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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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