News in 5 Minutes: Further trouble for the UK child abuse inquiry, UK and Scottish Government clash over Europol and film industry asks for Sturgeon’s aid


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (30 September) includes further trouble for the UK child abuse inquiry, UK and Scottish Government’s clash over Europol and film industry asks for Sturgeon’s aid for new film studio.

News: Senior child abuse inquiry lawyer steps down

Wide reaching independent inquiry increasingly seen as dysfunctional by survivors groups

Paul Emmerson QC has been the latest leading figure to step down from the independent inquiry into how public bodies deal with child sex abuse, leading to increased frustration among survivors groups. The inquiry, established by the UK Government in 2014, has seen a slew of high-profile resignations, including by its chairwoman Baroness Butler-Sloss.

Politics: Scottish Government urge UK Government to remain within Europol

UK membership of Europe wide policing agency up for renewal on 2016

The Scottish Government has written to UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ask her to re-commit the UK to Europol, the Europe wide policing agency. The UK’s membership of the outfit, which pools information on international crime, expires at the end of 2016. The UK has not stated wether or not it wishes to continue its membership.

Sport: Scottish Government threatens to force police to take action against football clubs

Threats follow Police Scotland decision not to take disciplinary action over pitch invasion

The Scottish Government has said it may have to intervene for Police Scotland to take disciplinary action against football clubs after last season’s Scottish Cup final between Hibernian and Rangers saw a pitch invasion and some crowd trouble.

Culture: Scotland’s film community urge Nicola Sturgeon to aid bid for studio

Industry figures warn Scotland falling behind in film

Almost 250 figures from across Scotland’s film industry have called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to intervene to secure a bid for the construction of a new film studio outside of Edinburgh. Scotland currently lacks the infrastructure to compete in the world film industry.

Weather: A clearer couple of days

Spots of showers to persist into the weekend

There will be spots of showers amid the mainly clear weather going into the weekend.

And another thing: The part of the Trump vs Clinton debate you missed


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