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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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The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill aims to tackle those who use coercive and controlling behaviour.

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 are investigating

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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Stranraer Sheriff Court

Drink driver was five times over the limit at school gates

A driver who was five times over the drink drive limit when picking her child up from school was fined £750 and banned from driving for two years by a sheriff on Wednesday at the court in Stranraer.

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The penalty for this sort of driving offence just got much steeper.

Mobile phone driving penalty has been doubled

From March 1 anyone caught using a mobile phone (or internet device) at the wheel faces a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence.

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Computer equipment and cash were stolen in the raid

Man arrested in connection with ‘inappropriate behaviour’ on service bus

Police have arrested a 56 year-old man in Dumfries in connection with an incident of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ on a service bus in Galloway.

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Computer equipment and cash were stolen in the raid

Police hunt man after girl touched ‘inappropriately’ on bus

Police are looking for a man in his fifties after a 16 year-old girl was touched ‘inappropriately’ on a service bus.

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The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has said that 1530 people from Scotland contacted its Stop it Now! website last year.

Scottish paedophiles visiting website to help them change

Potential Scottish paedophiles tempted to look at indecent images of children online have been visiting a special website to help them change their behaviour.

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Stranraer Sheriff Court

Six years for child sex brute

A 41-year-old man who sexually abused a child was jailed for six years at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Wednesday for his “evil and salacious” crimes.

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£3000 worth of property stolen

£3000 worth of property stolen

Police are investigating the theft of over £3000 worth of property from a shed which was broken into at house in the centre of Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright, sometime between Sunday 8 and Saturday 21 January 2017.

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Dusty the Cat.

Cat found inside recycling bin in Stranraer

The SSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was cruelly trapped inside a recycling bin on local popular walking spot, “the approach” in Stranraer. The charity was alerted on 13 January when a dog walker found the cat inside the bin. Get in touch on 03000999999. The cat, named Dusty, is being cared for by the SSPCA.

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