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A further 150 reasons not to drink and drive

19 Aug 2014

More than 150 drink drivers in Scotland had their motor vehicles seized then sold or scrapped between April 2013 and March 2014. Court Orders for vehicle forfeiture included small hatchback cars, luxury saloons, high performance cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, vans and also a motorcycle.

If anyone suspects someone of drink driving, or attempting to drink and drive, they can contact their local police office on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  They can also dial 999 in an emergency.

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Domestic abuse charges reported in 2013-14

18 Aug 2014

COPFS figures published today show a notable increase in the number of domestic abuse charges reported in 2013-14 by Police Scotland and a corresponding rise in the number of charges marked for court proceedings. The data was extracted in June 2014, and reflects the position at that date.


Life sentence for first ‘Cold Case’ murder conviction in Scotland

06 Aug 2014

John Docherty was indicted in January this year for the 1986 murder of sixteen year-old Elaine Doyle. This was the first indictment to be served for an unresolved homicide following an investigation led by the Crown Office Cold Case Unit (CCU). Today at Glasgow High Court Docherty was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said the sentence ends a long search for justice for the Doyle family.


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