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Five arrested over separate sexual offences as part of Operation Wolf police crackdown on domestic abuse and sex crimes

Published January 16, 2015 by misty534

THE arrests were made in the Edinburgh area yesterday and offences include historic serious sexual assaults, crimes against children, indecent exposure and domestic assaults.

FIVE men have been arrested over a range of separate sexual offences as part of an ongoing police crackdown.

Operation Wolf was launched in Edinburgh last year to tackle domestic abuse and sex crimes, and the arrests were made yesterday.

Two men, aged 56 and 53, from the Wester Hailes area, were charged over historic serious sexual assaults, crimes against children and domestic assaults, police said.

A 59-year-old man was also charged in connection with an indecent exposure. All three are due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

Elsewhere, a 66-year-old man was charged with sexual assault and indecent assault, and a 28-year-old man was charged with assaulting a child.

Both men are due to appear in court at a later date.

Detective Chief Inspector Alwyn Bell said: “We are committed to protecting the public from harm and whenever we receive reports of crimes such as domestic abuse and sexual assault we will carry out a robust investigation to bring those responsible to justice.

“Yesterday’s Operation Wolf activity should send a very clear message that no matter how old the offence, we can and will pursue offenders and remove them from our communities.

“I would like to reassure the public that all reports of domestic abuse or sexual crime are taken extremely seriously and acted upon appropriately.

“Anyone who wishes to report a crime of this nature can contact Police Scotland on 101 or make an anonymous report through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Daily Record

Teacher caught with 2500 indecent images of children struck off

Published January 17, 2013 by misty534

A secondary teacher has been banned from the profession after being caught with almost 2500 indecent images of children on his computer.

Peter McFarlane was previously placed on the sex offenders register after he was convicted of the offence at Airdrie Sheriff Court last year.

The former history teacher at Cumbernauld High School was struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland this week over the offence.

Mr McFarlane was also found to have breached the standards of his profession with a previous criminal conviction, after he slashed the tyres and seats of a car with a knife in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire, in August 2010.

The 48-year-old was convicted of driving while more than twice the drink drive limit during the earlier offence.

In its findings, the teaching watchdog noted that Mr McFarlane had appealed against his conviction in respect of the indecent images offence, but the move had been refused.

The council’s fitness to teach panel stated: “The offences in respect of which the respondent has been convicted are serious and demonstrate that the respondent’s conduct has fallen significantly short of the standards expected of a teacher.”

It added: “The panel was of the view that the respondent’s convictions (in particular the conviction for possessing indecent photographs of children) demonstrate conduct that is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered teacher and the nature of the respondent’s conduct means that the Respondent is unfit to teach.”

Mr McFarlane did not attend the council hearing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, while he has 14 days in which to lodge an appeal against the decision to remove him from the teaching register.