Police chief to step down

Sir Stephen House is expected to formally announce his departure today
Sir Stephen House is expected to formally announce his departure today

Sir Stephen House faced mounting pressure over Police Scotland’s handling of the M9 crash which killed a Falkirk couple.

Police Scotland’s Chief Constable is to step down from his role, it has been reported.

Sir Stephen House has faced mounting pressure to stand down following calls by the families of Lamara Bell (25) and John Yuill (28) who died after Mr Yuill’s car crashed off the M9 motorway last month.

It took three days for police to respond to the fatal incident when Ms Bell was found alive but later died in hospital. Mr Yuill is believed to have been killed from the impact of the crash.

Sir Stephen also came under fire for the use of armed officers on routine patrols and the force’s stop-and-search policy on young people.

He had been expected to leave his post in September 2016 after his four-year contract was up, but is now likely to quit his role by the start of December.

It is believed he will formally announce his departure at a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) which he is attending today.