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Another police officer given misconduct notice over Jamie Reynolds

Another West Mercia Police officer has been given a misconduct notice over the way the force dealt with a previous attack by a convicted murderer.

Jamie Reynolds, who killed Georgia Williams and tried to strangle another teenage girl five years earlier Credit: West Mercia Police

Jamie Reynolds was jailed for life for the murder of Georgia Williams in 2013.

In 2008, he lured a young girl back to his home in Telford and tried to strangle her.

A total of eight officers and one member of police staff have been served with misconduct notices by an investigating force.


Woman killed in Shropshire car crash

A woman has been killed in a car crash in Shropshire Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A woman has been killed in a car crash in Shropshire this evening.

The accident happened on the A456 just outside Burford at around 5:15pm.

Paramedics arrived to find that two cars had crashed. One of the cars' drivers - a woman - was trapped in the wreckage of her vehicle, which had rolled over.

"Sadly, it quickly became apparent to staff that nothing could be done to save the patient and she was confirmed dead on scene."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson

The man in the other car suffered abdominal pain but was discharged at the scene.

£20m pledged to reduce flood risk in Severn and Wye area

A postwoman struggles through the flooded River Severn Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Over £20 million of public investment has been pledged to reduce the flood risk across the English Severn and Wye area over the next six years.

Members of the Environment Agency's Coastal Committee pledged around £6 million to help pay for flood alleviation works across the area.

National Grant in Aid funds were announced by the government last month.

The extra money will pay for the following schemes:

  • A £1.2 million flood alleviation scheme in Much Wenlock which will involve creating flood storage to reduce the risk of flooding to 142 properties
  • The £3 million Badsey Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to approximately 290 properties along Badsey and Bunches Brook in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot
  • The £1.6 million surface water flood alleviation scheme to reduce flood risk to up to 159 properties in Whaddon, Cheltenham
  • The £300,000 Bedworth Flood Alleviation scheme, which reduces the risk of flooding to 40 properties in the Delamere Road area of Bedworth


Georgia Williams murder: Eighth misconduct notice served

Georgia Williams Credit: West Mercia Police

An eighth West Mercia Police staff member has been served with a misconduct notice over the way the force dealt with a previous attack by Jamie Reynolds.

Reynolds murdered schoolgirl Georgia Williams in 2013. Just five years earlier, he had lured a young girl back to his Telford home and tried to strangle her.

Devon & Cornwall Police is investigating allegations of misconduct against West Mercia Police force. Six officers were served with misconduct notices in September, and a seventh in November.

Jamie Reynolds, who killed Georgia Williams and tried to strangle another teenage girl five years earlier Credit: West Mercia Police

In a statement, the Force said:

“On Monday 12th January officers served a misconduct notice in relation to professional standards on a West Mercia Police staff member.

“Following an initial investigation, Devon and Cornwall Police officers served misconduct notices in relation to professional standards on six West Mercia police officers between Thursday 4 September and Monday 8 September.

“A seventh serving West Mercia police officer was served with a misconduct notice on Friday 14th November in relation to the ongoing investigation.

“All of the complainants are being supported and regularly informed of the progress of the investigation.

“Devon and Cornwall Police continue to carry out a thorough investigation with a view to presenting a final report to West Mercia Police.”

– Statement from Devon & Cornwall Police

Rise in marmalade sales following Paddington Bear movie

A Ludlow company say they have seen a huge rise in sales of Marmalade as the Paddington Bear movie is being credited with encouraging children across the country to try it.

The Paddington Bear movie is credited with encouraging children across the country to try it. Credit: Rainer Jensen/DPA/Press Association Images

Reports in recent years have shown a generational divide with only 18% of young people eating marmalade compared to nearly two thirds of people over 55.

But the children's film is reportedly changing that, with The Ludlow Food Centre seeing sales rise by 23% compared to last year.

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Teenager charged after 'dangerous' ecstasy batch deaths

A teenager has been charged with supplying ecstasy after three men died as a result of taking a potentially dangerous batch of the drug.

Adrian Lubecki, 19, of St Matthews Street in Ipswich, will appear before magistrates tomorrow to face counts of supplying the drug, and possession with intent to supply.

Two other men also from Ipswich, aged 20 and 26, were also arrested on supplying controlled drugs and have been bailed while investigations continue.

The arrests came after two men, aged 22 and 24, died in Ipswich on Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, along with a third man, 20, in Rendlesham, Suffolk.

The death of a fourth man from Telford, Shropshire, is also being linked to the rogue batch, believed to be red and emblazoned with a Superman logo.

Police are urging anyone who has any of the pills to hand them in.

Body found in river confirmed as missing Daniel Hodgin

A body discovered in a river at Cressage in Shropshire has been formally identified as missing Daniel Hodgin from Telford.

Daniel Hodgin went missing after a night out in Shrewsbury in November Credit: West Mercia Police

The 20-year-old, from Madeley in Telford, was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday 23 November following a night out with friends in Shrewsbury.

Extensive searches have been carried out since his disappearance and several appeals have been released by West Mercia Police, in liaison with Daniel’s family.

His body was found at around 12.25pm on New Years Eve. His family and the coroner have been made aware.

His death is being treated as unexplained at this time.

Our thoughts go out to Daniel’s family and friends at this very sad time. This is a tragic loss of life, of someone so young.

All of our officers involved in the investigation into Daniel’s disappearance have shown a great deal of commitment and professionalism and we’d particularly like to thank West Midlands Search and Rescue for their integral role in the search.

– DS Rob Mountford, West Mercia Police
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