THE number of legally held guns in Scotland has fallen in the past year, new figures have revealed.
A MAN shot with an airgun while he waited for a taxi after a night out is likely to lose his eye, police have said.
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For a few alarming minutes, it seemed that we might have another Dunblane. "Reports are coming in of a shooting at a school in Scotland …" Auchinleck was no Dunblane. Bad enough - 11 children injured - but no Dunblane.
A THIRD youth has been arrested and two teenagers have appeared in court after secondary school pupils were shot at with an airgun.
POLICE have arrested two teenagers in connection with an incident in an East Ayrshire town involving an airgun in which several schoolpupils were injured.
Name: Eriberto Jimenez Melo Age: 33 Charge: supplying cocaine Background: Sentenced to 25 years in absentia, he was responsible for female drug couriers and street sale of the drugs.
TWO Scots wanted in connection with unsolved murders - including the gunning down of Glasgow gangster Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll - are believed to be hiding out in Spain, it was revealed yesterday.
AROUND 50 police officers searched gardens in Edinburgh for drugs and guns today in an operation targeting organised crime.
Police investigating a shooting outside an Edinburgh health club spoke to more than 60 people in a bid to gather information.
DETECTIVES investigating the shooting of a property developer outside a city gym today said more than 60 people had been spoken to during an operation in West Bryson Road.
Reluctance to report offences FEWER people are prepared to report offences, despite there being more police on the streets and less crime overall for them to tackle.
DESPITE the Scottish Government putting 1,000 extra bobbies on the beat, people were not happy with the number of police seen patrolling communities.
HOUSEBREAKING and thefts are rising in Scotland as people hardest hit by the recession turn to crime, a nationwide survey has revealed.
A CHANGE in the law to prevent criminals who receive suspended jail terms from holding a gun licence for five years should be introduced, a report into the killings by Derrick Bird has recommended.
A BLITZ against organised crime gangs in Edinburgh was today hailed by detectives as a major factor behind a drop in gun crime.
POLICE have named a wealthy businessman who was shot dead by a gunman who burst into one of his properties before then shooting the man's friend.
VIOLENT images of gun crime on TV and video games are leading people "to want to do it for real", MPs were told yesterday.
Statistics released today reveal that the number of crimes involving firearms fell by 12% over the last year.
A MANHUNT was under way yesterday after a businessman was killed and another injured in a double shooting.
A TEENAGE boy killed after two balaclava-clad gunmen opened fire on a group of four young friends died from a gunshot wound to the chest.