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Former firearms officer fined over bullets

Sgt Steven Campbell
The court heard Sgt Campbell "inadvertently" took the bullets home

A former police firearms instructor arrested after he "inadvertently" kept two bullets has been fined £450.

At an earlier hearing Sergeant Steven Campbell, 40, from Hamilton, admitted having the ammunition without the necessary paperwork.

The serving officer was given an additional fine of £300 for assaulting a women at a farm in Lanarkshire.

He was originally accused with rape and attempted murder but was cleared of those charges at an earlier hearing.

Judge Lord Woolman told Campbell that he would not impose a jail-term.

He said: "As a former police firearms instructor, you of all people should know the strict laws surrounding firearms and ammunition."

The judge said the fines would have been £1,000 but for the guilty pleas.

He added: "With regard to the assault, a physical attack on another person is always a matter of concern. It will not be treated lightly by the court.

"But this case is at the lower end of the range."

He had planned to return them to the police, but forgot to do so
Paul McBride QC
Defence lawyer

The court previously heard how Campbell lost his temper while moving animals at the farm in Shotts on a day between 2005 and 2006.

He assaulted the woman by grabbing her and pushing her against a nearby tractor.

In October 2008 Campbell turned up unexpectedly at the property.

Prosecutor Derek Ogg QC said: "There was a row which resulted in the complainer calling the police. She made certain allegations which were taken extremely seriously.

"She made, amongst others, an allegation that the accused kept ammunition at the house, albeit two bullets."

Mr Ogg said two cartridges were later seized which Campbell would have "perfectly lawfully" had access to at work.

He was a firearms instructor at the force training centre at Jackton, South Lanarkshire.

'Absent minded'

Campbell's QC Paul McBride previously told the court that the police officer had "inadvertently" took the bullets home with him.

Mr McBride said: "He was absent minded having attended some police training events.

"He had taken them, had planned to return them to the police, but forgot to do so."

The lawyer said Campbell acted Campbell acted out of "sheer frustration" when he assaulted the woman.

He said the officer, who begun his policing career in 1988, had enjoyed an "unblemished" service record and had never been subject to any disciplinary proceedings by police.

Mr Campbell has not been suspended from his job but has been removed from frontline duties. He may face further disciplinary action by the force.



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