PC Laura Lawson would have been sacked from the force had she not resigned, a panel hears.Read more
West Mercia Police
A former West Mercia Police officer has been found guilty of gross misconduct while serving on the force.
In October, Laura Lawson admitted assaulting a 17-year-old boy while attending a disturbance in Rugby in 2017 and was given a three-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, at Worcester Crown Court.
At a hearing at the Hindlip headquarters yesterday, Lawson was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour amounting to gross misconduct and was told she would have been sacked, had she not already resigned.
The West Mercia Head of Professional Standards, Supt Helena Bennett, said: "A serving police officer receiving a criminal conviction for assault brings discredit on the force and is completely unacceptable when we are responsible for protecting the public from harm."
The lorry driver was filmed by police as part of a crackdown on dangerous driving.
A self-defence instructor is visiting schools to teach teens how to spot scenarios before they escalate.
BBC Midlands Today
An investigation by BBC Midlands Today has revealed thousands of suspects in Staffordshire have been released without bail conditions.
Two years ago, a 28-day limit on police bail came into force in England and Wales to stop police bailing suspects for extended periods of time without resolution, following a series of high-profile cases.
In Staffordshire, the BBC's found 7,732 have instead been “released under investigation” between April 2017 and December 2018, with no conditions imposed.
The Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Gareth Morgan, is critical of the changes, saying overall they haven’t delivered confidence in the system for victims.
The Home Office says it's working with the National Police Chief’s Council to make sure bail conditions are used "where appropriate".
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A new victim advice line is being launched across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.
Callers will be provided with a dedicated care co-ordinator when they use the free and confidential service, says West Mercia Police.
Lines will be open from 08:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday and 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays.
A police chief has labelled perverse an alleged discrepancy in the sentences for attackers in high-profile assaults and those who target emergency workers.
Ch Supt Kevin Purcell of West Mercia Police commented after the jailing of a man over an egg attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Under a new law, maximum prison terms for people found guilty of common assault against emergency workers are to double from six months to a year.