MORE than £250,000 compensation has been paid to injured police officers and staff in the past five years.

One Lancashire Police employee received £16,000 and a PC got £11,269 - both for falls.

Another officer was awarded £46,603 for being bitten by a dog.

A police office involved in a road accident was given £12,898.

Last year alone, as the force looked to make £42million of budget cuts, they spent £85,173 in compensation.

The figures were released nationally.

ACC Peter White said: “We take our responsibility for the health and safety of all our employees seriously and when an incident does occur, we take every precaution to prevent it happening again.

“Every case is judged on its own merit, these are complex issues and we are satisfied that if compensation is paid out, that it is proportionate to the level of injuries sustained.”