A NEW face has been appointed to head-up local policing in south Worcestershire.

Chief Superintendent Mark Turner is one of seven appointments announced as restructuring resulting from the alliance between West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces continues to progress.

He boasts two decades of experience on the force, having first joined West Mercia Police in 1992, after studying law at Oxford.

He initially served in Worcester before going on to work in Redditch and Bromsgrove, reaching the rank of chief inspector.

Mr Turner has also served as a divisional commander in Herefordshire and in 2010 became the force’s head of change and strategic partnerships, leading the work on the alliance with Warwickshire Police.

He also co-ordinates the West Mercia Police Christian Fellowship and is the senior liaison officer for police chaplaincy.

Gareth Morgan, West Mercia’s assistant chief constable for local policing, said the new appointments were a “significant step forward” in delivering policing services across the two forces.

“I welcome these appointments and look forward to the active engagement they will be having to deliver protection to local communities," he said.

Ch Supt Turner was not available for comment.