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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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