Police and Crime Commissioner reveals lung cancer battle

By Beth Sharp Wednesday 15 January 2014 Updated: 15/01 17:24

Latest News

Buy photos » Bill Longmore. (s)

THE WEST Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner announced on Monday (January 13) he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Bill Longmore, who became the PCC in November 2012, said after his surgery, due to take place on Friday (January 17), he expected to spend five to seven day in hospital before he returned home.

While he recuperates he intends to operate from home up until around the end of February.

Mr Longmore said he planned to stay in touch with his deputy, the chief executive, the chief constable and other staff members using various technologies and from people visiting him.

He added if everything went to plan he hoped to resume full-time work, fully recovered, in March sometime.

Mr Longmore was supposed to have his operation on Monday morning (January 13) but on the way to theatre his surgeon was called away so it was rescheduled.

In November, Mr Longmore underwent some routine tests and several days later received a call from his doctor regarding a shadow on his lung which had shown up on a chest X-ray.

After further investigations, Mr Longmore was given the diagnosis, over the new year, confirming he had lung cancer.

He said he could not understand why though as he had been feeling perfectly fit and well, better than he had felt in years.

And how people had been continuously telling him how much younger he looked since he became the crime commissioner.

Mr Longmore added there maybe a truth in the term ‘lung cancer can be a silent killer, if not diagnosed early enough' but vowed to battle the disease and hold onto his position.

"I believe that I can and will recover and look forward to completing my term as Police and Crime Commissioner.

"It has always been my policy to be open and honest with the people of West Mercia who elected me.

"I also wish to draw everyone’s attention to be vigilant in the fight against cancer," he said.

Share This

Popular »

1 Miracle baby's name inspired by hospital

2 Plaque replaced by Good Samaritan

3 Mum facing the chop

4 Tributes paid to KCA man

5 Tuck in to tasty tribute to Hench

More news »

Benefit cheat steals thousands

A GREENLANDS benefit cheat who falsely claimed more

Woman sexually assaulted in pub toilets

A WOMAN was sexually assaulted in the toilets

Man charged with sexual assault near pub

A MAN has been charged with sexual assault

Redditch charity backs call to honour war heroine

A REDDITCH charity is backing calls to have

Regional news »

Bromsgrove Standard
Worcestershire meals on wheels service to go in cuts

POTENTIALLY hundreds of elderly residents across the county are due ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Samaritans on lookout for more local volunteers

THOUGHTFUL people willing to help others are being sought by ...

Evesham Observer
Drunk man was abusive to police

A DRUNK man swore at police because he was angered ...