Weekly Roundup - 19th May

Published 19 May 2017

Cybercrime, human trafficking and success against large-scale fraud - welcome to the latest edition of Police Scotland’s Weekly Roundup, where we summarise the news from the last seven days.

Last weekend saw a global cyber-attack hit over 200,000 people in 150 countries, with the NHS being amongst the worst hit in the UK. With many people worried about falling victim to the attack, we wrote a feature on protecting yourself against cybercrime. 

Computer imageThe article provided internet safety tips and we heard from Chief Inspector Scott Tees on how Police Scotland was keeping people safe online.

You can learn more on our How to protect yourself against cybercrime feature.

On Monday Police Scotland carried out a national day of action to raise awareness of human trafficking and to identify and recover potential trafficking victims.

Around 500 officers visited 80 premises and locations in all 13 geographical divisions of Scotland including fisheries, car washes and nailbars. During the multi-agency operation a child aged 15, who displayed indicators of trafficking, was found working in a nailbar.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston, Police Scotland, said: “Tackling trafficking is a priority for Police Scotland and we will use all of the means at our disposal to tackle trafficking and those who seek to enslave others. This includes working with partners and across national and international borders.”


Neil Ireland (left) and Trevor Francis (right), were both sentenced for separate incidents in Fife.

In Fife, two men were sentenced for two separate cases, one involving non-recent child abuse and the other for raping and sexually assaulting women at addresses across Fife. 

On Tuesday, Trevor Francis, aged 71, was sentenced to nine months in prison at Dundee Sheriff Court after being found guilty of abusing several children at St Margaret's Children's Home in Leven during the 1970s.

Meanwhile, Neil Ireland was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty on 21st April of committing a series of sexual offences against three women between 2008 and 2015 in Cupar, Leven and Methil.

65-year-old Michael Holland from Prestonpans was also sentenced on Tuesday to four years in prison at Edinburgh High Court for the supply of Class A drugs. In September 2015 Michael Holland was stopped in his vehicle at Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh and officers found a large quantity of cocaine with an approximate street value of £81,000.

Following a four year investigation, in which detectives worked tirelessly to unpick a network of banking transfers and legal documentation for 24 properties as part of a £1.7 million fraudulent conspiracy, Lorraine and Edwin McLaren were convicted of mortgage fraud. A team of specialist search officers, telecommunications and computer forensics experts, financial investigators and criminal analysts pored over hundreds of thousands of documents, to follow the trail and identify those behind a fake racket.

According to Detective Superintendent Andy Lawson, 'The result of this lengthy court proceedings follows an extremely complex inquiry that is probably one of the largest, most complicated property fraud investigations ever carried out in Scotland. A team of officers has investigated cases involving a number of victims the length and breadth of the country, who have been left completely distraught, some penniless and homeless, who have been disadvantaged financially and all at the hands of the McLarens.’

Another busy week over but little rest for Police Scotland! Have a great weekend.

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