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Police Targeting Major Crime on Scotland's Motorways

Police Scotland have seized more than £1 million in drugs, cash and stolen goods in the last year on a major road in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Edinburgh Home to Highest Crime Rates in Scotland

According to a recent study by the police watchdog, crime rates in Edinburgh are the highest in Scotland with the most crimes per 10,000 people.

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Police Fail to Solve Crime 15 Crimes in Scottish Parliament in a Year

Police Scotland have failed to solve a single crime in the Scottish Parliament for the second time in as many years. 

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New Scottish Sentencing Council Comes into Effect

A new Scottish Sentencing Council has come into force as of today with the independent body being responsible for preparing guidelines to ensure a consistent approach to sentencing throughout the country.

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Recorded Crime in Scotland at 41-year-low

Police Scotland statistics has revealed that crime in Scotland has reached a 41-year-low with crimes being at their lowest level since 1974.

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Police Concern Over Number of Guns in Scotland

Police have warned over the number of guns in Scotland with figures revealing that there are over 277,000 guns in Scotland with at least 90,000 firearms deactivated.

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Crime in Glasgow Falling Faster Than National Average

A new study has revealed that crime rates in Glasgow are falling faster than rates seen in the rest of the country. 

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Lowering Scotland Drink Driving Has No Effect on Criminal Offences

According to the recent statistics lowering the drink driving limit in Scotland has had a minimal effect on the number of criminal offences. 

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Scotland Assault Capital of the World

According to UN statistics, Scotland is the assault capital of the world with the nation leading the way in violent crimes.

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Campaign Launched to Stop Children Receiving Criminal Record

The Law Society of Scotland is calling for the age of criminality in Scotland to be upped from eight to 12 to coincide with UN regulations. 

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Report Reveals Drop in Railway Crime

The number of crimes committed on Britain’s railways has fallen for the 11th year running, according to a recent report by British Transport Police (BTP).

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Scottish Knife Punishment Lags Behind Rest of the UK

An anti-crime campaigner from one of Scotland’s largest anti-knife groups has stated that the law and punishment for offenders in Scotland lags behind England and the rest of the UK.

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Small Decrease in Cost of Rural Crime

A recent report has shown that there has been a small decline in the cost of rural crime. However, some experts have stated that a decrease in cost may not reflect a drop in crime.

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Assaults on Scotland’s Paramedics Up 25%

The number of assaults on Scotland’s paramedics has gone up by more than a quarter since 2005, with 2014s figures reaching a ten year high according to figures from STV. 

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UN Express Concern Over Police Scotland’s Stop-and-Search Powers

Police Scotland’s stop-and-search policy has been criticised in a report by the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

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Dozens of Weapons Seized in Schools

Police Scotland seized almost 50 knives and over 180 weapons in the last four academic years from pupils in and around Glasgow. 

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Reform Needed on Age of Criminal Responsibility

An MSP has called for reform in regards to the Scottish age of criminal responsibility with some MPs stating that the age should be raised. 

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New Police Approach Taken to Handle Serious Crime Gangs

Police Scotland have launched a new way of tackling serious crime gangs in Scotland after new figures showed that the 230 gangs in Scotland are diversifying. 

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Hate Figures in Football Drop

The number of people charged under The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act has fallen in the last year according to official statistics. 

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Police Scotland Solving Fewer Crimes

Despite hiring more officers than ever, Police Scotland is solving fewer crimes, according to the latest criminal stats. 

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