Working together to defeat fraudsters

18 December 2014

An Aberdeen woman who was conned out of thousands of pounds by mail and telephone scammers has had 20,000 returned to her thanks to the partnership working of Aberdeen City Council's Trading Standards team, Social Care and Wellbeing team and Police Scotland.

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Historical abuse inquiry announced by Scottish government

BBC News | 17 December 2014

The Scottish government has announced a statutory public inquiry into the historical sex abuse of children in care. Education Secretary Angel Constance said it would have powers to force witnesses to give evidence. And she said abusers would "face the full force of the law" where it brought to light evidence of crimes. The move followed scandals involving child abuse at institutions including those run by the Roman Catholic church.

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Toll of kids missing from school

BBC News | 16 December 2014

More than 2,600 children as young as three have disappeared from Scottish schools for prolonged periods of time and some never found, according to new figures obtained by the BBC.  

In some cases, children are marked as missing because they have moved house and failed to tell the school. Agencies say others disappear for more "sinister" reasons including abuse and forced marriage. In the past five years, 2,619 children aged three to 16 have gone missing.  

The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, include 719 children going missing in the past year.

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