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Disclosure Scheme Used to Secure Domestic Abuse Prosecution

For the first time, Police Scotland have used information provided through Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse (DSDAS) to secure a successful prosecution.

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Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

The Scottish Government has recently announced that the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland is to be increased from eight to twelve-years-old. 

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Risky Driver Behaviour Contributes to Road Deaths

New data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, to commemorate this year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims has revealed 26,100 people lost their lives on Europe’s roads last year.

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Police Crack Down on Mobile Phone Use by Drivers

Police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are taking part in targeted operations to tackle the problem of drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel.

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Hundreds of Property & Assets could be seized with new Criminal Finances Legislation

New legislation aimed at tackling money laundering and corruption has been published in the form of the Criminal Finances Bill. This Bill will give law enforcement agencies new powers to recover the proceeds of crime and counter terrorist financing while extending powers to uncover the origins of suspected criminal funds. It will also implement a more effective regime to support reporting of suspicious activity and improve coordination between public and private sectors to tackling criminal behaviour. Depending on what reception it receives going through Parliament, the Bill could come into force as soon as spring 2017.

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