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Drug probe cops kicked off the force; Plea to Forsyth over sacking.

TWO policemen at the centre of a massive corruption probe were kicked off the force yesterday.

They were ordered to resign after a five-month internal inquiry by Grampian police.

Sergeant Hamish Moir and Constable James Grimmer were quizzed by their own bosses after the Crown dropped drug charges against them in January.

Moir was alleged to have supplied cannabis, while Grimmer was accused of possessing the drug.

Moir, 36, was also accused of perverting the course of justice and Grimmer of selling on stolen goods.

Arrests

But again the charges were never brought to court.

Their arrests came after Scotland's biggest ever internal police probe, carried out by Strathclyde police.

The inquiry also involved Grampian police constable Neil Cooper.

He walked free from the High Court in Aberdeen in December after denying accepting bribes worth pounds 8000 from a drugs baron in the north-east of Scotland.

Last night, Grimmer, 35, and Moir were set to appeal to Scots Secretary Michael Forsyth.

Grimmer, of Kinmundy Avenue, Aberdeen, said: "I was required to resign. That was the bottom line.

"I am obviously disappointed but I'm hopeful the appeal will be successful.

"The last 18 months have been a very stressful time and my family have suffered along with me.

"I don't want to say any more because of my appeal."

Moir was unavailable for comment yesterday.

A Grampian police spokesman said: "We can confirm that two officers resigned, but we cannot reveal their names."
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Author:Gilfeather, Paul
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Date:Jun 7, 1996
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