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Police report major car repair cost

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Scottish police forces have paid out hundreds of thousands of pounds for repairs of vehicles following collisions, it has been revealed.

Strathclyde Police - Scotland's biggest force - said it had paid out £721,715.48 for repairs to around 1,216 police vehicles that were damaged by officers in crashes that did not involve other vehicles or other people between January 1, 2008, and January 25 this year.

"Collision with an object" was cited as the main reason for the crashes and 44 had their blue lights on at the time, it was found.

Tayside Police recorded 133 collisions which did not involve another vehicle or person between January 1, 2008, and to January 23 this year and the most common reason for the crashes was said to be "reversing incidents".

Very few crashes were caused during a response to a 999 call and not many officers have been reprimanded, fined or suspended, forces across Scotland said.

An officer from Northern Constabulary hit an overhanging branch while reversing in Inverness in July 2008 and caused damage worth £229.

Another officer caused a repair bill of £404 after hitting a barrier in August 2008 in Inverness and a car was written off in March this year after leaving the A9 on a bend.

© Press Association 2010