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Metropolitan Police clock up £35,000 bill on calls to speaking clock

Britain's biggest police force spent more than £35,000 on 110,000 calls to the speaking clock over the last two years, figures have shown.

The London Metropolitan Police also spent more than £200,000 calling directory inquiries, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed.

A police spokesman said: "There are clearly evidential and operational reasons for officers and staff requiring the exact time and contact details."

The Met spent a total of £16,879 calling the speaking clock in 2010-11. At 31p per call, that means they made almost 55,000 calls.

(© Independent News Service)

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