SDLP MLA Alban Maginness described the compensation figures as shocking
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Police hearing loss: £135m paid in compensation

23 January 2014 Last updated at 18:34 GMT

Police have paid out more than £135m to settle claims by former officers who said their hearing was damaged during the course of their duties.

Almost half that bill, more than £65m, was for legal fees.

BBC NI home affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney reports.