The stark increase has been seen almost uniformly across the region, with the biggest change at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court which saw three times as many cases in 2015 compared to 2013.

The number of appearances in the first five months of this year are already above those from 2013 as a whole.

Reported by The Courrier. You can read the full story here. 

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