A Thames Valley Police officer has left the force after twelve years on the front line for a better paid job - as a lap dancer.

Mum-of-three Hannah Havers, 35, joined the police in 2003 but the long hours and stressful shifts were leaving her exhausted and affecting her marriage.

She found she had little time and energy to spend with husband Michael, also a PC, and her children Christian, 11, Harley, four and Madison, two.

The Thames Valley PC, of Didcot in Oxfordshire, quit her £29,000 a year job and decided to take up lap dancing three nights a week.

Hannah now earns more than £4,500 a month before tax - nearly doubling her salary - and described her career change as "the best decision I ever made".

Thanks to her unconventional career swap she now gets to care for her kids every day, spend time with her hubby and they can save money for the first time in years.

She added: "I'm making more in two weeks than I would in a whole month at the police.

"I work two or three nights a week and it totally fits around my family unit.

"The police is a very stressful job and it was really damaging our marriage.

"It was impossible. We never saw each other and we were both coming home so stressed.

"Going back to lap dancing is the best decision I could have made. I wish I had done it ten years ago.

"It's the best improvement I could have made to our lives."

Hannah was a professional tennis player - ranked 32 in the UK - in her late teens, but opted for a change of jobs when she couldn't move higher.

She tried lap dancing for around a year when she was aged 19, but decided she needed a "proper career" and joined the police aged 23, in 2003.

She loved her Reading-based job for many years, but after getting married and having two more children, her feelings changed.

"It was really good fun and I got a lot from the job," she said.

"But more than 12 years down the line, with three kids and my husband also in the police, we eventually decided we needed a change.

"We wanted more family time. We felt like single parents most the time, and we were living to work, not working to live. We didn't have a good quality of life.

"I just started to hate the job. I couldn't wait to get home. It wasn't me anymore."

Hannah left the police in May last year and after some glamour photography work, she decided to go back to lap dancing in November.

She works two or three nights a week at Honey Pot in Maidenhead - a club she worked at aged 19 - starting at 5pm and finishing around 2am.

She does fully nude private dances, netting her around £40 for a four minute stint.

Self-employed Hannah pays a 'dance fee' of between £40 and £100 a night, and keeps all private dance payments after that.

The mum-of-three admits it's a "long night in high heels" but insists going back to lap dancing was the "best decision I could have made".