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MAREE TODD: Reaction to hate crime bill is stoking division

MAREE TODD: Reaction to hate crime bill is stoking division

MAREE TODD: Reaction to hate crime bill is stoking division

17 April 2024

Holyrood Notebook by Maree Todd


Online hate crimes decrease in second week after new law, say Police Scotland

Online hate crimes decrease in second week after new law, say Police Scotland

Online hate crimes decrease in second week after new law, say Police Scotland

16 April 2024

Police Scotland says that online hate crime reports have dropped significantly in the second week after the introduction of a new law.


Caithness rapist jailed for 9 years

Caithness rapist jailed for 9 years

Caithness rapist jailed for 9 years

12 April 2024

A sex offender who was freed by appeal judges a week before he stood trial for rape and extortion was jailed for nine years today (Friday).


New £209 million Highland prison moves a step closer as construction contract signed

New £209 million Highland prison moves a step closer as construction contract signed

New £209 million Highland prison moves a step closer as construction contract signed

09 April 2024

The building of a new £209 million Highland prison that will increase custody capacity and attract significant investment has moved a step closer.


Police report highlights increase in shoplifting and resisting arrest in Wick

Police report highlights increase in shoplifting and resisting arrest in Wick

Police report highlights increase in shoplifting and resisting arrest in Wick

04 April 2024

Increases in local crimes related to shoplifting and resisting arrest were noted at a meeting of the Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council on Monday.


Woman arrested and charged for alleged thefts in Wick

Woman arrested and charged for alleged thefts in Wick

Woman arrested and charged for alleged thefts in Wick

03 April 2024

A woman in Wick was arrested and charged for an alleged theft of items from houses in the town


Vandals who damaged campervan being hunted by police

Vandals who damaged campervan being hunted by police

Vandals who damaged campervan being hunted by police

29 March 2024

Police are hunting vandals after a campervan was targeted in Thurso last weekend.


One-year ban and £300 fine for motorist with Ketamin in system

One-year ban and £300 fine for motorist with Ketamin in system

One-year ban and £300 fine for motorist with Ketamin in system

22 March 2024

A MOTORIST who took the calming drug Ketamin has been fine £300 and banned from the road for a year.


Fine and penalty points for provisional driver who had no insurance

Fine and penalty points for provisional driver who had no insurance

Fine and penalty points for provisional driver who had no insurance

22 March 2024

A provisional driver who used his vehicle without insurance and a qualified driver was fined a total of £400 at Wick Sheriff Court last week.


Police Scotland will not target 'actors or comedians' for hate crimes

Police Scotland will not target 'actors or comedians' for hate crimes

Police Scotland will not target 'actors or comedians' for hate crimes

20 March 2024

Police Scotland says it is aware of 'inaccurate media reporting' over training material it has in place for the country's new hate crime laws.


Scotland gets new laws to tackle hate crime

Scotland gets new laws to tackle hate crime

Scotland gets new laws to tackle hate crime

17 March 2024

Greater protections for victims and communities against hate crimes are set to come into force next month.


Highland motorists reminded of importance of speed limits

Highland motorists reminded of importance of speed limits

Highland motorists reminded of importance of speed limits

15 March 2024

Police Scotland’s first national campaign of the year is about to commence with the focus on speed limits.


Callous oil thieves strike twice and drain Lybster family's heating supply – 'We have no heating and no hot water now'

Callous oil thieves strike twice and drain Lybster family's heating supply – 'We have no heating and no hot water now'

Callous oil thieves strike twice and drain Lybster family's heating supply – 'We have no heating and no hot water now'

13 March 2024

A single mum with three teens in the house talked about her financial struggles after thieves siphoned off her heating oil twice in a fortnight.


Final event in Wick as part of project looking at confidence in policing

Final event in Wick as part of project looking at confidence in policing

Final event in Wick as part of project looking at confidence in policing

10 March 2024

A final event is being held in Wick at the end of this month as part of an initiative looking at how confidence in policing can be improved.


Berriedale road incident

Berriedale road incident

Berriedale road incident

06 March 2024

Police officers were alerted to an incident on the A9 near Berriedale last night (March 5) regarding a male motorist.


Scam callers targetting NHS patients in the Highlands

Scam callers targetting NHS patients in the Highlands

Scam callers targetting NHS patients in the Highlands

04 March 2024

NHS Highland has advised people to beware after learning that fraudsters have been targetting patients who use the region's Telecare service.


16 motorists snared by unmarked police patrols in mobile phone crackdown

16 motorists snared by unmarked police patrols in mobile phone crackdown

16 motorists snared by unmarked police patrols in mobile phone crackdown

04 March 2024

Unmarked police patrol vehicles caught the offenders in the first week of an ongoing crackdown on mobile use while driving.


Nearly 1000 calls to Caithness police over two-month period

Nearly 1000 calls to Caithness police over two-month period

Nearly 1000 calls to Caithness police over two-month period

24 February 2024

Just short of 1000 incidents were reported to police across the Caithness area over a two-month period.


Campaign launches to support more victims of crime in Highlands and Islands

Campaign launches to support more victims of crime in Highlands and Islands

Campaign launches to support more victims of crime in Highlands and Islands

19 February 2024

A new campaign has launched aiming to raise awareness of victims’ rights and peoples’ right to access support if they are affected by crime.


Protected goose dumped beside River Thurso was shot and decapitated

Protected goose dumped beside River Thurso was shot and decapitated

Protected goose dumped beside River Thurso was shot and decapitated

10 February 2024

A decapitated goose was shot and dumped on the banks of the River Thurso in a plastic bag, police have said.


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