A CASH-STRAPPED police force has defended spending £25,000 on art work for Hartlepool Police Station.
A national newspaper revealed how police forces that were facing major cuts to staff and budgets had shelled out £250,000 on artwork to decorate stations.
Cleveland Police spent £25,000 on photo art which is on display at Hartlepool Police Station in Avenue Road.
Last week the Mail reported how Cleveland Police chiefs hope to cut the number of serving officers from 1,391 to 1,333 on top of the 300 who have already been lost since 2010.
The force has to find savings of £4.8m by 2015.
But the force said the art was bought by the former police authority six years ago.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “The decision to fund the public art was made by the then Police Authority in 2007 as part of the refurbishment of the police station.
“The artwork remains in situ at the station’s entrance and no other artwork has been funded since.”