Police called and left a message on a mobile phone belonging to a Camelon woman killed in an M9 crash ten days after she died.
Horrified relatives of Lamara Bell revealed today they were informed of the voicemail by police, who have apologised for the mistake.
This is a shambles and unfortunately it damages the credibility of Police Scotland even furtherHugh Henry MSP
Lamara’s brother Martin revealed on Facebook that the family were visited by the commander of Police Scotland’s Forth Valley Division.
It is understood that officers were looking for Lamara’s sister, Rebecca, and asked if Lamara had been seen.
Lamara’s mobile phone is still in the hands of Police Scotland as they investigate the crash and its circumstances.
John (28) is believed to have died on impact when the Renault Clio left the M9 near Stirling Services, and Lamara (25) was critically injured.
The mother of two died in hospital on Sunday, July 12.
Lamara’s grieving brother, Martin Bell, wrote today: “So my dad had the chief constable of Falkirk police at his house this morning... They were there to inform him that one of their constables had phoned my sister’s phone on the 21st July, ten days after she died.
“They told my dad this constable left a voicemail on her mobile saying ‘Lamara, we are looking to speak to your sister Rebecca. If you have seen her can you give us a call back?’”
Martin added: “Are you kidding me on? Are the police for real!!! They came to apologise in advance for when my mum and dad hear this voicemail for themselves... Shower of useless b******s!!”
Chief Superintendent John Hawkins, Forth Valley Divisional Commander, admitted he was the officer who visited the family at their home in Tamfourhill.
He said: “Once again I want to offer Police Scotland’s condolences to the Bell family.
“I am deeply disappointed that we have shown such a lack of awareness given all the briefings put in place within Forth Valley area and the media coverage reflecting the level of shock felt across the country.
“We clearly regret having caused any further upset to them.”
Scottish Labour shadow justice secretary Hugh Henry said: “This is the last thing Lamara Bell’s family needs. We all know that people can make mistakes but when it’s one mistake after another then it becomes more serious.
“This is a shambles and unfortunately it damages the credibility of Police Scotland even further. Someone, either in government or the police, must take responsibility for all this.”