Scotland will have its first Muslim police association by the end of the year.

Officers in Strathclyde are setting up a special group to represent the faith within the force and advise senior staff on "cultural and religious sensitivities".

Their plans are understood to have the backing of Chief Constable Steve House, whose spokeswoman yesterday said they were still "at an early stage".

One of the leading figures behind the association is Constable Amar Shakoor, who was Scotland's first Muslim officer when he joined the force 21 years ago.

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