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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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The Scottish Government has recently published a statistical bulletin giving a breakdown of drug seizures made by the police, and the characteristics of those found in possession of drugs in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The publication also includes an analysis of the characteristics of drug possession crimes for the first time.

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The Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) has been involved in a number of recent successful money laundering prosecutions.

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The number of sex crimes reported in Scotland has gone up. Police Scotland’s figures suggest that in 2016/17, there were reports of 10,822 sex crimes committed, an increase of 5.2% on 2015/16. The number is a record high in Scotland.

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Members of the public are being asked for their views on proposals to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2012.

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The Scottish Government has set out a series of practical measures it intends to take to tackle and prevent hate crime in Scotland. These measures will be focused primarily on tackling prejudice and building stronger communities.

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A man has appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh where he received a sentence of life imprisonment for murder.

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A new study has found that motorists in the UK consider themselves to be more law-abiding than drivers in many other countries when it comes to using a mobile phone while driving.

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A Scottish police unit has backed calls to introduce minimum alcohol pricing, as well as backing stricter licencing laws, in a bid to help reduce violent crime in Scotland.

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The Scottish Government has launched a new strategy to tackle the crime of human trafficking.

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A criminal trial that began back in September 2015 has finally concluded with guilty verdicts for a married couple from Renfrewshire, reports the BBC.

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Drivers can receive penalty points for a variety of different offences, but according to new research, speeding is the offence that leads to the most points being added to driving licenses in the UK.

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Police Scotland carried out 3,619 breath tests during a week-long campaign to tackle drink and drug driving across the country. From these tests, 121 drivers were detected for drink or drug driving offences.

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New statistics from Scotland’s Chief Statistician have revealed that reconviction rates for offenders in Scotland are at the lowest levels for eighteen years. 

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The latest figures from Financial Fraud Action UK show that financial fraud losses across payment cards, remote banking and cheques totalled £768.8 million in 2016, which is an increase of 2% compared to the previous year.

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The Scottish Government has recently announced plans to introduce drug-driving limits and roadside testing in Scotland.

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The number of recorded bird of prey crimes in Scotland fell by 26% during 2016, according to recently published figures.

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In the first prosecution of its kind in Scotland, a 25-year-old man has been convicted on offences relating to ‘card sharing’, a cyber-crime which involved protected tv broadcasts, such as Sky and BT, to be viewed without first having paid subscription to the company providing the broadcast.

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The Scottish Government has introduced a new bill to Parliament that will give additional powers to tackle those who psychologically abuse their partners using coercive and controlling behaviour.

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