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Conservative MP criticises scrapping of community payback hours


By David Porter

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MP David Duguid.
MP David Duguid.

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid says criminals being let off lightly in Aberdeenshire after thousands of community payback hours were scrapped

The MP says the SNP are letting criminals off lightly after a Freedom of Information request found 13,970 of community payback hours were wiped out across the area.

Mr Duguid said the figures were a slap in the face to the victims of crime in Aberdeenshire.

It compares to Aberdeen which had 13,962 and Moray which had 4529 hours cut.

The MP said: “The amount of community payback orders cut by the SNP in Aberdeenshire is absolutely staggering.

“They’ve let criminals off the hook by writing off these sentences.

"That is a total slap in the face to victims of crime across Aberdeenshire.

“SNP Ministers need to ensure these community sentences are taken seriously and fulfilled.

“It is the latest example of the SNP letting down victims.

“I completely back Scottish Conservative plans for a Victims Law to be introduced to put victims first and end the SNP’s soft-touch justice system by ensuring criminals receive appropriately tough sentences.”



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