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Man faces costs in police case

Chief Constable Patrick Shearer
Mr Duff was suing Chief Constable Patrick Shearer

A former businessman who lost his case after suing a chief constable could be forced to pay thousands of pounds in legal costs.

James Duff, 74, from Mossvale, Lochmaben, near Lockerbie, had sued Dumfries and Galloway's chief constable, Patrick Shearer, for £20m.

Mr Duff was made bankrupt more than 30 years ago and claimed the force failed to investigate the circumstances.

He lost the case and a sheriff has now said he is liable for the expenses.

However, Sheriff George Jamieson said the money he would have to pay would be limited to 50% of the full costs as he felt the case could have been dealt with a lot quicker.

Mr Duff said he intended to appeal against the decision.

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