Accused Pc ‘on scent of drugs bust’

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A POLICE officer accused of faking evidence felt he was “on the scent” of a major drugs bust, a court has been told.

Jason Beck, 40, submitted reports claiming another officer had witnessed a suspect handing over tubs of cannabis to him.

But in his closing speech at the end of Beck’s trial at Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday, depute fiscal Andrew Grant highlighted admissions by Beck that his colleague, Pc Jake Threadgold, had arrived after the handover.

Beck admitted to investigators from the police standards branch that it had been a “blatant mistake” to claim that his fellow officer was present when Christopher Nisbet surrendered the drugs to him.

Beck, of Armadale, West Lothian, denies two charges of submitting a false police report and a false witness statement with intent to pervert the course of justice in 2010.

The case was adjourned for defence submissions.

Mr Nisbet, of Whitburn, West Lothian, appeared in court in November 2010, on two charges of possessing ­cannabis.

The Crown accepted not guilty pleas to both offences.