Biscuits and trainers among Scottish Parliament theft spate

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THE Scottish Parliament’s tight security has failed to prevent a spate of thefts in the past year – none of which police have been able to solve.

Despite the presence of armed officers and airport-style security, at least 14 items have been stolen, including a box of biscuits, trainers and a set of keys.

MSPs and members of staff reported items had been taken from unlocked and unattended drawers, cupboards and offices.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that as well as a box of Fox’s biscuits, a mobile phone and pair of shoes were also pinched.

Seven of the crimes involved the theft of money, which ranged from the taking of £50 in cash to £4 being stolen from an unattended charity box.

The building has a large police presence, backed by civilian security guards. Many areas are locked and security passes have been to be worn by everyone.

Police Scotland insisted they are still trying to track down the thieves but admitted they had not yet identified any suspects.

“We work closely with Scottish Parliament security staff to provide security advice to staff and building users with a view to crime prevention,” said a spokesman.

A Scottish Parliament spokesman said: “All instances of theft are taken seriously and reported to the Parliament’s police unit at Holyrood.”

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