Eight people have been charged with fraud offences during a crackdown on the misuse of disabled parking badges this week.

Police and council officials in Edinburgh identified five men and three women who had allegedly displayed badges that did not belong to them.

The men, aged 33, 37, 48, 53 and 54, and the women, who are aged 39, 49 and 63, have been reported to the procurator-fiscal and will appear in court at a later date, Lothian and Borders Police said.

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Councillor Lesley Hinds said: "The charging of these eight individuals is a very satisfying conclusion to many months of painstaking investigation and intelligence-gathering by the council's dedicated fraud prevention officer."