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The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill has been passed by the Scottish Parliament, meaning that new offences relating to domestic abuse will soon come into force. 

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A ‘businessman’ from Ayrshire who was involved in moving large quantities of high-purity cocaine between Scotland and Liverpool has been jailed for 10 years.

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The issue of driving without insurance has come under the spotlight recently, with Police Scotland and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) running a joint initiative to raise awareness of the issue and also to catch drivers committing the offence.

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A new report from risk solutions company Kroll has revealed that fraud, cyber, and security risks to companies have reached an all-time high. 

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A recent investigation by Police Scotland Fife Division's Domestic Abuse Unit (DAIU) has led to the arrest and conviction of a 30-year-old man for a series of domestic offences

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Motoring organisation RAC has warned that greater enforcement of road traffic laws is required, particularly with regards to the use of mobile phones while driving. 

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A senior officer working for Police Scotland has been suspended following an investigation into criminal behaviour.

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Seasons greetings! As the holiday approaches we would like to take this opportunity to inform valued clients and potential new customers of our opening hours and Christmas activities.

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New research into incidences of drink driving has revealed that as many as five million drivers believe they have driven while over the limit at least once in the past twelve months. 

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Police Scotland has launched a new campaign to tackle domestic abuse and warns that incidences of this crime traditionally rise over the Christmas period. 

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New research by motoring organisation the AA has revealed an increase in the number of drivers who say they feel increased pressured to have a drink and drive at Christmas time. 

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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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