The upcoming election of a police and crime commissioner for the West Mercia Police Area has been officially announced.

The election will cover four localities, including Worcestershire, and is scheduled for Thursday, May 2.

The nine local authority areas covered in the election include Bromsgrove, Herefordshire, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester and Wychavon.


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The current sitting PCC for West Mercia is John Campion.

David Sidaway, chief executive of Telford & Wrekin Council and returning officer for the borough, has been appointed as the Police Area Returning Officer for West Mercia in 2024.

Speaking on the new protocols, Mr Sidaway said: "Following the government’s introduction of new legislation concerning Voter ID, proxy voting and other matters relating to elections, I would encourage everyone to visit ahead of polling day so that they’re aware of any changes that might affect them.

"The site also includes useful information about registering to vote."

Potential candidates must submit nomination papers between by Friday, April 5, at Telford & Wrekin Council’s offices.

Moreover, due to the new voter legislation, electors will need to show Voter ID for the first time in this election.

The council is urging people to check they have suitable ID ready for when the polls open.