Police Scotland admit failures over M9 crash that killed young couple

Police Scotland admit failures over M9 cra-sh that kil-led young couple

Police Scotland have admitted that flaws in its call handling system “materially contributed” to the dea-th of a young mother who lay undiscovered in a crashed car with her partner for three days after the incident was reported.

The force pleaded guilty to a criminal breach of health and safety laws following the deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell, who died after their car crashed off the M9 near Stirling in July 2015.

The office of the Chief Constable of Police Scotland admitted at the High Court in Edinburgh that  between April 1, 2013 and March 1, 2016 it failed to provide a reliable call handling system.

In addition the force admitted it had failed to ensure it was not vulnerable to unacceptable risks caused by human error, and did not ensure that all relevant information reported by the public was recorded on an IT system.

As a a result, on July 5, 2015, a police officer at the force call-handling centre at Bilston Glen Service Centre failed to record a phone call from a member of the public reporting that a vehicle was at the bottom of an embankment at the side of the eastbound junction nine slip road from the M80 on to the M9.

The phone call was not recorded on any IT system and the court indictment said the failure went unnoticed with “no proper consideration of the report and no opportunity for an appropriate response from Police Scotland”.

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