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Former Teacher Jailed For 10 Years
Mr Toner, who was a former teacher at a boarding school in Largs, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for grooming and abusing children at the school. He has also been placed on the sex offenders register and has to be monitored for two years after his release....
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Scottish Sentencing Council Concerns Over New Guidelines
The Scottish sentencing council have voiced that there will be a considerable impact if sentencing guidelines are being introduced that have not properly been tested in Scotland. This comment was made as there is a motion for a debate regarding this matter in Parliament...
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Surgeon Admits Attempting To Indecently Communicating With A Child
A former urology consultant admitted sending graphic pictures and messages to an undercover police officer he believed was a 14 year old child and also admitted to attempting to meet the child to engage in unlawful sexual behaviour. Mr Crooks, after entering his guilty...
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Level Of Sectarianism In Scotland At All Time High
Deputy Chief Constable Mr Kerr has voiced how he is very surprised by the increasing levels of sectarianism in Scottish football after he joined Police Scotland six months ago, after working in Northern Ireland as an officer for 30 years. Mr Kerr has also voiced the...
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Death Of Woman Who Fell Treated As Suspicious
A woman who fell to her death from 11 floors from a block of flats is having her death treated as suspicious by police. The incident happened last week in the Royston area of Glasgow. The woman was taken to hospital but immediately pronounced dead. A postmortem...
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Cannabis Users Avoid Prosecution In Scotland
It has come to light by ‘the Times’ that approximately 500 people per month in Scotland are not being prosecuted for being caught with cannabis. There has been criticism of the police for using a soft approach but Police Scotland have stated there are benefits of...
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Glasgow’s Alcohol Court Has Been Held For One Year
Glasgow’s Alcohol Court is now one year old after been set up after the success of the Drug Court set up in 2001. The Court, which started out as a pilot, became permanent after its success was apparent after just a few months. This court deals with cases where the...
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Sheriff Throws Out Crown Cases
Sheriff Wade at Perth Sheriff Court has thrown out three cases stating she was annoyed by the lack of work carried out by the Crown on these cases. The cases which included a possession of a knife, an assault and a hit and run charge were all dismissed. The Sheriff...
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Anti Smacking Legislation Win Support
There has been mass support for legislation to abolish the defence of reasonable chastisement in Scots law. The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill is currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament and is supported by many organisations...
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Unlawful Eviction Offences Are Not Being Upheld
Mr McPhee writing for the SCOLAG Journal has published research that criminal offences that relate to unlawful evictions are not being honoured in Scotland. Police Scotland have not released figures for complaints in relation to this, due to the fact they say they do not...
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