Police watchdog probes actions of officers in LEAD-UP to death of Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh who was shot dead ‘in £10,000 gangland hit’ outside his Edinburgh flat
- Welsh, 48, was shot and killed as he walked down the stairs to his flat on April 17
- Two men were arrested and have been released pending further enquiries
- The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner will probe actions taken by police before Welsh was shot
A police watchdog has launched an investigation into the actions of officers before the death of T2 Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh.
Officers launched a murder investigation after Mr Welsh, 48, was shot as he walked down the stairs to his Edinburgh flat last month.
Two men were arrested in connection with his death and have been released pending further inquiries.
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A police watchdog has launched an investigation into the actions of officers before the death of T2 Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh
Today it was confirmed the actions taken by police before Mr Welsh was shot will be probed by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC), following a referral by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
A spokesman for the PIRC said: ‘We are investigating the actions of the police prior to the death of Bradley Welsh, 48, in Edinburgh on April 17 2019.
‘The matter was referred to the PIRC for investigation by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and a report on our findings will be submitted to the COPFS in due course.
Officers launched a murder investigation after Mr Welsh, 48, was shot as he walked down the stairs to his Edinburgh flat last month
‘As this is a live inquiry, we are unable to make any further comment.’
Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said Police Scotland would fully cooperate with the PIRC investigation.
She said: ‘The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has asked the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner to carry out an investigation into events prior to the death of Bradley Welsh in Edinburgh on April 17 2019.
‘Police Scotland will cooperate fully with the PIRC’s inquiries.
‘The investigation into the death of Mr Welsh is ongoing and officers continue to appeal for information.’
Forensics outside Welsh’s Edinburgh home, where he was gunned down as he went down the steps to his front door
When approached for more information by MailOnline, the PIRC said that they are unable to give further details because their inquiry is ongoing.
Mr Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing gangland figure Mr Doyle.
His partner and young daughter were at home in his flat when he was targeted at around 8pm on April 17, sparking a murder investigation.
Mr Welsh with Danny Dyer who featured him in an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men
Underworld sources claimed the hit was put on the reformed gangster’s head as a warning to his associate Mark Richardson, 32, who is serving eight years for his role in a £200m organised gang which smuggled guns and drugs into Scotland.
One underworld source said his shooting was an assassination for a £10,000 reward.
On Monday, officers released CCTV images of a car which they believe is connected to Mr Welsh’s death.
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