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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Cumbria police vehicle repairs cost more than £270k

MORE than £270,000 was spent repairing crashed and damaged police vehicles in just over three years.

Cumbria police spent £273,101.92 repairing its 340-vehicle fleet from January 2010 to May 2013, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Of this, £89,597.49 was spent on vehicles stationed in Barrow, Ulverston, Millom and Windermere.

On July 30, 2010, in Millom a £15,132.34 bill was clocked up after a Land Rover Freelander was left with extensive damage to its bodywork.

The figures include two write-offs in October that year.

A Kawasaki motorcycle, based at the force’s Carleton Hall headquarters in Penrith, was written off – to the value of £9,488.09 – and in December 2011 a Ford Focus based in Penrith was written off to the value of £2,650.

October 2010 was the most expensive month in the period for repairs with the bill coming in at £26,337.44, including repairing £14,795.32-worth of damage to a Ford Transit described as “a possible write-off”.

In Ulverston the most expensive repairs were to a Volvo V70 in February 2011 for damage to the nearside of the car – which cost £9,455.52.

The figures show everything from a £4.63 check for damage carried out at a number of stations and a repair bill of £144.74 for replacing a wing mirror glass of a Ford Transit police van.

The cheapest repair bill for the period was for replacing a diesel flap on a Land Rover Freelander based in Windermere in April 2011 – which cost £3.

Cumbria police did not comment by the time the Evening Mail went to press.

Have your say

Really? So what about any established firm that necessarily uses vehicles in support of business? Why find out about the police? What about ambulances, utility companies, bus operators and so on. I just don't get your reasoning. Oh, hang on, yes I see the headlines and your anticipated extra sales'!

Posted by Kipling on 13 June 2013 at 17:39

Where's the story?
This is really cheap and lazy journalism, and it looks like you're having a go at the police because you think it's what your readers want. Once again your wrong.

Posted by Ian on 13 June 2013 at 12:07

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