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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!"

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.

River Avon body identified by police

Police have identified a man whose body was found in the River Avon at Evesham last month.

Officers were called to the Weir Meadow Caravan Park in Castle Street on Wednesday 19 February when a member of the public spotted a body in the river that had been caught up on a boat mooring.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service sent a boat crew to recover the man, who appeared to have been in the water for some days.

West Mercia Police released a nationwide appeal for the public’s help to discover his identity, including releasing photos of his clothes.

It is a relief we have confirmed who this man is and his family can now start grieving for their loved one.

“I would like to thank those people from across the country who contacted us with information about who this gentleman may have been.”

– Detective Sergeant Craig Tennant, West Mercia police

During a police search of the river bank looking for further clues, a rucksack was found that belonged to a man in his 50s from Cheltenham. Using DNA technology it was confirmed he was the deceased man.

His next of kin have been informed and the Coroner for Worcestershire has been updated.

Police advice on how to avoid telephone scam

West Mercia Police are now linking three cases in the past 24 hours in which telephone callers have posed as police to trick elderly or vulnerable victims into revealing their bank details.

Your bank and the police will never contact you by phone to ask for this information. Victims should refuse to give any details and end the call immediately.

In addition a police officer calling at your door will carry a warrant card which shows their name, number and a photograph as well as the force they work for.

Genuine police officers will never ask for bank details over the telephone. One simple rule will prevent you from falling for this kind of con and that is to never give bank details to anyone who has called you.

– Spokesperson for West Mercia Police
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