Police raid jailed paedophile John McCallum’s home

John McCallum was jailed in September. Picture: Esme Allen
John McCallum was jailed in September. Picture: Esme Allen
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POLICE raided the home of jailed paedophile John McCallum and searched the property for drugs in the latest crack down under Operation Wolf.

A team of plainclothed and uniformed officers carried out the sweep at the property in Straiton Road, Loanhead.

The search, which is understood to have been ‘intelligence-led’, turned up empty-handed for drugs.

A short time later, the team carried out a second raid at the Hillend Car Wash business in nearby Biggar Road.

A quantity of drugs was recovered from the scene, while a 49-year-old man was reported to the procurator fiscal for drug offences.

The raids formed part of Operation Wolf, which as well as targeting violence and antisocial behaviour, has been tasked with cracking down on drug dealing and serious organised crime.

McCallum was jailed for ten years after being convicted in September of sickening attacks on his twin nieces when they were children aged between five and 13.

The 53-year-old is currently serving his sentence at Saughton Prison.

His wife, Nicola, who is standing by her husband and protests his innocence, still lives at the Straiton Road home.

She said: “They didn’t find anything in the house. The police said it was intelligence-led, but it can’t have been that intelligent because there was nothing here.

“There was nothing here to be found. We just get pestered all the time.”

Mrs McCallum said Hillend Car Wash had “no connection” to her husband.

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed the raid at the home had taken place last Tuesday.

The spokesman added: “As part of Operation Wolf, Police carried out an intelligence-led search at a property on Biggar Road.

“A quantity of drugs was recovered during this search and a 49-year-old male will be reported to the procurator fiscal for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act.”

McCallum, jailed for raping and abusing his nieces, is set to take a lie detector test in prison in a bid to prove his innocence.

His victims, Rachel and Tracy Steadwood, were subjected to eight years of attacks. The twins surrendered their anonymity to highlight the terrible abuse they suffered.

McCallum, who comes from a large traveller family, refused to be placed in the sex offenders’ wing at Saughton Prison following his conviction, even hiring gangland enforcer Frank Doris to protect him.

But prison bosses later moved him into the segregated area amid fears for his safety.

Operation Wolf has scored a number of successes since the six-week clamp down was launched earlier this month.

A cannabis farm worth more than £100,000 was sniffed out by police officers who noticed the drug’s aroma while on patrol in a tenement stairwell in Gorgie Road.

Officers recovered dried 
buds worth £83,320 and mature plants valued at £19,500.

A gang of alleged Hibs casuals who staged a mass brawl with rival Hearts hooligans outside a pub were also rounded up in dawn swoops.

Six men were charged with football-related disorder following violent scenes outside the International Bar after the Edinburgh derby on April 27.

More than 400 police officers will take part in Operation Wolf.