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Scottish Government policy on lowering drink drive alcohol limit: changes now in force

2014 December 18
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by Mary Munro


“Drink Driving in Scotland – Problems When the Law Outpaces Technology” Scots Law Blog
“New drink driving limit has a positive impact” Herald

Following posted on 8.12.14

“Politicians: New drink drive law ‘a diversion’” Scottish Express
“Scotland sets example to UK on drink driving limits” Herald
“Prosecutors drop convention of not pursuing drink-drivers just over limit” Herald
“Legal expert hails new drink drink limit” Herald
“Scotland cuts drink-drive alcohol limit” BBC
“Drink-drive limit cut across Scotland prompting police to warn drivers who cross the border if they have had one drink they could be over the limit” Daily Record
“Drink-drive limit cut in Scotland” Scotsman
“Reduced drink-drive limit ‘will save lives’” Scotsman
“Stricter drink-drive limit comes into force in Scotland” Guardian
“Scottish police begin enforcing new drink-drive limit north of the border” Telegraph

Following posted on 19.11.14

“Scots drink-drive limits bring warnings at Border” Scotsman
“Sober at the wheel in England, but over the limit north of border: Tightened drink-drive laws in Scotland ‘could catch drivers unaware'” Scottish Daily Mail
“Holyrood approves new lower drink-drive limit to ‘make roads safer'” STV
“MSPs agree drink-drive limit change following debate” BBC
“MacAskill refuses to cut drink drive penalties” Herald
“Signs at Border to warn of new drink-drive limit” Herald
“Room for confusion over the new drink-drive limit” Herald

Following posted on 24.10.14

“Morning-after motorists may be over limit under new laws” Herald
“Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit” BBC
“Drivers who drink as little as one pint of beer could end up in dock under plans to lower drink-drive limit” Daily Record
“Scottish drink-drive limit to be reduced” Telegraph
“Scotland drink-drive limit to be reduced” Guardian
“Scotland to cut drink drive limit in time for Christmas after 1 in 10 road deaths are linked to alcohol” Scottish Daily Mail
“Scots drink-drive limit to be lowered from 5 December” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 25.8.14

“Plans to cut drink-drive limit by Christmas under threat” Herald

Following posted on 3.6.14

“New drink drive legislation in Scotland could see a single pint put motorists over the limit” Daily Record

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‘Clare’s Law’ domestic abuse disclosure in Scotland: pilot underway

2014 December 17
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by Mary Munro


“Women check up on partners in ‘Clare’s Law’ pilot” Scotsman
“Police receive 15 requests in domestic abuse partner check” STV

Following posted on 20.11.14

“Fitting response to tackle violence against women” Herald
“Clare’s Law to be launched in Scotland” Scotsman
“Victim’s father hails Scots ‘Clare’s Law’” Scotsman
“Pilot Clare’s Law to help end violence towards women” Herald
“The fightback against domestic abuse: Clare’s Law pilot begins here today” Herald
“Clare’s Law pilot introduced in Aberdeen and Ayrshire” BBC
“Hope for ‘Clare’s Law’ ahead of Aberdeen and Ayrshire pilot” BBC
“Clare’s Law pilot scheme to tackle domestic abuse to be launched in Ayrshire and Aberdeen” Daily Record
“Pilot scheme for ‘Clare’s Law’ system to tackle domestic abuse” STV

Following posted on 1.11.14

“Clare’s Law to reveal history of alleged domestic violence” Herald

Following posted on 19.8.14

Fronts in the campaign against domestic abuse Herald
“Clare’s Law trial to allow violent partner checks” Herald
?Clare’s Law on domestic abuse to be piloted in Aberdeen, Ayrshire” Herald
“Aberdeen and Ayrshire to pilot ‘Clare’s Law’ to tackle domestic violence” BBC
“Pilot areas for abuse scheme” Courier
“Scots test run of Clare’s Law to warn of domestic abuse threat” Scottish Express
“”Clare’s law” pilot areas confirmed” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 24.6.14

“Clare’s Law scheme could save lives” Scotsman
“‘Clare’s Law’ pilot group to meet” Herald
“‘Clare’s Law’ pilot group to meet” Courier
“First meeting of ‘Clare’s Law’ pilot group”

Following posted on 9.5.14

“Clare’s Law Scottish pilot will bid to cut domestic violence” Herald
“Steps to tackle domestic violence are welcome” Herald
“Scotland to pilot ‘Clare’s Law’ to tackle domestic violence” BBC
“Scottish ‘Clare’s Law’ to tackle domestic abuse” Scotsman
“Need for caution on domestic abuse measure” Scotsman
“People given right to know if partner has domestic abuse history” STV
“Law will expose thugs who beat up their partners” Scottish Express
“Scotland to pilot Clare’s Law to identify domestic abusers” Telegraph
“Scotland should look deeper than Clare’s law when tackling domestic violence” The Conversation

Following posted on 28.3.14

“Scotland needs a Clare’s Law right now, says Tory leader Davidson” Herald

Following posted on 3.9.13

“Clare’s Law alone would not keep women safe from harm” Herald

Following posted on 1.9.13

“Kenny MacAskill supports abuse law in Scotland” Scotsman

Following posted on 20.5.13

“Ministers rule out Clare’s Law” Herald
“Superintendents to back Clare’s Law” Law Society Journal Online
“Violent men: A woman’s right to know” Scotsman
“No hiding place for abusive men” Scotsman
“Women could be told of men’s violent pasts” Herald

Press release

“New crackdown on domestic abuse” Scot. Gov. (December 2014)

“Domestic abuse pilot areas announced” Scot. Gov. (August 2014)

“Multi-agency group to progress Scottish ‘Clare’s Law’ pilot” Police Scotland (June 2014)

Extraordinary rendition and Scotland: some headlines 2005 to present

2014 December 17
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by Mary Munro


“Scottish Police to seek details of US Senate report on CIA torture” Herald
“Scottish prosecutors order police to ‘consider’ US Senate’s report on CIA torture” Herald
“Police Scotland to examine CIA torture report” BBC
“Police Scotland to study US Senate report into CIA torture” Press and Journal
“US torture report probed by Scots police looking into CIA flights” STV
“No easy answers on US rendition flights” Scotsman

Following posted on 28.5.14

“Police must attempt to get a copy of rendition report” Scotsman

Following posted on 20.12.13

“Inquiry finds evidence UK involved in suspect rendition” Herald
“MPs take over inquiry into use of Scottish airports for CIA flights” STV

Following posted on 10.6.13

“Scotland’s stand over CIA torture flights must be seen through” Guardian

Following posted on 7.6.13

“MacDonald’s praise over rendition action” Herald
“Top Scottish prosecutor wants rendition planes inquiry” Courier
“Urgent probe ordered into new illegal rendition claims” Press and Journal
“Questions that must be answered on rendition” Herald
“Police probe ordered into Scots torture-flight claims” Herald
“Rendition flights claim to be investigated by Police Scotland” BBC

Following posted on 6.6.13

“Action on US rendition claim” Press and Journal

“Plea to examine rendition data” Herald
“‘Conclusive proof’ CIA torture flights landed at Scottish airports” STV
“‘New proof of city link to CIA torture flights’” Press and Journal
“Dundee and Leuchars used by planes linked to CIA rendition flights” Courier
“Probe urged over Scottish role in rendition flights” Scotsman
“SNP demands answers over alleged CIA torture planes” Press and Journal
“Scottish airports ‘used for rendition flights'” Herald
“North Scottish airports ‘used for rendition flights'” BBC

“I am aware of the information that was provided by the rendition project involving researchers at the University of Kent and Kingston University. I consider that that information—and any other information that is additional to that considered by the police in 2007—should be the subject of police consideration. I will therefore ask Police Scotland to give consideration to that information.” Frank Mullholland, Lord Advocate, Law Officers’ Questions Scottish Parliament 5.6.13

Following posted on 5.2.13

“Prestwick Airport “crucial staging post” in rendition and torture” The Firm Magazine
“CIA rendition report author believes UK could face human rights court” Guardian
“Rendition: How 54 nations – and ‘Axis of Evil’ – cooperated with CIA in wake of 9/11″ Independent

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Development of policy and responses to historic and institutional abuse of children. Inquiry announced.

2014 December 17
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by Mary Munro


“Inquiry announced for child abuse in Scots care” Scotsman
“National inquiry into historic child sex abuse in Scotland announced” STV
“Pledge to bring Scotland’s child abusers to justice”
Scottish Express
“Defending the victims of abuse: Minister announces public inquiry” Herald
“Sex abuse survivors deserve facts” Scotsman
“Historical abuse inquiry announced by Scottish government” BBC
“Scotland to get public inquiry into historical institutional child abuse”

Following posted on 10.11.14

“Child sex abuse inquiry planned for Scotland” Scotsman
“Scotland set to get child abuse inquiry” Scottish Express

Following posted on 28.10.14

“Survivors of historic child abuse slam ministers for failing to commit to full-scale public inquiry into scandal” Daily Record

Following posted on 14.08.14

“Child sex abuse victims demand public inquiry into historic allegations during meeting with Holyrood ministers” Daily Record

Following posted on 27.05.14

“Victims call for public inquiry into historical sex abuse allegations in residential schools across Scotland” Daily Record

Following posted on 14.05.14

“Welcome move on part of Church” Herald
“Traumatised Scot tells of horrific abuse as a child at the hands of priests at residential school” Daily Record
“Priest dismissed after being found guilty of ‘canonical offences'” STV

Following posted on 30.04.14

“Inquiry into cases of sexual abuse in homes” Herald
“Labour MSP set to make fresh calls for public inquiry into historic abuse in children’s care homes” Daily Record
“Record View: Time to show home abuse victims we care” Daily Record

Following posted on 11.2.14

“Special teams ‘should probe historic child abuse’” Scotsman

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Votes for prisoners: UK Supreme Court judgment on referendum vote

2014 December 17
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by Mary Munro


“Judges backing for prisoners referendum voting human rights claim” STV

Following posted on 26.9.14

“UK’s threat to quit ‘led Euro court to back down on votes for prisoners': Strasbourg runs scared as it puts issue off until September” Scottish Daily Mail

Following posted on 12.8.14

“When X should mark the spot for prisoners” Herald
“European Court of Human Rights: prison vote ban breached rights” Herald
“The Guardian view on voting rights for prisoners” Guardian
“UK prisoners denied the vote should not be paid compensation, ECHR rules” Guardian
“Cameron warned over ‘sabre-rattling’ with European court of human rights” Guardian
“Prisoners win human rights claim, but no damages, over voting rights” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 30.7.14

“The Supreme Court upholds referendum ban on prisoner voting” UK Supreme Court Blog

Following posted on 28.7.14

“It’s inhuman that prisoners are denied a vote” Guardian
“Which is hereby pronounced for doom” Lallands Peat Worrier

Following posted on 25.7.14

“Prisoners and the right to vote” Herald
“Scottish independence: Killers fail to get referendum vote” BBC
“Independence: Murderers lose court battle for vote” Scotsman
“Prisoners lose Supreme Court bid to overturn referendum vote ban” STV
“Prisoners’ appeal to vote in Scottish independence referendum rejected” Independent
“Killers lose bid to vote in Scottish independence referendum” Telegraph
“Scottish prisoners refused right to vote in referendum by supreme court” Guardian
“Prisoners lose final appeal on referendum voting rights” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 4.7.14

“Scottish independence: Killers fail to win referendum vote” BBC
“Scottish independence: Killers lose vote battle” Scotsman
“Scottish Independence: Killers lose bid to vote” Evening News
“Murderer loses legal fight to vote in referendum” Press and Journal
“Appeal court affirms referendum prisoner voting ban” Law Society Journal Online
“#Indyref Prison Blues” Lallands Peat Worrier

Following posted on 19.12.13

“Murderers lose legal bid for right to vote in independence referendum” Daily Record
“Prisoners fail to overturn ban on voting in Scottish independence referendum” Guardian
“Scottish independence: prisoners’ vote rejected” Scotsman
“Prisoners lose challenge to referendum voting bar” Law Society Journal Online
“Murderers lose legal battle over voting in 2014 poll” Herald
“Scottish independence: Killers lose referendum vote bid” BBC
“Scottish Independence: Murderers lose bid to vote” Evening News

Following posted on 18.12.13

“Taking all these conclusions into account, we recommend that the Government introduce a Bill at the start of the 2014-15 session, which should provide that all prisoners serving sentences of 12 months or less should be entitled to vote in all UK parliamentary, local and European elections; and moreover that prisoners should be entitled to apply, up to 6 months before their scheduled release date, to be registered to vote in the constituency into which they are due to be released.” Joint Committee on the Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill – First Report

“Prisoners serving less than a year should be allowed to vote, says Parliamentary committee” Independent
“MPs back giving vote to prisoners” Herald
“Short-term prisoners should have the vote, committee says” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 20.11.13

“Convicted killers bid for independence referendum vote” Law Society Journal Online
“Scotland’s referendum is not democratic if prisoners are excluded” Guardian

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Criminal Proceedings in Scottish Courts from 2002-3: media comment, press releases and documents

2014 December 16
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by Mary Munro

People by charge proved and main penalty 2004-14Update

“4% rise in the number of people taken to court in Scotland” Herald
“Police Scotland accused of waging war on motorists after crackdown sends convictions soaring” Daily Record
“Police accused of war on motorists as convictions for traffic offences rise” Scottish Express
“Police Scotland accused of picking on ‘easy target’ drivers” Telegraph
“Sex crimes convictions in Scotland soar by a fifth” Scotsman
“Recorded sexual crimes reach 43-year high”

“Rape conviction rate drops” Herald

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Double jeopardy and re-investigation of World’s End murders: Sinclair convicted

2014 December 14
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by Mary Munro


“World’s End Murders: The system failed Helen Scott, Christine Eadie and their families, says ex-police chief Tom Wood” Daily Record

“Angus Sinclair was first serial killer Frank Mulholland questioned in court: ‘At times it was chilling’ “ Daily Record

“World’s End Murder Trial – Finding the Balance in Double Jeopardy” Scots Law Blog
“High Court releases “World’s End” double jeopardy ruling” Law Society Journal Online

“World’s End Trial: Scotland’s top prosecutor vows to put serial killer Angus Sinclair back in dock for five unsolved murders” Daily Record
“World’s End murder trial: Mammoth hunt to find serial killer proves justice has no sell-by date in Scotland” Daily Record

Following posted on 14.10.14

“World’s End murder trial opens in Edinburgh” Herald
“World’s End murders: Man on trial over 1977 deaths” BBC
“World’s End murder trial: Man denies beating, raping and strangling teenagers Christine Eadie and Helen Scott 37 years ago” Daily Record
“World’s End jury shown ‘disturbing’ images” Evening News
“Man goes on trial accused of World’s End murders 37 years ago” STV
“Jury shown photographs of teenage victims in World’s End murder trial” Scottish Express

Following posted on 26.6.14

“World’s End murders: Angus Sinclair’s retrial date set” BBC
“Date set for re-trial of man cleared of 1977 World’s End murders” STV

Following posted on 15.4.14

“Man faces new trial over 1977 World’s End murders” Herald
“World’s End murders: Angus Sinclair could face retrial” BBC
“World’s End pub murders: Angus Sinclair could face retrial over 1977 deaths of teenagers Christine Eadie and Helen Scott” Daily Record
“Man cleared of World’s End murders faces retrial after court ruling” STV

Following posted on 2.10.13

“Retrial bid in first case since end of double jeopardy” Herald

Following posted on 15.5.13

“World’s End: Decision on Angus Sinclair retrial to be made in autum” STV
“Date set for World’s End hearing” Herald
“World’s End murders: Hearing to decide if Angus Sinclair will face retrial” BBC

Following posted on 6.2.13

“Second World’s End Murder trial to take place following changes to the double-jeopardy law” Daily Record
“World’s End murders: Angus Sinclair trial attempt” Scotsman
“World’s End trial No2 in KO bid” Scottish Sun
“World’s End murder accused opposes double jeopardy re-trial bid” STV
“Sinclair opposes World’s End retrial” Herald

Following posted on 21.12.12

“World’s End killings: Angus Sinclair could face second trial over 1977 murders” Daily Record
“World’s End accused faces trial… again” Scottish Sun
“Tougher test of evidence under double jeopardy than in first-time trial” Scotsman
“Bid to try World’s End murder suspect again” Scottish Express
“Application lodged to retry Angus Sinclair for World’s End murders” STV
“”World’s End” murders to be retried under two trials law” The Firm Magazine
“Retrial made possible by law change” Herald
“Prosecutors move for Angus Sinclair to face second World’s End trial” BBC
“Victim’s father welcomes double jeopardy changes” Herald

Following posted on 15.3.12

“Man cleared of World’s End murders of two girls could stand trial again under double jeopardy laws” Daily Record
“World’s End murders accused set for retrial” Scotsman
“World’s End murder accused may face trial for second time” Scottish Express
“Sinclair could face retrial over World’s End murders” Herald
“Crown in Angus Sinclair World’s End retrial move” BBC
“World’s End killings: new police probe” Scottish Sun
“Double jeopardy & the World’s End case… “ Lallands Peat Worrier

Press releases

“Crown Applies to Retry Angus Sinclair under Double Jeopardy Legislation” COPFS (December 2012)
“‘World’s End’ Murders Reinvestigated under Double Jeopardy Legislation” COPFS (March 2012)

See also

Application under the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011 by HMA v Angus Robertson Sinclair (March 2014)

Chhokhar murder: Crown granted application for retrial

2014 December 12
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“Chhokar accused appears in court” Evening Times

Following posted on 28.11.14

“Surjit Singh Chhokar accused could face new trial” Scotsman
“Landmark ruling brings fresh hope for dying father” Herald
“Surjit Singh Chhokar: Prosecutors granted permission to retry man accused of murdering waiter in 1998″ Daily Record

Following posted on 2.6.13

“Police confirm Surjit Singh Chhokar murder case remains open and detectives have spent the past 18 months investigating it” Daily Record
“Man who was controversially cleared of murdering waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar breaks cover to face fresh claims of violence” Daily Record

Following posted on 5.5.14

“New Chhokar case trial bid lodged” Herald
“Prosecutors in bid to secure fresh Chhokar murder trial” Herald
“Justice and the Chhokar case” Herald
“Three men cleared of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar more than 15 years ago could stand trial again under double jeopardy legislation” Daily Record
“Trio facing retrial under double-jeopardy law” Scotsman
“Chhokar murder: Crown wants to retry three men acquitted of killing” BBC
“Crown to apply for retrial of three men acquitted of Chhokar murder” STV

Following posted on 30.1.12

“A chance for justice to heal this painful wound” Scotsman
“Surjit Singh Chhokar prosecutors target duo in bid to put prime suspect in dock” Daily Record
“”Second chance” for Crown Office as Chokhar case reopened” The Firm Magazine
“Chhokar case to be reviewed under “double jeopardy” exemption” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 27.1.12

“Police reopen murder inquiry into death of Surjit Singh Chhokar” STV
“Reopen Surjit Singh Chhokar murder case, top law official tells Strathclyde Police” Daily Record
“Racist murder of Sikh waiter to be reinvestigated after 10-year campaign” Guardian
“Surjit Singh Chhokar murder: Family hopes justice is still possible” Scotsman
“Family’s new hope for Chhokar justice” Scottish Sun
“‘Scotland’s Stephen Lawrence’ case to be re-opened” Independent
“Chhokar family given hope of justice at last” Scottish Express
“Police ordered to reopen Chhokar murder inquiry” Herald
“Chhokar murder: Lord Advocate orders new probe into 1998 killing” BBC

Following posted on 23.1.12

“Prime suspect in Surjit Singh Chhokar murder set for retrial after 13 years” Daily Record
“Chhokhar retrial not ruled out” Herald

“Sister of murdered waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar begs authorities to bring his killers to justice” Daily Record
“Stephen Lawrence verdict could prompt fresh look at Scottish racist murder” Guardian
“Surjit Singh Chhokar murder: ‘Justice for Surjit is my father’s last wish’” Scotsman
“Family of ‘Scotland’s Stephen Lawrence’ make plea for justice” Independent
“Chhokar family’s appeal for justice 13 years after murder” STV
“Chhokar family ‘let down by the legal system'” Herald

Following posted on 16.1.12

“Law chief in pledge to meet murdered waiter Surjit Sing Chhokar’s family over fresh prosecution bid” Daily Record
“Prime suspects refuse to talk as Surjit Singh Chhokar’s family launch bid for fresh murder trial” Daily Record
“Chhokar murder must be visibly pursued” Scotsman
“Law chief to meet family seeking justice for son after 13 years of pain” Scotsman
“Lord Advocate to meet Chhokar family 13 years after murder” STV
“Chokhar family to make Parliamentary appeal for “double jeapardy” investigation” The Firm Magazine
“Law chief to meet murder victim’s family” Herald
“The Chhokar family speak out about their long fight for the truth over the death of Surjit Singh Chhokar 13 years ago” Herald
“Call for justice in case of murdered waiter” Herald
“Law chief to meet Chhokar family” BBC

Following posted on 11.1.12

“Pressure mounts in Chhokar case” Herald

Following posted on 9.1.12

“Family of murdered waiter given new hope by Stephen Lawrence trial verdict” Daily Record
“Chhokar family call for new inquiry” Scotsman
“Call to re-open case of murdered waiter” Scotsman
“Pressure mounts on Crown Office as former senior policeman calls for Chokhar case to be reinvestigated” The Firm Magazine
“Reopen ‘Scotland’s Stephen Lawrence’ case, says ex-police chief and lawyer” Herald
“Call to reopen 1998 Chhokar murder case” BBC
“Family ask to meet law chief in hunt for justice” Scottish Express

Following posted on 5.1.12

“”Institutional racism still at the heart of our system” says Chokhar lawyer” The Firm Magazine
“Stephen Lawrence, Chokhar and Hadrian’s judicial wall” The Firm Magazine
“Some, but not full, justice for the Lawrence family” Herald
“Justice at all costs – no matter how long it takes” Scotsman

“Now solve these… Two of Stephen Lawrence’s killers are behind bars. But for other families, the wait for justice goes on” Independent

Press releases

“Crown applies to retry Ronnie Coulter, Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery under Double Jeopardy Legislation” COPFS (May 2014)

“Surjit Singh Chhokar Murder to be Reinvestigated by Strathclyde Police Under Double Jeopardy Legislation” COPFS (January 2012)
“Crown Agent Defends Prosecution Service’s Handling Of Hate Crime” COPFS (January 2012)

Homicide in Scotland statistics from 2002: 2013-14 bulletin published

2014 December 10
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Trends in selected crimes of violence 1 , Scotland, 2004 - 05 to 20 1 3 - 14
“Scottish homicide figures at lowest recorded levels” BBC
“Homicide toll hits record low as “booze and blades” culture declines” Herald
“Scotland’s murder rate down to record low” Scotsman
“Number of homicide cases in Scotland fell 5% last year to new low” STV

“40% increase in murders after spate of city killings” Evening Times

Following posted on 6.10.13

“Scotland’s violent death rate ‘at record low’” Courier
“Killings fall to new low in Scotland” Evening Times
“Homicide figures drop to record low in Scotland” Telegraph
“Scotland still top of British murder rates despite record fall in violent deaths” Scottish Express
“Murder rate at lowest since 1976″ Herald
“Homicides fall to lowest level since records began four decades ago” STV
“Is Scotland becoming a safer place to live?” STV

Following posted on 7.11.12

“Glasgow homicide cases drop to just 15 a year” Evening Times
“Stranger murder myth dispelled” Herald
“Homicide cases fall by 11% with young men still most likely accused” Daily Record
“Murders fall but Scotland still sees one killing very four days” Scotsman
“Homicide figures down 11%” Law Society Journal Online
“Number of killings in Scotland falls” BBC

Following posted on 15.12.11

“Average Scottish killer is a drunk young man with a knife who knows his victim” Daily Record
“Homicides in Scotland on the rise as figures show most killers are under influence of drink or drugs” Daily Record
“A killing every four days as Scottish murder toll rises” Scotsman
“Demands for new knife crackdown as death rate rises” Scottish Express
“Scottish murder rate rises to almost 100 in last year” STV
“Murder toll leaps by a fifth” Scottish Sun
“Over half of Scottish murders involve alcohol” Newsnet Scotland
“Alcohol link as Scots murder rate rises 19%” Herald
“Alcohol takes deadly toll on more than one front” Herald
“Homicide rate in Scotland increases by 19%” BBC

Following posted on 15.12.10

“Homicide rate in Scotland falls to lowest rate in 30 years with 78 killings in past year” Daily Record
“Scottish homicide rate at lowest in a generation” Evening News
“Murder rate static in Fife and Tayside, amid national low” Courier
“Murder rate falls … but we still top homicide league” Evening Times
“Fatal stabbings down 40% as killing rate hits a 31–year low” Herald
“Cracking down on Scotland’s knife culture after ‘too many lives lost’” Scotsman
“Murder rate in Scotland at its lowest since late 70s” Scotsman
“‘Homicide rates fluctuate, so this could be just a blip’” Scotsman
“Call for SNP to get tough on blade and booze crime” Express
“Number of killings at lowest level for 30 years” STV
“Scotland named murder capital of Britain” Telegraph
“Scotland’s murder rate lowest for 31 years” BBC

Following posted on 24.2.10

“Knife homicides reach a record high in Scotland” Courier
“Knife remains most common weapon for committing murder in Scotland” Daily Record
“Knives ‘most commonly–used murder weapon in Scotland’” Evening News
“Knives used in more than half Scotland’s killings” Herald
“Half of all Scottish murders committed with blades” Scotsman
“Calls to jail knife thugs as stabbing deaths soar” Express
“Record knife killings in Scotland” Telegraph
“Knives used in record number of killings” STV
“Knife killing at record high rate” BBC
“Scourge of knife crime blamed for 57 murders” Press and Journal

Following posted on 17.12.08

““Bevvy and blades” culture takes its toll” Courier
“Murder on the rise in Tayside and Fife” Courier
“Rise in murders in Fife sees figure at five–year high” Courier
“Drink and drugs are linked to half of killings in Scotland last year” Herald
“MacAskill to challenge ‘bevy and blades culture’”
“Homicides in Scotland decrease but knife deaths up” Herald
“SNP vows to get tough on knife and drinking culture” Press and Journal
“‘Blades and bevvy’ role in deaths” BBC
“Drop in number of homicides in Scotland” STV
“Drop in Scots murders” Evening Times

Following posted on 19.12.07

“Fife’s homicide rate highest for decade” Courier
“Violence-buster needs plenty of ammunition” Evening News
“‘It will take a great deal to shift attitudes on violence and alcohol'” Evening News
“Latest statistics reveal rise in number of killings in Scotland” Herald
“Booze-and-blades culture” Herald

“Murder rate rises”
“Homicide Rate Soars By 26%” Daily Record
“Vow to stamp out violence as number of murders up” Evening News
“Homicide rate halves in Dundee” Evening Telegraph
“Booze blamed after killings soar by 27%” Evening Times
“Vow to stamp out violence as number of murders up” Scotsman
“Figures show homicide rate up 27%” BBC
“Number of killings rockets” STV
“Sharp rise in killings in Scotland” Herald

Following posted on 27.11.06

“Not sticking the knife into dark culture is a crime” Sunday Times
“Medics’ skills are real reason for fewer homicides” Evening Times

Following posted on 22.11.06

“Homicides and firearm offences fall”
“Murders fall in Lothian ‘but violence still deep seated'” Evening News
“Scots homicide rate at lowest level for 15 years” Evening Times
“Homicide level lowest in 15 years” BBC
“Minister seeks new and safer era” BBC
“Homicide figures fall amid vows on firearm crime” Courier
“Sudden fall in knife killings hailed by Scottish ministers” Herald
“A safer Scotland” Herald
“Fatal stabbings in Scotland fall to lowest for five years” Herald
“Murder rate falls to 15-year low, prompting Jamieson to hail ‘crimebusting’ credentials” Scotsman
“Lowest homicide rates since 1990″ STV
“Your views on Scotland’s homicide figures” BBC

Following posted on 19.12.05

“The killing streets: Kathleen Mulhall is still coming to terms with the loss of two brothers to violent attacks. With Scotland’s murder rate at a 10-year high, how can we combat a culture of violence?” Sunday Herald

Following posted on 15.12.05

“Number of murders in Scotland soars “ Scottish TV
“Homicide rate hits 10-year high” BBC
“‘Booze and blades’ push murder rate to new high” Times
“Scottish homicide rate hits ten-year high” Scotsman
“‘No-one can deny we have a problem with knife crime'” Herald
“A culture of violence” Herald
“Soaring levels of assaults blighting Scotland’s streets” Herald
“Murders in Scotland soar to 10-year record” Evening Times
“Murders worst since Dunblane” “Fighting drunk and deadly” “Cage the evil thugs, says Mum” Daily Record 15.12.05

Following posted on 25.11.04

“Homicide figures “still far too high”” Courier
“Murder total falls but figures highlight close links to drink” Herald
“Scotland’s deadly cocktail” Herald
“Cautious welcome as unlawful killings hit three-year low “ Scotsman
“Deaths fall but knife culture blights Scotland” Times
“Lothian rise bucks trend as Scots killings fall” Evening News
“Fewer killings but city still top of violence list” Evening Times
“Figures show drop in murder rate “ BBC
“Fall in number of homicides in Scotland “ Scottish TV
“Aberdeen homicide rise bucks the trend” Press and Journal

Following posted on 27.11.03

“Booze and blades claim more lives:” BBC
“Drink culture blamed for rise in stabbings” Evening News
“Swinney hits at ‘murder capital’ tag:” Evening Times
“Crime shock of booze and blade Scots” Courier
“Scotland: home of the booze and blade culture” Herald
“The Murder City” Daily Record
“Killers cause misery across country” Daily Record
“Scotland’s murder rate rockets” Scottish TV
“Fatal stabbings at highest level since mid-90s” Scotsman
“Knife attacks kill 68 people” Times
“Call for action on ‘murder capital'” Evening Times 27.11.03

Press releases

“Homicides at lowest ever levels” Scot. Gov. (December 2014)
“Homicide in Scotland, 2013-14″ Scot. Gov. (December 2014)

“Lord Advocate welcomes drop in homicides” COPFS (October 2013)
“Homicides lowest for 37 years” Scot. Gov. (October 2013)
“Homicide in Scotland 2012-13″ Scot. Gov. (October 2013)
“Homicide statistics 2011-12″ Scot.Gov.(Nov. 2012)
“Homicide statistics 2010-11″ Scot.Gov. (December 2011)
“Homicide in Scotland 2010-11″ Scot.Gov. (December 2011)
“Homicide in Scotland, 2009–10″ Scot.Gov. (December 2010)
“Homicide rate falls to thirty year low” Scot. Gov. (December 2010)
“Homicide statistics published” Scot.Gov.(2010)
“Homicide in Scotland, 2008–09″ Scot.Gov.(2010)
“Homicide in Scotland 2007–08″ Scot.Gov. (2008)
“Homicide statistics” Scot.Gov.(2008)
“Homicide in Scotland, 2006-07″ Scot.Gov.(2007)
“Tackling violent crime” Scot.Gov.(2007)
“Fall in homicides and firearms offences” Scot. Exec.(2006)
“McConnell’s Government Continues to Fail on Crime” SNP
“Homicide stats: Encouraging but problem not solved yet” Scottish Conservatives
“Homicide in Scotland 2004-05″ Scot. Exec.(2005)
“Homicide in Scotland 2003″ Scot. Exec.(2004)
“Figures show fall in homicides” Scot. Exec.(2004)
“Homicide figures for 2002″ Scot. Exec. (2003)

See also

Homicide in Scotland, 2013-14

Homicide in Scotland, 2012-13
Homicide in Scotland 2011-12
Homicide in Scotland, 2010-11
Homicide in Scotland, 2009–10
Homicide in Scotland, 2008–09
Homicide in Scotland, 2007-08
Homicide in Scotland, 2006-07
Homicide in Scotland, 2005/06
Homicide in Scotland, 2004/05
Homicide in Scotland 2003
Homicide in Scotland, 2002

Wildlife Crime in Scotland statistics published

2014 October 22
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SG Wildlife crime report 2013
“Criminals slip through the net as poaching rises by one-third” Herald
“Fish main target as Scots wildlife crimes increase” Evening Times
“Crimes against Scottish birds at five year high” Scotsman
“Majority of raptors poisoned in Scotland killed by illegal pesticide” STV

Press release

“Second wildlife crime report”

See also

Wildlife Crime in Scotland – 2013 Annual Report