One size fits all, suggest police

POLICE leaders have raised the possibility of creating a single sheriffdom, instead of the six which currently exist in the Scotland.

The Association of Scottish Police Superintendents said cost-saving mergers, which will see single police and fire services launched next month, should extend to the judiciary.

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It also believes Scotland’s 32 local authorities and 14 health boards should be scrutinised, saying: “Further wider public sector reform is necessary.”

Chief Superintendent David O’Connor said: “It is time to ask if Scotland now needs a single sheriffdom to help deliver a better criminal justice system.”