The details are cloaked in secrecy, but police informants were paid more than a quarter of a million pounds by Avon and Somerset Constabulary in four years.

The force forked out around £275,000 to informants in a bid to solve crimes and hunt wanted faces.

The force is keeping tight lipped about how many informants they paid and how much each was given.

Reported by the Bristol Post. You can read the full story here. 

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