A Perth man who was jailed for dealing cocaine has been ordered to pay back £40,000 under proceeds of crime laws.

A Perth man who was jailed for dealing cocaine has been ordered to pay back £40,000 under proceeds of crime laws.

Austen Sievewright (33) was caught with £7500 of the Class A drug in a sports centre car park in Perth.

He was jailed for 28 months, along with another man, in 2013 after pleading guilty to being involved in the supply of cocaine.

A confiscation order for £40,000 was granted following a hearing at Perth Sheriff Court on Friday (8 May).

Lindsey Miller, procurator fiscal for organised crime and counter-terrorism, said: “Sievewright was responsible for dealing significant quantities of controlled drugs into the Perth area, and clearly thought that he could continue to profit from his crimes.

“Not only have we seized the drugs he was found with, not only has he been convicted and imprisoned, but today we have secured the confiscation of his entire illegal income for the six years prior to his arrest.

“I hope this sends a warning to criminals in Scotland, that thanks to our specialist accountants and the powers of the Proceeds of Crime Act, illegal earnings they may have thought to be safe can still be taken from them.” The money will be reinvested in community facilities through the Scottish government’s Cashback for Communities scheme.

A new hub to tackle the growth in cyber-crime is to be established in the east of Scotland.

The state-of-the-art facility will house specialist investigators who carry out forensic digital examinations of hardware in support of police investigations from child sexual exploitation to serious organised crime.

The cyber-crime hub, to be located in Edinburgh, brings together existing units in Glenrothes, Falkirk and the capital itself.

It will help Police Scotland respond to a huge rise in the demand for digital forensic services to support cyber investigations and also help to protect the country’s computer infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Approval for the new facility was given by the Scottish Police Authority and �1.5 million will be invested in the project.

There has been a 47 per cent increase in demand for digital forensic examinations since the inception of Police Scotland just over two years ago.

The amount of memory in devices submitted for examination doubles approximately every two years and has placed a significant demand on police resources which requires ever increasing server space to cope with the data demands of a modern society.

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, who leads on crime and operational support, said: “Very few investigations today do not have a digital aspect to them - the darker side of the web is all to evident for us to see on a daily basis, whether it relates to the sharing of illegal images of children, online grooming, radicalisation, orchestrating serious organised crime or cyber-bullying.

“The ease with which we can access the internet through various devices has become part of every day life. Inevitably, criminals are also increasingly exploiting this. That means law enforcement has to be up to the task of preventing and detecting crime in the online and digital world.

“The creation of a new, modern facility brings together the expertise which exists in Police Scotland.

“The new hub will become a centre of excellence and will also allow for more effective integration with key partners in academia and business. This kind of partnership working has the potential to turn the cyber threat into a significant opportunity to grow an industry sector that can be of major benefit to Scottish policing, the Scottish economy and the people of Scotland.” The development will be overseen by Detective Superintendent Stevie Wilson, who said: “The growing digital economy has seen the public adopt a vast array of personal devices including PCs, tablets, mobile phones, gaming consoles and Sat Nav equipment. With the ever increasing sophistication of these devices, we need to be able to effectively examine them when it is suspected they have been used in criminal activity.

“The investigation and prevention of online child sexual exploitation is one of the highest priorities for Police Scotland, and we have been at the forefront of the use of new proactive technologies to identify those individuals who represent a threat to our children.

“As a consequence, two-thirds of the work of our digital forensic units involves investigations into indecent images of children. The ability to process cases more efficiently with new upgraded technical equipment means that offenders will be brought to justice more quickly “Police Scotland has recognised the increasing dependence that our people and business have on the internet and have developed the Safer Virtual Communities strategy to keep them as safe in the virtual world as they are in the physical world. This strategy is underpinned by the foundation of effective digital investigations and the East cyberhub will significantly enhance this capacity.”