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Police officer awarded over £12,000 after being bitten by fleas in work

A West Midlands police officer has been awarded more than £12,000 in damages after being bitten by fleas while at work.

Over £61,000 was paid out in personal injury compensation at West Midlands Police in the last year. Credit: PA images

According to the force, the PC had to undergo emergency surgery after being injured by the parasites.

A Freedom of Information request showed the officer's payout was among 14 other claims for personal injuries settled in 2016 and 2017 - costing the force more than £61,000.

Another PC was handed £7,274 for defective equipment used while at work.

Other claims included more than £5,000 for two trips and two claims for what's been described as 'manual handling'.