Rennie: FAI required for full clarity on M9 crash

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today urged the new Lord Advocate to move forwards quickly with a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the tragic crash on the M9 last year.

Mr Rennie was speaking after the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner submitted a second report into the crash to the Crown Office.

Earlier this year, the previous Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland told Mr Rennie he found it “inconceivable” that a full FAI would not be held given the public concern over the incident, which took the lives of Lamara Bell and John Yuill.

Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

“The fact that investigations are moving forwards is welcome. But if the families are to get the answers they need then we need a full FAI into these tragic events. The previous Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland was clear in his view that a FAI was necessary. We need the new Lord Advocate to ensure that all the necessary preparations are completed now to allow for the immediate launch of an FAI once PIRC has finished their work.

“The families have already waited a year for answers. All of us need to know what went wrong and what steps Police Scotland will take to support call centre staff to ensure that an accident like this can never happen again. A full FAI will give us the clarity we need.”

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