Police Information and News Alert – May

West Mercia Police Safer Neighbourhood Team – PS Gareth King, PC Bart McDonagh, PCSO Skye Jenkins

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Victims of crime in West Mercia have been benefiting from a new service, the Victim Advice Line (VAL), for one month now.

VAL is a free and confidential service for people that have been affected by crime in West Mercia and is already having a positive impact on victims and witnesses since its launch on April 1. The dedicated team was designed to ensure that the needs of victims and witnesses are supported at every stage of their journey – whether they choose to report it to the police or not – staff have been working hard supporting those being referred, calling, emailing or using online chat as a way asking for support.

Matt Chester, Head of Victim Services said: “Victims are at the heart of everything we do and West Mercia’s Victim Advice Line is already demonstrating its value and benefits for victims of crime, helping them get the support, advice and information they need so they can, as best as possible, get on with their lives. “We know that being a victim, witness or anyone else affected by crime can have a significant and lasting impact on their health and wellbeing and feelings of safety. Knowing where to turn, what to expect and what support is available can be daunting and confusing. “The Victim Advice Line means you don’t have to cope alone – our Victim Care Coordinators will help you cope with the experience, get on the path to recovery by accessing the support you need, and be with you every step of the way. “Already, in its first month, the Victim Advice Line has received 5,093 referrals to the service and 2,392 victims have been directly contacted by a Victim Care Coordinator. The victim may have been contacted multiple times depending on the need of the victim.”

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion launched the new service. He said: “It is fantastic to see the new victim service already helping so many people. This just shows how invaluable services like this can be, and why it’s so important that help and support is available to anyone affected by crime. “I hope that more people will continue to reach out so we can help them regain the confidence to carry on with their lives.”

VAL is not just for victims of crime and witnesses but also people concerned about friends and family who have survived a crime and are living with it. VAL is also working hard to support young victims of crime and the website has some great tips for parents and friends to be able to support a young victim. You can find out more on the website and follow updates and help case studies, tips and advice on our social media platforms of Twitter and on Facebook

Witness appeal for Robbery in Brimfield Community Post Office on Thursday 25 April

Officer’s investigating a robbery at Brimfield Community Post Office, Brimfield Village Hall, Brimfield, Herefordshire, that took place at around 12.45pm on Thursday 25 April 2019 have released a description of a man they would like to speak to following the incident.

It is believed that just over £7,000 was taken from the premises by a lone male, he locked the cashier in the building prior to exit and headed towards the A49 on a motorbike. He is described as white, around 20-years-old, approximately 5ft 7inches tall, wearing a face covering similar to a gas mask. He was wearing black clothing and carrying a green holdall that had brown leather handles.

Please contact us if you saw anyone suspicious in the area at the time or recognise the description of the man.

Detective Constable Pete Bradbury said: “Brimfield village hall was very busy on Thursday (25 April) morning with social activities and we would like to ask members of the community that were visiting if they can think back to that day and if they saw a man matching this description.” He continued: “Or, if anyone saw a black motorbike with a lone rider around 12:45pm in the Brimfield area on Thursday. If you have any information, no matter how small, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 274s of 25 April. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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