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Housebreaking prosecution policy tightened 16/12/2013 A new prosecution policy for housebreaking will be in effect over the holiday period, Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC announced today.

Housebreaking prosecution policy tightened

A new prosecution policy for housebreaking will be in effect over the holiday period, Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC announced today. It will run from Monday 16th December 2013 until Monday 6th January 2014, and will cover offences which occur at residential properties which are occupied or would normally be occupied.

Housebreaking offences are normally prosecuted on summary complaint or indictment, with summary cases carrying a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment.

However, over the period of the initiative there will be a presumption that all cases involving a charge of theft by housebreaking, or housebreaking with intent to steal, or attempts of either of those offences, will be prosecuted on indictment.

The changes could see all those convicted facing a higher prison sentence of up to five years.

The policy change is the result of discussions between Police Scotland and the Crown Office, and was announced to coincide with the Police Scotland launch of Operation RAC, a national campaign to tackle housebreaking across a number of areas in Scotland.

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