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BTP officers feel abandoned by their force and government says witness

Holyrood Live

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British Transport Police Federation national chairman Nigel Goodband
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British Transport Police Federation national chairman Nigel Goodband

British Transport Police Federation national chairman Nigel Goodband says: "Our officers are still suffering a level of uncertainty and that is absolutely apalling."

The BTPF representative is giving evidence to the Justice Committee on the proposed integration of BTP into Police Scotland.

Mr Goodband says the Scottish government keep constantly reminding us that one of their three aims for integration was about accountability to the people of Scotland.

BTP officers are the people of Scotland he says and they have lived two years of uncertainty.

"The term that they have used to me is they feel abandonded by, not only their force but by their government, and that for me is pretty disgusting."

BTPF says loss of expertise could lead to 'problems with public safety'

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Mr Goodband
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Labour MSP Daniel Johnson seeks more information on safety concerns leading to the delay of the merger between the BTP in Scotland and Police Scotland.

British Transport Police Federation chairman Nigel Goodband says there was a fear a number of officers would leave if they had to leave the BTP to join Police Scotland, due to concerns about pensions.

These officers are already leaving, the BTPF representative says.

Mr Goodband says 20 officers have left in the last eight months, with 70% citing the merger as the reason for them leaving.

He says without the expertise and experience of these officers there could potentially be problems with public safety.

One misunderstanding could lead to a fatality and one fatality is one too many, Mr Goodband concludes.

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Severe disruption: A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway southbound

BBC News Travel

A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway southbound severe disruption, between J16 for B7076 and J17 for B7068.

A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway - One lane closed on A74(M) southbound between J16, B7076 (Johnstonbridge) and J17, B7068 (Lockerbie North), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway northbound

BBC News Travel

A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway northbound severe disruption, between J17 for B7068 and J16 for B7076.

A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway - A74(M) in Lockerbie blocked northbound between J17, B7068 (Lockerbie North) and J16, B7076 (Johnstonbridge), because of a shed load. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time