A FORMER police officer was paid more than £6,500 in disability living allowance - whilst working as a driver and coffin bearer for a Barnsley funeral director.

Michael Clarke, 55, of Hemsworth, walked free from Wakefield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday after he was handed a six-month conditional discharge.

Clarke admitted failing to notify the DWP of a change in circumstances.

A DWP inquiry revealed Clarke had worked for A and M Hadfield funeral directors in Burton Road since April 2010.

He had been medically discharged from the police force after suffering a stroke in 2004 whilst working as a traffic officer.