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Police respond to claims that criminals are escaping due to a lack of sirens on police cars

Police say that the low performance cars are not used for emergencies. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

West Midlands Police has issued a statement responding to claims that criminals are escaping arrest because police are being held up on the way to crime scenes in patrol cars that do not have sirens.

"The force currently has 109 Vauxhall Corsas within its fleet of vehicles, these are equipped with blue lights but not sirens.

"These cars were provided for local neighbourhood teams and are used for a police presence. At no point were they intended for response work as they are low performance vehicles.

"Incidents graded as ‘immediate’ are responded to as soon as possible, usually a matter of minutes and in many occasions require the use of lights and sirens."

– West Midlands Police

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Antonio and Paterson depart from Nottingham Forest

Michail Antonio applauding the Nottingham Forest fans Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport/PA

Nottingham Forest's Michail Antonio has left the City Ground after signing for West Ham United.

Antonio scored 15 goals in 49 appearances for Forest.

He has moved to the Premier League side for an undisclosed fee.

Jamie Paterson Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport/PA

Meanwhile winger Jamie Paterson has joined Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan deal.

Derby County sign two players on deadline day

Derby County have signed two players on transfer deadline day.

Jacob Butterfield became their eighth signing of the summer. The 25-year-old midfielder has joined the Rams from Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

Jacob Butterfield has signed from Huddersfield Town Credit: Simon Cooper/EMPICS Sport/PA

Bradley Johnson became the ninth signing of the summer before the window closed at 6:00pm.

The midfielder, who is 28, has signed from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

Bradley Johnson has moved from Norwich City Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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