Calls were made today for tighter regulation on  the sale of items of  police uniforms. Police helmets from the Staffordshire and  West Midland  forces are freely available on the bidding website ebay.

Meanwhile, fluorescent jackets and other items of police clothing are also  available to buy on a series of websites. But the sale of uniforms has led to  calls for tighter regulations because of fears that clothing could be used to  commit crimes such as distraction burglaries.

There have been examples across both force areas of vulnerable and elderly  people being targeted by distraction burglars pretending to be police  officers.

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson said he was going to raise the issue  with policing minister Nick Herbert when the pair meet next week.

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