West Midlands (county)
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The West Midlands metropolitan area is a county in the West Midlands region.
Cities and towns
The West Midlands county (902 km2) is primarily urban. Nonetheless, there is countryside, the 'Meriden Gap', between Coventry and the rest, and Sutton Park is the largest urban park in Europe. The West Midlands county should not be confused with the wider West Midland region, at whose heart it sits.
The county borders and is surrounded by the three counties from which it was created in 1974 (clockwise from the West): Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Since that creation, its boundary changes have been minor.
As with the rest of the UK, in any emergency call 999 or 112 (from a land-line if you can) and ask for Ambulance, Fire or Police when connected.