HOUSE IS BACK ON THE FORCE
Ex-Police Scotland chief lands major job at Met
THE former chief constable of Police Scotland has been given a top role with the Met force – three years after resigning in shame.
Sir Stephen House quit his role in 2015 after the M9 crash scandal – but has landed a lucrative job as assistant commissioner of the Met in London.
Commissioner Cressida Dick has brought him out of retirement to deal with an outcry over disclosure of evidence at Scotland Yard.
House, who served as assistant commissioner with the Met in the early 2000s before taking over as head of Strathclyde Police, will looks at hundreds of cases that could be affected by the issue.
Thousands of rape prosecutions in England and Wales will be reviewed in the wake of claims that officers may not have given all relevant evidence to defence teams.
It follows the case of student Liam Allan, 22, whose trial collapsed when it emerged messages which cast doubt on the charges against him had not been provided to his lawyers.
Dick said: “Steve has a strong track record in tackling violent crime – particularly domestic violence, knife and gang crime – both within the Met and then with huge success in Scotland.”
House was in change of Police Scotland when couple Lamara Bell and John Yuill were found dead in a car four days after it crashed off the M9 near Stirling in July 2015.
Officers received a call about the car leaving the road but the information was not passed on and the case was not investigated. House resigned weeks later.
RESIGNED Sir Stephen House