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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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Joint Operations with Europol Lead to Arrests

UK law enforcement organisations have worked closely with Europol in several recent operations that led to a number of significant arrests.

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Prison Sentence for Financial Fraud

Total losses as a result of financial fraud involving payment cards, remote banking and cheques amounted to £755 million in the UK in 2015, according to Financial Fraud Action (FFA) UK. This is an increase of 26% compared to the previous year.

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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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Mugshots Being Used by Police To Identify Faces

Police are utilising mugshots to cross reference criminals through surveillance cameras according to a new report.

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Family of Man Who Died In Police Custody Demand Inquiry

The family of a man from Sierra Leone have demanded an inquiry into his death in police custody. The man died from suspected asphyxiation on the street of Kirkcaldy. At the time, he was getting detained by nine officers. 

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Scottish Surveillance Figures Down

Figures obtained on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act (Ripsa) have shown that there has been a decline in the use of surveillance powers in Scotland. 

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Number of crimes keeps falling

The number of crimes committed in Scotland has fallen by 22% since 2008-09, according to the latest Scottish Government figures. 

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Over £17,000 confiscated from cannabis grower

Earlier this week a confiscation order for £17,149 was made against a Cambuslang man previously found guilty of growing cannabis.

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