New measures to combat organised crime in force from today will widen what can be classed as cash when seizing assets. The provisions from the Criminal Finances Act 2017 now mean that betting slips, casino chips and gaming vouchers can now be seized as if they were currency. Police Scotland will also be able to search for and seize items of value such as jewellery, watches, stamps and precious stones where they are suspected of being involved in illegal activity, in the same way they already do with cash. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “This is a significant step in ensuring criminals cannot profit from unlawful activities and gives our law enforcement agencies additional powers to seize assets acquired by illegal means.
SCOTTISH Borders Council received 100 complaints about out-of-control dogs in 2017, despite handing out only five dog control orders, new figures reveal. The figures, released in response to a freedom of information request, show that the complaints only resulted in six advisory warnings and five control order being given to dog owners. The news comes in the midst of lambing season in the Scottish Borders, where incidents of sheep worrying have been reported. In March, a flock of pregnant ewes was attacked near Jedburgh, leaving two ewes requiring veterinary stitches and a question mark over the fate of more than 100 unborn lambs.
The rescheduled date for Falkirk district’s annual Emergency Services Day has been confirmed. Poor weather at the beginning of April saw the original event at The Helix Park cancelled. Falkirk Community Trust, which is overseeing the day in partnership with the emergency services, has rearranged the free-to-attend event for Saturday, June 2. Now in its fourth year, the Emergency Services Day will run from 11am to 4pm and feature safety demonstrations by Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
A watchdog investigation has found Police Scotland failed to properly handle a series of complaints from a woman whose brother committed suicide after being released from custody. The man, known only as Mr A, was held for three days in 2016 and, according to his sister, was not seen by a doctor or given his medication, despite his family warning police officers that he suffered from mental health problems. He attempted suicide the day after his release, and died several weeks later as a result of his injuries. Yesterday, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) said Police Scotland had failed to deal with any of the woman’s five complaints about her brother’s case to a reasonable standard.
Operation Lathe will run throughout the summer months and aims to prevent, deter and detect the stealing of bikes in the city. Over the course of the last four years a total of 2,400 bicycles were stolen in the north-east – an average of more than 11 a week. As part of the operation officers will be working in plain clothes and also carrying out high visibility patrols to deter and disrupt thefts. The operation is an annual effort, but is particularly timely this year in the wake of a spate of thefts across the city. Sergeant Craig Murray, who is leading the operation, said the thefts would not be tolerated.
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