Police Scotland launch probe into nationalist hate mob who caused Perth scenes

Police Scotland have launched a probe into the nationalist hate mob who caused the shocking scenes outside the Perth Tory leadership hustings.[1][2] Attendees were allegedly spat on and verbally abused by protestors, with BBC journalist James Cook subjected to screams of "traitor."[3] Eggs were also thrown at journalists[4] and Tory members by gangs of pro-independence demonstrators who had gathered in Perth to show their disgust for Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.

READ MORE: James Cook blames 'lies' about BBC for growing abuse against crews after nasty Nats branded him a 'traitor'[5] Some of the most shocking stories from the night of shame included Holly Moscrop, chairman of the Scottish Tories youth wing, being called a "Tory wh**e." She also claimed her coat was pulled and she was spat on. Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton and her 15-year-old daughter also experienced similar abuse that left them stunned and forced to recover from it in a nearby bathroom.

Tory MSP Rachael HamiltonTory MSP Rachael Hamilton

She told the Scottish Daily Express[6] that Police Scotland needed to crack down on nationalist mobs, and now the force have vowed to "fully investigate" any criminality.

The Mail on Sunday reported that the Scottish Conservatives have lodged a formal complaint with the police, saying they believed that hardline nationalist groups and other independence supporters in the crowd were responsible for the abuse. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon condemned the events on Tuesday night as "disgraceful." However, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross claims this was not enough of a reaction from her. Writing in the Mail on Sunday he said: "The party has been in contact with Police Scotland and we will help them in any way we can.

I would hope if individuals can be identified for their behaviour that the appropriate action is taken. We have to send a message that this is unacceptable. "Members of the party were going to listen to the next leader of our party and the next leader of our country and fellow Scots thought it was acceptable to treat others by abusing them, by harassing them and by intimidating them.

Douglas RossDouglas Ross

"I don't just see it as a fringe of the nationalist movement.

I see this as something that has not been condemned strongly enough by those at the top of the SNP. "Nicola Sturgeon thought it was bad that James Cook was abused and tweeted about that, but not about those hundreds of Conservative members, Scots voters, treated in exactly the same way." Mr Ross was in attendance at Perth, along with many Tory MPs, MSPs and about 600 party members.

They were subjected to abuse as they tried to enter the building.

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Police Scotland confirmed plans to review how it handled the protest. A statement read: "We are aware of concerns raised following the protest. We will carry out a post-event review, as is normal practice, and these concerns will be considered as part of that.

If any criminality is established it will be fully investigated." There has been widespread condemnation of the events in Perth from within the SNP and across the political spectrum, with a number of nationalist politicians speaking out against it. However, both nationalist parties, the SNP and Alba, claimed they were unaware of any of their party member throwing eggs or spitting at members of the public.

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References

  1. ^ Police Scotland (www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk)
  2. ^ the shocking scenes outside the Perth Tory leadership hustings. (www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk)
  3. ^ with BBC journalist James Cook subjected to screams of "traitor." (www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk)
  4. ^ Eggs were also thrown at journalists (www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk)
  5. ^ James Cook blames 'lies' about BBC for growing abuse against crews after nasty Nats branded him a 'traitor' (www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk)
  6. ^ She told the Scottish Daily Express (www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk)
  7. ^ here (www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk)