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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22259: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what steps the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is taking to avoid losing or destroying video and photographic evidence, in light of reports that this has happened in relation to prosecuting offences committed in football grounds.

Answered by: James Wolffe QC 2 April 2019

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service handles over 40,000 pieces of physical evidence every year. There are strict processes in place in relation to the handling of these labelled productions including how they are accounted for and stored.

Following a recent case in Glasgow in which regrettably the evidence could not be located, a number of improvements to the system of recording and tracking physical evidence in Glasgow have been implemented.