Couple forced to flee after three-year terror campaign by police officer who accused them of child abuse

A hero police officer made false child abuse claims against his neighbours during a three-year terror campaign.

Lying detective Jim Kerr turned on Martin McDonald and Ruth Nicholson when they refused to back him in a dispute with another neighbour.

The 46-year-old forced the married couple to leave their home and move 50 miles away to escape his threats, report the Daily Record .

Kerr falsely claimed they neglected their baby son Charlie. He was also convicted of assaulting Martin and trying to throw him over a barbed wire fence.

The disgraced officer – who received two bravery commendations – also wasted his colleagues’ time when he made a bogus hate crime allegation against a pensioner.

Kerr’s successful career is in ruins after details of his shameful conduct emerged in court.

HR boss Martin, 35, criticised Police Scotland chief Sir Stephen House for failing to act when informed about Kerr’s behaviour. He said: “Police Scotland sat on their hands and allowed things to escalate when they refused to help. Kerr made our lives hell.”

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