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Man Who Stages Car Accidents to Kill Wives For Insurance Money to Further Appeal Sentence

A man who deliberately staged a car crash in Aberdeenshire to kill his wife, and attempted to do the same to his second wife has appealed against the life sentence given to him.

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Speeding Offences & Accuracy of Speed Detection Devices

An interesting point arose in a recent speeding trial. The accused was charged with driving at 43 mph in a 30mph zone. The Crown case consisted of two Police officers, both of whom were experienced road traffic officers, trained in the operation and calibration of the standard issue speed detection device, the Unipar SL700.

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Staff Member at the Crown Office Charged with Breaching Official Secrets Act

A member of staff at Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is now standing trial after allegedly breaching the Official Secrets Act 1989.

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Drug Trafficker Caught with £32,000 Worth of Cocaine Sentenced to Five Years in prison

A drug trafficker who was caught with £32,000 worth of cocaine on the streets following a police raid, has been sentenced to prison for five years and three months.

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ECHR Reject Prisoners Claims for Compensation Over Voting Rights

Today, 12 August 2014, the European Court of Human Rights rejected a bid by ten prisoners to gain compensation from the government for the country’s ban on prisoners voting in elections.

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Man to Admits Finding Thief Who Stole Son's iPhone Using App and Killing Him

A father has admitted to killing a theif who sole his son's iPhone during an attack in Inverclyde. Derek Grant, 38 confronted the robber Patrick Bradley on 30 August last year, after he had held up Mr Grants son and stolen his iPhone.

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Police Issue Tweet in the Hunt For #Cinderella Theif

Police in County Durham have issued a tweet to urge the public to aid them in their search for a man who left a a single shoe after attempting to steal cider from a local shop on Sunday night.

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Thirteen Suspected Paedophiles Arrested in Scotland in Latest Investigation

As part of a six-month operation carried out across the UK thirteen suspected paedophiles have been arrested in Scotland.

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Police Scotland Receive Nearly 3,000 Complaints a Year About Social Media

New figures released under freedom of information laws have revealed that almost 3,000 crimes a year linked to Facebook and Twitter are being reported to Police Scotland.

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Fatal Accident Inquiries Consultation

The Scottish Government is seeking views on proposals to modernise legislation on Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs).

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Hollywood Conman Ends Up in the Can

The owner of a film production company based in Hollywood has been jailed for three years and eight months after stealing £1.6 million in VAT from the UK taxpayer, which he used in order to live a life of luxury in America. He has also been disqualified from acting as a company director for eight years.

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European Action against Money Laundering

The European Commission has welcomed the recent agreement by the European Council to its anti-money laundering package.

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Cybercrime Tops List of Fraud Concerns

Cybercrime is one of the biggest concerns for UK businesses, according to EY’s 13th Global Fraud Survey.

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Use of Stop and Search under Review

A report containing recommendations aimed at improving the targeting, effectiveness, and transparency of the use of stop and search tactics by Police Scotland has been published by the Scottish Police Authority.

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Insurance Fraud Hits Record Level

There was an 18% increase in fraudulent insurance claims in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to recently published figures by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The total value of claims in 2013 was a record £1.3 billion, which is apparently more than double the cost the UK’s shoplifting bill.

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Men Jailed for VAT Fraud

In another recent prosecution by HMRC, three men have been jailed for over 14 years after conning several UK companies by pretending they had £15 million to spend to promote tourism in Dubai. They were apparently caught after attempting to fraudulently claim a £1.9 million VAT refund.

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HMRC Extradites Man for Money Laundering Offences

A Scottish man who was wanted in connection with a £11.6 million criminal money laundering scheme has been extradited back to Scotland from northern Cyprus, HMRC has reported.

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Managing the Risk of Benefit Fraud

A recent report from the UK Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee has warned of uncertainty over how the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will manage the housing costs element of Universal Credit without increased risks of fraud and error.

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Government Cracks Down on Banned Drivers

Tougher sentences are to be given to banned drivers who cause death or serious injury on the roads, under new measures published by the UK Government.

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Fraud attempts on the rise in financial services sector

Recently released figures from Experian have revealed a sharp rise in the number of detected and prevented fraud attempts for financial services products in the second half of 2013.

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