The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, John Campion has confirmed additional funding of over 4 million pounds in West Mercia’s policing budget over the next year.
It's hoped the investment will ensure there is continued funds to address the issues that matter most to the communities and ensure better value and use of public money.
The investment will come from West Mercia’s 'healthy reserves,' which currently stand at over 50 million pounds.
John Campion said:
“This budget shows how I am delivering on my election promises, to make sure that policing budgets are spent as wisely and efficiently as possible, and that the money gets spent on what matters most to communities. This includes improving police visibility, ensuring there is better customer service and that our most vulnerable people are protected. I also promised I would reform and modernise our police force, including new fit-for-purpose technology, bringing it up to date and in-line with other forces in the UK, and giving our officers the tools they need to do their difficult jobs better."
West Mercia Police have confirmed that a body has been recovered from the River Severn at Holt Heath, near Worcester. In a statement a force spokesperson said:
"At about 3.40pm today, Thursday 2 February, a member of the public reported seeing a body going over the weir. Emergency services have been working at the scene and shortly before 5pm the body was located."
The body has not yet been identified but is believed to be that of a male.
A paedophile who worked as an English teacher in Worcestershire is due to be sentenced today.
70-year-old Mark Frost, who was previously known as Andrew Tracey, admitted dozens of sex crimes against children in Britain and abroad.
He pleaded guilty to 45 sex crimes at the Old Bailey.
In mitigation, Brian Kennedy warned because of his age, Frost could be facing a "de facto" whole life sentence.
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The Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust is making a statement this afternoon after it was warned it could be placed into adminIstration if it does not improve standards.
The Care Quality Commission has told the Trust that it has until March 10th to make significant improvements.
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The M5 Southbound exit slip road is blocked due to a broken down lorry at J6 A449 / A4440 Warndon Way / A4538 Pershore Lane (Worcester).
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