West Mercia Police

  1. Fifth of mask fines handed out by West Mercia force

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service in Worcestershire has been covering these stories:

    • More than a fifth of fines handed out by police in England and Wales for people not wearing face masks have been issued by the West Mercia force. Figures from the National Police Chiefs Council show force officers issued 196 fines between 27 March and 20 December out of a total of 952 across the two nations.
    A man wearing a protective face mask walking past signage advising the use of face coverings
    • Dozens of homes could be built on farmland in a Worcestershire village under new plans. A developer wants to demolish a cottage and outbuildings on the site on Woodhall Lane, Ombersley, and has submitted an application to Wychavon District Council.
    • A plan to build affordable housing on a former golf course looks set to be approved. Worcester City Council's planning committee will consider the proposals for part of the old Tolladine course on Thursday.
  2. Police employee would have been sacked, hearing rules

    A West Mercia Police employee would have been sacked if she hadn't already quit the force, a misconduct hearing has ruled today.

    The hearing found the unnamed member of staff had shared information with a member of the public without any policing purpose and that as a result she was guilty of gross misconduct.

    The woman will also be placed on the College Of Policing Barred List and will not be employable within the UK police service.

  3. Coronavirus causes shortages in police control room

    West Mercia Police has warned there may be a delay in answering non-urgent 101 calls after a number of staff in its control room were forced to self-isolate due to coronavirus.

    The force asked people reporting non-emergencies to do it online where possible, so that the remaining staff can concentrate on 999 calls.

    Police control room

    West Mercia Police said it had "robust plans" to cope with part of the workforce becoming ill or being forced to isolate themselves.

    And it said critical services would continue "no matter what".

  4. Five-year-old rings police after mum fell into diabetic coma

    A five-year-old boy rang emergency services after his mum fell into a diabetic coma.

    Josh, from Telford, made the call last month when he found his mum lying on the floor.

    He dialled 112, the number on the side of his toy ambulance, which connected him to a police communications operator.

    The number 112 is a European emergency number which provides the same purpose as 999, West Mercia Police said.

    Josh with police officers

    Officers arrived and found the boy and his younger brother in the house and their mother who was lying unconscious on the floor.

    Paramedics were then able to treat his mum.

    Quote Message: This was an incredible thing for Josh to do, his quick thinking saw him ring the number on his toy ambulance as he was worried about his mum."
    Quote Message: He was very brave and stayed on the line while we were able to get to the family’s home and make sure his mum got medical assistance." from Supt Jim Baker
    Supt Jim Baker
  5. Probe into racism towards footballer continues

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    An investigation into racist abuse on social media targeted at teenage footballer Jude Bellingham is now being handled by West Mercia Police.

    Jude Bellingham

    The 17-year-old played his final game for Birmingham City on Wednesday as he is moving to German giants Borussia Dortmund.

    Bellingham described the post on Twitter as "disgusting" and added: "Times have to change. More has to be done."

    The comments were first reported to West Midlands Police but passed to West Mercia Police as it said the teenager was from north Worcestershire.

  6. Court case backlog 'could delay justice for years'

    The backlog of court cases caused by coronavirus could take months or even years to resolve, the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has warned.

    John Campion said there are 1,200 cases outstanding in his area and said "criminals will play the system, they know there are restrictions, they will not plead guilty when they might otherwise have done."

    John Campion

    Mr Campion said that something would have to be done to get through the backlog and that if it wasn't resolved, victims would have to wait a long time for justice.