TRIBUTES have been paid to a police constable who was murdered more than 100 years ago.

Pc James Davies, a member of the former Worcestershire Constabulary, was stabbed to death in Wythall.

Pc Davies was murdered by notorious poacher Moses Shrimpton following the theft of six fowls at a local farm in 1885.

The body of the 33-year-old policeman was found in Icknield Street later that morning by a farmer on his way to work.

Shrimpton, who had previously served seven years for attacking another policeman, was subsequently arrested and sentenced to death.

Recently police held a poignant service at his grave in Beoley Church Grounds.

A memorial to the officer, a stone placed at the spot where he died, is maintained by officers based in Alvechurch and Wythall.

All new police recruits are taken to the memorial and made aware of its history.