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Over £266,000 confiscated from contractors who bribed Edinburgh City Council officials

Kevin Thomas William Balmer, 54, and Brendan Cantwell, 46, were today made subject of confiscation orders totalling £95,000 and £171,223.92 respectively, having each previously been jailed for more than two years.

Victims and children at heart of domestic abuse protocol

The Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams today (Friday March 24th) launched a new Joint Protocol on Domestic Abuse.

The agreement commits Police Scotland and the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service to a consistent and robust approach to domestic abuse and recognises the significant and enduring impact which domestic abuse can have on victims and children.

Corruption leads to Proceeds of Crime payback order

One of the four men convicted of corruption and bribery at Edinburgh City Council has been ordered to pay back a five figure sum under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court, 64 year old Charles Owenson was ordered to pay back £22,000 having also previously plead guilty, in 2015, of having laundered money from bribes paid by two other men.

Rape and murder convictions gets man 22 years in prison

A 33 year old man who raped a young girl and went on to commit murder has been told he will spend 22 years in prison.

Two men fined for killing wild birds

Two men, aged 31 and 26 years-old, have been fined for killing an Oystercatcher and a Gull in two separate wildlife crime incidents last year.

26 years for Montrose murder

A 40 year old man has been sentenced to serve at least 26 years in prison following the murder of a woman in Montrose.

Jail for cup final disorder

A 39 year old has been jailed for nine months for carrying out an assault during a pitch invasion following the 2016 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park.

Plant hire manager sentenced to imprisonment

The 57 year-old manager of an access plant hire firm was sentenced to two years imprisonment today for his neglect of health and safety obligations that led to the death of one man and caused serious injury to another.

Hate Crime in Scotland, 2015-16

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.

Fernhill School wins COPFS National Public Speaking Competition 2016

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.