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Our Communities can now keep up to date with local policing news following the launch of a brand new community messaging service for residents living in the West Mercia Police area.

The new system, called Neighbourhood Matters, enables residents across Herefordshire to find out more about what is happening in their local community. It also gives them the opportunity to contact police officers and local policing teams directly so they can raise any concerns and provide feedback.

It is a free service and those who sign up can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice via a number of different channels.

The messages people receive will be targeted and based on their location and preferences selected by each individual. The public can sign up for local updates from their neighbourhood policing team, or join a number of specialised community interest groups such as Business Watch, wildlife crime and crime prevention.

To sign up for the free alerts visit the Neighbourhood Matters website at www.neighbourhoodmatters.co.uk