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Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Record number of Scots reporting crime to anonymous charity

More Scots are reporting crime to a charity which allows any tips to remain anonymous. Crimestoppers say they have received a record number of reports from the public across Scotland over the last 12 months which has led to convictions. The total calls from the Scottish public between the period of April 1, last year to March 31, this year was 12,233.

Crimestoppers say that is an increase of 21 per cent on last year, plus 9,119 pieces of information were actioned by law enforcement.

Smacking ban a step closer as justice is focus of reform bid

Smacking is more likely to be criminalised after Nicola Sturgeon confirmed she will not oppose a Green MSP’s campaign to end parents’ defence of “justifiable assault”. The First Minister has announced her minority government will not stand in the way of John Finnie’s proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill. Smacking is already banned in over 50 countries and Scotland light-touch approach has been widely condemned by children’s rights organisations.


Scots cops snoop on 36,000 mobile phones and almost 17,000 computers in three years, shock stats show

Scots cops have snooped on 36,000 mobile phones and 17,000 computers in three years, shock figures reveal. Police Scotland have a team of 56 specialists dedicated to analysing mobiles – which can take up to eight days – and more and more are being trained.

MSPs ‘should pick police authority head’

The four main opposition parties have united in a call for MSPs to be allowed to choose the next chairperson of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). Andrew Flanagan resigned from the role in June after being heavily criticised by two Holyrood committees. The Scottish government is due to interview candidates to replace Mr Flanagan next month.

But opposition parties want his successor to be appointed by the Scottish Parliament instead. In a joint letter to the justice secretary, they argued that the SPA – which is supposed to hold Police Scotland to account – needs to have “greater transparency and public accountability”.  The Police and Fire Reform Act, which created the single national police and fire services, gives responsibility for appointing the chair of the SPA to the Scottish government.

Analysis: the year in Scottish justice – a need to restore confidence

This past year has been a tough one for policing in particular, but reform is on the agenda across all areas of justice.