Scottish rural theft costs leap up by 62%
RURAL CRIME cost Scotland more than £1.5 million last year, a bill up by a worrying 62.2% from 2017. This revelation came in the 2019 Rural Crime Report, published by rural insurer NFU Mutual, which recorded that rural crime cost the United Kingdom £50m over the course of 2018, the highest overall cost in seven years. While Scotland’s crime bill started from a much lower base than the national figure, that 62.2% hike is a worrying trend in comparison with the national average increase of 12% on the previous year. NFU Mutual said that the sharp rise was being driven mainly by high value thefts of tractors, quad bikes and other farm vehicles, with farm tools and fuel also favourites of the thieves.
Low levels of crime at Belladrum
More than 20 drug offences were detected by police at the Highlands’ biggest music festival which ended on Saturday. This year’s headline acts at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival – which had a capacity of 20,000 – included Elbow, Chvrches, Lewis Capaldi and Tom Odell. Singer Jess Glynne brought the festival to a close on Saturday night. Police Scotland said “the vast majority of people” had made the event “an overwhelmingly positive experience.” “Very low levels of offences have been reported, including five incidents of alcohol related disorder, five thefts and one unauthorised use of a drone. A total of 21 drug related offences have also been been detected and reports will be submitted in due course,” said the force.
Edinburgh boss reveals staff witness drug overdoses outside shop
Michele Civiera, who runs Civerinos on Hunter Square, wants police to do more to help shed the city’s ‘Trainspotting image’. The owner of a popular pizzeria in the Scots capital says cops need to do more to tackle anti-social behaviour – after witnessing people taking overdoses outside his restaurant. Michele Civiera, who runs the Italian restaurant group Civerinos, has struggled to deal with rowdy revellers at Hunter Square in Edinburgh’s Old Town. The fed up restauranteur said staff are witnessing people taking drug overdoses and the bathrooms were even broken into while they worked upstairs.