A fundraising event planned for the Justice for Sheku Bayoh Campaign next month has been cancelled after the venue‘s management had second thoughts.
The event had been due to take place at Fifty restaurant on Kirkcaldy High Street on July 5 but campaigners claimed management reneged on the booking because, following a phone call from police, they were scared of a breakdown in relations between themselves and Police Scotland.
Both Police Scotland and Fifty categorically deny that claim, but the restaurant did confirm the booking had been cancelled.
A Fifty spokesman said: “We would like to strongly highlight that this is not due to any police pressure.
“We consider ourselves to be an integral part of the community and will continue to offer our support to Shek’s family and the two young children that have been affected.”
An PIRC investigation is currently underway into the death of Skeku Bayoh, a Sierra Leone national, who died while being detained by police in Kirkcaldy on May 3.
The famnily have criticised the actions of officers during the incident and afterwards.
Fifty said: “Due to the very intense nature of the investigation and large national media coverage we feel that any further support/fundraising will be more beneficial to all involved when the investigation has come to a close and the family receive the answers they have been seeking.
“We would like to thank all involved and those who have donated to the raffle already, we will make sure they all reach the appropriate people.