Mounties set for Glasgow

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THE mounted section of Lothian and Borders Police has moved a step closer to being closed after senior officers reported “extremely productive” discussions with colleagues in Strathclyde about taking over the unit.

The unit has been recommended for closure, with the horses transferred to Strathclyde Police.

The mounted section, based at the Fettes HQ, has five horses along with seven officers who are sent out on regular patrols as well as police events such as football matches.

In a report to the police board, Chief Constable David Strang said the plan was a “strategic fit” ahead of next year’s move to a single police force.