North-east council has almost £27K worth of equipment stolen in just six months

Last week, Aberdeenshire Council revealed it would have to cut £27million from its budget in order to balance the books for the year ahead.

And now the Press and Journal can reveal that thieves are heaping financial pressure on the authority by raiding depots, recycling centres and other facilities across the north-east.

Between July and December, £26,623 worth of goods have been stolen.

Commenting, Liam said:

"Every pound a council has to spend on theft is taken away from where it’s needed most.

That’s even more troubling when Scottish local authorities are constrained in their spending due to a decreasing budget.

Stealing is not a victimless crime.

Anything stolen from Aberdeenshire Council has to be replaced at the expense of children in schools, care services for the elderly, and a host of other vital services."

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