West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has waded into the row about female police officers wearing burkas, describing it as like "bald men arguing over a comb."

Chief Constable David Thompson sparked a national debate last week when asked if the force would oppose any requests to wear the Muslim dress.

He said: "Clearly we don't have any barriers relating to the burka. As it stands we have not had any approaches from potential recruits asking to wear the burka, but if such an approach was made it is something we would have to consider."

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