THE Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Mercia, John Campion, believes that his force's response to COVID-19 has been 'proportionate and effective'.

Mr Campion has acknowledged the findings of a Home Office Committee report, which comes as police are given new powers to enforce regulations and restrictions on movement and gatherings

The recently-released report has assessed the early response of all police forces across the UK to the COVID-19 pandemic, something Mr Campion credits.

"I am reassured that West Mercia Police's response to the enforcement of the new regulations has been proportionate and effective," said the PCC.

"The emphasis is being on engaging, explaining and encouraging, with enforcement being used as a last resort.

"Officers are undertaking vital work to support the NHS and save lives.

"Given the pace of the introduction of the new regulations, I commend them for their sensible approach to enforcement.

"The public has also had its part to play; communities across West Mercia have heeded the advice of government and stayed at home.

"As always, I thank them for doing their part to protect the NHS and save lives."