Watchdog chief’s expenses for Clutha funerals

Vic Emer submitted claims for hundreds of pounds after joining mourners at three services. Picture: Michael Gillen
Vic Emer submitted claims for hundreds of pounds after joining mourners at three services. Picture: Michael Gillen
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THE chairman of Scotland’s police watchdog was at the centre of controversy today after it was revealed he claimed expenses for attending the funerals of officers killed in Glasgow’s Clutha helicopter crash.

Vic Emery, who was paid £90,000 last year as head of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), submitted claims for hundreds of pounds after joining mourners at three services.

Pilot David Traill and police constables Tony Collins and Kirsty Nelis were killed when the police helicopter they were in crashed on top of Glasgow’s Clutha bar in 2013. Mr Emery – who was briefly in charge of Edinburgh’s tram project – and other SPA board members filed expenses and allowances claims worth hundreds of pounds after attending the funerals in Glasgow and Arran.

Brian Docherty, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “This news will stun police officers all over Scotland. The notion that profit was even a consideration suggests poor judgement and leaves an exceptionally bad taste in the mouth.”

Mr Emery said he was donating the amount he had received to the Clutha Trust.