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(From The Northern Echo)
Byline: ROBERT MERRICK and LIZ LAMB
MILLIONS of pounds earmarked for fighting crime in the region are being spent on pension payments for retired police officers, it was revealed last night.
Home Office figures show GBP67m of police authority budgets in the North-East and North Yorkshire go towards pensions.
The Government is under pressure to separate pension payments from money allocated for the day-to-day running of police forces. And experts have warned payments will continue to soar as life expectancy increases unless something is done.
Troubled Cleveland Police was revealed to have the fastest rising …