Anyone who thinks organised crime doesn’t impact on their lives is wrong.
From the drugs that fuel homelessness and misery in our cities, to the weapons used to intimidate and rob, to the millions lost in tax revenues to the black market, its pernicious reach is everywhere.
It is unfortunately a problem that will never be fully eliminated.
But Police Scotland deserve credit for refusing to give up the fight after a military-grade encrypted phone network was cracked by agents in France and Holland.
It gave them access to messages between criminals – resulting in £12million of drugs and guns they believe to be linked to the Lyons clan being seized in just
The officers who carry out this work against adversaries – who appear to be every bit as well equipped – are a credit to their profession.
Graeme Pearson, former head of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, believes these “once in a lifetime raids” will set the thugs back years.
Let’s hope he is right and that it creates the opportunity to go after the individuals who run the crime syndicates directly rather than just hitting them in the pocket.
All shook up
While Stuart Maclennan’s colleagues have been busy busting dangerous organised criminals, he has been busting lockdown dressed as Elvis.
The hapless PC – who moonlights as a DJ and singer – attended a 21st birthday party in a jumpsuit, wig and sunglasses.
In doing so, he clearly broke a number of the social distancing rules he is paid in his day job to uphold.
It is difficult to decide what was worse, his singing or the fact he could have been so stupid.
Lockdown has caused incredible stress for millions of people who have observed the rules for the good of
The economic fallout that is now coming down the tracks will mean many of them will pay for their public spiritedness with their jobs.
The onus is on every police officer to understand and follow the rules that they have been insisting everyone
else abides by.
Our boys are back
After an almost 10-year hiatus from UK television, Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan are finally returning to BBC Scotland.
The design gurus – who became huge stars transforming homes in the Million Pound Property Experiment – will be found exploring cabins and cottages in Canada made from glass and straw bales.
The boys are a decade older but let’s hope they can work their old magic on the struggling BBC channel’s viewing figures.