Police call-handling performance has continued to improve over the past year, a new report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) has found.
Man In Court Over Murder Of Scots Policeman
The man accused of strangling and dismembering a police officer he met on gay dating website Grindr will enter a plea later.
Italian Stefano Brizzi, 50, allegedly murdered 59-year-old Pc Gordon Semple at his London flat some time between April 1 and April 7.
Mr Semple was originally from Inverness in Scotland and had been with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years.
He went missing on April 1 and his remains were discovered a week later after a neighbour alerted Scotland Yard to a "smell of death'' coming from a property on the Peabody Estate in Southwark Street, south London.
Recorder of London, Nicholas Hilliard QC, has already set a provisional date for Brizzi to face trial on October 18.
The defendant, who is in custody, is due to appear before the Old Bailey judge via video link.
Masked armed robbers have made off with a five-figure sum of cash after swooping on a security van in a night-time raid.
Drop-off charges are to be introduced at one of Scotland's busiest airports as part of plans for a new multi-million pound facility.
Officials are ''optimistic'' that the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing will never have to close as a result of wind-shielding being fitted during the project.
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