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  1. West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses following criminal damage in Hereford. At around 4.45am on Thursday 20 May five young people are believed to have attempted to break into in a building on the Holme Lacy Road industrial estate. The offenders were all described as being aged between 15 and 17-years-old. Three of the offenders are described as; A white boy around 5ft 5ins of a stocky build, with short brown curly hair with shaved sides, wearing grey joggers and a hoody. A second white boy with short brown hair, black padded jacket, black backpack, black skinny jeans and white trainers. A girl was described as white with long dark brown or purple hair, of a slim build and wore a black coat with a fur trim and black trainers. There were a further two offenders but there are no descriptions at this time and we are keen to speak to anyone who has more information or may have witnessed the incident taking place. Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 00249 of 20 May. If you have information you want to report anonymously you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website.
  2. West Mercia Police is encouraging members of the public to hand-in unwanted knives as part of a national knife surrender. Monday, 26 April, saw the launch of Operation Sceptre, led by the Home Office, to help tackle knife crime. Levels of knife crime in the towns and cities covered by West Mercia Police are relatively low in comparison to other parts of the country, however, its vital work to help keep these levels low. In order to help, police are encouraging members of the public to hand-in unwanted knives to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands and being used in crime. Throughout the week officers will be working to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife and speaking to children and young people where possible. Surrender bins will be in place at key locations such as train stations and local schools to highlight the steps police are taking to prevent people from carrying a knife in public. Warrants will be carried out at addresses where there is information to suggest someone in the home may be involved in knife crime, or crime associated with knives such as county lines drug dealing. Community sweeps will take place bringing whole communities together to clear areas of discarded sharp objects that could potentially be used as a weapon. West Mercia Police’s knife crime lead and head of local policing, Chief Superintendent Paul Moxley, said: “Fortunately, we do not experience the same levels of knife crime in our towns and cities as has been seen in other parts of the country, however that does not mean we are complacent. We know it does happen and it is important we take the appropriate steps to prevent young people from carrying a knife and prevent crimes involving knives. “We have recently invested in ten additional police officers to specifically take on an early intervention and intervention role with children and young people across of three counties. Early intervention is vital and for the past two years our successful ‘Steer Clear’ programme has helped young people involved in, or on the periphery of being involved in, knife crime find an alternative route and we are developing this as a programme to roll out across the force area. “One knife incident is one too many and the more we can do to stop knives getting into the wrong hands and being used in crime the better.” During Operation Sceptre which will run until Monday 3 May, unwanted knives can be disposed of anonymously in secure knife bins at Hereford, Worcester, Redditch, Kidderminster, Malinsgate and Monkmoor Police Stations. Each policing area will also have a Knife Arch which will be in place at key locations such as train stations and local schools to highlight the steps police are taking to prevent people from carrying a knife in public. Anyone who is concerned a young person is involved in or on the periphery of becoming involved in knife crime and carrying a knife can report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. More information for young people about the stark consequences of knife crime can be found at www.fearless.org where concerns can also be reported anonymously.
  3. Today, Tuesday 16 March, our Chief Constable, Anthony Bangham, has announced his decision to retire in September of this year after 30 years in policing. Mr Bangham joined West Mercia Police in 1991 as a Police Constable in Redditch. He has worked his way through the ranks, spending the last five years as Chief Constable.He said: Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said:
  4. West Mercia Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Worcester man wanted on recall to prison. He has links to Worcester, Malvern and Hereford areas. Anthony Russell Hannay, aged 33, had previously been convicted for a burglary offence and is now wanted for breaching the conditions of this licence. He is described as a white man, approximately 5ft 11 inches tall, medium build with short brown hair and has a tribal tattoo on the right side of his neck. If anyone sees Hannay or knows of his whereabouts they should call 101 and not approach him directly. Alternatively, if you have information but don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers. It is 100% anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call or I.P address. You can contact them online or by calling 0800 555 111.
  5. West Mercia Police Statement: Three teenagers have been arrested after a man was seriously assaulted on Saturday evening (17 October) in Hereford. A man in his 20s was taken to hospital with serious injuries following the incident which happened at just before 10pm in High Town. Officers are carrying out enquiries as part of the investigation and are appealing for witnesses. Detective Inspector Chris Percival said: “We believe that there were a number of witnesses in the area at the time of incident and we would ask anyone with information to contact us.” Anyone who saw the incident or has any information is asked to report it online under the Tell us About section of this website using reference 00781i of 17 October or call 101. Alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Three teenage boys, two aged 16 and one aged 15, all from Herefordshire, were arrested on suspicion of assault and have been released on police bail.
  6. West Mercia Police is investigating an assault after it was reported that a non-corrosive substance was thrown from a car. The incident happened on Thursday 1 October in Westfaling Street, Hereford, at around 1.30pm. A man was walking along the road when the passenger in a moving vehicle threw a substance at him. The vehicle is described as a dark blue Ford Fiesta, with white writing on the rear windscreen, it was travelling towards the city centre. PC Trotman said: “Thankfully the man did not suffer any serious injuries but it was obviously an upsetting incident for him. We’d like to speak to anyone who saw this vehicle or has information relating to the incident to get in touch with us.” Please contact PC Trotman on 01432 347129 quoting reference 533 i 1 October 2020 if you have any information. #herefordvoice #herefordnews #hereford
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