New cop car unveiled at Autosport International

By Chris Willmott Friday 11 January 2013 Updated: 11/01 15:33

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Buy photos » West Midlands Police's latest weapon in the fight against crime on the region's motorways.

MOTORSPORT enthusiasts will get a chance to see the latest weapon in the fight against reckless and dangerous driving in the West Midlands this weekend.

A brand-new Jaguar XF Sportbrake that will soon be patrolling the Midlands motorway network will be on show at Autosport International, which opens at the NEC today (Friday).

The fully-kitted out and logoed estate car will be on show alongside one of its predecessors from 1969 - a now privately-owned Mark 2 Jaguar which patrolled the M6 in Staffordshire some 40 years ago.

Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group, the team which covers 450 miles of the nation’s busiest motorways and major A roads, will be showcasing their work, whilst offering some fun, but informative advice on how to stay safe.

Since April 2010 CMPG officers seized controlled drugs to the value of £7.4 million, assets worth £4.6 million and an additional £4.6 million of cash from criminals on the motorway network.

Chief Superintendent Martin Evans, CMPG commander, said: “Autosport International is attended by tens of thousands of people who are all interested in cars, bikes and motorsport in particular and that is just the audience who we’re keen to engage with about the good work we do.

“I’m sure they’ll find the fully-kitted out cars of interest, whilst seeing some of the very different things we do to catch criminals, whilst keeping people safe on the roads.

“Officers from the regional Collision Investigation Unit will also be on hand to talk about the horrors, and the causes, of so many of the major crashes that they deal with."

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