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Human Trafficking Laws Come into Force

New legal measures designed to tackle human trafficking and improve support for victims came into force in Scotland on 31st May 2016.

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COPFS Reports on Hate Crime in Scotland

The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has recently published a report entitled Hate Crime in Scotland 2015-16.

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Sex Crimes on the Rise across the UK

There were more than 100,000 sexual assaults across the UK in the last year according to official statistics on criminal offences.
 
The new figure marks the first occasion that the number of sexual offences has reached such a landmark with an increase of 29% compared to the figures from the same period last year. However, the police are insisting that the number of offences is due to the victims of such attacks being more willing to come forward rather than a decrease in the standard of policing. This sentiment was echoed by the Office of National Statistics.
 

Record Year for Sexual Offences

 
While the figures only take into account data from England and Wales, previous reports from Police Scotland have indicated that the number of sexual offences has also risen in the country, implying that a rise in such offences is widespread throughout the UK.
 
Figures indicate that the number of rapes stood at 34,741 and that there were 68,873 other types of sexual offences, making 103,614 total offences. The figure also means that the number of rapes across the UK is now at the highest level since records began.
 
As well as an increase in the number of sexual offences, there was an 11% rise in homicides and a 27% rise in the number of violent crimes seen across the UK. Firearm offences also increased by 4% with police stating that this was mainly due to an 18% rise in imitation crimes.

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Elaine Doyle Murder: John Docherty Can Appeal Without Any Limitations

The Court of Criminal Appeal has granted John Docherty the right to appeal against his conviction of the murder of Elaine Doyle.

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Scotland’s Drink Driving Limit to Change

Scotland is to lower the drink driving limit in a move that will see the limit vary from the rest of the UK. The move will bring Scotland’s limit to similar standards to that seen in Europe.

The UK has the second highest drink driving limit in Europe, second only to Malta. Under new rules in Scotland the limit for a breathalyzer test has been lowered from 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath to 22 micrograms per 100 ml. In regards to blood samples, the limit has been reduced to 50 milligrams per 100 ml from 80 milligrams.

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Double Jeopardy in Scots Law - Why was Angus Sinclair tried twice?

37 years after their bodies were discovered in East Lothian, Angus Sinclair has been convicted of the rape and murder of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie at the High Court in Livingston.  This was the first prosecution raised in Scotland following a change in the law relating to ‘double jeopardy’.

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UK To Debate On European Arrest Warrants

The UK Government’s current attitude toward European membership could lead to the country becoming a prime holiday destination for fugitives. MP’s have failed to endorse the country’s participation in the European arrest warrant (EAW) in a forthcoming parliamentary vote, which has concerned leading legal and law enforcement figures.

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Posting Revenge Pornography to Become a Criminal Offence in Scotland

The Scottish Government plan to introduce legislation to tackle the practice of ‘revenge pornography’ – where a former partner posts explicit images of another online without their consent.

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Changes to criminal justice system

A raft of measures aimed at improving the criminal justice system have been outlined in the newly published Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

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Football banning orders for Hamilton disturbance

Six football fans were sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court this week for the parts they played in a disturbance in Hamilton town centre prior to the Hamilton v Falkirk football match on 5th January 2012. Four were served Football Banning Orders ranging from 12 to 22 months.

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Football banning order for assaulting steward

A man was fined £200 and handed a six month Football Banning Order at Perth Sheriff Court earlier this month after attacking a steward at a Scottish Premier League game in October 2012. He was also admonished for a related Breach of the Peace charge.

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Car clamped for non-payment of ASBO fine

Last week a Glasgow car owner had his car clamped for failure to pay a police antisocial behaviour fixed penalty ticket, in the first case of its kind in Scotland.

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Surge in Confiscation Orders

There was a flurry of Confiscation Orders granted by courts around Scotland in February. The actions saw the Serious and Organised Crime Division and the Civil Recovery Unit together recover around £325,000 from the proceeds of crime.

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Offensive Behaviour Act first anniversary

Legislation designed to tackle sectarian behaviour at football matches is working well, according to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

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Man sentenced for pitch invasion

A man has been sentenced to carry out 110 hours of unpaid work and handed a three year Football Banning Order for running onto the pitch during a Dundee United versus Dynamo Moscow football match.

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Air weapons consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to create a new licencing regime for air weapons. It is estimated that there could be as many as half a million unlicensed air guns in Scotland.

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‘Kerb crawlers’ could lose their driving licence

‘Kerb crawlers’ trying to pick up prostitutes are being warned that they could face disqualification from driving in addition to any other sentence that a court can impose.

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Forty-five vehicles clamped by SCS

The Scottish Court Service (SCS) has announced that 45 cars have been targeted nationwide during the past two months, as part of its measures to collect unpaid fines.

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Major changes needed to tackle reoffending in Scotland

A recent Audit Scotland report, Reducing reoffending in Scotland, has looked at the efficiency and effectiveness of approaches taken to address the problem of reoffending.

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Government investing to reduce reoffending

Funding has been awarded by the Scottish Government to 23 organisations working across Scotland to help break the cycle of reoffending.

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