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Island cop held in sex and gun probe; EXCLUSIVE OFFICER QUITS AFTER ARREST.

Byline: By RAYMOND HAINEY

AN ISLAND'S only policeman has been charged with two sex attacks and a string of gun offences.

Special constable Patrick MacKinnon, 47, was arrested by colleagues on Canna.

They swooped after using the Mallaig lifeboat to travel to the Hebridean island, which has a population of just 22.

Fisherman MacKinnon is accused of two indecent assaults, three counts of having guns without a firearms certificate, storing more ammunition than he was licensed to, failing to sign gun certificates and failing to store firearms securely. He has quit the force.

Northern Constabulary said: "A special constable has resigned. It would be inappropriate to comment further."

She added no decision had yet been taken on whether to recruit a new special constable for the island, which now has no police presence.

She said: "It is something we will be looking at in the future."

MacKinnon is on bail pending a further court appearance at Fort William Sheriff Court.

He made no plea or declaration to the charges at an earlier private hearing.

His wife Wendy runs the Harbour View tearoom and craft shop on Canna.

MacKinnon met Princess Anne in 2001, when she travelled to Canna to open a tourist office.

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