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The aftermath of the Dunblane tragedy could cost Stirling Council more than pounds 3m, it emerged. The council has made a formal submission to the Scottish Office for help with the bill as officials fear that if the Government fails to pick up the tab it will have a "considerable impact" on council taxpayers in the region.

Tom Coll, chairman of Stirling's resources committee, said: "This is money that is being well spent so that the people of Dunblane receive the help and support they need to get them through this terrible time." The highest cost at pounds 928,177 is for social work services, including a 24 hour counselling service. The police bill stands at pounds 555,000.

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