Black Country news and blogs Sunday 23 October 2016
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Stay ‘wheely’ safe! 

19 Oct

Cyclists are invited to a free event dedicated to safety on two wheels, being held at Brierley Hill community fire station.

International rescue! 

4 Jun

Six West Midlands firefighters are heading to Germany this Sunday, to take part in an international extrication challenge. 

17 Apr


Industrial Action 

18 Feb

Update issued at 12.10pm Wednesday 25 February Since the 24-hour strike by firefighters started at 7am today, we have attended two incidents: 07:30 Sutton Coldfield: false alarm 11:27 Aston: false alarm We have 23 fire engines, one Brigade...

Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich 

11 Feb

Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich Police are appealing for witnesses following an attack on a man waiting for a bus in West Bromwich.


6 Feb

West Midlands firefighters are set to wage ‘pancake war’ on Monday 16 February, when crews from various Black Country stations will battle it out for the title of ‘fastest flipper’! The brigade’s Black Country South partnerships team has ...

Forgotten victims of domestic abuse 

9 Dec

For most children Christmas means fun, presents and Santa, but for some, the festive period means…...

Seasonal safety 

5 Dec

Update issued at 12pm, Tuesday 9th December.

12 safer days of Christmas 

2 Dec

Eat, drink, be merry and stay safe – that’s the festive advice being given to Dudley borough …...

Look out for loan sharks 

14 Nov

As Christmas approaches and money is tight, Dudley residents are being warned not to be bitten by…...

Real People, Real Stories – Dishwasher fire Wall Heath 

13 Nov

Real People, Real Stories - Dishwasher fire Wall Heath Mick Wood, of Wall Heath, called West Midlands Fire Service after the motor in his dishwasher, caught fire, engulfing his kitchen in flames.

Crystal clear footage of Sedgley assault 

6 Nov

Crystal clear CCTV footage has been released after a man was assaulted outside a Dudley wine bar.

CCTV appeal: Thug hits man outside Monty’s bar, Sedgley 

6 Nov

CCTV appeal: Thug hits man outside Montys bar, Sedgley Do you recognise these men? We want to speak to them after a man was assaulted outside Monty's bar, High Street, Sedgley.

Chief Fire Officer appointed 

28 Oct

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority have appointed Phil Loach to the post of Chief Fire Officer of the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS).

Police and Crime board consultation 

23 Oct

New community-led Local Police and Crime Boards are consulting on next year’s local police…...

Youth emergency service (YES) launch 

21 Oct

The Youth Emergency Service (YES) brings together the Emergency Services (Police, Fire and Ambulance)…...

Trigger launches to help tackle anti-social behaviour 

21 Oct

Help is at hand for people who have experienced persistent problems with anti-social behaviour…...

Car chase across the Black Country 

17 Oct

Car chase across the Black Country Dramatic footage shows 20-year-old Martin Doherty from Flintshire and four passengers being pursued through Dudley and Tipton after failing to stop for police in December 2012.

Do you know these men? CCTV images released after serious assault on train – Stourbridge 

10 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information following a serious assault on board a train as it arrived at Stourbridge Junction railway station.

Do you know these men? CCTV images released after serious assault on train – Stourbridge 

10 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information following a serious assault on board a train as it arrived at Stourbridge Junction railway station.

DE – CCTV: Wanted in connection with assault in Halesowen 

29 Sep

DE - CCTV: Wanted in connection with assault in Halesowen Police have released CCTV of a man wanted after a farmer was badly beaten on his farm in Illey Lane, Halesowen around 5am on Monday 8 September.

Community join police patrols in Cradley 

15 Sep

A national police-supported scheme to empower and reassure local communities has been rolled …...

Don’t give burglars a lucky break 

9 Sep

Businesses are being urged to deter metal thieves by marking their property, making it unattractive…...

Face the people 

3 Sep

Dudley residents can influence how the borough can be made safer at this year’s Face the People…...

Police and guide dog charity plead: “park it – don’t plonk it!” 

22 Aug

A visually impaired man and his guide dog have joined officers on the beat in a crackdown on inconsiderate…...

Community Remedy consultation 

20 Aug

The Community Remedy consultation is now live and will be running for four weeks until the 8 September…...

Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.

Firefighters’ strikes 

11 Jul

Update issued at 8.05am Monday 14 July: During this morning's two-hour strike by firefighters, which ended at 8am, we had 13 fire engines and one Brigade Response Vehicle available to deploy.

Appeal following murder of Cynthia Beamond 

30 Jun

Appeal following murder of Cynthia Beamond Detective Superintendent Mark Payne appeals for information following the death of pensioner, Cynthia Beamond in Halesowen.

You’re not on your own 

16 Jun

People can get help and advice on dealing with domestic abuse with the launch of a new world cup campaign.

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AWOL from Scotland 

21 Oct

It seems that it’s been the week for Scottish mental health patients to journey to England, in a variety of legal situations that have subsequently confused the life out of police and mental health professionals alike.

Approved Professional Practice 

20 Oct

The College of Policing has now completed the production of new guidelines on mental health for the police service in England and Wales and this blog is a part of the College’s efforts to communicate this publication to the public as ...

Conflating Beds 

19 Oct

We hear this word ‘Beds’ a lot when we hear discussion of mental health services and it can get very confusing because the word is used to mean different things, not all of them literal.

Three charged in Karl Swift murder   

19 Oct

Police investigating the death of Karl Swift in Halesowen, have charged a man with manslaughter.

Community Treatment Orders – Scotland 

18 Oct

There I was, enjoying a short break from almost two days of seige managing hundreds of emails like a real street cop and due to drive to a meeting when Nottinghamshire Police rang up with the question I have already been declaredto be the winner...

Man charged over robbery plot on murder victim  

15 Oct

The father of a man serving life in jail for killing a Black Country man has been charged with conspiring to rob the murder victim.

Individual Experience 

11 Oct

What value do we place on personal experience, especially where it comes down to individual opinion? I’ve been struck recently by the number of attempts we make to infer from individual opinions and experiences, lessons which might influence...

Pub landlady jailed over car sticker plot to avoid speeding fines  

10 Oct

A landlady who ran three West Midlands pubs has been jailed for perverting the course of justice by lying over speeding tickets.

Walsall police station closing after 50 years in operation 

9 Oct

The people of Walsall and West Midlands Police staff have marked the end of an era with an event to commemorate the closure of Walsall police station after 50 years.

Bed Management 

7 Oct

There was considerable interest last night in a news story I tweeted – it generated way more than the expected number of replies, it was retweeted more widely than most news stories I circulate.

The house is a better place to live now and for the future 

7 Oct

It’s been a few weeks since I updated you all.

LEPH – Harm Reduction  

5 Oct

The third Law Enforcement in Public Health conference is being held in Amsterdam in the first half of this week and it was a massive privilege to be invited to attend and address the main conference on Monday.

ABD – part 3 

29 Sep

This is the third and final part of what I hope you will agree has been a fascinating short series of BLOGs by Dr RS, a UK Consultant in Emergency Medicine.

Prolific Coventry crook jailed – linked to break-ins from blood on broken glass 

29 Sep

A prolific Coventry crook has been jailed for more than five years after police linked him to house and van break-ins through blood found on broken glass.

Pushing the Envelope 

27 Sep

I’m going to start with a disclaimer! – this post is thrown together to prompt discussion.

Para 16.16 to the Code of Practice 

24 Sep

It turns out I didn’t read the new (2015) Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 as closely as I thought I had! The @LovelyClaireyA from Twitter said something recently about the execution of warrants under section 135(1) that...

Two jailed as police continue offensive against illegal weapons  

24 Sep

Two people have been jailed for more than eight years after a shotgun was seized by West Midlands Police during an on-going crackdown on illegal weapons.

Threatening Patients 

23 Sep

When I was a young boy, I can vaguely remember my dear Godmother once saying something about calling the police if I was naughty, saying the police would “take you away”.

Athlete admits attempted murder at Alexander Stadium  

22 Sep

An athlete has admitted attempted murder and assault after an unprovoked attack on staff at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham earlier this year.

Restriction, Restraint or Removal? 

21 Sep

I recently delivered some training in Leicestershire which involved explaining the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to emergency services personnel.

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Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May

Battering Ram Cam - Crime blitz continues across Sandwell This week saw another series of early morning raids across Sandwell as part of #SpringSafer6.

Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect’s house 

23 Apr

Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect's house Dramatic footage of the moment police in the Black Country broke down the booby-trapped door of a suspected drug dealer.

WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids 

21 Apr

WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids Seven people have been arrested in a series of co-ordinated dawn raids across Birmingham and the Black Country in a blitz on criminals in Sandwell.

Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation 

21 Apr

Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation Are you one of the men in this footage? If so, you may have seen something which could help us with a Coventry rape investigation.

Heron Foods robbery appeal 

20 Apr

Heron Foods robbery appeal We're looking for a robber, in a distinctive jumper, who lay in wait for a shop assistant at a Weoley Castle food store on 5 March before emptying the shop's safe.

Black Country brolly robbers in action 

17 Apr

Black Country brolly robbers in action Footage showing a group of Black Country robbers who used umbrellas to mask their entrance into a Farmfoods shop in Tipton.

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​Boat blaze at Barton Marina near Lichfield sinks one craft and… 

21 Oct

DRAMATIC scenes at Barton Marina near Lichfield this afternoon as a fire engulfed three boats in flames.

Man treated for cardiac arrested and airlifted from Harlaston,… 

14 Oct

AN elderly man was airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon (Thursday) after suffering a cardiac arrest near Tamworth.

Man treated for cardiac arrest and airlifted from Harlaston, near… 

14 Oct

AN elderly man was airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon (Thursday) after suffering a cardiac arrest near Tamworth.

Boy injured after being hit by pick up truck outside school 

12 Oct

An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer and the air ambulance were sent to the scene...

Injured teen’s friends use hay bales to mark helicopter landing… 

11 Oct

QUICK-THINKING friends of a teenager who needed medical help after crashing his motorbike near Lichfield used bales of hay to mark out a landing site for an air ambulance.

Motorcyclist airlifted following Tamworth collision 

28 Sep

A COLLISION between a motorbike and a car left one man needing a flight in an air ambulance yesterday.

Motorcyclist airlifted after Wilnecote collision 

28 Sep

A COLLISION between a motorcycle and a car in Tamworth resulted in a man being airlifted to hospital.

Wythall pension firm took part in a 25 hour ping-pong-a-thon to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. 

26 Sep

A WYTHALL pension firm took part in a 25 hour ping-pong-a-thon to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Children’s Air Ambulance unveils purchase of two new helicopters to help save lives of UK’s youngsters 

20 Sep

New Children's Air Ambulance helicopters will triple the organisation's ability to help sick children Read More...

Children’s Air Ambulance to lease two new choppers thanks to massive £32million investment 

20 Sep

They currently have one helicopter that flies from Coventry Airport...

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