June 3, 2020

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and playing on the fears of businesses and the public, Scotland’s Serious Organised Crime Taskforce has heard.

Organised crime groups are now focusing on targeting those most vulnerable at home and in the care sector, including:

  • a number of reports of people knocking doors and offering to disinfec...

April 22, 2020

Kenneth Gibson MSP has urged people to be vigilant following an increase in reports of scams across Scotland.

There is evidence that fraudsters are increasingly targeting the public and organisations of all sizes with emails, texts, telephone calls, social media messages and online shopping scams relating to the outbreak.

Police Scotland...

March 31, 2020

The safety and well-being of women and children at risk of experiencing violence during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is being supported with funds for key organisations.

Grants from the SNP Government’s £350 million Communities Fund have been made to Scottish Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland to ensure key support services are maintaine...

November 15, 2019

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP has demanded that the Treasury pay back £175 million taken from Scottish police and fire services.

The organisations became liable for VAT after merging from regional into national bodies in 2013 – though no other territorial police services in the UK had to pay.

The Scottish bodies paid £35 million a year in the...

August 30, 2019

The SNP Government has published an Analysis Report of views expressed through its consultation on legislative proposals to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault. 

The consultation, ran from 15 February to 08 May this year and set out proposals on introducing direct statutory functions on NHS boards to...

July 29, 2019

Kenneth Gibson MSP has called on the new UK Tory Government to refund the £125 million paid by Police Scotland in VAT between 2013 and 2018.

VAT was not imposed on any other UK force over those five years.

Kenneth, who raised this issue in the Scottish Parliament, said the Prime Minister is “playing catch up" with the SNP on policing.

Home Office f...

June 7, 2019

Police recorded crime figures reveal that over the past decade under the SNP Government, serious assault and attempted murder cases fell by more than half in North Ayrshire, and by 38% across Scotland.

The number of violent crimes in North Ayrshire fell from 217 in 2008/09 to 107 in 2017/18.

A separate study into the age and gender of those convic...

May 18, 2019

On Thursday, Kenneth asked Community Safety Minister Ash Denham MSP how many police officers are currently deployed in Ayrshire and how the impact of the increase in officers on crime levels in Ayrshire.

She replied that there were 826 officers in the Ayrshire division, supported by 1,512 officers who are deployed across the west region and by...

February 25, 2019

The SNP has called for a £175 million VAT debt to be repaid, after analysis found that five years of non-refunded VAT paid to the UK government by Scotland’s territorial police service – which no other territorial police services in the UK had to pay - could have paid for the training of nearly 2,000 new police officers. And this does not includ...

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