Mum in distress as cops claimed to have ‘intoxicated’ son months after his death

A grieving mum was left distressed after police turned up at her house claiming they had a drunk stranger in their van who they believed was her late son.

Tracy Hadlow from Deans, Livingston, opened her front door to find police waiting for her, accompanied by a drunk stranger they claimed was her recently-deceased son Nathan, leaving her in total distress.

The 53-year-old lost her son Nathan, 20, in April 2021 to an accidental overdose after he took street Valium, cocaine and methadone.

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The mum-of-three told the Daily Record the ordeal made her feel like she was reliving the moment officers first knocked on her door on the night Nathan died.

She said: "When I think about it now, I want to cry. It was awful. When Nathan died, police came to the house late at night to tell me they had found his body. I felt like I was reliving that nightmare all over again."

Tracy said cops had woken her at 3:45am on July 3, banging loudly on her door.

"The officer told me my boy was in the van. My boy is dead and my other son was sitting in the living room.

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"When I told the officer the situation, he just stared at me with a vacant look. He obviously knew then that he had made a mistake, but he wasn't quick to apologise."

Recalling the ill-fated night, Tracy continued: "It was a distressing situation which brought back all the emotions I felt when I found out my boy died last year. It was not okay. I felt extremely heartbroken all over again.

"How could the police make such a horrific mistake?

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"They could have taken him to any house, but it was mine they came too. I'm just so angry and upset at them for putting me through this."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “While dealing with a concern for a person incident, officers attended an incorrect address on Harburn Avenue, Livingston at 4am on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

“We acknowledge the upset that this caused to the householder and officers have apologised in person."

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