The cost to the Metropolitan Police of investigating the phone-hacking scandal has passed £20m in less than two years, with almost 150 officers assigned to the task, HuffPost UK can reveal.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act lay bare the toll the three separate investigations have taken on the cash-strapped force’s finances.

The final bill is likely to be much higher as the Met did not include legal costs, saying these will be published for the first time in April.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare since ever since.