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Man Receives Life Sentence for Double Killing

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment and told he must serve a minimum of 23 years in jail for murder and culpable homicide.

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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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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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Value of UK Fraud Exceeds £1 Billion

A rise in the number of so-called “super cases” has led to the value of alleged fraud breaking the £1bn barrier in 2016, which is apparently the first time since 2011 that fraud has reached this level.

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Firearms Offences Fall in Scotland

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. 

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Tougher Penalties for Illegal Mobile Phone Use

New research by the RAC has found that the illegal use of handheld mobile phones by motorists has reached “epidemic proportions”.

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COPFS Reports on Hate Crime in Scotland

The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has recently published a report entitled Hate Crime in Scotland 2015-16.

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Drivers Continue to Use Mobile Phones While Driving

Motorists are continuing to use their mobile phones while in control of a vehicle, according to new research by the RAC.

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Crime Numbers Fall Across Scotland

There has been a fall in the overall number of crimes reported in Scotland in 2014/15, according to the latest Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS), which has been released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

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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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Scottish Human Rights Lawyer to Investigate Police Use Of “Stop & Search.”

The Scottish justice secretary John Scott QC is to lead an inquiry into the Police use of stop and search in Scotland, which could lead to a total ban. 

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Crime Witness Videos Could Be Shown In Court

Evidence given by witnesses could be filmed and then shown in court in an to end witnesses changing their story or forgetting details in court according to a new legal report. 

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Police Officers Accused of Criminal Offences

Police Officers across Scotland have been suspended or have duties restricted following allegations of rape, stalking and sexual assault.

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Cracking Down on Organised Crime

Perpetrators of serious and organised crime are to be hit harder and faster in the pocket under plans recently unveiled by the UK and Scottish Governments.

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Provisional licence holder banned after car crash

A Hamilton man has been banned from driving after being involved in a car crash at a time when he did not hold a full driving licence, reports the BBC.

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