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Warwickshire and West Mercia Police launch drink drive campaign

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink driving during the Christmas period.

The consequences of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol are being highlighted with adverts in licensed premises across the region.

It is hoped the campaign will make people think about the outcomes of drink driving.

The campaign supports the month long national winter drink drive campaign Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Over the past three years 187 people have been killed or seriously injured in Warwickshire and West Mercia following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.

Prayers for couple found shot dead in Herefordshire

John Knott was found shot dead with his wife at their home near Bosbury Credit: West Mercia Police

Prayers will be held at the local church of a couple who were found shot dead at their home in Herefordshire earlier this week.

John Knott, who was 71, and his wife Anne who was 70, were both discovered by police at their home in Pow Green near the village of Bosbury on Monday.

The Holy Trinity church in Bosbury Credit: ITV News Central

Police later said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.

Holy Trinity church will be open all day and a service of readings, prayers and quiet meditation will be held in Holy Trinity Church at 6pm.

Vicar, Nicky Seabright said:

"This is an opportunity for us all to come together and reflect on the tragedy in Bosbury this week and to pray for everyone caught up in this deeply distressing event."

– Vicar, Nicky Seabright

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Man charged with stabbing outside hotel in Telford

Google Street View outside the Station Hotel in Wellington Credit: Google Street View

A 37-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a stabbing in Telford.

It happened outside the Station Hotel in Wellington on Friday 11th July.

Alan David Evans of Mercia Drive in Leegomery is accused of stabbing a 20 year old in the lower back. The victim required surgery but his injuries are no longer life threatening.

The 37-year-old has been remanded in custody, and is due to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday 21st July.

West Mercia Police asks other force to investigate its handling of 'previous incidents' of murderer Jamie Reynolds

Jamie Reynolds Credit: West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police has asked another force to carry out an investigation into the police handling of 'previous incidents' of murderer Jamie Reynolds.

Reynolds was given a whole life jail term for the murder of Georgia Williams, from Wellington in Shropshire, last year.

Georgia Williams was murdered by Jamie Reynolds last year Credit: West Mercia Police

The Independent Police Complaints Commission recommended that the investigation should be managed by West Mercia Police, but the force has asked Devon and Cornwall Police to conduct the inquiries, saying it would be "more appropriate" for the investigation to be carried out by another force.

In a statement, West Mercia Police, said: "As an investigation is therefore still pending it would be inappropriate for us to comment further around the specific details of the enquiries at this stage."

Police car rammed before dramatic high speed chase

The car carrying the four people who were arrested after a police car was rammed Credit: Twitter: @K999Cops

Four people have been arrested after a police car was rammed in Wychbold in Worcestershire.

Police say the blue vehicle had previously been stolen in a burglary, and sped away after the collision.

The stolen car ended up hitting a wall and the four occupants were arrested Credit: Twitter: @K999Cops

Then followed a high speed chase but the blue vehicle ended up hitting a wall and four people inside were arrested.

Writing on the North Worcestershire Police Twitter account, the force said:

"Thankfully no officers or suspects hurt in the during the earlier pursuit!"

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Three new puppies recruited to police forces

A fully grown Belgium Shepherd Malinois police dog Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Three puppies have been recruited to the Warwickshire and West Mercia Police forces, and they are about to start their training.

The Belgium Shepherd Malinois dogs named Echo, Delta and Luna are to be walked into towns and around bus stations, train stations and other bust places so they can get used to crowds and traffic.

The will also undergo obedience training, so as they grow bigger, they will learn basic police dog skills like tracking and barking on command.

Police appeal after girl sexually assaulted in Shropshire

West Mercia Police have appealed for information to catch a youth who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in broad daylight.

The attacker is described as white and between the ages of 13 and 17.

We need anyone who was in the area of St Michael's Street on Friday afternoon and saw anyone acting suspiciously to get in touch - any tiny piece of information could be useful. We would particularly like to speak to anyone who saw a teenage male with a younger girl between 3.45pm and 4pm.

Also, if you think you may know who the boy is, you need to contact the police immediately. We believe he is local, not least because he seems to have good knowledge of the area.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Marsden

Police warning after girl sexually assaulted in broad daylight

10-year-old girl sexually assaulted in Shrewsbury, Shropshire Credit: PA

West Mercia Police have issued a warning after a 10-year-old girl was subjected to a sustained and serious sexual assault in broad daylight.

The attack happened on Friday afternoon in Shrewsbury as the girl walked along St Michael's Road towards Ditherington Road when she was approached by her attacker.

The attacker thought to be white and aged between 13 and 17 led the girl behind a container near a car wash where he assaulted her.

Police have issued a warning to families with young children to be extra cautious.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Marsden, who is leading the investigation, said:

I would recommend that, if at all possible, primary school-aged children are supervised when away from home either by yourselves or a trusted adult.

This week it is the Easter holidays, so for the time being, we suggest parents make sure they know where their children are and if possible stay in contact via mobile phone.

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