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PSNI claims for hearing loss could reach UK£400 million

Published 25/01/2009

The Police Service of Northern Ireland could face a staggering UK£400 million compensation bill to pay thousands of officers who have sued for hearing loss.

The original estimate was 90 million pounds but it has now emerged that the PSNI could be forced to stump up more than four times that amount.

It is understood the number of former and serving policemen and women seeking damages has risen dramatically in recent months, with around 22,000 claimants now involved.

The claims relate to firearms training conducted in the 1970s and 80s when officers were not offered ear defenders on shooting ranges.

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