West Yorkshire’s top cops to lose car perk EXCLUSIVE

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West Yorkshire’s top cops look set to be forced to give up their flash company cars in a bid to save the cash-strapped force money.

The news comes as the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal that West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is driving a car seized from a drug dealer in another move to cut costs.

Mark Burns-Williamson was given the Audi A4 for use in the job after winning the first Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November.

He has now welcomed a review of the current policy that sees senior West Yorkshire Police officers given prestige cars as part of their remuneration package.

The YEP reported last year how the force was spending more than £286,000 a year on top-of-the range models for the six members of the command team and its counter-terrorism chief – at an average of over £40,000 per car. The motors included a luxury Jaguar XF, two BMW X5s, a BMW 535, two Audis and a Lexus 450H.

But, as the force seeks to save £140million, Chief Constable Mark Gilmore – appointed to replace Sir Norman Bettison in February – has now warned his fellow top cops they must tighten their belts.

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Chief Constable Mark Gilmore said as part of the force’s efficiency savings everyone is having to make adjustments and changes were also being made at a senior level as well as across the force.”

Campaign group the Taxpayers’ Alliance said the move was overdue.

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