In response to Liam's campaign, the Scottish Government has just launched a consultation into increasing the maximum available penalties for certain animal cruelty offences, including attacks on service animals.
The Scottish Sun report how serial killer James Wright disabled his electronic tag to then go on to kill Craig McClelland, a husband and father of three. Wright has now been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.
TheCourier.co.uk report on my plea for a tougher stance to be taken against those who commit arson. Last week, Auditor General Caroline Gardner said the number of fires in Scotland had increased by 3% in 2016-17.
Figures from Police Scotland show that there was a 1.7% increase in total crime during the period 1 April, 2017 to 31 March 2018 compared to last year. The figure increases to 3.4% when statistics on weapon possession – which were not previously recorded separately – are included.
The Scottish Sun report that Police Scotland bosses have spent almost £500,000 in home, car and tax perks since the national force was established. One example includes £120,000 in relocation costs on top of a £175,000 salary.
The Daily Express carry a story into the murder rate in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde and how this is the highest throughout the UK. This amounts to a murder rate of 4.3 per 100,000 inhabitants. South of the Border, homicide rates for Greater Manchester amounted to 2.8 per 100,000.
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