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An Edinburgh computer hacker and ‘dark web’ drug dealer was today sentenced to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £17,000 compensation at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

A 40 year-old man has been fined £750 for uprooting approximately 40 bin bags worth of moss from a site of special scientific interest.

At Perth Sheriff Court Joseph Stewart, from Cambridgeshire, pled guilty to the offences which took place on Methven Moss in Perthshire on the 22nd of September last year.

A retired solicitor has been fined more than £4000 for taking wild birds eggs from a nest on the Orkney Islands.

At Kirkwall Sheriff Court 73 year old William Beaton, from Devon, pled guilty to wildlife crimes carried out in late May and early June this year on Orkney.

A report on Hate Crime in Scotland 2015-16, was published today. This brings together figures on race crime, and on crime motivated by prejudice related to religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

A company based in Warwickshire has admitted health and safety offences after a heavy steel coil fell and injured an employee at their premises in Kilmarnock.

Mahle Engine Systems UK Limited, which manufactures components for motor vehicle engines, pled guilty to a contravention of Section 2(1) and Section 33(1)(a) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £5000 after the incident at Riccarton.

An assistant at an Elgin nursing home has been ordered to carry out 240 of hours of unpaid work under a Community Payback Order after being convicted of assaulting two elderly residents.

Last night, Glasgow’s Fernhill School were crowned winners of the 2016 COPFS National Public Speaking Competition in an exciting final held in the grand setting of Parliament House, on Edinburgh’s historic High Street.

A 75 year old, who was ordered to pay more than £50,000 in compensation to victims of fraud, has been given a confiscation order for more than £12,000.

A 43 year old has been sentenced to a Community Payback Order at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for using cruel animal snares as well as stealing the GPS fitted cameras that led to his arrest.

Craig Aitken pled guilty to wildlife crimes carried out in January of last year at a farm in East Lothian.

He also admitted to stealing cameras which had been placed covertly by the Scottish SPCA with the land owner’s permission.

The Appeal Court today refused the appeal against both conviction and sentence by John Docherty.