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Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion will ensure West Mercia Police continues to deliver for the public after Home Secretary Suella Braverman has added her voice to the growing calls for police to investigate every theft and follow all reasonable leads to catch offenders.

According to Home Office figures, 73.7% of theft cases which were closed in the year to March 2023 had no suspect identified by the police which is the highest rate for any category of crime in England and Wales.

In West Mercia, theft offences increased by 15% since April 2023. However, the number of offenders charged also went up from 9% to 12%.

PCC John Campion said: “I am committed to ensuring all victims of crime get the high-quality service they expect and deserve from West Mercia Police, as set out in my Safer West Mercia Plan.

“I am clear that all reasonable lines of inquiry should be taken by West Mercia Police when a crime is reported as well as making sure victims receive the support they need to fully cope and recover.

“The latest announcement by the Home Secretary backs my pledge to ensure the public are feeling the benefits of record levels of police officers in West Mercia.

“As Commissioner, I will continue to support and challenge the Chief Constable on your policing priorities while making sure officers have the resources and tools they need to drive down crime and bring offenders to justice.”