Scottish criminal law
Scots criminal law governs the rules of criminal law in Scotland. Scottish criminal law relies far more heavily on common law than in England and Wales. Scottish criminal law includes offences agains...
Black Bond
In 1772 three Stirling burgh councillors signed a secret agreement to run the affairs of the town to their own advantage. This private pact to advance their own power and finance came to be known as t...
Scottish Prisons Commission
The Scottish Prisons Commission was a commission established by the Scottish Government in 2007 to "analyse the impact for courts, prisons and community justice services of early release provisions co...
Pan Am Flight 103 bombing investigation
The investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 began at 19:03 on December 21, 1988 when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The perpetrators had ...
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Dark Harvest Commando
The Dark Harvest Commando of the Scottish Citizen Army was a militant group which in 1981 demanded that the British government decontaminate Gruinard Island, a site which had been used for anthrax wea...
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Culpable and reckless fire-raising
Wilful fire-raising is a Common Law offence under Scots Law applicable to deliberately starting fires with intent to cause damage to property. The offence is not fully equivalent to the offence charge...
Tongland (gang area)
Tongland is a local nickname for the area of Calton, Glasgow controlled in the 1960s by a violent Scottish teenage gang called the Tongs.Tongland appears in Gillies MacKinnon's 1995 movie Small Faces,...
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Renee MacRae
Renee MacRae (born Christina Catherine MacDonald, February 1940) is a Scottish woman who is missing, presumed to have been murdered. Her disappearance along with her son is currently Britain's longest...
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Helen Street police station
Helen Street police station, also known as Govan police station, in Govan, Glasgow, is the most secure police station in Scotland. It is used for example for detaining suspects arrested under the Terr...
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Porteous Riots
The Porteous Riots surrounded the activities of Captain John Porteous, (c. 1695 – 1736), Captain of the City Guard of Edinburgh, Scotland, who was lynched by a mob for his part in the killing of...
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Powers of the police in Scotland
The powers of the police in Scotland, as with all Scots criminal law, are heavily based on common law. There is no statutary equivalent to e.g. the general powers of arrest in England and Wales but i...
Sandyford murder case
The Sandyford murder case was a well-known proceeding of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United Kingdom. The case revolved around the brutal murder of one Jessie McPherson, a servant, in...
Glasgow razor gangs
The Glasgow razor gangs were violent gangs that existed in the South Side of Glasgow in the late 1920s and 1930s, named for their weapon of choice. They were the most feared gangs in the UK.The book N...
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Burke and Hare murders
The Burke and Hare murders, or West Port murders, were a series of murders committed in Edinburgh, Scotland, over a period of about ten months in 1828. The killings were attributed to Irish immigrants...
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Moss-trooper
Moss-troopers were brigands who operated in Scotland during and after the period of the English Commonwealth in the mid-17th century.Many moss-troopers were disbanded or deserting soldiers from one of...
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Sonny Leitch
William "Sonny" Leitch, also known as the Saughton Harrier and Danger Man, is a retired Scottish career criminal.Leitch was born in Craigneuk, Lanarkshire, and was a childhood friend of Thomas Joseph ...
Specialist reporting agency
A specialist reporting agency is an organisation other than the Police Service of Scotland who report alleged crimes to the Procurators Fiscal in Scotland. These include HM Revenue and Customs, Health...