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Inquiry over Glasgow bin lorry incident

Scotland’s Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service has ruled that no criminal charges should be brought after a bin lorry crashed, resulting in the deaths of six people.

But the service called for a fatal accident inquiry to be set up in order for the public to hear the facts surrounding the tragedy.

On 22 December a Glasgow City Council bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in the city centre. In addition to the fatalities, 10 people were injured.

A police report on the investigation was received by the Crown Office on 29 January.

A Crown Office statement read: “Crown Counsel have concluded that the driver of the lorry should not be prosecuted in respect of this tragic incident.

“Despite its catastrophic consequences, there is no evidence to suggest that the driver’s conduct at the time amounted to a breach of the criminal law.

“There is no evidence to support a prosecution of Glasgow City Council in respect of any health and safety concerns or breaches in health and safety law.”

In Scotland a fatal accident inquiry can be held when a death or deaths were “sudden, suspicious, or unexplained or occurred in circumstances such as to give rise to serious public concern”.

The Crown Office said: “The next of kin of those who died in the incident have been informed of the decision not to bring a prosecution but to hold a fatal accident inquiry to determine the cause of the crash and establish what lessons can be learned from this tragic incident.”

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