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New COPFS cold case unit

A plan to create a new unit to assist the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and the police in the direction of further enquiries in unsolved murders and other serious crimes in Scotland has been announced by the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC.

The specialist unit will assist and support Procurators Fiscal and the police in reviewing unsolved crimes from across Scotland to identify those which merit fresh investigation to break the stalemate in a case.
The Lord Advocate said:
“Justice will pursue down the years those who have so far evaded detection for their crimes. The passage of time should be no protection. We will not give up and will seek to identify the perpetrator using new forensic and other investigation techniques and prosecute them for their crimes.
“Our specialist unit will work with local prosecutors and the police to identify unsolved murders for renewed investigation.”

The creation of the new unit will build upon existing relationships with the police and forensic services in Scotland. The initiative was welcomed by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and the Scottish Police Services Authority.