Scotland sees 10 per cent rise in murder and culpable homicide victims – but Glasgow rates falling
The number of murder and culpable homicide victims in Scotland has risen by 10 per cent. Official figures show there were 64 homicide victims cases in 2016/17 compared to 58 the previous year. Three of the cases were unsolved, as of March 31, 2017. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Police Scotland would continue attempts to “drive down violence” and said each death is a “tragic loss of life”.
Chris Marshall: Complaints must be dealt with but damage is done at Police Scotland
Former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill last week led the calls for Chief Constable Phil Gormley to quit – even before a series of watchdog investigations into his conduct are completed. Three bullying complaints against Scotland’s most senior police officer are currently being examined by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc), while a fourth is being assessed by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). But speaking during a BBC Radio Scotland interview, Mr MacAskill said the chief should go now due to the “reputational damage” the situation is doing to the force.
Killings in Scotland rise by 10 per cent as SNP are accused of being ‘soft on crime’
Killings in Scotland have risen by 10 per cent in the last year – the first increase in seven years. Scottish Government figures show the number of murders and culpable homicides across the country have crept up to 64 in 2016-2017, compared with 58 in the previous year. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said police were doing all they could to drive down violence, while killings remain at historically low levels. But opposition politicians have accused the SNP Government of being “soft on crime” and called for more resources to tackle the issue.
Number of murder and culpable homicide victims up 10% in Scotland
The number of murder and culpable homicide victims in Scotland has risen by 10%. Official figures show there were 64 homicide victims cases in 2016/17 compared to 58 the previous year. Three of the cases were unsolved, as of March 31, 2017. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Police Scotland would continue attempts to “drive down violence” and said each death is a “tragic loss of life”. His comments followed the publication of the latest Scottish Government homicide data which indicates a rise in killings with multiple victims.
Scotland’s murder rate no longer dropping
Scotland‘s historic reductions in homicide have stalled, new figures suggest. The number of killings plunged from 2007 to 2013 but has held at around sixty ever since. Scottish Government officials yesterday formally confirmed a death toll of 64 from murders and culpable homicides in 2016-17. That figure remained almost half that of a decade ago but 10 per cent higher than a year earlier. Crime analysts always warn that homicide figures can be ‘jaggy’ – because numbers are so small, they can fluctuate from year to year.
Mental health orders reach new high
The use of compulsory mental health treatment orders in Scotland has reached its highest level in at least 14 years, raising concerns that they are being overused and impinging on the personal freedom of patients. The orders, which allow doctors to coerce patients to submit to care, were used 5,422 times in 2016-2017, according to the Mental Welfare Commission. This represents an 8 per cent rise on the previous year.