A detective was paid more than £20,000 in overtime in a year, a BBC Freedom of Information request found.

The officer was working for West Mercia Police, which spent £9.5m on staff overtime costs over two years.

Elsewhere in the West Midlands region, Staffordshire police spent £8.57m, Cheshire £6.49m, West Midlands £3.29m and Warwickshire £352,407.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.