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New tools to make the EU's Value Added Tax (VAT) system more fraud-proof and close loopholes that can lead to large-scale VAT fraud have been unveiled by the European Commission.

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A week of enforcement action against money muling has taken place across Europe, with the support of a number of international law enforcement bodies, including Europol.

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New research has revealed that penalty notices are imposed on around twelve million driving licence holders every year, which equates to around one every 2.5 seconds.

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The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of former Crown Office chief executive Catherine Dyer to lead an expert group on preventing sexual offending involving young people. 

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Scotland is set to lose a large proportion of its CCTV coverage after plans to switch cameras off across the country have been revealed.

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New measures introduced under the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 that give police and prosecutors more powers to detect, prosecute and prevent exploitation are now in force.

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Recently published figures from Scotland’s Chief Statistician give a breakdown of domestic abuse offences that took place in Scotland during last year.

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A man has received a 32 month prison sentence at Lerwick Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to eleven domestic abuse charges relating to the physical and verbal abuse of his wife.

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Two new criminal offences introduced under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 have recently come into force. One of these offences applies to the evasion of UK taxes and the other applies to the evasion of foreign taxes.

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New research has found that the number of sexual cyber crimes which are recorded by police has increased dramatically over the last 3 years.

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Scotland’s Chief Statistician has recently published its latest figures on the number of recorded crimes in Scotland. 

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A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment and told he must serve a minimum of 23 years in jail for murder and culpable homicide.

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The UK Government has set out its vision for cooperation with the EU on law enforcement and criminal justice post Brexit.

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A new report from Europol has revealed that efforts across the EU to tackle money laundering offences are meeting with limited success.

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The Department for Transport has recently given an insight into the attitude of members of the public towards transport-related issues in Britain, as revealed in the British Social Attitudes Survey 2016.

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An experimental programme in England for policing domestic abuse has led to a substantial reduction in reoffending.

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The first six months of this year have seen further rises in the number of cases of identity fraud, according to fraud prevention service Cifas.

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A recent media investigation has revealed that a number of high-ranking police officers believe Scotland has become a key target for cyber criminals. Cybercrimes are those committed with a computer or using the internet. The most common types of cybercrime are ransomware, social engineering, phishing, malware and online fraud, however, Police Scotland says that cybercrime is expanding and has now reached areas including child exploitation, human trafficking and online abuse.

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A 30-year-old man recently appeared at Edinburgh High Court where he pleaded guilty to the supply of controlled drugs and dangerous driving, reports Police Scotland.

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The Scottish Sentencing Council has launched a consultation exercise to seek the views of the public over the development of Scotland’s first sentencing guideline.

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