The closure of 27 out of 41 West Midlands Police front desks will cost more than £500,000, the BBC can reveal.

Staff numbers will be cut from 175 to 102, according to a BBC Freedom of Information request.

Redundancies will cost at least £378,980, while private firm BMG Research was paid £100,000 to discover public demand for front desks before it was decided to close some.

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