MORE than £1 million has been secured to tackle violence against women and girls.

West Mercia police and crime commissioner John Campion says the £1,027,895 will help make the streets safer.

South Worcestershire has been given £511,960 from the fund, with money to be spent on increased street lighting, CCTV installation and gates around alleyways.

This third round of funding comes from the government's Safer Streets Fund, with Mr Campion endorsing bids from West Mercia Police for cash to help educate and improve safety in public areas.

PCC John Campion said: "As commissioner I am committed to seeing that our communities are safe and feel safe where they live.

"There is too much violence in our society, so having funding that will specifically tackle this issue is a huge step in the right direction.

"It will support the wider societal work that needs to be done – particularly around by-stander intervention education.

"I am grateful to the government for backing communities of West Mercia by addressing the issue of violence.

"I thank partners that have supported the bids and I look forward to working with them to make our public spaces safer."