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MPs RESIST 'RUSHED' MERGER OF WELSH POLICE FORCES IN WALES

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The Welsh affairs select committee has criticised the government for rushing plans to create a single police force ...
The Welsh affairs select committee has criticised the government for rushing plans to create a single police force for Wales.

The MPs say the plans do not take into account the geography, politics and culture of Wales.

Committee chair Hywel Francis told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning the MPs were not opposed to mergers and an all Wales police force might be the best option. But so far the government has not provided enough information or allowed enough time for the public and police authorities to decide. The consultation closes on Friday and the government wants amalgamation to take place in the summer.

'We believe it's more important to get it right than to get it early,' Mr Francis said.

He added: 'The government hasn't provided sufficient information about the costs and whether these costs would be borne entirely by the Welsh taxpayer or by the Home Office. We would wish them to be borne by the Home Office.'

MIDLANDS FORCE TOLD TO MERGE

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