STOKE Prior residents will have the chance to speak to a police chief face-to-face about rural crime in the coming days.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is hosting a drop-in event at Stoke Prior Village Hall on Hanbury Road on Thursday, January 23 from 6-8pm.

The Commissioner's visit is part of the ongoing Rural Focus campaign, with several events being held across the county.

Attendees will be able to discuss any concerns with the Commissioner on a one-to-one basis and there will also be valuable crime prevention tips and advice from specialist Rural and Business Officers and local policing teams, as well as the opportunity to collect a free Smartwater crime prevention pack, to protect your home or business.

For more on the Rural Focus campaign visit the PCC’s website

Commissioner John Campion said: “The impact of rural crime isn’t to be understated, which is why I am focusing on making rural communities feel safer and less isolated.

"These events have already provided people with a great opportunity to have their concerns heard and for action to be taken.

I’d encourage people to take advantage of these opportunities, where you will be listened to, and you can gain some valuable advice to help protect your home or business.”