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.
A report from anti-slavery group Unseen concludes that car washes and nail bars are the biggest source of labour exploitation in Scotland. As a result, Unseen has proposed a pilot scheme to license such premises to protect workers from criminal gangs.