By David Scott @Albion_Rover 29.08.16

In the full transcript of the Docherty
interview, there are many stories of Police and Garda officers behaving
badly, violently, unlawfully; perhaps the worst of the worst is the
conduct of the officer the Dochertys knew as Sergeant Sam Buchan. Their
account is in interview 2 of the Docherty Tapes. This is what they said:

(Extract from the full transcript)

Brian Docherty: Well, we lived between
Fraserburgh and Peterhead at the time, on this Viscount’s estate. It was
slightly closer, I’d say to Fraserburgh, so it was the local … I called
this hotline—101 or, you know, the standard line, and they put me in
touch with a local officer, called Sergeant Sam Buchan.

David Scott: So, what did Sergeant Buchan do?

Brian Docherty: Well, when he took my
call, he was aware of who I was. I’d already spoken to a woman in the
Call Centre and she’d recommended this man. Rather peculiarly, he asked
me about my children first of all. When I mentioned what this was about,
he was very calm. He said he had “just the officers for the job” and he
told me to attend Peterhead Police Station, which was further away from
where we were based, that night at 7 o’clock,..

So I went to Peterhead at 7 o’clock and I
met with two officers … and, contrary to what Sergeant Buchan had said,
these two officers were extremely new Probationers or maybe a year more
than that, but no more than that. In terms of experience, they were
very inexperienced.

The next day, Buchan—this was Saturday
the 9th—came to our house. He refused to come in the house. He was
attending with Kathryn Lamont, who I’d seen previously with another PC,
and he spent the best part of half an hour attempting to dissuade us
over and over and over …

David Scott: So, let me just follow the
timeline here. So you report this to the National Crime Agency on the
4th [August 2014], they direct you to the local police, you go to the
local police on the 8th, and then one day later, on the 9th, the
Sergeant in charge is at your door and he’s trying to dissuade you from
taking the complaint forward?

Brian Docherty: That’s right. He had made no investigation.
Brian Docherty: Case closed. He actually
said to us that … he said, “Well, we asked him, ‘Are you a paedophile?’
and he said, ‘No’.”

Janice Docherty: So there he was, and he just kept saying, “How can I persuade you there’s nothing here?”

Brian Docherty: “How can I convince you
there’s nothing here?” “How can I persuade you?” “What will it take for
you to realise there is nothing here?” “What will it take for this to go
away?” It was phrases like that which, at the time, we thought were
very odd.. And when we were speaking to Sergeant Buchan, what we were
getting was comments which were quite incredible or ludicrous, to the
point where he would say things like, “Why would you think he was a
paedophile?” I said, “Well, he offered me twenty-five grand for my son.”
He’d go, “That doesn’t make him a paedophile.”

So Sergeant Sam Buchan ran the
investigation, appointed inexperienced officers, spoke to the alleged
paedophile, accepted his denials and, in less than 24 hours, concluded
all was well. But it gets worse; a report was submitted to social
services directing them to take an interest in the Docherty family, not
the alleged paedophile or his associates. That report was authored by PC
Kathryn Lamont:

David Scott: So, PC Kathryn Lamont … you
contacted her regarding the Report of Concern that was submitted under
her name to Social Services. So, what did she say?

Brian Docherty: She … she was very
startled when I phoned her, and she didn’t appear to … from what I told
her, from what the social work manager told me about the contents of the
report, she was totally flummoxed, if that’s the right word— she had no
idea about the contents of this report, and she said to me, “Look, I’m
going to have to go and read the report—if I can call you back in five
minutes?” So, I was asking her, “Why did you say this, why would you
write these things when we reported a paedophile, why would you say our
family were isolated, why would you say we were obsessed with
paedophiles or fixated,” I think the word was, and she said, “I’ve got
to go and … if you don’t mind, give me five minutes.” She was initially
quite hostile, but when she listened to what I had to say, she said she
would phone back. She phoned back something closer to 45 minutes later,
in a panic, and she said to me, “I’d like to come and see you to talk
about this. If it’s OK, if I could bring my Union Representative,
Sergeant Clare Smith?” And I said, “Why do you want to bring your Union
rep? This is not a police union matter.” She said, “I’d like to come out
and try and talk to you and your wife about this.” And she was very,
very startled or very spooked, because it seemed at the time there was
something not right here. Obviously, I knew there was something very not
right, but what I later discovered was that this was not her report.
She was off on annual leave, and Buchan went off on annual leave after
she [did] … so when she returned, he went off on annual leave and the
report which was submitted by her was not the report which was submitted
to Social Services, and the allegations made were fabricated and
submitted against our family, she, clearly, had no knowledge of.

Describing the findings of the Police Investigation & Review Commissioner (PIRC) Brian said:

And in that report, of our twelve
complaints they upheld eleven of them, and one of the key ones was the
initial action which referred our family to Social Services, and in that
they said that there was no justification for the referral to Social
Services—and they went stronger than that, and they encouraged in
correspondence that I report Sergeant Sam Buchan to the Procurator
Fiscal’s office that deals with police: Police … I can’t remember the
acronym, but it was to do with criminal actions against police officers,
because what they stated was that there was no justification for this
and they stated that the subject of the report should not have been our

Janice Docherty: And that Sergeant
Buchan had obviously altered PC Lamont’s Concern Report. Where[as] she’d
written about Alan Low, Buchan had altered it to make it about our
family, while she was off on annual leave.

Brian Docherty: What she told me on the
telephone [was] that she wrote a report, and what she told me was that
she wrote a report identifying the concerns that we had about the
neighbour and identifying the threat against our property and our
family, based on what we reported about anti-social behaviour, men …
three men in a car late at night, the banging noises, the dead animals,
the greenhouse, etc, etc. She put that in her report, but that was
changed into this Concern Report, which made our family the target of
Social Services, as a result of this fictitious … this report by Police
Scotland officers.

In summary, after a blatantly and
intentionally inept investigation, Sergeant Sam Buchan then attempts to
persuade the Dochertys to forget about their concerns and when this
fails, he fabricates a report under the name of a colleague so that
Social Services lock on to the Docherty family with a view to taking the
children into care. His conduct is so grievous that PIRC recommend
criminal proceedings via the Procurator Fiscal’s office. This is a
litany of crimes of the worst sort, a damning indictment of an officer
unfit to wear the uniform.

So let us take a look at Sergeant Sam Buchan in this case from a Press & Journal report which describes
“A Fraserburgh police officer has launched an innovative new campaign
to steer the town’s young people away from the dangers of legal highs.”
The article contains a photo and a more trustworthy-looking officer it
would be hard to imagine. But looks can be deceiving.

Extract from UK Column READ IN FULL HERE


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