The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner has been asked to look at the incident early on Saturday in which a car collided with a house in Barvas, setting both ablaze.

A spokesperson for the PIRC’s Investigation Team said today (Monday November 25th) : “As is standard procedure, Police Scotland have referred to the PIRC the circumstances of an incident in the early hours of Saturday 23 November 2019 on the Isle of Lewis.

“We are now carrying out an assessment to determine whether a full investigation is required.”

The role of the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) was introduced in 2013 when the single Police Service of Scotland was established.

The Commissioner, who is appointed by Scottish Ministers, is independent of the police. The role of the PIRC is to provide independent oversight, investigating incidents involving the police and reviewing the way the police handle complaints from the public.

It is understood the PIRC involvement arises from the fact that the car had been pursued by the police prior to the collision, although this was not stated in the official Police Scotland media release about the incident issued early on Saturday afternoon.