5th June 2019

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5th June 2019

Scots child porn offenders and road killers to escape jail in justice shake-up

Possession of child pornography and causing death by dangerous driving may no longer mean jail under radical plans to phase out sentences of less than a year in Scotland. Lord Turnbull, one of Scotland’s top judges, said plans to introduce a presumption against sentences of less than a year could be applied to sentences of up to a year-and-a-half – after discounts for early guilty pleas had been taken into account.


Westminster praise for police tackling drug crime in north-east

The Scottish Affairs Committee yesterday discussed drug crime and Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid noted 355 people were reported in the region in connection with drugs offences in May. He said: “Police have been making fairly high-profile arrests recently where class A drugs are concerned.” Dr Iain McPhee, of the West Coast of Scotland University, highlighted there was a market for illegal drugs. “How do we reduce the demand? This appears to be extremely difficult, if not impossible,” he added.


Violent crimes involving young men in Scotland have dropped sharply

The number of serious assaults and attempted murders in Scotland has fallen by over a third in a decade driven by decreasing levels of violence among young men in Glasgow. Analysis of police statistics carried out by the Scottish Government found the reduction was mainly due to fewer young men attacking each other in the west of the country. There were 4,189 serious assaults and attempted murders recorded in 2017/18, a fall of 35 per cent from 2008/9. The reduction of cases in and around Glasgow accounted for 89 per cent of the total decrease.


Glasgow helps drive down serious assault figures across Scotland

Glasgow has contributed to a fall in the number serious assaults across Scotland after a drop in violence among young men in and around the city in the past decade. The Scottish Government study found serious assaults fell 35 per cent between 2009/09 and 2017/18, from 6472 to 4189. The vast majority of the fall, 89 per cent, was due to the police recording fewer cases in the west of Scotland, centred on Glasgow. In Glasgow alone, the number of serious assaults fell from 1872 cases to 914 over the period, equivalent to a drop of 55 per cent after taking population changes into account.


SNP under fire over rise in violence against women and old folk

SNP ministers have been accused of complacency after a report found a steep rise in violence against women, the young and the elderly. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf hailed the “positive impact” of SNP policies in cutting violent crime among young men in the west of Scotland. The Scottish Government report found that the numbers of serious assault and attempted murder cases had fallen by a third between 2008-09 and 2017-18.


Judge warns MSPs over jail term overhaul

Killer drivers, drug dealers, serial burglars and people caught with child pornography could escape prison under plans to cut out short sentences, a judge has told MSPs. Lord Turnbull, a former chair of the Scottish Sentencing Council, told Holyrood’s Justice Committee the changes could affect those currently sentenced to 18 months in jail.


Violent crime in Scotland down by one-third in a decade

Violent crime in Scotland, such as serious assault and attempted murder, has dropped by more than one-third in 10 years, according to new analysis. A study of incidents recorded by police shows a 35% fall 2008-09 and 2017-18. It found that 89% of the total drop in violence has been due to fewer cases in the west of Scotland – particularly in and around Glasgow.


Serious violence in Scotland ‘down by more than a third in a decade’

Violent incidents in Scotland such as serious assault and attempted murder have dropped by more than a third in a decade, according to new analysis. The study of police-recorded crime figures shows a 35% fall in those cases between 2008-09 and 2017-18.


Drivers could get 3 points on their license under new campaign

A new police campaign has been launched to help protect cyclists. Operation ‘Close Pass’ will see police in the Scottish Borders pose as cyclists to catch drivers who are endangering cyclists lives.


Fall in violent crime in Aberdeen

Police recorded crime figures have revealed that serious assault and attempted murder cases in the city fell by 23% between 2008/09 and 2017/18. In addition, the total recorded crime in Aberdeen has decreased from 23,322 crimes in 2006-07, to 12,509 in 2017-18 – a 46.4% decrease. SNP MSP Kevin Stewart has praised the figures, crediting an increase of police as a contributing factor. He said: “Here in Aberdeen we have seen a huge reduction in violence across our communities – more proof that the Scottish Government’s evidence-based approach to justice and rehabilitation is working.


Glasgow sheds ‘murder capital’ reputation as youth crime falls dramatically

A dramatic drop in youth crime has been identified as the key factor in transforming Glasgow’s reputation as the “murder capital of Europe”. Scotland had the second highest murder rate in western Europe in 2005, when Scots were three times more likely to be murdered than people in England and Wales. A new study has confirmed that Scotland’s success in cutting serious crime was driven mainly by a huge fall in youth violence. Researchers looked at a cross-section of about 1,000 cases in the ten years to 2018. They found that teenagers had posed the greatest threat of violence at the start of the decade, but their risk of committing attempted murder or serious assault was now no greater than for people aged 20-29.



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