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Transport police merger hits bump in road

A controversial merger of Police Scotland and the British Transport Police has been put on hold, the Scottish government has said. Michael Matheson, the justice secretary,described the longer timetable beyond April 2019 as “disappointing” yesterday, but said that it would allow more time to engage with the Transport Police Federation on issues such as pay and conditions. The Conservatives had called for the move to be delayed over issues,including pensions, funding, IT and officers choosing not to switch over.

However, the SNP continued with the plan despite leadership problems at the top of Police Scotland that culminated in the resignation of Phil Gormley, the chief constable, this month.

The functions of British Transport Police were to be absorbed into Police Scotland on April 1 next…

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