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Police bid for extra helicopter crash funds refused

The Super Puma before it crashed [Pic: Gareth Falls]
The helicopter crashed into the North Sea last April

Grampian Police has been refused extra money to pay for the operation which followed a helicopter crash which claimed the lives of 16 men.

The force said the operation, after a Super Puma crashed in the North Sea last April, cost more than £200,000 through overtime for officers.

However, the Scottish government said it expected forces to meet such costs from existing resources.

The 16 men who died were called "heroes" at a memorial service.

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