Pc cleared over suspect tip-off

Image caption, Pc Low was working in a CCTV control room when she was alleged to have tipped off the suspect

A police officer accused of tipping off a drug dealer about a surveillance operation has been cleared after the Crown case against her collapsed.

The trial against Pc Margaret Low heard little more than an hour of evidence at Perth Sheriff Court before being formally recalled.

Pc Low's partner Scott Barlass was also cleared of all charges.

The pair had been accused of passing on information to a convicted drug dealer to warn him his car was being watched.

A third charge against her had already been dropped prior to the trial, when a sheriff ruled that Tayside Police had "dreamt up" a drugs raid in a bid to catch out Pc Low.

Remain suspended

The officer has been suspended on full pay for more than a year by Tayside Police.

A spokeswoman said the the force executive was still waiting to hear the reasons why the case collapsed.

She added: "The professional standards department have noted the result of the criminal case, but will now start their own internal misconduct proceedings.

"The likelihood is that Constable Low will remain suspended pending the outcome of those proceedings."

Pc Low also faced a second charge of trying to pervert the course of justice by unlawfully passing on information about a police drugs operation on 31 August 2007.

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