Police chief in appeal to Bute public

ACC Wayne Mawson from Police Scotland (right) with Bute's three councillors, Len Scoullar, Robert Macintyre and Isobel Strong, and local sergeant Jimmy Crawford.
ACC Wayne Mawson from Police Scotland (right) with Bute's three councillors, Len Scoullar, Robert Macintyre and Isobel Strong, and local sergeant Jimmy Crawford.

The most senior police officer in the west of Scotland has appealed to the public on Bute to come forward with any suspicions of criminal activity - no matter how trivial they might seem.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson from Police Scotland was speaking during a visit to Rothesay on Friday on the last part of a whistle-stop tour of Argyll and Bute.

Mr Mawson, who is in charge of local policing in the former Strathclyde and Dumfries and Galloway areas, met local officers and the island’s three Argyll and Bute councillors during his short Bute visit - and said a tip-off from the public could be the final piece of evidence needed by police to take action against suspected criminals.

“No matter how small or trivial you might think your suspicions are, please come and tell us,” he said.

“Stop an officer in the street, call our 101 non-emergency phone number or come in and see us.

“To you it might seem inconsequential, bordering on embarrassing even, but for us it could be the one last piece of intelligence that completes the picture and allows us to go to a sheriff and get a warrant.”

Mr Mawson also visited Oban, Mull, Lochgilphead, Inveraray and Dunoon during his short tour of Argyll and Bute