THE new Chief Constable of Lothian and
Borders Police will today tell the Cullen Inquiry what senior police
officers think about firearms control.
Roy Cameron, currently top policeman in Dumfries and
Galloway, will give evidence on behalf of the Association of Chief Police
The 21st day of the inquiry will concentrate on expert
witnesses suggesting how gun laws can be improved.
Yesterday bereaved families won the right to criticise
decisions taken by Procurators Fiscals' offices not to prosecute school
killer Thomas Hamilton.
A day of legal debate ended with two former fiscals
- who had decided no charges should be brought against Hamilton after
police investigations - giving evidence. Lord Cullen LINK
ruled that other parties were not allowed to cross-examine them LINK.
But lawyers acting for the families won a partial victory by winning
the right to comment on the evidence about why Thomas Hamilton was never
An 18-page report from the Crown Office
explained why four different fiscals decided not to take action against
The report dated back to 1988 when the first police
investigation about Hamilton was made, when boys claimed they were assaulted
by him at a summer camp at Loch Lomond. LINK
Earlier Colin Campbell QC, representing the families,
made a plea for the right to scrutinise what the officials did because
he said the Crown Office report raised "serious questions"
Scotland's churches have called for a ban on private
ownership of automatic or semi-automatic handguns.
A submission to the Cullen Inquiry by ACTS (Action
of Churches Together in Scotland), which has its headquarters in Dunblane,
also argued for stricter controls on certification of all privately
owned firearms and for handguns used at sporting clubs to be held securely
on club premises. LINK
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