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Scottish Conservatives demand ministerial statement on crumbling police stations

The Scottish Conservatives are demanding that the Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, explains to the Scottish Parliament the action he is going to take to improve the terrible state of Scotland’s police stations.

Liam Kerr, the Scottish Conservative shadow Justice Secretary, made the call after Mr Yousaf dismissed revelations about police facilities with leaking windows, mouldy floors and vermin infestations as “hyperbole”.

Shortly after Mr Yousaf’s denial, the ceiling of the Broughty Ferry police station collapsed.

The issue was raised again yesterday at First Minister’s questions in the Scottish Parliament. Nicola Sturgeon also failed to accept the poor state of Police Scotland’s facilities and failed to outline a plan to improve them.

 

Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary said;

“The Chief Constable of Police Scotland and the Chairman of the Scottish Police Federation have both raised serious concerns about the state of Scottish Police facilities.

“We have seen photos and videos of police stations with leaking windows, mould infested carpets and vermin infestations.

“Despite all this, both the First Minister and the Justice Secretary are not only denying this serious problem but they clearly have no intention of improving it.

“We still have absolutely no answers from Mr Yousaf.

“This is yet another insult to our police officers, and it is harmful to their ability to do their jobs.

“The Justice Secretary must now come before the Scottish Parliament and explain in a ministerial statement what he is going to do to fix these problems.

“The SNP government must ensure that Scottish police officers have the facilities they need to fulfil their duties – anything less is unacceptable.”

 

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