A police officer from Musselburgh has appeared in court after he allegedly tipped off drug dealers who were about to be raided.
PC Alan Halliday – a serving constable with the Lothian and Borders division of Police Scotland - is said to have contacted the dealers by phone when he found out their house was about to visited by drug squad officers last month.
The 44-year-old constable was immediately suspended after police chiefs discovered the alleged contact between the officer and the dealers.
PC Halliday was arrested and spent a night in the cells before making an appearance in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, charged with perverting the course of justice.
He was released on bail after making no plea or declaration, and will return to court to face the allegations at a date still to be decided.
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