Police Scotland has confirmed the closure of three police stations in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Lanarkshire.

Balerno station in Edinburgh, Seaton in Aberdeen and Carluke in South Lanarkshire will be closed as the force looks to save money amid major budget concerns.

Balerno has been described as “historically underutilised” and hasn’t been used as an operational response station for several years. Officers currently deploy from Wester Hailes which is less than five miles away and has the nearest public counter.

Due to extensive water damage, Carluke hasn’t been fully operational for three years.

Local community officers have been deploying from Lanark police station, which is the main response hub for the area and nearest public counter.

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