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Review of agricultural crime prosecution policy 04/03/2015 The Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC, has announced a full review of the way agricultural crimes are prosecuted in Scotland.

Review of agricultural crime prosecution policy

 
The Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC, has announced a full review of the way agricultural crimes are prosecuted in Scotland. It follows a discussion of the issue at a round table event in the Scottish Parliament. 
 
During the event those affected by agricultural crime expressed some concerns about the impact agricultural crime was having on communities throughout Scotland and, according to the Solicitor General, it became clear that it would be helpful for prosecutors to have more information on the full impact of the crime on victims and local businesses and not just the value stolen.
 
“The Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service treat agricultural crime extremely seriously. We are aware of the severe impact that crimes which result in damage or the death of livestock can have on the farming community and the ramifications for industry when the theft of vehicles, equipment and machinery is committed,” said Ms Thomson. “I have therefore instructed a review of prosecution policy in this area to focus on this area of criminality. The review will ensure that full consideration is given to the impact of these crimes and where appropriate this information is passed to the court for consideration in the event of a conviction.”
 
Ms Thomson also confirmed that she had instructed specialist prosecutors within the Crown’s Serious Organised Crime division to examine agricultural crimes with a view to taking action against them under Proceeds of Crime legislation. 

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