Is­land po­lice job at­tracts coun­try-wide in­ter­est

The Oban Times - - News -

A PO­LICE con­sta­ble’s po­si­tion on Mull has at­tracted Hamish Mac­Beth wannabes from all over the coun­try.

Po­lice Scot­land said it had re­ceived ‘nu­mer­ous’ en­quiries about the is­land po­si­tion - to be based in Craignure, the is­land’s port.

But of­fi­cers look­ing for a sleepy re­tire­ment job sim­i­lar to the of­fi­cer from the hit TV show might get a shock at the num­ber of in­ves­ti­ga­tions po­lice of­fi­cers are called to on Mull and Iona.

A polic­ing re­port made by con­sta­ble Sharon Carr out­lined 18 re­ports in a month to Tober­mory po­lice of­fice in­clud­ing drugs, neigh­bour dis­putes and two sud­den deaths. In Craignure there were three calls, five calls to Salen and 12 calls in Bunes­san and Iona.

At a re­cent meet­ing of Mull com­mu­nity coun­cil in An Roth, Craignure, Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil­lor Mary-Jean Devon said the is­land had changed with the ris­ing crime on Mull and Iona.

Cit­ing a theft from a me­dieval shrine on Iona and 18 re­ported cases in a month in Tober­mory alone, Mrs Devon said: ‘It re­ally sad­dens me, all the crimes on Mull. These are things that never hap­pened. What changed?’

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesman said the is­lands were gen­er­ally safe and he thanked the lo­cal com­mu­nity for ac­tively work­ing with the po­lice to re­port and record crime in such a large ge­o­graph­i­cal area.

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