A Scottish hospital has collected 280 illicit toasters following an amnesty.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary announced the amnesty because staff were using the toasters in non-designated areas, continually setting off fire alarms.

The fire brigade was being called out an average of two-and-a-half times a week to the hospital and nurses' residential areas. And the£200-per-time false fire alarm charge resulted in a total bill of£26,000 for the year.

Managers at the hospital, run by Grampian University Hospitals trust, said such a large number of false fire alarms - most due to burnt toast - was unfair and disruptive.

Nurses will now have to 'walk a few yards to get to a designated canteen or pantry area' according to trust spokesman Alan Reid.