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Police force's 'dire financial' plight

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Scotland’s biggest police force is said to be in a “dire financial situation” with a possible decifit of nearly £35m.

The warning about Strathclyde Police has come from the convener of the force’s police authority, Paul Rooney.

A BBC report says that, at best, there will be a £12.4m hole in the budget - At worst, it could reach £34.7m.

The authority is due to discuss the issue this week when considering a report on next year’s budget.

Mr Rooney, told the BBC: “This report sets out, in the bluntest terms, the dire financial situation faced by the police service in the coming years.

“Over the last two years, Strathclyde has made significant efficiency savings, diverting every available penny of our budget to ensure record numbers of police officers are out on our streets.

“Unfortunately, the police authority has some very difficult decisions to make in terms of how we plug this massive funding gap. Even if tougher efficiency savings are considered the gap remains significant.”

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