Probe into police search for former Stenhousemuir player

Paul Shanks was found in West Lothian on September 30
Paul Shanks was found in West Lothian on September 30

An investigation has been launched into how Police Scotland handled the search for a missing Falkirk man.

The body of former Stenhousemuir footballer Paul Shanks was found in West Lothian last Wednesday, September 30.

Police treated his death as “unexplained” and said it was not suspicious.

It came two days after a domestic disturbance involving the 31-year-old and as concerns grew for his safety, a missing person search was begun on September 29.

Tragically, his body was discovered in Livingston the following day.

During his career he also played for junior sides Camelon, Sauchie and Broxburn.

This week police confirmed a report had been sent to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson said: “As part of an active investigation into a domestic disturbance on September 28, inquiries were ongoing to trace a 31-year-old man from Falkirk in relation to this incident.

“Concerns for his welfare were made known to the police and a missing person search was initiated on September 29. His body was found in West Lothian on September 30.

“The matter has been reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, which has referred the incident to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.”