McArthur: FAI needed to properly scrutinise M9 crash

Following the ministerial statement on police call handling, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“I recognise the work carried out by those in C3 division in response to the serious concerns surrounding call handling within Police Scotland.  Despite his talk of the need for ‘continuous learning’, however, the Cabinet Secretary fails to recognise the part played by the SNP government’s botched centralisation in creating these problems in the first place.

“What finally forced the government to act on the concerns being raised about control rooms was the fatal crash on the M9 that killed John Yuill and Lamara Bell.  Yet, three years on and we are still no closer to knowing the timeframe for a Fatal Accident Inquiry into this tragic incident.   

“Without that FAI, neither the public nor, more importantly the families involved, will have the answers they need”.

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