Men jailed for sex offences

A major criminal inquiry into a child prostitution ring in Shropshire has ended after securing the conviction of seven men.

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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.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner to seek meeting with Home Secretary

This matter was referred by the West Mercia force to the IPCC at the outset inviting the IPCC to take conduct of this clearly sensitive matter. The IPCC chose not to do so; instead they supervised an investigation conducted by the three forces whose officers were involved....

...Given the critical statement which the IPCC Deputy Chair has made in the last few hours, I am frankly surprised the IPCC did not resume conduct of the investigation – they certainly had the power to do so....

...As this matter is now subject of evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee, I feel unable to comment further. I am however seeking a meeting with the Home Secretary to discuss the matter with her.

– Bill Longmore, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

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Man dies in crash at motorway junction

A man in his 50s died after a crash at a motorway junction left him trapped in his car.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the smash, which happened on the roundabout at J6 of the M5 at Worcester on Saturday afternoon.

He was driving a black Volkswagen Golf and crashed with a black Jaguar. The other driver was rushed to hospital in Birmingham but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

West Mercia Police have urged anyone who saw either car in the run-up to the crash to come forward.

Police believe school leavers may have seen £6,000 theft

Police are appealing for witnesses after £6,000 was stolen from an elderly man in Stourport. In particular, they would like to hear from anyone going home from school at the time, as the theft took place at around 3.30pm.

Detective Constable Jake Wright has also warned people to beware of rogue traders.

School had just ended so there were a lot of children and teenagers about and we would like to hear from anyone who saw this man run off or get into another vehicle.

Inquiries into this incident are continuing but it appears to be a form of doorstep crime. We would like to remind people, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable, to beware of rogue traders, who offer to carry out maintenance work but do a very poor job and charge extremely inflated prices.

It is also important they do not open the door if they are not expecting or do not recognise the person. If they do open the door, secure the door bar or chain first and check the caller's identity carefully. If in doubt, keep them out.

£6,000 stolen from elderly Stourport man

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.

£6,000 was stolen from a man in Stourport Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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 cables stolen

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.

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Officer sacked for sending explict texts to crime victims

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.

PC Jordan Powell has been dismissed from West Mercia Police
PC Jordan Powell has been dismissed from West Mercia Police Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

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.

Warwickshire and West Mercia police move closer to joint services

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.

Police warn of increase in crashes in harvest season

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.

A farmer goes to work in Market Bosworth, Warwickshire
A farmer goes to work in a field near Market Bosworth, Warwickshire Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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.

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