Police did not send officers to the scene of nearly 600 emergency 999 calls across the north- east in the past year, it has emerged.

Calls reporting disorder, road traffic collisions and animal cruelty – amongst other offences – were not deemed serious enough to attend in 583 cases.

The figures, released under Freedom of Information laws, cover Aberdeenshire, Moray and Aberdeen division between April 2014 and March this year.

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