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CRIMINAL informants are being paid at least £250,000 a year by Scotland’s police forces, new figures reveal.

Figures released under freedom of information legislation reveal that over the past five years, Lothian and Borders detectives handed over £255,191.

Strathclyde Police handed out more than £400,000.

Labour’s shadow justice secretary, Johann Lamont MSP said: “The police must give an indication of the results they are achieving.”