Several weeks ago the Falkirk Herald printed a letter from an unnamed correspondent from the NO side. In the letter filled with bile and rancour the author made a serious allegation of being accosted by “five YES louts” just outside the Howgate Shopping Centre.
This led to a request by YES Falkirk for Police Scotland to investigate the matter and determine whether there had been any criminal act perpetrated.
In an email to Falkirk Council SNP Group Leader, Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn, the Police Scotland Officer entrusted with the investigation confirmed that no criminal act had occurred on that date.
The Falkirk Herald were contacted by Police Scotland and refused, as is normal practice, refused to reveal the name and address of the author but did undertake to contact him to ascertain whether the individual who felt strongly enough to write to the press would speak to the police.
Not surprisingly, Mr Angry was not prepared to even speak with the police.
However, even more significantly local police checked the CCTV and stated that.
“I have checked town centre CCTV between 1100-1300hrs on the day mentioned in the letter as this is the best estimate of the timescale “lunch time” mentioned in the letter. There is nothing evidential from this. “
The full text of the email is printed below. The name of the investigating officer has been deleted but is available if required.
Commenting on the action, Cllr Meiklejohn said,
“While the public meetings organised by YES Falkirk have been packed to the rafters with positive debate Better Together have been making up stories and seeking to smear those who want decision making transferred from London to Holyrood.”
“In the week Alasdair Darling took the national campaign into the gutter with his comments comparing Alex Salmond to North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-il local Better Together activists have been found in the same lowly places as their leaders.”
“This confirms for me the belief that there is a concerted attempt by the No side to ignore the issues and merely muddy the waters by replacing debate with personal insults, smears instead of respect and fact with fiction.”
There are still around 100 days left before polling, it’s time the Unionist alliance upped their game and stopped the this nonsense recognising that the people deserve better than what is being served up to them.”
Text of the email
As per our discussion on the telephone yesterday I am able to confirm the following:
Based on the limited information contained within the Falkirk Herald, I made contact with them to ascertain the details of the letter written in order for us to investigate whether a criminal offence has occurred.
This information was not disclosed to Police Scotland but the writer was contacted on our behalf by the paper. They received contact back saying they did not wish to speak with us.
I have checked records and no complaint has been made to Police Scotland in relation to this incident.
I have checked town centre CCTV between 1100-1300hrs on the day mentioned in the letter as this is the best estimate of the timescale “lunch time” mentioned in the letter. There is nothing evidential from this.
As such I am unable to investigate this matter further.
I trust this information will be of benefit to you.
PS **************** ****** -Forth Valley Division Police Scotland Falkirk Police office Westbridge Street Falkirk FK1 5AP Tel: 101