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Police chief due to make apology

14 December 07 21:48 GMT

A chief constable is to apologise to the family of a man whose body was found in Wick harbour over failures into the subsequent investigation.

Kevin Macleod, 24, was discovered in February 1997 after a night out. Police said his death was accidental but his family believed he was murdered.

Northern Constabulary's chief constable Ian Latimer has confirmed he will meet the family next week.

It follows a probe by Scotland's police complaints commissioner.

He accused the force of "institutional arrogance" in its treatment of the family, and ordered an apology.

Allan McLeod, the dead man's uncle, confirmed family members would be meeting Mr Latimer on Wednesday next week in Wick.

Mr McLeod, 49, said: "He has agreed to meet the family. He is going to make an unreserved apology for the force's handling of the death.

"Although it's a belated apology, it's welcome."

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