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LICHFIELD: MP fights for county police.

A FURIOUS Staffordshire MP today demanded: "Keep our police out of the West Midlands."

Tory Michael Fabricant said the county's policing needs would be shunned in favour of Birmingham and the Black Country if a regional police service was created in controversial Government merger plans.

He said he was "bitterly" opposed to any merger scheme, but would accept a link-up with the West Mercia force if the deal was backed by Staffordshire Police chiefs. "The West Midlands force is huge by comparison with Staffordshire and is centred on policing in Birmingham and the Black Country," Mr Fabricant said.

"This calls for a very different type of policing than that which we need in predominantly rural counties like our own.

"Our police would just be swallowed up by the West Midlands force and make the service more remote
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