Chief Constable Colin McKerracher QPM. LLB.,
Grampian Police Headquarters,
Dear Chief Constable McKerracher,
I am writing to you today to express my concerns regarding the arrest of a constituent of mine Mr Robert Green.
On 13th of February, whilst Mr Robert Green was being held in custody by your officers in Aberdeen, Grampian Police raided Mr Green’s home in Warrington alongside two police officers from the Cheshire Constabulary: an unusual action considering that Mr Green was only being held on a Breach of the Peace charge. When Mr Green enquired with Warrington Magistrates to see if they had a copy of the warrant, they did not have one. The Cheshire Police also did not have a copy of the warrant. When Cheshire Police contacted Detective Serjeant Brian Geddes, who led the raid, they were given an assurance that a copy would be posted to Mr Green without delay. This copy has still not arrived.
My Parliamentary colleague Owen Paterson MP a Ms Lousie Stanley at Grampian Police to express his concern that many of the documents seized during that raid were personal documents belonging to a constituent of his and relating to a possible legal action against Grampian Police. Ms Stanley informed him that the warrant had been arranged by a “PC Greades”. Further investigations have shown that “PC Greades” was in fact PC Vreades, but PC Vreades denies any knowledge of such a document and claims that as he has only been a Constable for 4 years, he would not have had the authority to issue such a document anyway.
I am willing to accept that there may be a perfectly innocent explanation for what has occurred, however given my constituent’s past dealings with your force I believe it is vital that there is no suggestion that Grampian Police are acting in any way improperly. To that end I would be grateful if you could give me, in writing, an explanation of your version of events, including addressing why Grampian Police thought it necessary to raid a property in connection with a relatively minor offence and which officer submitted the warrant for the raid. It would be helpful if you could also provide copies of the warrant to both myself and to Mr Green.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter. I look forward to reading your response. I can be contacted at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
David Mowat MP