A major criminal inquiry into a child prostitution ring in Shropshire has ended after securing the conviction of seven men.
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident at a railway bridge in Worcestershire.
A £500 reward is being offered to help find the person responsible for injuring a dog during a burglary in Bromsgrove.
The Warwickshire and West Mercia police forces have moved a further step towards their goal of operating joint services.
They say their "strategic alliance" will help them to meet a funding shortfall of £30 million by 2015.
The forces are keeping both names and deny the changes are a merger. However, they could lose one of their chief constables and operate from a single control room in the future.
Andy Parker, Warwickshire Chief Constable, said the two forces will now be operating the same.
As well as warning motorists to take care, police officers have also warned farmers of their legal obligations to help keep roads safe.
It comes as officers warned of a seasonal increase in the number of accidents reported during the harvest.
Ch Insp Steve Owen, from Warwickshire and West Mercia Police's joint operations department, said legal action would be taken against anyone found to be breaking the rules.**
Every year we face problems with agricultural vehicles leaving large amounts of mud and debris on the roads during the harvest season.
While the majority of farmers take steps to ensure they keep the roads clear and safe, not all are as diligent.
We would like to remind farmers and contractors of their responsibilities under the Highways Act.
We have already taken action against offenders who haven’t complied with this legislation and will continue to take a tough stance against anyone who we believe is being reckless and irresponsible.
Farming vehicles should pull into lay-bys to let traffic pass during busy times, he said, and need to make sure their vehicles are clear of mud before hitting a public road.
Officers have also warned motorists to take extra care and avoid dangerous manoeuvres.
Slow-moving tractors and extra mud on road surfaces during harvest season means motorists need to take extra care on the region's rural roads, police have warned.
As farmers across the region prepare to harvest their crops, the Safer Roads Partnership run by Warwickshire and West Mercia Police revealed the increase in farming activity at this time of year traditionally leads to a surge in the number of accidents.
They say drivers often take unnecessary risks such as overtaking at inappropriate points or speeding, not leaving themselves enough time to stop if they unexpectedly come across a slow-moving tractor.
The amount of mud and other debris on the roads also increases, making the surface slippery and more difficult to stop on.
Police are continuing to investigate at the house where a body was found yesterday.
A man, believed to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Six people are currently being held in connection with his death.
– Detective Inspector Dave Williams, West Mercia Police
“While a post mortem examination is yet to take place, I can now confirm that we are treating this incident as a murder inquiry.
“Ryelands Street was cordoned off last night so we could carry out our inquiries in and around the scene. I'd like to apologise to the local community for any disruption and inconvenience caused by the police activity.
“I’d also like to thank people for their co-operation and would appeal to anyone who knows anything at all about the incident, or who may have been in the area yesterday afternoon and saw or heard any suspicious activity, to contact us.”
Five further arrests have been made in connection with the death of a man in Hereford.
Police were called to Ryelands Street on Saturday evening to reports of an assault. A man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were arrested on Saturday evening. Police have been given more time to question them on suspicion of murder.
Today, two men in their 20s were also arrested on suspicion of murder. Another man and woman were detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Six people in total - four men and two women - are being held in connection with the man’s death.
Police investigating the death of a man in Hereford yesterday say their investigation is at an "early stage" and they do not know how the man died.
They were called to a property on Ryelands Street at 5.30pm, to reports of an assault.
– Detective Inspector Dave Williams, West Mercia Police
“Our investigation is at an early stage and at this time we do not how the man died.
However, what I can say is that a man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at Hereford police station.
We are carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the local area and Police Community Support Officers will also be on hand to provide reassurance to the community.
Anyone with information relating to this death, or activity at the address on Ryelands Street, is asked to contact us on 101."
The area remains cordoned off while detectives and forensics investigate.
A man is being questioned on suspicion of murder after a body was found at a property in Hereford yesterday.
Police were called at 5.30pm to Ryelands Street, following reports of an assault. The man, believed to be in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene.
Barbara Carter, group manager for fostering and kinship at Worcestershire County Council, says there is a range of services to help people look after newborn babies if they're struggling to care for them, and is urging baby Joseph's parents to come forward.
West Mercia Police is again asking the public to help Joseph, the baby who was abandoned in Worcester last week and whose mother has yet to be found.
Officers trying to find his mother have released pictures of the items he was found with last week.
At around 4.30am on Thursday 18th July, Joseph was found in a Hessian bag after the doorbell was rung at a house in the Columbia Drive area of Lower Wick.
Thought to be around 24 hours old when found, he was wearing a vest and wrapped in a blanket.
He was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital where he was cared for by midwives until July 23rd when he was released into the care of social services.
He is now being looked after by foster parents.
Police have issued images of the vest he was wearing when found as well as a blanket he was wrapped in.