Victims of honour-based abuse in Tayside and Fife urged to speak out
Victims of “honour” based abuse in Tayside and Fife have been encouraged to reach out for support. The call comes as police figures show a spike in cases in 2016 has been largely maintained in the following years. Across Scotland, 131 incidents of honour-based abuse took place. In 2015, there were 104 cases. The police stats come with the caveat that there is no statutory crime of honour-based abuse in Scotland, but that it is an aggravator for other crimes. As such, the incidents recorded indicate a concern for someone, and do not necessarily mean a crime has been committed. In Tayside and Fife there were 13 reports of such incidents last year, compared to seven in 2015.
Moray ‘ahead of game’ on domestic violence
Moray is “ahead of the game” in progressing Scottish Government-led changes to tackle the scourge of domestic abuse, say police. The well-attended Moray Violence Against Women and Girls conference (VAWG) was held at Moray College UHI on Tuesday, providing a rounded picture of collaborative efforts to deal with what was once a “hidden” crime. Attendees heard that 20 per cent of police time was spent on dealing with domestic abuse – with around 60,000 reports of domestic violence every year. It was a landmark day for Moray Partnership, which launched its multi-agency VAWG strategy and action plan in support of the Scottish Government’s Equally Safe agenda to prevent violence against women and young girls.
Councillors express concern over rising number of fraud incidents reported in Dundee
Councillors in Dundee have expressed concern over the rising number of frauds reported in the city, with figures currently sitting at 50% higher than the national average. Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd, Tayside’s most senior police officer, told members of Dundee’s community safety and public protection committee there had been a 58% rise in cases reported between April and September compared to the same period in 2018. The latest figures, presented in Police Scotland’s quarterly report for Dundee, show an increase in the number of reports of fraud from 148 to 235, equivalent to 15.85 incidents for every 10,000 people living in the city. The increase is being partly put down to a change in the way incidents of suspected fraud are recorded.
Conservatives promise to give police “greater” stop and search powers
Ahead of the December 12 general election, prime minister Boris Johnson has promised that the police will be provided with “greater freedoms” to use stop and search tactics against known knife carriers. Speaking in Manchester, Johnson said he wanted to “come down hard” on knife crime, adding that extending stop and search powers “will deter young people who have been convicted of carrying from getting back involved in that kind of life again”. Police currently reserve the right to stop and search individuals if they suspect that they may commit a violent offence.