MSPs to examine the role of local police commanders

THE SCOTTISH parliament justice sub-committee on policing is looking at the role of local police commanders.

The committee will hear from Police Scotland and local authorities including Lanarkshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute and Dumfries and Galloway.

The committee meeting was at 1pm on Thursday May 11, in committee room six of the Scottish parliament and can be watched online here. Meeting papers are here.

Questions are likely to focus on how local policing priorities are determined, how tensions between national and local priorities are resolved, and how local authorities feel about policing in their areas.


Horsepower ploughs up Kintyre fields' furrows

A KINTYRE farmer has inadvertently unearthed people’s curiosity in ancient agriculture.

Stephen Jones, 54, from South Muasdale Farm, is finishing ploughing his fields beside the A83 with an old-fashioned plough pulled by two horses, after his tractor plough broke.

This drew the attention of several passers-by who pulled over to watch him at work, and take photos and videos.

Kenny Mitchell shared a video on Facebook of Mr Jones ploughing, and commented: ‘Something you don’t see often nowadays.’

On his first day working big Gypsy Cobs Joe, 7, and Finn, 15, Mr Jones managed to plough almost half an acre in just a few hours, on ‘very stony ground’.

There are five horses at South Muasdale, including two youngsters which are full brothers bred from Mr Jones’s Clydesdale cross, Joice, by a Suffolk Punch stallion, which are being broken in for work this summer.

Mr Jones said: ‘There is a surprising amount of horses being used for working now, both in woods for timber extraction and on smaller farms, as well as for a hobby so there is a demand for well schooled working horses which we have tapped into.

‘I am ploughing this field using the horses to get them going again as they have had a six month holiday while I relocated back to Kintyre.’

Originally Mr Jones was only going to plough a few acres but the field turned out to be so stony that it broke his reversible tractor plough so he is using the horses to do the rest.

‘I would have picked a different field if I had known, as it’s hard going when you don’t know where the stones are hiding,’ Mr Jones added, ‘As the plough hits a buried stone it causes it to dig in, which tips it forward and causes the handles to hit you as it lifts!

‘Ploughing with the horses isn’t really economical these days but on many jobs they are cheaper to use than tractors, especially on smaller farms.

‘Last year in Norfolk, we made over 80 acres of hay and used the horses to do most of the turning and rowing up using a team of three pulling a 16 foot tedder.

‘Neil MacPhail has been a great help with the horses, lending me a good heavy plough made by Ransomes of Ipswich…and also persuaded me to provide a field for the Largieside ploughing match in late July this year.’

The current field is going to be sown with barley, for feeding South Muasdale’s cattle and horses this winter, and will be under sown with grass.

The old-fashioned set-up which has attracted people's attention.

The old-fashioned set-up which has attracted people’s attention.

One of the large stones that Mr Jones has uncovered while ploughing.

One of the large stones that Mr Jones has uncovered while ploughing.

Mr Jones heading back to the farm house after feeding his cattle.

Mr Jones heading back to the farm house after feeding his cattle.

Street sealed off in gun search

A MAN reported to be carrying a firearm in Campbeltown was arrested by police this morning.

The 22-year-old was caught, at 9.20am, after a thorough search. The arrest came nearly 12 hours after reports of a man with a firearm were made.

Officers had been alerted at 9.50pm on Wednesday night. During the night and early hours of the morning police tape had cordoned off Bolgam Street.

People in the town reported that a helicopter arrived last night with officers from out of town.

On Thursday morning there was a smashed window on the first floor of Mafeking Place.

A police spokesperson said: ‘Enquiries into the incident are currently on-going.’Smashed window in Bolgam Street building

Police tracking graffiti vandal

c16grafitti01noSPRAY painted graffiti has appeared round Campbeltown this week but police are closing in on a suspect.

A police spokesman said: ‘Three instances of graffiti have been reported in Campbeltown. Enquiries are still ongoing.
‘A youth has been identified as allegedly responsible for at least one of the crimes.
‘The other two are still being investigated but are probably linked.’

Scottish salmon swims ahead of the shoal

PRODUCERS of Scottish salmon incluScottish salmon swims ahead of the shoalding Marine Harvest are celebrating 25 years

at the forefront in France.

For a quarter of a century members of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) have held the French Label Rouge award – an honour bestowed only on products of superior taste and quality.

An SSPO spokesperson said: ‘We are particularly proud that salmon was the first non-French food and first seafood product to join this prestigious group.

‘It remains the only Scottish food entitled to display the Label Rouge mark.’

Last year saw record sales of Label Rouge Scottish salmon; 8,000 tonnes of premium salmon, served in many of the top restaurants in France.

Originally produced as a niche product for the premium French market, it is now sought-after in other European countries, including Switzerland and Germany and further afield in the Middle East and Japan.

SSPO integrated producers are: Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, Loch Duart Ltd, Marine Harvest Scotland, The Scottish Salmon Company, Scottish Seafarms and Wester Ross Salmon.

Freshwater producers in the organisation are: Hendrix Genetics Landcatch, Howietoun Fishery and Migdale Smolt.

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Marine firm's plan to help Gaelic

THE FERRY firm behind Calmac has published a five year Gaelic strategy.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd’s (CMAL) second iteration of its Gaelic language plan runs to 2021.

Gaelic is widely spoken in the communities served by CMAL in the western Hebrides and the organisation is committed to ensuring Gaelic has a strong and sustainable future in Scotland.

CMAL’s plan includes increasing the amount of Gaelic multimedia content on the corporate website, strengthening the visibility of Gaelic in use across CMAL’s ports and harbours and encouraging employees to learn Gaelic.

The ports and ferries that CMAL owns serve numerous rural and island communities across the west coast of Scotland, encompassing some of the main Gaelic speaking communities found in the country.

CMAL chief executive Kevin Hobbs said: ‘We believe that where possible we should endeavour to communicate in the language of choice for our communities and see Gaelic as an integral part of this goal.

‘We are striving as a company to better support and promote the Gaelic language and culture.’

CMAL recently employed Declan MacDonald as a graduate naval architect who is a native Gaelic speaker.

Declan said: ‘CMAL want’s to revitalise Gaelic as a living language in Scotland.

‘If Gaelic is to be revitalised, it is important that CMAL makes an effort to enhance its status and to encourage its increased usage.’

Welcoming the plan, Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard chief Shona MacLennan said: ‘Each year, the Scottish economy is boosted by the investment made by tourists travelling to Scotland.

‘They show great interest in the Gaelic language and culture, and recognise it as an important element of Scottish identity.’

The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 was passed by the Scottish parliament with a view to securing Gaelic as an official language of Scotland, commanding equal respect to English.

Gaelic language plans are a statutory requirement for all public bodies in Scotland.

Joy Dunlop and Kevin Hobbs with copies of the plan.

Joy Dunlop and Kevin Hobbs with copies of the plan.

Delegation hears case for Kintyre spaceport

Brendan O'Hara MP hosted a reception at Westminster.

Brendan O’Hara MP hosted a reception at Westminster.

Argyll and Bute’s case for locating the UK’s first spaceport near Campbeltown came a step closer at Westminster on Tuesday when a delegation from Argyll and Bute Council DiscoverSpace UK attended a parliamentary reception hosted by local MP Brendan O’Hara.


To read more about this story, see this week’s Campbeltown Courier.

Police looking for budding recruits

Police Scotland are looking for new recruits

Police Scotland are looking for new recruits


ARGYLL and West Dunbartonshire Police are holding one-off

information sessions across the region for anyone interested in a career in


Julie McLeish, inspector for Campbeltown and Lochgilphead, said: ‘If

you are thinking of applying to become a police officer, would like to

volunteer as a special constable, or just wish to find out more information

these are well worth attending.’

To become an officer of Police Scotland, applicants need to be at least

18 years old – although you can apply at the age of 17 and a half – have a

full current UK manual driving licence or equivalent,

and be physically and mentally able to undertake police duties.

In terms of nationality, British citizens, EU/EEA nationals,

Commonwealth citizen, or foreign nationals with indefinite leave to

remain in the UK who have been living in the UK for the previous three

years, will be eligible.

There is no minimum height restriction and whilst there is a national

eyesight requirement, some officers do wear glasses.

If you have tattoos this would not automatically exclude you from the

recruitment process, and if successful you will be posted to one of your

three divisions of choice.

The first session is in Campbeltown police office on Thursday,

September 24 at 7pm, then in Bowmore police office, Islay on Tuesday,

September 29 at 1pm, and in Lochgilphead police office on Thursday,

October 1 at 9pm.

More information about being a police officer or special constable can be

found on the recruitment section of the Police Scotland Website at

To reserve a place at any of the sessions,

email PoliceRecruitingUnitGlasgow@scotland.pnn.police

Southend Highland Games cancelled

gamesOrganisers of Southend Highland Games were forced to cancel this year’s event after the village games field was turned into a construction site. The hugely popular showcase of athletics, piping and Highland dancing from Kintyre and beyond, due to be
held on Saturday, July 25 this year and stretching back to the 1930s, has been wiped from the Kintyre calendar. Huge
tyre tracks have been left across the games field from construction lorries heading to and from the nearby Dunaverty Village Hall.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.

Green light for Sunday flights

sundayflightsAir passengers in Kintyre can look forward to a Sunday link with Glasgow for the second summer running.
One return flight from Campbeltown Airport to Glasgow International Airport will operate every Sunday from mid-June until the
end of September, in keeping with last year’s summer service.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.

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