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Police Scotland reviews security after Nice attack

Police Scotland. Credit: PA Wire

Police in Scotland have reviewed security arrangements as a precautionary measure following the lorry attack in Nice.

The force said there is no specific information that suggests the country is at risk, but the UK threat level remains at "severe".

Police Scotland is committed to ensuring all communities across the country are as safe as they can be and I would ask the public, especially around crowded places and transport hubs, to remain vigilant and alert, but not alarmed. If you suspect something is wrong, then report it to the police.

– Steve Johnson, Assistant Chief Constable, Police Scotland

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there would be a review of security measures in London following the attack, which has left at least 84 people dead.


Man arrested over Scottish Referendum votes on eBay

A man has been arrested in Scotland after votes in the Scottish independence referendum were listed on the auction website eBay.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said:

Following police enquiries, a 28 year-old man was arrested in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow earlier today, Saturday 30 August 2014, in relation to an alleged contravention of Schedule 7 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013.

– police scotland

eBay told STV News that it has a policy of removing "any items posted on eBay that relate to an individual’s vote where the Commission has concerns that this could lead to the law being broken".

Teen taken ill after taking possible 'Mortal Kombat' pill

A 16-year-old boy is said to be in a serious condition in intensive care after taking what may have been a 'Mortal Kombat' ecstasy pill, police said.

Tests are also being carried out on a 17-year-old boy after both teens became ill following a house party in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, yesterday.

A 16-year-old boy remains in intensive care after apparently taking illegal drugs, police said. Credit: Police Scotland

The pair were taken Monklands District General Hospital in Airdrie at about 11.30pm having apparently taken illegal drugs.

Police Scotland say they believe the drugs included ecstasy and "possibly" a Mortal Kombat tablet.

Warnings issued about the red pills following the death of 17-year-old Regane MacColl last month have been renewed.

A NHS Lanarkshire spokeswoman said: "Anyone who has taken ecstasy - particularly the one described as 'Mortal Kombat', and who is feeling unwell, or who knows someone who has taken this type of drug in the past few hours, should attend or contact their local hospital for treatment and advice."

Police 'deeply concerned' for missing Mikaeel

Police say that there are "deeply concerned" about Mikaeel Kular but stressed that it remains a missing person inquiry. Mikaeel has not been seen for 40 hours since he was put to bed on Wednesday night.

Police said they have checked CCTV from the local area but that nothing significant has been found so far and are following many lines of inquiry.

More than 150 calls have been made to the hotline for those with information.

The number is 0300 200 0200.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police thank community for 'fantastic' public response

Police in Edinburgh have hailed the "fantastic" response from the public and urged anyone with information about Mikaeel Kular to contact them.

Supt McAinsh advised locals who want to join the search for three-year-old to dress warmly:

"We recognise that the local community is eager to help and we really appreciate their support. Those who are keen to become involved in the search should attend the North Neighbourhood Centre in West Pilton Gardens at 10am where they will be briefed by my colleagues.

"It is a cold January day, so please wear warm clothing and sturdy boots or footwear."

Police update on search for missing Mikaeel at 7.30am

The image shows Mikaeel in the jacket he was believed to be wearing when he disappeared.

Police are to give a press conference at 7.30am to update on the search for Mikaeel Kular.

The three-year-old was discovered missing from his bed by his mother yesterday morning.

Emergency services searched late in to the night, using specialist search dogs.

Mikaeel was believed to be wearing a beige hooded jacket, brown shoes and nightwear when he disappeared.

Police appeal to witnesses of overturned lorry

Enquiries are ongoing into the full circumstances surrounding this incident and any motorists who were on the road at the time and can assist Road Policing Officers with their investigation is asked to come forward immediately.

During the ongoing severeweather, motorists, particularly those driving high-sided vehicles, are advisednot to travel and delay any journeys until conditions improve.

– police scotland statement
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