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Police Scotland receives 'several' football sex abuse calls

Police Scotland said it was investigating allegations of child sexual abuse Credit: PA

Police Scotland is investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse within football.

The force released a statement on Tuesday announcing it had received a "number of calls" reporting offences and offering information.

It said these calls were in addition to those the NSPCC were already dealing with.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lesley Boa said Police Scotland would continue to work with the NSPCC and other partners to ensure "a co-ordinated police response" remained in place.

So far, more than 20 players have approached the Football Association over abuse claims after former footballers spoke out.

A number of police forces have already announced they are conducting investigations.

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.

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