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Women Receives Serious Crime Prevention Order

Scotland’s first ever Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) has been issued to a woman who made death threats to a high profile politician and bomb threats to a number of well-known locations.

Isabella Jackson was sentenced to 45 months imprisonment in May 2017 at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court after she pleaded guilty to sending death threats to Theresa May, who was Home Secretary at the time, and also to the police. In addition, she admitted making bomb threats to Harrods, Edinburgh Airport and King’s Cross Station in London.

The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service reports that the court has now granted the Crown application for the civil order at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

The terms of the order mean that Isabella Jackson will be subject to a SCPO for a period of five years beginning from the date she is released from prison. The order restricts the number of communications devices she can own and Police Scotland must be notified of any change of device or account under which one is operated. She must also notify police of all online and social media accounts.

"Serious Crime Prevention Orders are a powerful tool to help people convicted of a serious crime from re-offending,” explained Liam Murphy, Procurator Fiscal for Specialist Casework. “Today’s order, the first in Scotland under new legislation, shows that prosecutors will use all measures at our disposal to disrupt criminal activity.”

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