Police must tackle cover-up culture

FEW who read the sad story of Emma Caldwell could fail to be moved.

A happy, pretty child, she never got over the death of her beloved sister from cancer and sank into a spiral of heroin addiction .

She became a street prostitute to feed her drug habit and was brutally killed and dumped like garbage in a Lanarkshire wood 10 years ago.

Strathclyde Police investigation targeted Turkish suspects in Glasgow . But the flawed case collapsed before it even went to trial.

Emma was almost forgotten outside her grieving circle of family and friends.

Then the Daily Record’s sister paper the Sunday Mail this year produced an extraordinary series of articles about Emma’s death, naming a new suspect they claimed police had failed to pursue.

I read the articles with shock and disbelief. The evidence against this new suspect was considerable.

But that was nothing to the shock and disbelief I felt on hearing that Police Scotland’s response to this story was to spy on individuals they suspected of being the journalist’s sources.

The police priority was not to discover who really killed Emma but to protect their own pig-headed pride.

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