Island police job attracts country-wide interest
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.