Informant bill is £2m say cops

INFORMANTS have been paid nearly £2 million by South Yorkshire Police over the last 12 years, it has been revealed.

The force paid £152,115 to ‘intelligence sources’ - people who pass on confidential information to the police for cash - between April 2011 and March 2012, down from £181,440 the year before.

Over the last 12 years, police chiefs paid the most between April 2007 and March 2008, when £190,178 was given for information to help police solve or prevent crimes.

The lowest amount paid out over the same period was £97,000 between April 2001 and March 2002.