THE PCC has announced the person set to be the next West Mercia Police chief constable will no longer be taking up the post.

It has been revealed that Kyle Gordon will not be moving into the role after he was selected as the preferred candidate at the end of last year.

West Mercia Police Chief Constable update PCC John Campion said 'unforeseen circumstances' had led to the decision.

He said: "In December I announced that Kyle Gordon was my preferred candidate for the Chief Constable role at West Mercia Police.

"Following a change in circumstances which could not have been foreseen at the time, it has been agreed that Mr Gordon will not be taking up the role.

"I will continue to ensure West Mercia Police is focused on tackling crime and keeping our communities safe. I will provide further updates regarding the Chief Constable role in due course."

He was due to take over from Pippa Mills who announced she was leaving the position in August 2023 to become assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police.

Commander Gordon has nearly 30 years of experience from across a number of police forces, including (formerly) the Royal Ulster Constabulary, British Transport Police, and most recently The Met.