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£2.5m police firing range opened at Dounreay

Firing range Image copyright DSRL
Image caption The new range near Dounreay

A £2.5m police firing range has been opened near the Dounreay nuclear power complex in Caithness.

The eight-lane 164ft-long (50m) range is for Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) officers who guard Dounreay.

Dounreay is in the process of being closed down and cleaned up in a £1.6bn project.

When the firing range is no longer needed, it will be demolished and the land reinstated and made available for agricultural use.

Highland Council gave Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) planning permission for the range in May last year.

In 2012, noise from the nuclear site's previous firing range raised what was described as a rare complaint from the public.

DSRL suspected the demolition of buildings at Dounreay had removed a buffer to shots on the range.

The company said weapons used by the constabulary had not changed and suspected the loss of buildings that had screened the range had resulted in the complaint.

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