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Glasgow School of Art fire:‘It’s hard to find words…it was nearly reopened’

There is uncertainty over the future of Glasgow School of Art’s iconic Mackintosh Building after a second fire in four years caused “extensive” damage

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Ruth Porter is determined to continue riding horses as long as she can. Picture: Alistair Linford

Speech therapist offers unique insight into MND

It was when she began to notice her speech slowing with tiredness that Ruth Porter first knew something was wrong.

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Car washes were the most common businesses affected. Picture: John Devlin (Stock Image)

Helpline finds 300 potential slavery victims

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Faslane. Picture: PA

Nuclear ‘risk’ as military police morale ‘lower than ever’

The security of military sites including the Faslane naval base are at “significant risk” amid a staffing shortfall in the Ministry of Defence Police, according to a leading officer.

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Michael Matheson. Picture: John Devlin

More video interviews to spare vulnerable witnesses court ordeal

Children and complainants in rape trials will be spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court under plans to extend the use of prerecorded interviews.

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Supporters of far-right spokesman Tommy Robinson demonstrate in Trafalgar square in central London

Chris Marshall: Social media speculation poses a risk to justice

Despite the passage of more than 20 years, the OJ Simpson case, the so-called “Trial of the Century”, hasn’t lost its ability to shock.

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John Foley.  Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Police boss tells tribunal he was unaware of concerns over payouts

The former chief executive of the Scottish Police Authority has told an employment tribunal that he was unaware of concerns about a series of payments to senior figures.

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Liam Allan was under investigation for two years before the case against him was dropped after his lawyers found evidence on a computer disk containing 40,000 messages.

Scots lawyers warn cases could collapse over volume of digital evidence

Defence lawyers have raised concerns that the failure to disclose vital evidence by overworked prosecutors could lead to potential miscarriages of justice.

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The man's body was found near Loch of Kinnordy. Pictue: Mike Pennington/Geograph

Police Scotland impose no-fly zone over suspicious death site

Police have imposed a no-fly zone over a beauty spot where a man's body was found.

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Neil Findlay MSP, former miners and lawyers, gather outside Scottish Parlaiment -

Campaigners win review of policing during the miners’ strike

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A Lush store on Oxford Street, London, displays a poster criticising undercover policing. (Picture: PA)

Chris Marshall: Lush raised genuine concerns about undercover police

As advertising campaigns go, it’s hard to see the commercial value of picking a fight with the police.

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Michael Matheson is carefully considering the report. Picture: John Devlin

Drug-dealing gangsters one step ahead of police due to technology

Criminal gangs are using social media to deal drugs while exploiting high levels of mistrust in the police to bring misery to some of Scotland’s poorest communities.

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Cosmetic chain Lush has come under fire for its latest advertising campaign

Lush faces backlash over ‘distasteful’ Paid to Lie ad campaign

Cosmetics retailer Lush has been heavily criticised after it launched a new advertising campaign calling for justice for those spied on by undercover police officers.

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Lord Bracadale holds a copy of his report during the publication of his Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish judge calls for age, gender offences to be hate crimes

Offences motivated by hostility to a person’s age or gender should be considered hate crimes according to a major review of existing legislation.

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Diver Lex Warner pictured on his 50th birthday with his wife Debbie and their son Vincent. Mr Warner suffered serious internal injuries in a fall on a chartered vessel during a dive off Cape Wrath

Child of dead diver in Supreme Court damages battle

Lawyers for a charter company are going to the UK’s highest court to block a damages claim from the child of a man who drowned during a dive off Cape Wrath.

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Police Scotland's computer systems need upgraded in an investment that will cost more than 200 million pounds

Ageing Police Scotland computer system needs £200m-plus upgrade

Police Scotland needs funding totalling more than £200 million to modernise its ageing computer systems amid growing concerns over cyber-enabled crime.

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Rape reports are on the rise according to Police Scotland. Picture: TSPL

Sexual and violent crime on the rise in Scotland

Police have recorded increasing numbers of violent and sexual offences amid an overall rise in crime.

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Kevin Mcleod's body was recovered from Wick harbour in 1997.

Police Authority ordered to explain Wick man’s 1997 death

The Scottish Police Authority has been told it must explain to the family of a man who died more than 20 years ago why a recent review failed to examine a decision not to treat the case as murder.

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Emma Bryson. 'Photo: John Millard/Scotsman

Rape victim set to push justice secretary for law change

A woman whose alleged rapist escaped prosecution is set to meet the justice secretary as she campaigns to have the centuries-old legal principle of corroboration scrapped.

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Special Constable Aleena Rafi in her Police Scotland hijab

Chris Marshall: Reaction to special constable in a hijab says a lot

When Aleena Rafi signed up to become a Police Scotland special constable, she was setting an example the top brass hoped others would soon follow.

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