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Research Reveals Rise in Road Traffic Offence Convictions

Interesting new research by IAM RoadSmart has revealed an increase in the number of convictions for road traffic offences in England and Wales over the past three years.

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Threat of Criminal Gangs in Scotland Increased

A National Crime Agency (NCA) report has found that criminal groups in central Scotland are contributing to “ongoing feuds, violence and firearms”. The National Strategic Assessment of Serious Organised Crime of 2018 found that 164 known organised crime groups (OCGs), which have over 3,000 members, are currently under investigation by police in Scotland. Despite the decrease in the number of offenders in the country, according to the NCA, the threat criminals pose is getting worse.

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Cyber Crime Website Shut Down Following International Operation

An international law enforcement operation, led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Dutch National Police, has led to the shutdown of a website linked to more than four million cyber attacks across the globe, including attacks targeting some of the UK’s biggest banks.

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Reports Reveal Continued Focus on Fraud Reduction

A recent report from the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) has given an interesting insight into the unit’s operations during 2017.

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New Measures to Combat Domestic Abuse

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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Crackdown on Dark Web Criminal Activity

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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Drug Seizures in Scotland

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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Tackling Fraud in Financial Services

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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Changes to Police Powers of Arrest and Detention

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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Prison Sentence for Drugs Offences

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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Tougher Penalties for Illegal Mobile Phone Use Have Impacted on Driver Behaviour

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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Eight per cent drop in Scottish crime last year

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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Courts Service Pursues Non-Payment of Fines

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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Calls for Tougher Approach to Drink Driving

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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UK Takes Part in Human Trafficking Operation

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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Scottish Parliament Passes Domestic Abuse Bill

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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Scottish gangster jailed for 10 years

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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Crackdown on Uninsured Driving

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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Companies and Consumers Face Increased Fraud and Cybercrime Risks

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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Domestic Abuse Figures Increase Over Christmas and New Year

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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