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Police and Crime Commissioner stops controversial plans

The first Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands has stopped controversial plans to allow private firms to run parts of the force's core services.

Half a million pounds has already been spent looking at how this would have worked. It was hoped that privatising parts of the police would help plug a £126 million funding gap.

But Bob Jones, the Commissioner who starts in his new role today, says the force should be accountable to the public, not shareholders.

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