Nicola Sturgeon is in denial about the shocking state of crumbling police stations, opposition parties claimed.

The First Minister was challenged in parliament after police published more evidence of mouldy, leaking buildings across Scotland.

Embarrassingly, part of the ceiling at the old Broughty Ferry station fell in on the same day Justice Secretary Michael Matheson tried to play down the scale of the problem.

Earlier this week, video clips were put on social media showing water gushing into buckets in Paisley police station. Damp, leaky walls and windows were exposed in Pitlochry.

The Record has previously revealed how some police vehicles are being patched up with duct tape.

Part of the ceiling at the old Broughty Ferry Police station has caved in

Sturgeon said the Tories have a “nerve” to complain because they “robbed” the force of £125million in VAT she says should never have been claimed.

Scottish Tory interim leader Jackson Carlaw condemned the SNP record during First Minister’s Questions.

He said: “Leaking police stations and collapsing ceilings, half-built ferries, boarded-up hospitals and closed-off children’s wards, and a crisis in Scotland’s schools. We have had years of missed opportunity from a distracted and disengaged Government."

Scottish Labour Justice spokesperson James Kelly MSP said: “The SNP government must now produce an urgent plan to repair and improve Scotland’s crumbling police stations before more damage occurs and people are put in danger.”

In Holyrood, Sturgeon responded: “We will continue to do everything that we can within our powers and resources to protect our police service the length and breadth of the country.

“Total capital expenditure in Police Scotland is the fourth highest of that for all UK police forces. We have increased capital budgets in this year by 52 per cent, we are protecting the revenue budget and police numbers, and we are making sure that our police officers get the rise in pay that they deserve and which police officers elsewhere in the UK are not getting.”

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