Some UK police forces are using overtime to cover gaps caused by staff shortages, BBC Radio 5 live has found.

One Met Police officer received an overtime payment of £45,000 last year, a Freedom of Information request found.

The overtime bill for officers and staff in England and Wales totalled almost £1bn over three years and went up by £6m last year.

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