The boss of a homelessness charity who raised fears about "excessive" stop and search said police have reassured him that the tactic will not be overused.

Director of The Marie Trust, Sandy Farquharson, met a senior officer after service users and volunteers were targeted at the Midland Street premises.

He said: "I met with a senior police officer about the issues with stop and search. We raised certain concerns. We do agree that stop and search is sometimes necessary - I have no problem with that - but it was slightly excessive at the time.

"The meeting was very good. We understood each other's position and the senior officer agreed it stop and search was perhaps over the top at our building.

"I pointed out we are actually trying to help these people and keep them out of the justice system rather than put them in it.

"He agreed with that and said he would speak to his officers in the area to avoid it happening too often."

Mr Farquharson said the situation has now "improved dramatically".

He added: "There has rarely been an incident when they have done this and if there has been there was good cause for it. I am very satisfied with the way things have developed."

Grant Campbell, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Mission, said he is "aware of the impact" of stop and search on homeless people but his service users have rarely been targeted.

He said: "The only recorded incident we have of bad practice was during the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter of 2013/14. We have an excellent relationship with Police Scotland who immediately dealt with the issue and have not become aware of any further incidents."

Chief Executive of Simon Community Scotland Lorraine McGrath was unavailable for comment.