SEVEN police officers have been dismissed by West Mercia Police since 2018, for various offences.

Police forces across the UK have come under additional scrutiny following the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa.

Policing minister Kit Malthouse said Ms Everard's murder had struck a "devastating blow to the confidence that people have in police officers", and he warned thousands of officers will need to do more so trust can be rebuilt.

Across the West Mercia area, officers have been dismissed for a variety of reasons, including a failure to record incidents, using racial and derogatory language while off duty and touching a minor.

Other reasons for dismissals include taking inappropriate photos of while on duty, breaching honesty and integrity standards, assaulting a teenager during a disturbance and stealing from a shop.

In four of these cases the officer resigned from the force before misconduct hearings took place, but these hearings found they would have been dismissed anyway.

Meanwhile the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia Police, John Campion, said he will ensure women and girls in the region 'are safe and feel safe'.

"This shocking murder has understandably shaken the country," he said.

"The tragic death of Sarah Everard, an innocent woman going about her life before it was taken from her by a person in a position of trust and responsibility.

"This will have clearly affected the trust of the country, and their belief in police who are there to protect the public.

"As commissioner I will continue to play my part in making sure women and girls within West Mercia are safe and feel safe."