Thousands of patients were taken to hospital in police cars last year because of a lack of ambulances, new statistics have revealed.

A Freedom of Information request found a total of 2,012 sick and injured people were transported in the back of police vehicles.

But only nine of the 43 police forces in England and Wales responded, suggesting the actual figure could be nearer 10,000.

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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.