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Today, the Herald choose this Police Scotland story:

LEGAL experts have hit out at a “disturbing” increase in the number of criminal cases being dropped due to delays by the police.Official figures show Police Scotland filed more than 700 reports outwith statutory time limits last year, leaving prosecutors with no choice but to scrap proceedings.

There were 82 716 people found guilty in 2017/18. I can’t see how many were accused but it’d be more obviously. Even so, less than 0.1% were delayed beyond statutory time limits.

The Herald might have told us:

  • In the period April 2019 to June 2019, 82.0% of those surveyed stated that their confidence level in Police Scotland was high or very high.
  • This figure is up 0.9 percentage points from the same period in 2018/19 (81.1%).
  • In the period April 2019 to June 2019, over 91% of people indicated that they had been treated fairly and with respect by Police Scotland when dealing with the incident reported.
  • Over 95% of respondents expressed satisfaction with their initial contact with Police Scotland.


They didn’t of course. No one did.