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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cumbria police spend £250,000 on car repairs

Cumbria police spent more than £250,000 repairing force cars after nearly 400 accidents.

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Chief Inspector Kevin Greenhow

Figures revealed in a Freedom of Information request show there were 379 crashes since January 2010 and five cars written off.

Officers logged an average of nine or 10 incidents a month, with most involving minor damage. The figures, which run from January 2010 up to last month, show a total of £273,101.92 was spent on repairs.

The most were carried out in October 2010 when more than £26,000 was spent. Two cars were written off, a Kawaski at force HQ at Penrith and a Ford Transit at Windermere.

Last month, just £218 was spent on a total of 14 incidents, most of which did not involve any cost – the three that did were damage to a driver’s door of a Ford Transit in Millom, £50.88 for a cracked windscreen of a Hyundai at Carleton Hall HQ and £13 for damage to an alloy wheel and tyre at HQ.

Chief Inspector Kevin Greenhow said Cumbria was a large county and officers had to cover a number of miles to police it effectively.

“The varied situations and incidents which we have to police do result in some collisions occurring,” he said.

“We maintain the safety and driving suitability of all of our vehicles used by our officers to police Cumbria.”

The force’s fleet consists of 332 vehicles.

The largest single repair was spent on July 30, 2010, in Millom, when a £15,132.34 bill was clocked up after a Land Rover Freelander was left with extensive damage to its bodywork.

The figures show everything from a £9.63 repair to a blue light removed from a Ford Focus in Cockermouth, and bumper and door repairs costing hundreds of pounds, to serious damage costing thousands. Some repairs do not involve the vehicles themselves but equipment attached, such as £4,646 spent on cracked camera casing on a Ford Transit at Durranhill in Carlisle.

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