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Police say it's 'only the tip of the iceberg' after drugs bust.

In terms of value, this is one of the biggest investigations West Mercia Police has ever conducted into the illegal drugs trade.

While we have seized approximately £10million worth of Class A and B drugs, we think it is only the tip of an iceberg. We believe the conspiracy has been responsible for hundreds of millions of pounds worth of drugs being smuggled into the UK.

We also have evidence that shows these drugs have been sold from the West Midlands region to organised criminal groups nationally who are dealing drugs across the country.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Loader, leads the West Mercia Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

Police drug smuggling operation success in Midlands

Officers from West Mercia Police have arrested ten people in an investigation into the smuggling of of drugs into the UK potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

The arrests took place this morning across the West Midlands region and in the Netherlands.

Drugs seized by Police in Newent in July 2013. Credit: West Mercia Police

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import a Class A controlled drug and a Class B controlled drug.

The operation has been ongoing since November 2012 and during that time £10million of drugs have been seized.


Police arrest ten people as part of drug smuggling operation

Officers from West Mercia Police have arrested ten people in an investigation into the smuggling of drugs into the UK potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

The arrests took place this morning across the West Midlands region as well as in the Netherlands as part of an operation into the importation of cannabis, amphetamines and MDMA, the main constituent of Ecstasy.

It follows nine arrests made in Newent, Glos, on 4th July 2013, when drugs with a street value of almost £4 million were also seized.

Woman's body found near Droitwich: man arrested

Map showing Hanbury in relation to Droitwich Credit: ITV News Central

A man in his twenties has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman at a house in Hanbury near Drotiwich.

Officers were called to out to an address in the village yesterday afternoon, where a woman in her forties was found.

Police have not given an exact address where the incident happened Credit: ITV News Central

Woman charged with giving poison to juvenile girl

A 55-year-old woman was today (Friday 10 January) charged by West Mercia Police Credit: HSE

A woman has been charged with giving poison to a girl in Herefordshire.

Mary Kidson, aged 55 and from Ledbury, is due to appear in court on January 29, on three counts of of administering poison to a female juvenile with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.

The charges follow a lengthy investigation by police at Hereford, working with Children’s Services and the local health authority

Ms Kidson, of Ledbury, has been on police bail while inquiries were ongoing.

The allegations relate to a child who is now aged in her teens and are alleged to have taken place between December 2010 and March 2013.

Shropshire car crash death in 'difficult weather conditions'

A woman has died and a man has been seriously hurt in a car crash which happened in what West Midlands Ambulance have described as 'difficult weather conditions'.

The collision, which involved three cars, happened on the A458 at Ford, near Shrewsbury, at around 9:30pm last night.

The woman, who was a rear seat passenger, is believed to be in her 60s.


M42 closed for more than 20 hours

The M42 motorway and the A38 have been closed for more than twenty hours due to a police incident.

Officers say a man threatening to harm himself is still on a bridge over the motorway.

The M42 is closed between the M5 and junction 1 at Bromsgrove.

The A38 Birmingham Road is closed northbound between Bromsgrove and the M42, and southbound between Catshill and the M42.

Police ask for public patience over M42 closure

The policing commander for north Worcestershire has asked the public for patience over the closure of the M42 today, as West Mercia Police deal with an incident near the junction with the M5.

The road has been closed since 12.45pm. The A38 bridge that crosses the motorway has also been closed.

We understand the frustration of the public, especially now that this episode has gone on for a number of hours.

We are doing all we can to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, and are following national guidelines, while our number one priority is the protection of life.

– Supt Kevin Purcell, West Mercia Police

M42 still closed due to ‘on-going police incident’

The M42 is still closed as a ‘police incident’ is still taking place.

The motorway was closed just before 1pm today at the A38 road bridge over the M42 at junction one. It means the M42 is still currently closed at Junction two westbound, and from junction 4a of the M5.

While the M5 itself is unaffected, the A38 that crosses the M42 is also closed due to the incident.

The closure has led to widespread disruption to the road network in north Worcestershire and we urge drivers to take alternative routes if possible.

We will let the public know when the incident has been resolved through all communication channels possible.

– Supt Kevin Purcell, West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police constable charged with rape

A West Mercia Police constable has been charged with raping a woman.

Vinod Kumar Dahiya, 44, from Telford, Shropshire, has been charged with two counts of rape alleged to have been committed in May and June this year.

He has also been charged with assaulting a woman on a date in May.

The officer, who is currently suspended, has been granted bail to appear before magistrates in Telford on November 13.

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