Former police officer Neil Shand cleared over pornography

Neil Shand Neil Shand denied the offences at Banff Sheriff Court

A former Aberdeenshire police sergeant has been cleared of charges relating to indecent images of children.

Neil Shand, 51, of Aberchirder, denied being in possession of the material over a two-year period.

He said images recovered from computer equipment must have been downloaded by someone else.

After being cleared following a trial at Banff Sheriff Court, Mr Shand said: "I'm pleased to move on with my life."

Close family members gave evidence, and said they all had access to the family computer along with friends of the sons.

Sheriff Edward Savage ruled that there was no case to answer and found Mr Shand not guilty.

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