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.
Police are appealing for witnesses after £6,000 was been stolen from an elderly man in Stourport.
The victim in his 70s answered the door on Friday October 4, to a man claiming to be from trading standards. He asked about work previously carried out on the house and garden in Brindley Street, which had cost £6,000.
The man left, and the victim then spoke to someone on the telephone, again claiming to be from trading standards, enquiring about the money. The victim was told there was an ongoing court case regarding the work that had been done, and he would need to bring £6,000 to the court.
At around 3.30pm, the man who had knocked on the earlier got into the victim’s car with him. He grabbed the money and ran off up Bishop Street.
West Mercia Police are appealing for information from anyone may have seen the man, who is described as white, about 5 foot 10 inches tall, of plump, stocky build, with short fair hair. He was wearing casual clothes.
Thousands of pounds worth of copper cabling has been stolen from fields in Shropshire.
The cables were cut from power lines in the Albrighton area in the early hours of yesterday. It was only discovered when families in Woodhouse Lane and Rectory Road realised their power was out.
A set of ladders used by the thieves was discovered at the site and are now being examined by forensics experts.
A West Mercia Police spokesman said:
In addition to the obvious problems and danger the theft of this cabling causes, the value of the copper wire stolen could be several thousand pounds when you consider how much it will cost to replace.
We are very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in this part of Albrighton that could be linked to these thefts, and would also remind people that thefts of this sort are extremely dangerous.
No matter how knowledgeable you believe you are, stealing copper wire or cabling from ‘live’ power lines is incredibly dangerous and could result in the most serious of outcomes for the thief.
A "predatory" police officer has been sacked from West Mercia Police after being jailed for sending inappropriate text messages to crime victims.
PC Jordan Powell, aged 31, was dismissed without notice at a special case hearing chaired by Ch Cons David Shaw.
He was jailed for 15 months in September after admitting three charges of misconduct in a public office.
He sent explicit texts to a victim of domestic abuse and another female crime victim, who he met through his job, before entering into a physical relationship with one of them while on duty.
Dep Ch Cons Simon Chesterman said while most officers were honest and hard-working, behaviour such as this had the potential to seriously damage the reputation of the force.
"The outcome of this case highlights the serious nature of the deliberate, calculated and predatory conduct involved and should act as a reminder to all officers and staff of the importance of maintaining professional boundaries at work," he added.
Powell joined West Mercia Police in October 2004 and received a written warning in 2008 for an inappropriate relationship with a female victim of crime.
Powell was suspended from duty in July last year after the latest incidents were discovered.
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.