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Gun crime at lowest level since records began

The level of firearms offences in Scotland has reached its lowest recorded level since 1980, when records began, according to recent figures released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

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Value of UK Fraud Exceeds £1 Billion

A rise in the number of “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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Accessing Your Partner's Criminal History in Scotland? Clare's Law Begins in Ayrshire & Aberdeen

This week, Police Scotland's landmark pilot scheme, which will allow people to access information on their new partners' offending history, will begin a trial in both Ayrshire and Aberdeen.

The scheme has already been in operation in England and Wales after the murder of a woman named 'Clare', by her ex-boyfriend in 2009. The man had a history of violence towards women, but Clare was unaware of this fact. Her story inspired the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse, which has also been labelled 'Clare's Law'.

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Justice Secretary pledges to tackle persistent violence

Scotland's Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has vowed to "root out persistent violence" after figures showed that repeat victims suffer over half of all violent crime. Mr Yousaf said that violent offending had fallen by half in the last ten years, but insisted that officials had not become complacent.

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Rise in Glasgow drug deaths linked to 'street Valium'

Drugs that have been illegally made and sold as Valium are being closely linked to an ‘unprecedented’ number of fatal overdoses in Glasgow, according to the city’s NHS addiction services.

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Homicide cases decrease by 5%

According to Scotland’s Chief Statistician, the number of homicides committed in Scotland decreased from 5% in the year 2017-18 when compared to the same period in 2016-17. 59 murders were committed in the country in 2017-18, which is a significant decrease from 62 the previous year.

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Scotland experiences sharp rise in financial crime

According to Police Scotland’s Management Information Report, Scotland experienced an increase in financial crimes and incidents of fraud of over a third, when comparing the first quarter (Q1) of 2018 to the Q1 of last year.

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New Report Makes Recommendations for Disability and Criminal Law

A recent report published by the Criminal Justice Disability Project has made a number of exciting recommendations which could change practices in criminal law concerning those with disabilities.

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Court Service Acts to Recover Unpaid Fines

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has issued a reminder of the powers it has available to recover unpaid criminal fines

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Tackling Serious and Organised Crime in Glasgow

Police Scotland has announced a new initiative to tackle the activities of serious and organised crime groups in Glasgow, including drugs offences, fraud and cybercrime. 

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