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Senior Police Scotland officer suspended after criminal conduct investigation

A senior officer working for Police Scotland has been suspended following an investigation into criminal behaviour.

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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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Calls for More Action to Tackle Drug Driving

The issue of drug driving has been very much under the spotlight recently, with several organisations calling for greater action to tackle this crime and reduce the number of needless deaths and injuries on the country’s roads.

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Courts Service Outlines Fine Enforcement Measures

The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) has recently emphasised the importance of paying criminal fines, and issued a reminder of the measures it can take to recover unpaid fines.

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Report Reveals Fall in Recorded Wildlife Crime

This year’s wildlife crime report has revealed a drop of 20% in recorded crime over the five-year period to 2015.

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Calls for Repeal of Offensive Behaviour at Football Act

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.

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Scotland to See More Electronic Tagging Sentences

The Scottish Government has announced that it intends to expand the use of electronic tags to help reduce reoffending levels and keep communities safe.

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Increase in Cars Seized from Uninsured Drivers

Efforts by police to crackdown on uninsured driving have led to a 4% increase in the number of seizures of uninsured vehicles, figures from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) have revealed.

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Calls for Review of the UK’s Hate Crime Strategy

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has called for a full-scale review of the UK’s hate crime laws and strategies as part of a new national drive to defeat the rise in race hate crime.

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Calls for Tougher Penalties for Criminal Drivers

New research by road safety charity Brake has apparently found strong support for strengthening both the charges and sentences faced by criminal drivers.

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Police Survey Reveals Public’s Crime Concerns

Police Scotland has recently published the results of its Your View Counts survey for the period April – June 2016.

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Calls for Crack-Down on Driving Offences but Softer Approach on Drugs

Over 52% of drivers questioned by RAC say that tougher penalties should be applied to motorists who use their phones illegally while driving.

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Sex Crimes on the Rise across the UK

There were more than 100,000 sexual assaults across the UK in the last year according to official statistics on criminal offences.

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