The Telegraph and Argus report:

Police in Bradford have been told to stop calling the speaking clock after more than 900 calls were made over two years.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show staff in West Yorkshire Police’s Airedale and Bradford North and Bradford South divisions dialled the 123 number 928 times between 2010-12, racking up a bill of £287.68.

But the number of calls fell to zero in 2012-13 when officers were told to use free alternatives to check the time.

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