Police force is hit by thieves

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THREE warrant cards, nine radios and 11 PDA notebooks are among the items stolen from Lothian and Borders Police in recent years.

The force had to replace more than £5000 worth of equipment which was unaccounted for between January 2009 and August 2011, it was reported today.

Memory cards for the PDAs, which are used to take down details for investigations, and a torch were also lost or stolen.

The documents, released under freedom of information laws, also showed £56,000 worth of gear was stolen from Strathclyde Police.

The thefts included three vehicles and a carpet with the force’s logo on it.