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Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley’s 2026 vision

I meet the chief constable of Police Scotland as he is preparing to head to London for a colleague’s funeral.

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Getting the basics right...is a top priority for Scottish Police Authority chairman Andrew Flanagan.

SPA chairman Andrew Flanagan discusses Policing 2026

Criminals are becoming ever more sophisticated and Police Scotland needs to rise to meet that challenge.

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Conversation and consultation...is vital to ensuring the success of the 2026 vision, according to Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick.

DCC Rose Fitzpatrick on Police Scotland’s 2026 vision

As policing beats go, they don’t get much more interesting than the whole of Scotland.

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Scottish Police Authority chairman Andrew Flanagan with Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley at the 2026 strategy launch.

Police Scotland 2026: ten year strategy consultation

The public is being asked for its views on the ten year strategy for Police Scotland. Julie Currie finds out more about the force’s vision for 2026.

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Vandals target Whithorn School

Vandals target Whithorn School

Police Scotland officers are investigating vandalism at Whithorn Primary School between 1200 hours and 1500 hours on Sunday, April 9.

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Police warning after car thefts in Stranraer

Car owners are being reminded to ensure that they lock their vehicles and either remove anything of value or place them out of sight in the car.

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Police Scotland is encouraging the public to speak up and help to tackle hate crime.

Public urged to speak up and report hate crime

The public is being asked to play its part in tackling hate crime in Scotland by speaking up and reporting offences.

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On average, an offence is reported every two hours in Scotland.

Recorded child abuse cases hit an all-time high

The number of child sex offences has risen to an all-time high, with more than 4,000 recorded in Scotland last year - an average of almost 12 every day.

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Only one in five victims of domestic abuse ever calls the police.

New law to tackle psychological abuse

A new bill to strengthen the laws against psychological domsetic abuse is being considered by the Scottish Parliament.

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Police look to trace occupants of abandoned Mercedes

Police look to trace occupants of abandoned Mercedes

Police are looking to trace the occupants of a silver Mercedes who failed to stop for police and made off later abandoning the car near Kirkcudbright last week.

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Parents are being urged to check the age restrictions of any social media sites used by their children.

Parents unaware of social network age restrictions

Half of adults in Scotland are unaware of whether their children are old enough to be using social networks such as Facebook and Snapchat, new figures suggest.

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Fraudsters using hold music to convince unsuspecting banking customers

Fraudsters using hold music to convince unsuspecting banking customers

Action Fraud - the UK’s national reporting centre for cybercrime - has warned of a new tool in the arsenal of online fraudsters.

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If you are concerned about the images you or a loved one is viewing online, then the Stop it Now! Get Help website could be the answer.

Stop looking at child abuse online - get help now

There are grey areas. It’s not me who did it so I’m not responsible. They are smiling so they must be enjoying it.

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Eilidh Wiseman, President of the Law Society of Scotland

Opening the door to a bright future in law

The law is constantly evolving, both in terms of the legislation itself and the people who are shaping the profession. Where the law was traditionally dominated by educated men of a certain class, work is being – and has been – done to make the profession more accessible to people from backgrounds where a career as a solicitor may never previously have been an option.

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Warning over parking fine scam

Warning over parking fine scam

Drivers are being warned of a potential scam which involves the issuing of fake parking fine letters.

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Man charged with wasting police time

Man charged with wasting police time

Police in Stranraer have arrested and charged a 23 year-old man with wasting police time following enquiries into an alleged stabbing incident.

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Police investigate break-in at Whithorn Pharmacy

Police Scotland officers have been carrying out door to door enquiries after a break-in to the Whithorn Pharmacy in St John Street in the town. Sometime between Saturday 25 and Monday 27 February, a window in the premises was smashed and a number of Cocodamol and Progabalin tablets have been stolen. Constable Josh Maxwell said: “We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the pharmacy over the weekend to get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious. Under no circumstances should anyone take any medication which is not prescribed for them and we are appealing for anyone with any information about this crime to get in touch on the 101 number.”

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View are being sought as part of Police Scotlands public consultation.

Public consulted on future of Police Scotland

People across Scotland are being invited to contribute their views on the futre direction of the police force.

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Stranraer Sheriff Court

100mph on illegal tyres

A teenage driver who admitted speeding on the A75 at over 100mph in a car with illegal tyres, lost his licence for a year at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

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