House notes that Thomas
the perpetrator of the hideously distressing slaughter committed in
Dunblane on the 13th March 1996, had enrolled
in Lodge number 1417 of the Masonic
Order at Garrow Hill in 1977 [Ed
~It is actually numbered 1413 and its full name is Garrowhill
(Lanarkshire Middle Ward,) 118
Garrowhill, Glasow G69 6NR], had
been granted his firearms certificate in 1979 and had stopped attending
Lodge meetings in 1986 [Ed
~ Coincidentally (?) he was granted a firearms certificate the same
year he joined the Masons - 1977].
the immediate resignation of a very senior police officer's [Deputy
Chief Constable Douglas McMurdo]
on publication of the Cullen Report raises
the question of that officer's Masonic membership.
such a senior officer of a provincial force would be unlikely not
to be a Freemason, that the apparent deletion
of all computer reference to Hamilton in the databanks
of Central Scotland Police files for the
period both before and after the incident demands clear explanation. That
police confiscation of the membership records of gun clubs that had
disowned Hamilton in dispute of his false
claims requires justification.
their continued retention is both unwarranted and inexcusable.
in all of the foregoing, the range and character of the relationship
between Thomas Hamilton and the police officer
concerned would appear potentially suspect.
requires Her Majesty's Government to institute
at the earliest date the most urgent independent and exhaustive inquiry
into those matters to ensure the open publication of the fullest report