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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:21 UK time, Tuesday, 21 November 2006

I pose the question because of news that North Wales Police is thinking of using Polish police officers to overcome any language barriers with something in the region of 8,000 Poles living and working in the Wrexham area alone. And there are claims today that a continued influx of people will put a strain on local public services. What do you reckon?

Well, firstly, why do they come? Agnieszka has been in touch to explain why she and her husband moved to Wrexham - but she admits it wasn't what she expected.

"In my country there is a myth that in the UK life is better and easier," she says.

It's timely that Agnieszka has been in touch because there is a growing misunderstanding about why Eastern Europeans come here. But whatever you think, they are here - and don't forget that we can go to other parts of Europe.

Today, our Chief Constable and his Deputy will find themselves shielding calls from people wanting to know more about their suggestion that North Wales Police could use Polish police officers. Needless to say, not everyone is happy with the idea.

The Sun newspaper, for a change, played it straight but quoted Sir Andrew Green, of pressure group Migrationwatch, as saying: “This is crystal clear evidence of the extra strain on our public services as a result of mass immigration.”

And this is an issue worthy of debate. How does any community cope with an increase in its population? Can it or should it restrict such a growth, afterall, we can't just up sticks and emigrate, can we?

The Daily Express leads on the same story today, but it's under the headline 'Now Britian to use Polish police'. I reckon this is probably going to fuel those ill informed people into saying things like, 'they come over here and take our jobs'.

Here are more links to what other media organisations are saying about our police force's plans:

Let us know if you spot other news organisations reporting on the story.

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