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New Local Policing Priority Team have made in excess of thirty arrests since inception

South Worcestershire officers including SNT, local policing teams and the newly formed Local Policing Priority Team (LPPT) have been working together and yielding some excellent results since the South West Mercia LPPT was launched to deal with local priorities and help target serious organised crime across the Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

The LPPT team are helping contribute to safeguarding in the community and reducing demand on the other local policing departments.  Operating out of Kidderminster, Worcester and Hereford means they can assist with immediate priority policing within the area.

Since the introduction of the LPPT team, they have made in excess of thirty arrests including those related to county lines drug supply, theft and outstanding offenders.

Recently the team, in partnership with SNT and CID carried out a warrant at a site in Cleeve Prior, during which two stolen motorbikes, a quad, a caravan and numerous items stolen from various burglary offences were recovered. In addition to this a large volume of suspected class-A controlled substances were seized.

The LPPT have executed a number of additional warrants and been involved in a number of multi-agency operations across North and South Worcestershire as well as Herefordshire.

South West Mercia LPPT Inspector Jamie Francis says the newly formed team is working exceptionally well together and has had some great results including ones in partnership with other departments such as the SNT to tackle local priorities.

He said: "We are working really hard to tackle serious and organised crime across Worcestershire and Herefordshire and we are seeing some fantastic results. We have a lot of activity planned including co-ordinated activity with the SNTs who are responsible for co-ordinating problem solving responses to matters effecting our communities.

"The team, SNT and CID had a great result last week at recovering a large amount of stolen property at a warrant in Cleeve Prior, including the heart-warming result from a  social media appeal where a jewellery box of personal effects including a lock of her sons hair and photograph of her daughter was reunited with a 91-year-old partially sighted lady."

He continued: "Together with the local community and our partners as part of our force wide 'Protect' campaign we will do all we can to pursue and disrupt those individuals in serious organised crime."

The work of the LPPT comes as West Mercia Police continues to tackle serious and organised crime as part of Protect.

Protect is a campaign being run by West Mercia Police alongside a range of partner agencies to tackle serious and organised crime (SOC).

The broad-ranging operation covers four key areas of activity:

• Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC
• Prevent - stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC
• Protect - increased levels of protection against SOC
• Prepare - reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs

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To report information to West Mercia Police ring 101 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Issued: 1pm, Friday 26 October, MC, Corporate Communications

Published 26/10/18