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Buried Statistics Show Stop and Search by Police Scotland Nine Times Higher Than by NYPD

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The Scottish Police Authority discovered that the rate of searches carried out by Police Scotland was nearly nine times higher than the rate in the New York Police Department , but did not include the startling comparison in its final report.

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Holiday pay case gives new right to claim wages unlawfully deducted

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ANYONE who is paid less when on holiday than when they are working could be entitled to claim they have been underpaid for the past 16 years.

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Court Determines Custodial Sentence ‘not appropriate’ for Boxing Promoter in Mortgage Fraud and Money Laundering Case

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A Scottish boxing promoter, Barry Hughes has won his appeal and had his prison sentence for mortgage fraud and money laundering quashed, after judges ruled that a custodial term was “not appropriate”.  

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Number of Facebook and Twitter Crimes Rocket in Scotland

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Statistics, recently released under the Freedom of Information Act, show a surge in crimes relating to the social media sites Facebook and Twitter in Scotland. Five years ago, a mere 43 crimes were linked to the sites, but this number has rocketed in the last year with Police Scotland receiving 2,710 complaints.

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Forthcoming Guidance on Scottish Prisoner Voting Welcomed

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Howard League Scotland, the penal reform organisation, has welcomed a response from the Director of Strategy and Innovation that the Scottish Prison Service, in partnership with the Electoral Commission, are preparing guidance for those in prison who are entitled to vote, and those likely to be released in time to vote, in the referendum.

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Scottish Forced Marriage Law at a Crossroads

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Recently, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 made forcing someone into marriage a crime in England and Wales, almost 3 years after the Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act 2011, which aims to prevent anyone forcing marriage upon another and to protect those if a forced marriage has already taken place, was introduced in Scotland.

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Making Scotland safer for women and girls

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Everyone is entitled to feel safe and respected, but the sad fact is that many in Scotland, particularly women and girls, do not. Last week, the Scottish Government launched the Equally Safe strategy which is aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

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Hate Crimes in Scotland – Getting Better or Worse?

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A report on Hate Crime in Scotland between 2013 and 2014, published earlier this month, brings together figures on hate crimes relating to race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and transgender identity. The statistics, which include charges from the Offensive Behavior at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act, indicate that over the past year, an average of one criminal charge for every five regulated football matches has taken place in Scotland. This is likely due to the vigilant monitoring and increased powers of the Scottish police.

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Confidence in the Housing Market Cools

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There has been drop in consumer confidence in the housing market, according to the Building Societies Association (BSA), which could help to reduce fears of a UK-wide housing bubble.

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Transport Arrangements for Glasgow 2014

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Information on how the transport network around Glasgow will be affected during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been published by Glasgow City Council.

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MacAskill Targets Further Reduction in Scottish Reconviction Rate

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Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill says 'there can be no let-up' in efforts being made to reduce the number of Scotland's criminals repeat offending.

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Tougher Powers to Seize Criminal Gains

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New proposals to tackle organised crime have been announced by the UK and Scottish Governments.

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Glasgow 2014 Reveals Revamped Hampden Park

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Scotland’s national stadium, Hampden Park, has been unveiled by Glasgow 2014 following its transformation into a world-class athletics arena.

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Scottish Doorstep Crime Operation Deemed a Success

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A national operation aimed at preventing doorstop crime, has been carried out successfully by Police Scotland working alongside other agencies and local authorities.

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Help to Buy Scheme Helps Scottish House Buyers

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Around 1,000 people in Scotland have bought a new home through the UK Government’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, according to new Government figures. The majority (80%) of these home purchasers were first-time buyers.

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New Employment Tribunal Rules: ACAS gets greater role

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AN extra step now has to be taken in any Employment Tribunal case. Before the employee can lodge a claim, he or she has to speak to Acas, the Government’s conciliation service. They will highlight the advantages of resolving matters through dialogue, rather than through Tribunal hearings.

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Sports Personality of the Year Comes to Glasgow

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The BBC has recently announced that Glasgow is to host this year’s Sports Personality of the Year.

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Flats in Scotland Selling Significantly Above Asking Price

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Flats in Scotland are selling significantly above their asking price according to the latest Scottish House Price Report, released by s1homes.

Flats are generally selling for £11,000 more than their asking price, though it should be noted that average selling price did fall for a second quarter.

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Anti-Knife Crime Programme Goes National

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The Scottish Government has announced that £550,000 will be made available to fund the wider implementation of a campaign to tackle knife-crime.

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Glasgow to Host Summer Music Festival

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A new summer music festival is to take place in Glasgow over two weekends in August.

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