Violent crime up in Tayside and Fife, despite country-wide downturn in overall levels
The number of violent crimes surged across Tayside and Fife last year, despite a drop in the overall rate. Dundee recorded an increase of more than 22% in non-sexual violent crimes, while in Perth and Kinross the rise was 26%. In Angus and Fife the levels went up by 5.5% and 12.4%. Across Scotland, there was a 10% rise in the category, prompting justice secretary Humza Yousuf to announce a study into repeat victims of violence. Sexual crimes fell by 15% in Fife and 14% in Dundee but rose by more than 8.7% in Angus and by 26.4% in Perth and Kinross. The number of overall crimes reduced by 2.1% across Tayside and Fife and 2.8% nationally, with 1,486 fewer incidents recorded this year than last. Perth and Kinross recorded the highest homicide rate in the region, with five deaths. Dundee had three, Angus two and Fife three.
Scotland’s chief constable suggested policing sectarian parades is unsustainable
Scotland’s chief constable has suggested policing sectarian parades has become unsustainable amid heightened tensions. Iain Livingstone yesterday told his ruling watchdog too many of his officers were being dragged away from their normal duties this marching season. The chief and one if his deputies, Northern Ireland veteran Will Kerr, also railed against “utterly unacceptable” violence against police. Earlier this month six parades – Republican and Loyalist – were banned by Glasgow City Council amid concerns over public safety.
Major new study to look at violent offending in Scotland
Scotland’s Justice Secretary has announced plans for major research to look into violent crime. In an announcement coinciding with the publication of recorded crime statistics, Humza Yousaf said the 16-month project will focus on those who are repeat victims of violent crime, in particular those living in some of the most deprived areas of Scotland.
Record number of sex crimes reported to police in Scotland
The number of sexual crimes reported to police in Scotland has risen by 8% to the highest level on record, new statistics show. Figures published by the Scottish Government show a jump of 1060 reports of sexual crimes between 2017-18 and 2018-19. The statistics continue an upward shift in the number investigated by police, which has shot up by 108% since 2009-10.
Violent crime in Scotland rises for fourth year in a row
Violent crime in Scotland has risen for the fourth year in a row while the proportion of offenders being caught has dropped, figures have shown. The 10 per cent increase, as well as the number of sexual offences jumping by 8 per cent to the highest level on record, fuelled the second year-on-year overall rise in crime in a row.
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Scottish crime rates rise for a second year in a row – according to the latest stats
Recorded crimes rose for the second year in a row, official figures revealed. Stats published by the Scottish Government show reported offences went up in 2018/19 by one per cent from 244,504 to 246,480. The increase was largely driven by a ten per cent jump in violent crime, which hit its highest level for seven years, and an eight per cent rise in offences of a sexual nature.
Police hunting Sectarian thugs who lobbed flare during Republican parade injuring officer
Police are hunting two thugs who threw a flare which injured an officer during Sectarian clashes in Glasgow earlier this month. Cops have released CCTV images as they bid to trace the yobs responsible. Ugly scenes erupted as Loyalist protesters met Republican marches on the Broomielaw on September 7. One cop was hurt after being hit by a flare as yobs chucked fireworks at the parade. And now officers are trying to track down the two men involved.