Ex-Police Scotland officer guilty of 'appalling abuse' against Lanarkshire women

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An ex-Police Scotland officer has been found guilty of 'appalling abuse' against several Lanarkshire women

Former cop Christopher Ferguson was today convicted at Hamilton Sheriff Court for a series of abusive and violent offences.

Following a complaint against the 31-year-old, an investigation was launched and officers took proactive steps to identify and approach further potential victims. Ferguson was arrested and charged in 2021 and suspended immediately.

He is due to be sentenced on Thursday, 11 July, 2024.

Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Houston said: “My thoughts are with those who survived the appalling abuse by Christopher Ferguson and I hope this conviction provides them with some measure of closure. I commend their strength in reporting these crimes and bringing him to justice.

“We understand how difficult it can be to report these kinds of offences, particularly when the perpetrator is a police officer, but I want the public to be reassured that all reports are thoroughly investigated, no matter when the offending took place or who is involved.

“It is right that policing is held to high standards at all times and we will always support officers and staff acting with our values and standards at heart. The onus is on policing to build and maintain public confidence and consent which is critical in our ability to keep our communities and citizens safe.

“Criminality or misconduct by officers or staff damages public confidence and there is no place in policing for those who do not uphold our values.”

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