The Blackpool Gazette report:

Lancashire Police has seen more than 419 members of staff off sick with stress in the last three years.

Under a Freedom of Information request submitted by The Gazette, the cost to the force of stress related illness reached nearly £4m between 2010 and 2013.

The Western division of Lancashire police, which covers Blackpool, has seen 57 police officers and police staff off work with stress since 2010. This has cost the force £425,553.79.

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