Police hit by racism claims

ALLEGATIONS of racism by Lothian and Borders Police have led to four misconduct procedures against staff in the last four years.

A total of 43 allegations of racist behaviour were made between April 2007 and August 2011, 40 against officers.

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The figures, released under freedom of information laws, showed five cases were reported to the procurator fiscal but resulted in “no proceedings” being mounted.

A police spokesman said: “Considering the number of encounters between the police and public, the number of such allegations is very low.”