West Mercia Police
The Conservatives have held on to the position of police and crime commissioner in the West Mercia region.
John Campion was re-elected with 55% of the votes in the first round.
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- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.Copyright: BBC
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".