Police Scotland operation codenamed "Operation Cerrar" correspondence: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

whether the Scottish Government has on file any correspondence relating to a Police Scotland operation codenamed Operation Cerrar. This was an operation into child sexual exploitation in and around Glasgow.
If so, I would like to request copies of said correspondence.


I enclose a copy of correspondence involving Michael Matheson, then Cabinet Secretary for Justice, between November 2017 and January 2018. This correspondence relates to allegations of child sexual exploitation in Govanhill, Glasgow; however, there is no specific reference to Operation Cerrar therefore it is unclear if the correspondence relates to this or not.

Other than this correspondence, the Scottish Government does not have any other information relating to your requests. These requests appear to relate to a Police Scotland operational matter. Police Scotland is operationally independent of Scottish Ministers therefore it would not be appropriate for the Scottish Government to comment on, or seek to intervene in, any live police investigation.

However, you may wish to contact Police Scotland at:
FOI Central Processing Unit
Information Management Unit
Police Scotland
Clyde Gateway
2 French Street
Glasgow G40 4EH
or by email to foi@scotland.pnn.police.uk who may be able to help you.

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FOI-202000016603 Information released


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Phone: 0300 244 4000

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