1 July, 2016
Chief Constable Philip Gormley,
Dear Chief Constable Gormley,
Open letter: queries regarding the conduct of Police Scotland in relation to the Docherty family
As a UK citizen, and a member of an extensive Scottish family, I would be grateful if you would
answer the following questions in relation to the removal of the four Docherty children from the
care of their loving parents, and the continuing terrorisation of Brian and Janice Docherty.
1 How can Police Scotland justify not investigating the man who offered Brian Docherty
£25,000 for “access” to his autistic son, when the man in question has admitted that he did,
in fact, do so ?
2 Why, less than twenty-four hours after Brian Docherty reported that Alan Low, the
occupant of a neighbouring property on Viscount Petersham’s Crimonmogate estate, had
offered him £25,000 for “access” to his autistic four-year- old son, did Sergeant Buchan, of
Police Scotland, Fraserburgh, arrive on his doorstep and attempt to persuade Mr Docherty,
with considerable persistence, that there was nothing to be concerned about ?
3 Since Viscount Petersham has admitted to being a friend of the alleged paedophile Alan
Low, why did Aberdeen social services not investigate the well-being of his family, instead of
focussing on the Dochertys, who had no previous dealings with the man in question ?
4 Why did PC Lamont, the female officer who allegedly wrote a concern report to social
services attacking Mr and Mrs Docherty and their children, have no knowledge of the
contents of her own report ?
5 What allegations are made against the Dochertys in the notes sent to the Irish Garda by
Police Scotland, and why have Brian and Janice Docherty never, in the two years since they
were written, been permitted to see them ?
6 After the Dochertys took sanctuary in Ireland, why did Police Scotland send an email to all
Irish police stations asking for information on their whereabouts, when they had never been
accused of committing any crime ?
7 Why, after the Dochertys took sanctuary in Ireland, did Police Scotland coordinate three
meetings with the Irish Garda and social services ?
8 Garda officers claimed that they had been alerted to the Dochertys’ whereabouts by
Interpol, and that their case was top priority. Interpol have stated that they have no
knowledge of the matter. Somebody is lying. Who was, in fact, responsible for instructing
the Garda to raid the Dochertys’ home on 28 January 2015 and remove the children from
their parents ?
9 By what authority have the Docherty children again been seized, without the presentation
of either a warrant or court documents ? Does the necessary documentation even exist ?
10 Why was DS MacDougall of Police Scotland authorised to travel out of the Scottish
jurisdiction to testify against Mr and Mrs Docherty’s mental health ? On whose authority did
he undertake to do this ? Is it normal procedure, in Police Scotland, to send officers abroad
to testify against the mental health of members of the public who have reported, not
committed, a crime ?
11 Who is authorising the remorseless, and continuing, surveillance and persecution of the
Docherty family, which has not stopped short of life-threatening physical attacks on them,
their children and their pets ? What agencies and police services have been utilised in this
campaign of terror against them ?
12 When the Dochertys wrote to the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
(a man who had previously been Deputy Chief Constable of Police Scotland, under Stephen
House) to complain about the aggressive surveillance being inflicted on their family, they
received in reply an email, signed by a staff sergeant, which read, “Dear Mr and Mrs
Docherty, PSNI does not discuss intelligence matters.” Please will you explain how this
family poses a threat to the nation’s security ?
13 When a judge has dismissed the case against the Dochertys and stated that the family
should not be pursued by the original case notes from Scotland, since these are without
merit, why have Police Scotland continued to utilise those same notes as a basis for further
persecution of the family ?
14 Please will you state in detail the precise allegations made by Police Scotland against the
15 Given the refusal to investigate an alleged paedophile, the subsequent unremitting
persecution, for no discernible reason, of a law-abiding family, and the Police Investigations
and Review Commissioner’s upholding of twelve out of the Dochertys’ complaints against
your force, do you agree that there are reasonable grounds for a public investigation into
Police Scotland’s conduct in the handling of this case ?
I look forward to hearing straightforward answers to these questions.
Gillian Swanson MA (Oxon)
Corrections: 2 August, 2016: DS McDougall is incorrect, and should be replaced by DS MacDougall.
Also, the PIRC upheld eleven of the the Dochertys’ twelve complaints against Police Scotland, not all
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