West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham has moved to reassure communities there will be police presence at many of this year’s Remembrance Day parades.

 It had been suggested a number of police forces were withdrawing or reducing support this year.

Mr Bangham said: “I would like to be very clear  Remembrance Sunday and the services and parades that accompany such a key date in our calendar are considered very important to West Mercia Police.

“We will be in attendance at as many events as we are able to with the same level of commitment as in previous years.

“However, also as in previous years, there may be some events we are sadly not able to support.

“Celebrating and remembering the sacrifice made by so many remains a priority for West Mercia Police.”