Plans to contract some police work in the West Midlands to private companies will be discussed today. Chief Constable Chris Sims insists the force is not being sold off. West Midlands Police is also looking at sharing some units like firearms teams with the neighbouring Staffordshire forces.
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Isolated wintry showers perhaps giving further, mainly slight, snow accumulations inland.
Staying largely dry for most of the night, but then with a line of showers travelling south across the region through the early hours.
A bank robber who threatened customers with a knife and gun while demanding cash has been jailed for 11 years.