The number of police officers in Wales signed off work due to stress has more than doubled over the past four years, according to new figures.

A Freedom of Information request showed 86 officers across the four Welsh police forces were too ill to work in June due to mental health issues.

According to a report by BBC Wales, a freedom of Information request showed 86 officers across the four Welsh police forces were too ill to work in June due to mental health issues. In June 2013, it was just 37 - marking an increase of more than 130%.

South Wales Police, the force with 2,893 officers, had the highest number - 60 - off work due to stress in June. North Wales (1,445 officers) and Dyfed-Powys Police (1,156) both had eight officers signed off, while Gwent, with 1,172 officers, had 10.

The Police Federation described the figures as "the tip of the iceberg". Vice-chairman Calum Macleod said: "This is because of the stigma attached, because they don't want to let their colleagues and the public down as well as concerns it might hamper their career prospects." He said a cut of 20,000 officers in England and Wales since 2009 increased the pressure on those on the front line. "You are having officers' rest days cancelled without being given appropriate notice - so they are spending less time with families," he added.

Read the whole BBC report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-40756465