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The Scottish Government recently announced that an initiative to combat domestic abuse is to be made available to local authorities across the country.

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The UK Government has announced that funding of £9 million will be used to bolster law enforcement’s ability to tackle those who use the anonymity of the internet for illegal activities such as the selling of firearms, drugs, malware and people.

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A recent publication from Scotland’s Chief Statistician has given an interesting insight into the types of drug seizures made by the police in Scotland and the characteristics of those found in possession of drugs. 

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A new report from UK Finance has given an interesting insight into the extent of fraud in financial services and the sector’s efforts to prevent the crime occurring.

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In January this year, new measures contained within the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force in Scotland relating to the arrest and questioning of suspects.

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A man from Clydebank has been sentenced to five years and three months in jail after pleading guilty to smuggling cocaine worth more than £100,000 into the UK. 

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New research has suggested that the introduction of tougher penalties for illegal mobile phone use while driving has led to a drop in the number of people committing this offence. 

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The bulletin for Criminal Proceedings in Scotland for 2016-2017 presents figures which show that there has been an 8 per cent decrease in crime figures over the last year. This figure applied both to those who were proceeded against in court (107,338), and those who were subsequently convicted (92,334).

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The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has issued a fresh warning of the consequences facing people who fail to pay their court fines.

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The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has recently published a report in which it calls for EU Member States to do more on drink-driving enforcement and rehabilitation. 

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The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has taken part in a Europol supported operation to dismantle a human trafficking network, which resulted in the safeguarding of four Nigerian women who were forced into prostitution in different Spanish locations.

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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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