Commissioners row over police split

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Ron Ball

A war of words has erupted between Warwickshire’s former police and crime commissioner and the leadership of West Mercia Police over the decision to split the alliance between the two forces.

Last week West Mercia Police surprisingly announced that they intended to end the strategic alliance with Warwickshire Police, claiming the move would provide the public with better value for money.

In a letter to the Home Secretary this week, Ron Ball, who stepped down as Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner in 2016, launched a scathing attack on the serving West Mercia commissioner John Campion and West Mercia’s chief constable Anthony Bangham.

Mr Ball accuses the pair of treating the organisation ‘as though it is a private company of which they have 100 per cent ownership’ emphasising the lack of consultation carried out before the decision was taken.

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