Scottish Legal News reports a big jump in the number of criminal proceedings dropped in Scotland last year because the police had failed to file paperwork on time, has contributed to a total of over 12,000 cases abandoned for different reasons.
Police failures were to blame in 1,939 cases, a 40% rise on the previous year, according to figures obtained under a freedom of information request. The offences involved include over 200 cases of dishonesty and 169 of fraud.
ACPOS, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, described the figures as "highly regrettable". Scottish Labour justice spokesman Lewis Macdonald blamed the figures on staff job losses over the last two years.
Under Scottish Government plans administrative support to police officers is being slashed. 1000 posts have already gone and a further 3000 posts are planned to be cut.