Police call-handling performance has continued to improve over the past year, a new report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) has found.
Lifelong Restriction Order For Dunfermline Rapist
A man who abducted and raped a 15-year-old girl has been jailed.
Mark Armstrong, aged 26, abducted the teenager on Thursday, March 12, 2015, whilst she was walking home from a bus stop at the Halbeath Campus of Fife College in Dunfermline.
Following a 32-hour ordeal, the victim was found in Lochore Meadows, Fife, in the early hours of Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Armstrong appeared today at Glasgow High Court today, having previously pleaded guilty on Friday, July 10, 2015 and was given an order of lifelong restriction.
Police Scotland officers arrested Armstrong on Sunday, March 15. They have since conducted a thorough investigation into Armstrong's background, and he has also been convicted of a number of other crimes.
Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Johnson said: "Mark Armstrong is a depraved individual who targeted his victims and ultimately put one through a terrifying ordeal.
"It is due the courage and the bravery of Armstrong's 15-year-old victim that he has been brought to justice. It is not an overstatement to say she cracked the case for officers, and as an organisation Police Scotland pays tribute to her maturity and resolve.
"We hope that this sentence will allow Armstrong's victims, and their families, to move forward and rebuild their lives."
Masked armed robbers have made off with a five-figure sum of cash after swooping on a security van in a night-time raid.
Drop-off charges are to be introduced at one of Scotland's busiest airports as part of plans for a new multi-million pound facility.
Officials are ''optimistic'' that the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing will never have to close as a result of wind-shielding being fitted during the project.
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred location:
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart Scotland- East.