Cops reportedly confiscate £110k luxury motorhome from Peter Murrell's 90-year-old mum's house amid SNP finances probe | The Sun

POLICE investigating the SNP's finances have confiscated a £110,000 motorhome which was discovered at Peter Murrell's mum's house.

It comes after a chaotic week in which Nicola Sturgeon’s husband was arrested as part of a probe into party cash.

The ex-First Minister’s home was also sealed off and raided by cops with her successor Humza Yousaf admitting it was a “difficult” time.

SNP HQ was searched with officers leaving the Edinburgh office block after several hours.

Today, it has been revealed that cops investigating the fraud claims have now seized a luxury motorhome from the home of Mr Murrell's mum.

According to the Mail on Sunday, the vehicle, worth £110,000, was parked outside Margaret Murrell's house.

But officers took the motorhome away on Wednesday morning at around 9am after swooping on the home.

The 92-year-old's home is a quiet estate in Dunfermline, Fife – 50 miles away from the home Mr Murrell shares with Ms Sturgeon in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire.

Locals told the Mail on Sunday that the expensive campervan was initially delivered to their neighbour's home back in January 2021 and has "never moved".

It is understood that two unmarked police cars pulled up outside the bungalow alongside a silver SUV and a graphite-coloured estate on the day that cops raided numerous properties.

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They intended to take the motorhome, a Niesmann + Bischoff vehicle, and tried to move it onto the back of a massive tow truck.

Officers struggled to get the campervan, which weighs almost five tons, onto the back of a "huge lorry" before seizing it.

One local said: "It happened at about 9am, which is about the same time they started raiding Peter's house I think.

"They did not go into the house, as Margaret is quite old now and they would not have wanted to disturb her.

"They couldn't get into the motorhome at first because it was locked and it had clamps on it so they had to get some keys from somewhere.

"They went off but came back and managed to get it open.

"Then they loaded it on the back of a huge lorry and – after a bit of trouble securing it – took it away."

According to the Mail on Sunday, the vehicle is an 'iSmove' which has the catchphrase, "Breaking all the rules."

It comes with an "extraordinary open" interior, including a fully functioning kitchen and shower room.

The seven-meter-long state-of-the-art campervan also comes with a compressor refrigerator drawer, mood-lighting, felt-lined walls, and a 'disappearing' shower.

It also has a boot which can fit two large adult bikes inside of it.

Police Scotland said it could not comment further on the investigation.

The force launched a probe into the SNP’s finances after concerns were raised about what had happened to nearly £500,000 the SNP raised for a referendum campaign in a 2017 online crowdfunder.

On Wednesday they arrested Mr Murrell, the former Nats chief executive, before he was later released without charge.

Other senior staff from the SNP have also been quizzed, but Mr Murrell is the only one to have been questioned under caution so far.

Speaking about the events, First Minister Humza Yousaf admitted that the party’s governance over finances had not been good enough as he appeared to distance himself from Mr Murrell.

The new FM said that the party was facing a “difficult time” and that the scenes outside Ms Sturgeon’s home had not been good for the SNP.

And Ms Sturgeon broke her silence on the events yesterday as she called it a "traumatic week".

She said: "First up, there is obviously nothing I can say about the ongoing investigation.

"As much as there are things that I want to say, I am not able to do so other than to say that, as has been the case, there will continue to be full cooperation.

"The last few days have been obviously difficult, quite traumatic at times, but I understand that is part of a process.

"I also understand and I always accepted the scrutiny that comes on me as a public figure and I've never shied away from that hence why I'm standing here talking to you just now.

"But I am also entitled to a little bit of privacy in my home and my neighbours are also entitled to a bit of privacy.

"Over the years, as a result of living next door to me, they've been subjected to more than their fair share of disruption and inconvenience and that has particularly been the case over the past couple of days.

"I really hope, and I know, that you will give some respect to that.

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"So that's really all I'm able to say just now, other than I intend to get on with life and my job as you would expect me to."

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