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Top police officer investigated over alleged public indecency

A watchdog will submit a report to the Crown Office about Chief Superintendent Gareth Blair.

Chief Superintendent Gareth Blair is Commander of Edinburgh Division (David Cheskin/PA)
Chief Superintendent Gareth Blair is Commander of Edinburgh Division (David Cheskin/PA)

A top police officer is being investigated after an alleged incident of public indecency.

Chief Superintendent Gareth Blair of Police Scotland was found by colleagues engaged in alleged sexual activity with a woman at a park and ride in Edinburgh on Tuesday, according to The Sun.

Claims about the married officer have been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc), which has now launched a probe.

Police Scotland will fully co-operate with the Pirc’s inquiries Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs said: “Police attended a report of alleged public indecency in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

“The circumstances have been highlighted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) who has instructed the Pirc to investigate.

“Police Scotland will fully co-operate with the Pirc’s inquiries.”

A Pirc spokesman said: “We are investigating allegations of potential criminality against an officer of Police Scotland and it would be inappropriate to comment further on a live inquiry.

“The matter was referred to the Pirc by the COPFS and a report on the commissioner’s findings will be submitted to the COPFS in due course.”

Chief Superintendent Blair took up his current post as Commander of Edinburgh Division in June.

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