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Ian Blackford calls for armed police check after ‘shooting’ on Skye

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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has called for a review of the way armed police are deployed in rural areas after a series of shootings in the Highlands and Islands last month.

A man died on Skye after the incident, which reportedly led to armed police officers being dispatched on an 80-mile drive from Inverness.

Given the higher rate of gun ownership in rural areas, a review is needed to ensure officers in the Highlands and Islands are best prepared in the event of a deployment to rural or remote areas, Blackford said.

An investigation into the officers’ response by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) is underway.

According to The Sun, the Ross, Sky and Lochaber MP, who met with police chiefs last week, said: “I think the most important thing we need to do after what happened is take stock.

“Based on what happened on Skye, we need to review preparedness and what we should be doing to keep our police, frontline workers and communities safe.

“I think it’s right that we review the use of armed officers in rural areas.

“But I recognize by the time we get the PIRC report it will be too early to judge.”

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