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Experimental Programme Successful in Reducing Domestic Abuse Reoffending

An experimental programme in England for policing domestic abuse has led to a substantial reduction in reoffending.

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Sharp Rise in Identity Fraud Crime

The first six months of this year have seen further rises in the number of cases of identity fraud, according to fraud prevention service Cifas.

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Scotland seeing huge growth in cybercrime

A recent media investigation has revealed that a number of high-ranking police officers believe Scotland has become a key target for cyber criminals. Cybercrimes are those committed with a computer or using the internet. The most common types of cybercrime are ransomware, social engineering, phishing, malware and online fraud, however, Police Scotland says that cybercrime is expanding and has now reached areas including child exploitation, human trafficking and online abuse.

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Prison Sentence for Drugs and Driving Offences

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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Consultation over Development of Sentencing Guidelines

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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Drug-Related Crime in Scotland

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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DCPCU Involved in Successful Money Laundering Prosecutions

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

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Sex Crimes Reported to Police Scotland in The Last Year at a Record High

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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Repealing the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications Act

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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Tackling Hate Crime in Scotland

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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Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Murder

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

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UK Drivers Consider Themselves to be more Law-Abiding

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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VRU calls for increased police say on alcohol licencing rules

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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New Strategy to Tackle Human Trafficking

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

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Couple Convicted after Long Running Fraud Trial

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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Speeding is the Main Cause of Penalty Points

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 Campaign Targets Drink and Drug Drivers

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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Reconviction Rates Fall in Scotland

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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Latest Figures Reveal Increase in Financial Fraud

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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New Drug-Driving Offence to be Introduced in Scotland

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

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