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Offenders convicted of crimes involving violence or knives will generally no longer be able to serve part of their sentence at home on an electronic tag curfew.Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf announced the change in a statement at Holyrood on reviews of the curfew commissioned following the murder of father-of-three Craig…
Police could start using fitness tracker-style devices to monitor suspects' vital signs while in custody.Two UK forces are considering using the technology, which has been trialled in the NHS as what the inventors dub a "miniaturised intensive care" tracking system.A simplified version for custody suites would measure heart rate, oxygen…
A scheme to prevent young people from becoming repeat offenders has been given lottery funding.Police Scotland has been given money to help employ two adult mentors who have first-hand experience of beating the revolving door back to prison.The force’s initiative – which received £84,000 – is among 11 groups sharing…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, has won a challenge against his "manifestly excessive" 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder had his custodial term reduced to 25 years by Court of Appeal judges in London on Tuesday.Bespectacled Falder watched the proceedings via video…
More than 200 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested in a national crackdown.There are thought to be around 1,500 of the networks in operation in the UK, which involve urban dealers forcing children to carry drugs to customers in more rural areas.They also "cuckoo" the homes…
The prison service and local authorities are failing to plan for a rise in elderly, ill and frail inmates, a new report warns.Many older jails are ill-equipped for prisoners in wheelchairs or with mobility problems, the assessment by two watchdogs found.HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission flagged…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, is to challenge his 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder will have his case considered by three Court of Appeal judges in London on Tuesday.He admitted 137 offences, including voyeurism, encouraging child rape, and sharing images showing…
A sharp jump in violent and sexual offences has fuelled a 17% increase in crimes recorded on Britain's railways, official figures show. Some 61,159 crimes were reported by British Transport Police (BTP) in 2017/18, up from 52,235 during the previous 12 months. Sexual offences increased by 16% to 2,472 and…
A shortage of nursing staff is hampering the delivery of a comprehensive mental health service at a Scottish prison, it has been found. Inspectors said much has been done to improve the situation at HMP & YOI Grampian in Peterhead since its standard of health and well-being was graded poor…
Prisoners are merely being "warehoused" at a jail where they are kept in squalid conditions for up to 23 hours a day, a watchdog report has warned. Under a restricted regime, inmates at HMP Winchester are often let out of their cells for only three quarters of an hour a…
Three in four cases of violence against women and girls taken on by prosecutors end in conviction, the highest rate since comparable records began, new figures for England and Wales show. The 76.1% figure for 2017/18 represents the highest conviction rate since data was compiled by the Crown Prosecution Service…
Recorded sexual crime was up 13% last year, following new legislation outlawing acts such as circulating intimate photographs. Sexual crimes increased from 11,092 in 2016/17 to 12,487 in 2017/18 – the highest level seen since 1971. The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act came into force in July last…
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