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Recorded child abuse cases hit an all-time high

The number of child sex offences has risen to an all-time high, with more than 4,000 recorded in Scotland last year - an average of almost 12 every day.

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The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill aims to tackle those who use coercive and controlling behaviour.

New law to tackle psychological abuse

A new bill to strengthen the laws against psychological domsetic abuse is being considered by the Scottish Parliament.

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Break-ins in Dalkeith

Break-ins in Dalkeith

Police are appealing for information following two break-ins in Dalkeith on Sunday (March 19).

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Parents are being urged to check the age restrictions of any social media sites used by their children.

Parents unaware of social network age restrictions

Half of adults in Scotland are unaware of whether their children are old enough to be using social networks such as Facebook and Snapchat, new figures suggest.

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Vehicle set on fire in Dalkeith

Police are appealing for witnesses after a vehicle in Dalkieth was intentionally set on fire.

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Fraudsters using hold music to convince unsuspecting banking customers

Fraudsters using hold music to convince unsuspecting banking customers

Action Fraud - the UK’s national reporting centre for cybercrime - has warned of a new tool in the arsenal of online fraudsters.

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If you are concerned about the images you or a loved one is viewing online, then the Stop it Now! Get Help website could be the answer.

Stop looking at child abuse online - get help now

There are grey areas. It’s not me who did it so I’m not responsible. They are smiling so they must be enjoying it.

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Eilidh Wiseman, President of the Law Society of Scotland

Opening the door to a bright future in law

The law is constantly evolving, both in terms of the legislation itself and the people who are shaping the profession. Where the law was traditionally dominated by educated men of a certain class, work is being – and has been – done to make the profession more accessible to people from backgrounds where a career as a solicitor may never previously have been an option.

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Warning over parking fine scam

Warning over parking fine scam

Drivers are being warned of a potential scam which involves the issuing of fake parking fine letters.

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View are being sought as part of Police Scotlands public consultation.

Public consulted on future of Police Scotland

People across Scotland are being invited to contribute their views on the futre direction of the police force.

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The High Court in Edinburgh.

Judges rule Midlothian mum must take young son back to Australia

A Midlothian mum has lost an appeal not to return her young son to Australia.

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The High Court in Edinburgh.

Dalkeith man raped woman after offer to do garden work

A Dalkeith man bombarded a woman with phone calls before raping her in her home after offering to do garden work.

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The incident took place at the Cooperative store in Ormiston.

Police seize drugs in Midlothian raid

Police in Midlothian can confirm that a man and woman, both aged 23, have been arrested and charged with the supply of controlled drugs following the execution of a warrant at an address in Hunterfield Terrace, Gorebridge.

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The penalty for this sort of driving offence just got much steeper.

Mobile phone driving penalty has been doubled

From March 1 anyone caught using a mobile phone (or internet device) at the wheel faces a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence.

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Hannah Dorans.

Family’s tribute to Hannah

Police in Edinburgh have confirmed that the woman found dead in the Chesser area last weekend was 21-year-old Hannah Dorans from Dalkeith.

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The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has said that 1530 people from Scotland contacted its Stop it Now! website last year.

Scottish paedophiles visiting website to help them change

Potential Scottish paedophiles tempted to look at indecent images of children online have been visiting a special website to help them change their behaviour.

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Senior Scottish judge, Lord Bracadale.

Judge to review hate crime legislation

The suite of laws covering hate crime offences in Scotland is to be reviewed to ensure it is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

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Midlothian police issue phone scam warning

Midlothian police issue phone scam warning

Police in Midlothian are warning residents of a particular type of phone scam after an elderly couple were conned out of a four-figure sum on Thursday, January 19.

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Housebreakings in Mayfield and Penicuik

Housebreakings in Mayfield and Penicuik

Police are appealing for witnesses following two high-value thefts in Mayfield and Penicuik at the weekend.

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Rosewell building site break-ins

Rosewell building site break-ins

Police are appealing for witnesses following a series of break-ins and thefts from a building site in Rosewell.

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