Police are paying out more than £1,000 a day for information on criminal activity such as drug smuggling in Northern Ireland, it can be revealed today.
Payments to informants have risen four-fold since 2005 with over £400,000 handed over in the last year.
It is believed to be one of the highest payouts by any UK police force and indicates the huge cost involved in the fight against the drugs trade.
Reported by the Belfast Telegraph. You can read the full story here.