HOUSE IS BACK ON THE FORCE

Ex-Po­lice Scot­land chief lands ma­jor job at Met

Daily Record - - INFO - MAR­GARET DAVIS re­porters@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

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

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