POLICE officers from across the West Midlands competed in a charity rugby match in Bromsgrove this week - one month on from the Westminster terror attack.

Officers from West Mercia and Warwickshire took on their colleagues from the West Midlands police force in Finstall Park, to raise funds for the officers and their families affected by the March 22 tragedy.

Around 250 supporters turned out to watch West Mercia and Warwickshire clinch the Courage Trophy, winning 32-10 and raising £1,197 in the process.

Sergeant David King of West Mercia Police, who organised the event, said: "We had a fantastic turn out from officers and members of the public. We have a one-family mentality in the police force, so I wanted to do something with our friends at West Midlands Police to show our colleagues in London that we're thinking of them at this tragic time."

The money raised will go to the Metropolitan Police Federation's Officers Fund, to help the family of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the attack, and other officers who were injured.

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Chairman of Bromsgrove Rugby Football Club Jason Woodbine, who helped to plan the match, said: "We had a tremendous turnout of local townsfolk and club members in support of this fundraising event. To see so many individuals and families turnout and show their generosity really demonstrates the support of the local community.

"I would like to thank David King from Worcestershire Division, West Mercia Police and Declan Jones from Coventry Division, West Midlands Police for organising this event, along with all the players who took part and volunteers who were involved."

The force bugler played the last post and players held a minute's silence in memory of those who died.

Bromsgrove Rugby Club intends to make the charity match an annual event.