chancellor finally backed down to allow Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue to reclaim VAT after years of unfairness.

Scotland’s emergency services had been the only territorial forces in the UK unable to reclaim VAT – which costs the forces £35 million annually. While the overdue reversal is welcomed by the SNP, the refusal to repay the £140 million already paid by Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue means the Tories continue to short-change Paisley’s emergency services.

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has criticised the UK government for this betrayal of Scottish Fire and Rescue and Police Scotland – and is calling on them to give Scotland the £140 million we are owed to help bolster police and fire services in Paisley.


Commenting, George said:

“We of course welcome the news that the UK government will no longer unfairly take £35 million from our Police and Fire budgets every year – and constant pressure from the SNP on this issue has made this win possible.

“However, the Chancellor does not go nearly far enough – and his refusal to refund the money Scotland has already paid shows how little the Tories care about Paisley’s emergency services.

“If they finally agree that it is unfair for Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue to pay VAT, how can they possibly justify keeping the money they have already taken?

“The £140 million owed to Scotland’s emergency services is a drop in the ocean compared to the £1 billion the Tories threw to the DUP to prop up a weak and wobbly Prime Minister and government.

“The Chancellor has come up short in his commitment to Paisley’s police and fire services. The refusal to repay the £140 million we are owed is simply yet another Tory betrayal of Scotland – and proves just how useless the band of Scottish Tory MPs really are.”

Shameless Dealer Claiming To Be A Doctor Is Peddling Drugs Online

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A shameless drug dealer claiming to be a doctor is offering potentially deadly prescription drugs for sale online.

 

The dodgy peddler posted on a popular Paisley Facebook group, offering up diazepam and other prescription tablets to shocked members.

 

 

 

Using the name “James Robbinson” the dealer tried to push his illegal product on users of the community-friendly page.

He wrote on the Paisley Legends Revived group claiming he could deliver diazepam, an addictive drug only available on prescription.

His Facebook profile is littered with images of prescription drugs boxes, including diazepam and Xanax and claims to deliver to “all destinations”.

Adding that he could, “render the service of a medical doctor to relief the people from certain trouble with a certain medication called diazepam,”

The post was quickly taken down from the usually good-natured site, but not before disturbed users spotted the outrageous message.

Robbinson, who claims to be from Paisley, took to the site to hawk his illicit stash on Friday morning,with administrations removing it soon after.

Bizarrely his profile, which has 74 friends, shows a number of images that appear to show doctors in white coats working in clinics in Africa.

And, at one point he even states he is part of a research team.

His post on Paisley Legends Revived began with the words “My Paisley people…” before going on to list the supposed benefits of diazepam, which appear to have been lifted direct from wikipedia.

Diazepam is prescribed for patients due to its calming affects and can be used to treat patients with anxiety.

The drug is also known to be used by drug addicts who use it to lessen the affects of a “come down”.

But used in the incorrect dosages it can be both dangerous and addictive.

 

 

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Should anyone be concerned about potential criminality in their community, please contact local officers via 101.

“Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.”

 

 

George Serious Paisley Town HallPaisley MSP George Adam said: “I am deeply troubled by the post on the facebook site. Let’s get this straight, the drug that was being offered is a controlled drug which is illegal to supply or receive without a prescription.

“It is good to hear that the administrator for the site removed the post. It can be hard to monitor all aspects of social media, especially a site dedicated to promoting the good and the nagging things about our town.

“This is no place for such posts. Anyone being offered these drugs without good reason, and a consultation from a doctor, should report this to the police. No one should be posting willy-nilly to people who might just fancy taking a controlled drug.

“Medically trained responsible individuals would never offer controlled drugs in such a way. I hope that the full details of this incident are released and investigated.

“I commend the Paisley Daily Express in exposing the dangers that we all face in this electronic age and ensuring that we are all more vigilant in what is posted.”

 

 

Paisley Daily Express – 21/3/17 – David Campbell

George Welcomes 41 Year Crime Low

Most adults experienced no crime in 2014/15 and both the overall number of crimes and the risk of being a victim of crime have continued the decreasing trend seen in recent years.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician this week released the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) 2014-15: Main Findings. The figures show that the estimated number of crimes in 2014/15 (688,000) has fallen by around a sixth (16 per cent) since the 815,000 crimes estimated in 2012/13, and, by around a third (34 per cent) since the 1,045,000 crimes estimated in 2008/09.George

Welcoming these figure, Paisley’s MSP George Adam commented, “9 out of 10 Scots are happy with local policing, new statistics show, with 89% agreeing that police were doing a good job in their area. I am not complacent to think that crime is not an issue, but it is very positive to read that the amount of recorded crime in Scotland continues to fall and is at a 41 year low.

‘It is also very encouraging to see that so many Scots are happy with local policing. Not only does this show that people feel our officers are doing a good job, but is a welcome statement to our officers that they are valued by the communities they serve. I regularly engage with our local police force and I am proud of the job serving our town.

“This reduction in crime levels is supported by our promise to deliver 1,000 more officers, than in 2007 – a commitment we remain dedicated to and continue to deliver upon. This approach is clearly paying off, with confidence in local policing strong and fear of crime falling.

“If re-elected the SNP are committed to protecting the police budget in real terms, ensuring that our police officers can get on with the job of making Scotland safer.”

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George Hails Continued Commitment to Poilce Officer Numbers

The number of additional police officers in Scotland is being maintained at more than 1,000 compared to 2007, figures have revealed today. The latest quarterly strength statistics show that there were 17,261 police officers on September 30 2015, an increase of 6.3% per cent or 1,027 officers since March 31, 2007.George in Paisley Town Centre

Commenting on the publication, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:

Recorded crime is at a 41 year low, with violent crime down 55 per cent since 2006-07 and this Government’s commitment to maintain police officer numbers above 17,234 has been met in every quarter of this administration.

“I maintain regular contact with officers serving Paisley and continue to be impressed by their commitment to keeping our streets safe. It is testament to their hard work and dedication that crime is at a 41 year low which highlights the quality of the our police service. Maintaining numbers is one things, but the quality has to be there as well, and the combination of both is keeping our communities as safe as they have been in 4 decades.

“These strong statistics are backed by over 1,000 extra police officers that this Government has delivered since 2007 and are testament to the hard work of all officers and support staff within Police Scotland in ensuring communities across Scotland are safer.

“Police officer numbers continue to exceed targets and demonstrates that, through working in partnership with Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, we continue to exceed the commitment we gave to the people of Scotland to deliver 1,000 additional officers.

“By contrast, police numbers in England and Wales have already fallen by over 15,000 since 2007 to their lowest level since 2001, and, according to HMIC, are expected to drop by a further 7,400 by March 2018.”

Paisley’s MSP wants to call time on booze ban for supporters at St Mirren Park

Story from Paisley Daily Express – http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/paisley-msp-wants-call-time-5064146

Paisley MSP George Adam has called for St Mirren Park to be used in a pilot scheme to bring booze back to football.

The Saints fan has asked Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn if the SPFL club could be used in a trial to examine the re-introduction of selling alcohol at matches.

And he has backing from St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell.

George at St Mirren Park

George at St Mirren Park

Since 1980, alcohol has been banned from Scottish grounds but Mr Adam believes the time could have come to ease restrictions.

But growing moves have been made to the reverse the ban.

Mr Adam said: “I like having a pint before the game on a Saturday and why should the presumption be that I will misbehave if I do?

“We also need to think about the financial aspect … lifting the ban could give clubs a much-needed financial boost.

“We do need to have a good look at this issue again, in an informed and considered manner.

“I will work with any interested party looking to take this matter forward and I have written to the head of Police Scotland and the SPFL asking for their views at this stage.”

Mr Adam pointed out the recent success of a free Fans’ Zone at St Mirren Park last month, which was attended by 200 adults and children before a match against Motherwell.

He added: “A marquee was erected in the car park, kids were able to kick a ball about and play computer games, while adults were able to enjoy a drink and listen to live music.

“It was a great atmosphere and proof that alcohol can be consumed at the ground before a game.

“Since the ban back in 1980, the game has changed dramatically as has the modern stadium.

“All Scottish Premiership grounds are now all-seater, have expensive security and CCTV systems monitoring the crowd and more importantly, gone are the days of the running battles in the streets before and after games.

“Were these fights even fuelled by alcohol, or were they just a product of their time?

“I choose now to put faith in the football fan, like we do with rugby fans across our nation.”

The initial response from Mr Hepburn was that – after seeking advice from Police Scotland – the Scottish Government is not leaning towards to lift the ban.

But, according to Saints chief executive Brian Caldwell, the Fans’ Zone initiative shows what can be achieved if it’s handled in the right way.

He said: “We have the newest stadium in Scottish football and have no pubs in close proximity, therefore to have the option to segregate and allow supporters to come to the stadium early and enjoy a drink would be a positive move and be a no-brainer for our club and both sets of supporters.

“The Fans’ Zone was extremely successful and all those attending enjoyed coming to the stadium early in a family environment and enjoying a few pre-match drinks.

“Stadiums have better facilities than ever before, with so many modern stadia and this has worked for rugby, the Commonwealth Games and other sporting events in Scotland, as well as for football and other sporting events in England and many other countries around the world.

“Now is the time to run a pilot and we would be happy to be involved with the new facilities we have in Paisley.”