Weekly Roundup - 17th February

Published 17 February 2017

From arrests, operations and campaigns to Valentines Day advice - welcome to the latest edition of Police Scotland’s Weekly Roundup, where we summarise the news from the last seven days.

As Valentine’s Day fever swept across our rainy wee nation, Police Scotland stopped to spare a thought to the singletons seeking romantic adventure online this February. Through our dos and don’ts online dating feature we provided a few safety pointers on how to avoid dating scams, seek out the catfish and ensure that first meet up goes smoothly and safely!

Police dogs Valentines'You say it's puppy love, we say it's full blown' . Like many singletons across Scotland, our police dog Brock was looking for love this week.

As Cupid’s arrow travelled through the heavy Scottish wind, officers were managing turbulences of their own this week to make Scotland a safer place for all...

Uninsured driver crackdown

A total of 206 drivers had their cars or vans seized at the side of the road due to them lacking proper insurance cover or a valid driving licence during a week-long crackdown. 

The campaign - which was delivered through a combination of mobile and static road checks throughout Scotland - involved officers from Police Scotland's Road Policing Division who were deployed with the latest intelligence to target uninsured drivers and hotspot areas.

Crime in Moray lowest in five years

Good news for the North East of the country with it being announced on Thursday that crime rates in Moray were at their lowest levels for five years and detection rates had reached an all-time high. 

In particular, housebreakings were down 40% on the 5 year average, whilst crimes of dishonesty were also down a third.

Human trafficking arrests

Over the past two weeks Police Scotland has been involved in international collaboration with Slovakian police and Europol to tackle human trafficking  and this operation lead to the arrest of 5 people for offences on Thursday 9th February 2017 in Glasgow.

This week police then detained and arrested a number of further individuals who were connected to the same crime group responsible for allegedly trafficking females from Slovakia to the UK. 

Man being arrestedA commitment was made by Police Scotland to work with other law enforcement agencies in the UK and across to Europe to ensure those involved in human trafficking would be brought to justice.

James McGowan

James McGowan convicted of 1999 murder

On Wednesday, at the High Court in Edinburgh, James McGowan was found guilty of the 1999 murder of Owen Brannigan in Coatbridge. Scottish officers engaged with authorities in Canada, South Australian Police and Australian Federal Police to pull together the relevant evidence. 

After an arrest in Adelaide in 2013, James McGowan was eventually extradited to Scotland to face trial. Well done to the officers who put in the endless hours on the original investigation and re-investigation to ensure the conviction was eventually brought!

Other successes

There were also several successes in tackling crime across Scotland this week. A 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with a robbery in Kirkcaldy on Tuesday, whilst a man who robbed a Post Office in Balerno, Edinburgh at knife point was jailed for seven years on Wednesday. And finally, on Thursday police in the Scottish Borders arrested and charged a 24-year-old man following a serious assault and two robberies in Galashiels.

That’s all for this week, folks. Have a great weekend and sleep safe in the knowledge that Police Scotland will relentlessly continue to keep you safe.

Contact Details

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