I began my career at the Motherwell Times after graduating in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University. From there I went on to report on the daily goings-on at Glasgow Sheriff Court before joining The Herald in June 2011. I continue to have an interest in crime and legal matters.
Figures from the country's eight existing forces show they are paying out just less than £90,000 per month – a payment the already cash-strapped Police Scotland will inherit come April 1.
The money is paid to cover salaries for officers and civilian workers on suspension, gardening or extended leave while disciplinary procedures or criminal investigations into their conduct are carried out.
The data, obtained under Freedom of Information laws, shows officers and staff members are being paid to sit at home while others carry out their duties.
Academic Alan Draper was appointed to advise the Church on sexual abuse and how to respond to it in the mid-1990s.
He asked the country's eight bishops at the time to reveal how much they knew and reports claim responding letters referring to 20 accusations have surfaced.
Mr Draper is understood to have called for independent experts to investigate further, but the bishops disagreed.
The company has launched television adverts featuring clear information about the calorie content of its drinks and raising awareness of lower calorie alternatives.
The soft drinks giant is also encouraging people to be active and take part in regular exercise as part of its pledge to help fight obesity.
However, as Coca-Cola Great Britain revealed its plans, nutrition experts warned the campaign was likely to be nothing more than a PR exercise.