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I have written a full manuscript, a crime thriller set in my local town of Kidderminster. I have edited and edited and believe I am near the end. That was until ten minutes ago, when I received an email from my local police force. After two long years of trying to get someone to speak to me, they final came back with the answer sorry we will not support the use of the force name.
Please can anyone help?
Does this mean what I think that I cant use the name, full stop?
Does I can use it but would need to put some sort of disclaimer in?
Do I need to change the setting of my story to a fictional town name and police force name.
Or final would I be ok to keep the setting but use a fictional police force name ie Centrel Police or South Midlands Police.
I feel deflated I was so close but feel its all disappearing.