A MAN has appeared in court charged with murdering Kevin "Gerbil" Caroll more than four years ago.
A FORMER school teacher has been convicted of cheating the taxpayer out of almost £30,000 in disability benefits - after he was caught on film Morris dancing.
OFFICIALS have pledged to keep the issue of armed officers under review as pressure grows on the Justice Secretary to intervene.
A CHEF who raped a woman sent the victim messages telling her he had been "dying to do that" to her and that she had enjoyed it.
A total of 339 suspected paedophiles have been arrested by police targeting online abusers in the past 15 months.
THE number of Britons arrested abroad for drug offences rose last year, according to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) figures.
A TEENAGER who raped a six-year-old girl claiming he was "curious" has been detained for four-and-a- half years.
A TEENAGER who admitted shooting young children with a BB gun will be able to go on holiday to Fiji - after a sheriff deferred his sentence for the second time.
STAFF at RAF Lossiemouth have been left devastated after a popular colleague died in a motorbike accident at the base.
A FAMILY has been left "extremely upset" after their pet dog was stolen in a car theft.
Security is to be reviewed at The Open after two people allegedly stole a golf buggy and crashed it through barriers at speed close to the main spectator entrance.
A man has been arrested in connection with the death of Kevin Carroll more than four years after he died.
A MAN who caused horrific brain damage to a baby boy by violently shaking him has been jailed for 15 years.
THOUSANDS of children - some as young as 10 - are having their DNA stored on police computers.
A WOMAN locked a dog in a baking car during the height of last summer's heatwave as temperatures soared so high that the animal died.
THE Chief Constable of Police Scotland has been asked to explain to the public the rationale behind officers carrying side arms while on routine patrol in the Highlands.
TWO people have appeared in court charged with murder following the death of a young man.
POLICE Scotland spent more than £1 million fixing force vehicles that were damaged in accidents last year.
A second person has been charged with murder following the death of a young man.
A FRIEND of former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos admitted supplying cocaine to an undercover reporter.
THE man who was found guilty of setting fire to his helpless wife is set to appeal against his murder conviction.
A BOYS' Brigade leader detained in front of his company after police found online sex conversations with a primary school girl on his laptop has been jailed for two years.
POLICE are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman in a park.
A ROAD safety campaigner who stalked an island policewoman has avoided prison after a sheriff ordered him to end his vendetta.
A woman has been charged with murder following the death of a 20-year-old man, police said.
A 20-YEAR-OLD man is critically ill in hospital after he was attacked in the street.
A MAN has been arrested in connection with the death of a grandmother almost seven months after her body was found in a park.
A TEENAGER accused of murdering teacher Ann Maguire in her classroom has accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing, a court has heard.
A MALE nurse has been placed on the Sex Offenders' Register after being convicted of sexually assaulting a colleague in a Bupa nursing home.
THREE men have been arrested over alleged links to serious and organised crime.