Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Loch Ness Monster's existence ‘beyond doubt’ in 1930s

The existence of the Loch Ness Monster was “beyond doubt”, according to a top police officer, a historic file released yesterday showed.

The Government file about ‘Nessie’ was released by the National Archives of Scotland as part of the exhibition An Open Secret.

William Fraser, the Chief Constable of Inverness-shire, raised concerns about protecting the “strange creature” from hunters, in a letter to the Under Secretary of State at the Scottish Office in the 1930s.

He wrote: “That there is some strange creature in Loch Ness now seems beyond doubt.

“But that the police have any power to protect it is very doubtful.”

In 1933, following a number of alleged sightings and the publication of articles and grainy photographs by newspapers, the Scottish Office was asked to confirm the existence of a monster or sea serpent in Loch Ness.

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