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WESTERN ISLES CLOSES BOOKS ON POLICE AND MEDIA CIRCUS

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No police officers will be disciplined for the media circus which surrounded a raid on council offices as part of a...
No police officers will be disciplined for the media circus which surrounded a raid on council offices as part of a fruitless inquiry into the awarding of council contracts.

Western Isles Council has decided to end its enquiries into the events of November 1996 when local journalists and photographers witnessed police officers arriving to seize papers on the contracts awarded to the DSO. The police raid followed a complaint from a source that has never been revealed to the council.

Although both the police and the Scottish Office cleared the council of wrongdoing and anti-competitive practice, it has persistently complained about police behaviour and the leak to the media.

An internal police investigation cleared officers of misconduct and reported that efforts to trace the leak failed, largely because journalists refused to co-operate.

In a letter to Western Isles chief executive Brian Stewart, Northern Constabulary deputy chief constable Keith Cullen said journalists 'had no warning of what was to happen - only a message it may be worthwhile to be at the council offices on that day. The original source of this message cannot be satisfactorily clarified'.
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