Rape reports more than double over last decade in Fife
The number of reported rapes in Fife has more than doubled in the past decade. A new report shows instances of rape and attempted rape in the region have soared from 99 in 2007/8 to 214 in 2017/18 – a 116.2% rise. Police Scotland said the figures were a “positive reflection” of how sexual crime is investigated in Fife and how closely officers are working with partners to support victims. A total of 84 of the 214 reports made last year referred to an incident that was alleged to have happened in that 12-month period, up from 64 in 2016/17 and 54 in 2007/8. The figures are detailed in a report to Fife’s environment, protective services and community safety committee. Chief Superintendent Derek McEwan told councillors: “What this report hopes to highlight is that Police Scotland are committed to tackling serious violence and rape, dedicate significant resource to this and engage fully with partners.
INVESTIGATION: Bonfire of the evidence? Crime agency accused of burning files before reporting undercover chaos to prosecutors
An elite crime-fighting agency has been accused of destroying piles of documents found at a chaotic undercover unit before prosecutors were told of potential fraud. The now-defunct Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, once billed as Scotland’s FBI, allegedly incinerated files and paperwork after a shambles was exposed in a unit managing the finances of covert operations. A detective sergeant, asked to take charge of the financial arrangements supporting officers’ undercover identities, raised the alarm after finding piles of unopened mail and unexplained documents.
Police Scotland joined forces with banks to save potential fraud victims £5.5m
An anti-fraud scheme led by police and the banking sector prevented scams worth more than £5 million last year. Under the system, bank staff are trained to spot when a customer is about to fall victim to a con, often when they ask to withdraw an unusually large sum of cash. Nineteen arrests were made through the Banking Protocol in 2018, and potential fraud victims were saved £5,490,397, Police Scotland said. Last year 815 emergency calls were logged by bank staff, triggering an officer response.
Police to target speeding motorists and drivers using their phone as part of campaign
Police Scotland will be targeting speeding motorists, those on their phone and those not wearing seatbelt as part of a campaign that starts today. The week-long campaign runs from Monday, February 11, until Sunday, February 17, and will be run by the Road Policing Division, with support from safety camera units, which will deploy mobile camera units across the country. Officers will be looking out for speeding motorists, and for drivers using mobile devices, and a particular emphasis will be on those drivers and passengers not wearing a seatbelt.