Scotland’s Chief Statistician has recently published a report providing information on crimes and offences recorded by the police in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved.
MSPs have called on the Scottish Government to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, claiming that is badly written and unnecessary, reports the BBC.
In this age of social media, new sentencing guidelines are being drafted to enforce tougher punishments on young people who film instances of knife crime and upload them to online platforms in England &Wales. Within gangs, this has become an increasingly popular method of humiliating victims and asserting dominance - something that the law is attempting to crack down on. This is only one of a number of ‘aggravating factors’ for judges and magistrates to consider when sentencing defendants convicted of possessing a blade or offensive weapon in public, or making threats.
There has been an increase of around five million in the number of counterfeit items seized by customs authorities across the EU in 2015, according to new figures by the European Commission.
The Herald has recently reported (available here) that Celtic’s biggest shareholder Dermot Desmond is being called on to address concerns that a bank he holds a third of shares in, Latvia’s Rietumu Bank, is connected to money laundering and tax avoidance. The story, which comes hot off the heels of the Annual Report on the exercise of powers to search for and seize cash and realisable property under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (available here), yet again highlights the ever increasing scrutiny of financial crime, both in the UK and abroad.
There was a large increase in card fraud losses in the UK in 2015, according to new analysis by analytic software firm FICO.
Two sailors have been sentenced to over 40 years imprisonment between them for their role in the smuggling of more than three tonnes of cocaine aboard an ocean-going tug, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service has reported. The operation apparently resulted in the largest ever seizure of Class A drugs in the UK.
More than half of drivers in the 25 – 34 age-group are risking getting charged with motoring offences for texting, using apps or going online on their mobiles when they are behind the wheel, according to a new study by road safety charity Brake.