Drug deaths soar in England and Wales to record levels as stats show addiction crisis
Drug deaths in England and Wales have rocketed to record levels, prompting demands that the Tory Government reverses catastrophic cuts in services. New figures have made it clear that aspects of the crisis being felt most acutely in Scotland are also causing misery south of the Border. The Daily Record has backed decriminalising the use of drugs while maintaining a hard line on drug dealers and ensuring more addicts are diverted into treatment.
The cost of rural crime in Scotland is on the rise
Rural crime in Scotland has risen by 62 per cent in a year, according to the latest figures from insurer NFU Mutual.
In its 2019 Rural Crime Report, NFU Mutual looks at the impact that crime is having on rural communities up and down the country.
The latest figures show that rural crime cost Scotland £1.57 million last year, a rise of 62.2 per cent from 2017.
Overall, the insurer’s claims figures reveal that rural crime cost the UK £50m in 2018, an increase of 12 per cent on the previous year and the highest overall cost in seven years.