MORE than £2.2m has been spent on repairing West Yorkshire Police vehicles that have been damaged in pursuits.

The figures were released through a Freedom of Information request (FOI) to the force.

Between 2017 and 2022, 568 vehicles were damaged due to pursuits, at a cost of £2,263,460.

The year 2017/18 saw the highest number of vehicles damaged – 154 - equating to a cost of £531,645.

A total of 21 vehicles were written off in the period the FOI covers. The highest numbers were seen in 2017/18 and 2018/19, when six vehicles in each year were written off.

Only one vehicle was deemed to be a write-off in 2021/22, but that period saw the second-highest figure spent on damaged vehicles - £502,828.

The year of the pandemic, 2020/21, saw the lowest number of damaged vehicles – 85 – at a cost of £347,656.

A total of three vehicles were written off that year.