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MP's outing with Kinver cops turns into a police car chase
8:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
SOUTH Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson got more than he bargained for when he joined Kinver cops on a motoring crack down which then turned into a police car chase.
The Conservative MP wanted to see for himself frontline policing in action following pledges by new Inspector Geoff Knight to up the Staffordshire Police force's presence in the village.
And during his outing with officers, who have started using new number plate recognition technology to catch motoring crooks, he found himself embroiled in a car chase through the South Staffordshire streets as one suspect tried to make a quick getaway.
He said after the adrenaline-filled escapade: "The car chase certainly came as a surprise, but provided an interesting insight into the danger these officers face every day on their jobs."
Mr Williamson added: “I greatly admire all the hard work that is being undertaken by our local police force. After spending this time with them, I feel I have a greater understanding of how hard their work really is and I have nothing but praise for their efforts towards keeping the residents of Kinver - and other nearby villages - safe."
Inspector Knight said at the last Kinver Parish Council meeting that he would be increasing the police presence to help allay villagers' fears about anti-social behaviour - by assigning another PCSO to pound the village streets and putting special constables on patrol on Friday and Saturday evenings.
He also outlined hopes of turning part of the parish council office into a base for officers following the loss of the village police station.
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