The Shropshire Star report:

Hundreds of West Mercia Police officers have been paid almost £150,000 in bonuses for dealing with incidents including murders and fatal car crashes in the past three years.

Discretionary payments of between £50 and £500 for involvement in such incidents are part of West Mercia Police policy, in line with other forces around the country.

Payments are made for a variety of reasons including “occasional work of an outstandingly unpleasant, demanding or important nature”.

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