DEFYING lockdown rules, a senior British Transport Police officer travelled a 480-mile round trip from Yorkshire to his second home in Glasgow – twice.

Outraged Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard condemned the repeated journeys, slamming the cop for "believing there is one rule for him, and one rule for the rest of us".

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BTP confirmed that Chief Superintendent Eddie Wylie returned to Yorkshire from his rented flat in Glasgow on two occasions between March 21 and May 13.

The UK went into lockdown on March 23.

But the force maintains that he did not breach Covid-19 regulations.

It said that on both occasions Wylie drove home alone, by car, to minimise any possible exposure to others during the lockdown.

Unimpressed Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said the journeys show Wylie has "serious questions to answer".

It comes after Scotland's former chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood resigned when it emerged she had twice visited her second home in Fife contrary to her own warnings to avoid unnecessary travel.

Leonard said that BTP is "currently playing a crucial role as guardians of the lockdown", pushing "the message to the people of Scotland to stay at home, and avoid any unnecessary travel.

"People across Scotland and the whole UK have made huge sacrifices during this time, including missing family funerals and spending precious time away from their loved ones.

"But it seems as if the BTP's top officer in Scotland has failed to learn the lessons of the Catherine Calderwood debacle, and believes there is one rule for him, and one rule for the rest of us."


'ESSENTIAL STAYS'

BTP said Wylie personally rents a one-bedroom flat in Glasgow for essential overnight stays.

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock added: "We are satisfied that there has been no breach of the Covid-19 regulations in this case, and there will be no misconduct investigation into Chief Superintendent Wylie's travel or his leadership.

"Furthermore, Chief Superintendent Wylie is a highly respected officer and I have full confidence in both his integrity and his ability to perform his duties."

In a statement, BTP said the national force has headquarters in London, so "officers are required to regularly travel across England, Scotland and Wales for essential meetings or as operationally required.

"In these instances, Chief Superintendent Wylie will stay at whichever address is the most convenient.

"Our officers can be posted anywhere in the UK, at any time," it added.

 

 

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