West Midlands Police has handed over £45,000 to a firm to help it control the Twitter and Facebook accounts of its officers.

The cash has been handed to Birmingham-based CrowdControlHQ to provide security and oversight of all of the forces official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The Mail lodged the Freedom of Information request about the payments, which have topped £45,900 since September 5, 2011.

Reported by the Birmingham MailYou can read the full story here. 

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