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Police Scotland crack down on domestic violence

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Police Scotland has launched a national campaign to intensify its focus on tackling all forms of domestic abuse during the festive season – a time when domestic abuse incidents noticeably increase.

It makes it clear to perpetrators that Police Scotland will not tolerate domestic abuse with the warning – If You Do It, We Will Find You.

TV adverts – 13 Days of Christmas – will run from tonight to highlight the intent of the police operation from Christmas Eve and into the first days of January 2014.

There were more than 60,000 incidents of domestic abuse in Scotland reported in 2012/13.

Between the creation of Police Scotland on April 1, 2013, and December 2, 2013, there were 38,977 domestic incidents recorded.

During this period the detection rate for domestic abuse crime/offences was 80.1% and there were 2829 detections for Domestic Abuse bail offences.

Tayside Division has long recognised the malignant nature of domestic abuse and the devastating effect it can have upon its victims and their families.

With this in mind, officers know that it is imperative that the abusers are held to account for their actions and behaviour and strive to ensure that those who suffer domestic violence or abuse are given the right support.

Detective Inspector Tom Leonard of the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said:

‘‘It is desperately sad to realise that at a time of good will to all that we actually see a marked increase in reports of domestic abuse. Contributory factors can be alcohol consumption, people spending more time together during the holiday and even the financial pressures of affording Christmas.

‘‘They might be contributory factors, but they are in no way excuses and must never be seen as such.

‘‘Domestic abuse in all its guises can and does have a dreadful impact on its victims. Police Scotland and its partners maintain a focus on this issue throughout the year. But it is important to shine a light on such appalling, criminal behaviour at this time of year, when there is a spike in the reporting of such incidents.

‘‘Our officers will target domestic abuse as a priority, taking every opportunity to expose, investigate, record and tackle domestic abuse in whatever form it takes. We are sending a very clear message to that small but nonetheless significant number of people who wrongly believe that violence, including domestic abuse, is normal – acceptable even.

‘‘It is not and your actions will not be tolerated. If you commit domestic abuse you will be dealt with vigorously, decisively and experience the full force of the law.

‘‘People who engage in domestic abuse will be arrested and treated as the violent criminal they are and those persistent and serial offenders should be aware that they are very much in our sights.’’

The desire to dominate or control a partner is rarely a one-off event. Research shows that individuals are frequently subjected to numerous incidents before seeking help and support, initially from the police and then from other support networks.

Living in an environment of domestic abuse invariably exposes children and other family members to harm. Aside from the physical and emotional danger, youngsters in their tender years of development can be left with the belief that such behaviour is normal and this is something they carry into their adult life.

Police Scotland is determined to break that cycle of abusive behaviour and assist those caught within it. Police officers and their partner agencies want to assure victim’s of such behaviour that there is a route out of their nightmare.

Help is available. No one should ever be subjected to bullying, harassment, or even physical assaults at the hands of another, within the confines of their own home, let alone someone they know, trust and may have once loved, or love still.

Anyone reporting an incident will see their situation thoroughly and sensitively investigated and. Partner agencies are readily available to offer support and assist in dismantling this cycle of behaviour.

Victims of domestic abuse, female and male, can contact the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234 (24 hours) to access support or for referrals to local support providers.

For the perpetrators of domestic abuse, there is also the confidential service offered by the Respect Helpline 0808 802 4040.

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Dad arrested after Mylee Billingham aged 8 stabbed to death

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Eight-year old Mylee Billingham was stabbed to death in her own home, Her father has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mylee was found with serious stab injuries and rushed to Hospital, but died a short time later.

Her father Bill Billingham aged 54 is a murder suspect in the case, he has been arrested he remains in a critical condition after attempts failed to take his own life.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the murder.

He is under a police guard after he was discovered with a stab wound to his stomach and will have to undergo surgery.

Police officers responding to a domestic incident were called to a house in Brownhills near Walsall in West Mindlands at 9.15pm on Saturday.

 

Her father uploaded a photo of Mylee to his Facebook profile just before emergency services were alerted to the tragedy.

The post was captioned with the words “Pitza on bed Iv Moo x.”

The girl was pictured on her bed smiling with two plates of pizza in front of her, Moments later she was murdered.

A post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the exact cause of Mylee’s death.

West Midlands Police said Billingham is yet to be questioned by officers due to his condition.

 

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Girl aged 8 who was stabbed to death named as Mylee Billingham

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A little girl who was tragically stabbed to death has been named as 8-year-old Mylee Billingham.

Police responded to a domestic related incident near Walsall and sadly discovery Mylee seriously injured.

Despite frantic efforts by police, paramedics and doctors nothing could be done to save Mylee.

Cops immediately arrested a man aged 54 in connection with her murder.

Sadly Mylee was found with life threatening injuries at a property in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night, and died a short time later in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the man was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to the stomach.

The 54-year-old man who was arrested remains in a “critical” condition and will Be question “in due course” in relation to the murder of 8 year old Mylee.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with Mylee’s death.

Our thoughts are with Mylee’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Girl 8 stabbed to dead in Walsall, West Midlands

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Police have launched a murder investigation after an 8 year old girl was stabbed to death near Walsall.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the attack overnight in Brownhills.

Cops responded to a 999 call at 9.15pm to reports of a disturbance at the address on arrival they found a girl with serious injuries.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly nothing could be done to save her this girls injuries were too serious and she died a short time later.”

The 54-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for a stab wound to his stomach.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.

“Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.”

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