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Incidents of domestic abuse rose slightly last year, according to new figures. Police Scotland recorded 58,810 incidents in 2016/17, up 1% from the previous year. At least one crime or offence was found to have been committed in almost half of those incidents. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said the statistics…
Fear of hostility has stopped nearly one in three disabled people from going out in their local area, according to new research. A poll of 1,609 disabled adults in the UK found three in ten (30%) reported that they had experienced hostile behaviour motivated by their disability. And roughly the…
Investigations into abuse of mental health patients have nearly doubled in three years, according to a report. An analysis of NHS figures obtained by The Times through Freedom of Information requests, found abuse incidents recorded by mental health trusts had risen from 106 in 2013/14 to 199 in 2015/16. Inquiries…
New powers to tackle human trafficking and exploitation have come into effect. From Friday, courts will be able to impose trafficking and exploitation prevention orders on people convicted of trafficking and exploitation offences. The orders can impose a range of restrictions such as preventing offenders from employing staff, working with…
A sadistic killer has been jailed for 33 years after he orchestrated and carried out a campaign of "Dark Ages" abuse against a vulnerable man, including feeding him his own testicle. Zahid Zaman, 43, was the ring leader of a cultish gang from North Tyneside that turned on Jimmy Prout,…
Legislation to tackle domestic abuse must go further to protect children, MSPs have been told. The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill creates a specific criminal offence of ''abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex-partner'', including psychological abuse - such as coercive and controlling behaviour. It also includes the introduction of an…
A sadistic gang have been convicted of a campaign of "Dark Ages" abuse against a vulnerable father-of-two, including forcing him to eat one of his own testicles, which eventually led to his death. Jimmy Prout, 45, thought the group were his friends but they turned on him and eventually dumped…
The investigation into abuse of vulnerable adults at two care homes in Devon was launched after one of the residents contacted the authorities. The resident - known only as AC - reported managers of the Veilstone and Gatooma homes to the Care Quality Commission in July 2011. He had lived…
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