PLANS have been announced by West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to withdraw from the current strategic alliance with Warwickshire police force.

PCC John Campion and West Mercia's Chief Constable Anthony Banham say the split would deliver 'more effective and efficient services to communities' and 'ensure the public get better value for money'.

A formal process is now underway to bring the alliance to an end on October 8 next year.

Mr Campion said: "This has been a carefully considered decision with communities in mind, and both the chief constable and I are in agreement that this approach will enhance and improve the service moving forward.

“How exactly this will look will be shaped over the next year, and this will be worked in detail, with our communities and workforce at the forefront of any decisions.”

Negotiations are set to take place with Warwickshire Police on which shared services should remain in place.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: “This is a positive start for a new chapter for West Mercia Police, opening up opportunities to deliver more efficient and effective policing services and providing the very best protection to our communities, with a greater focus and clarity at a local level.

“Whilst officers will respond as they always have, local policing will be enhanced, by improved supporting services.

"Work is underway to shape this, refocussing where collaborative arrangements are currently in place.

“The planning of this will now commence at pace, with immediate effect and we will continue ensure our workforce and key partners remain informed throughout this process.”