Police have opened up the archives to reveal the fascinating story of one of the first ever female police officers - who was not allowed to arrest anyone. West Midlands Police has released pictures of Evelyn Miles, who was the first woman constable to join Birmingham City Police in 1917 at the age of 50.

Before 1916, there were no women police officers in the region at all, but the outbreak of the First World War saw more than 50 per cent of the city's male population leave for the forces.

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