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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.


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17 Apr

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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.


Flip-tastic! 

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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Police blogs »

Brilliant team work during a summer of high demand 

29 Aug

Last week I came back to work after a period of leave.


Justice Delayed, not Denied 

5 Aug

On August 3rd 2018, Kaylsey Smithen was convicted of the manslaughter of his 46yr old mother, Janice, which took place in Birmingham more than six years earlier.


A Safeguarding Call 

3 Aug

The recent conclusion of an inquest in to the death in 2016 of Mr Luke Leggatt in Canterbury has given rise to a social media debate amongst police officers about the East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s reaction to Coroner’s process...


A hot few weeks and a long blog 

27 Jul

Have you been enjoying the weather? I confess I have a mixed reaction.


Telephone Triage 

25 Jul

A curious thing appeared on the internet recently: a preventing future deaths report from the Warwickshire Coroner, which has been sent to the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull’s Mental Health Trust (BSMHfT).


Acute Intoxication is a Mental Disorder 

6 Jul

The longer I work on policing and mental health, the less frequently I experience certain things which used to hit me square in the face every time I went near the topic as a PC: a new piece of knowledge that leaves you entirely confused and...


Accountable to the Law, not the NHS 

5 Jul

On 12th November 2013, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Here We Go Again‘, following the death of a vulnerable man in Bedfordshire who we now know was called Leon Briggs.


Conversations, reviews and operational issues 

2 Jul

Since I leased out the blog to the rest of the team in May there is a fair bit to cover.


Exacerbating Tensions 

30 Jun

I’ve had to ask myself recently whether I’m guilty of potentially exacerbating tensions or conflict between the police and mental health services, after a number of suggestions on social media and elsewhere that this is the effect...


CarePlan: Call the Police! 

28 Jun

We are hearing stories on social media at the moment, of patients who claim they were told to ‘call the police’ when they have contacted their community or crisis team for support as they recognise they are becoming unwell or at...


Twenty Four Hours in Police Custody 

26 Jun

Last night’s episode was a belter wasn’t it? … see Channel 4 ‘catch up’ on the internet, if you missed it: 10pm on 25th June.


Let’s Do The Maths 

17 Jun

Look back to when I joined the police are you’ll see that crime levels, measured either by police recorded crime or by the British Crime Survey, were much higher – but if you look at statistics on use of s136 of the Mental Health...


Capacity for What?! 

13 Jun

It’s rearing its head again: whether or not somebody has the ‘capacity’ to be a victim or ‘capacity’ to be a suspect.


The Forensic Route 

10 Jun

When we hear mental health professionals talking about someone going ‘down the forensic route’, they mean a patient with healthcare needs being managed under Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983.


My first year as an ACC but my core values have remained unchanged 

8 Jun

When I joined 27 years ago, I had no family link to policing but like so many people I have met along the way I was attracted to α career in policing as it looked exciting, there was variety and I wanted to make α positive difference to people...


Aim to be the best and to prepare for the worst 

6 Jun

I’m going to talk about two key aspects of my development plan for 2018-19 and I hope you will be able to see there is an operational focus to what I’m trying to achieve.


We will get the basics right and we will support the force in driving improvement 

4 Jun

2018/19 will be a significant year for Commercial Services.


Attention to Detail 

3 Jun

Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published their Standards on the Mental Health of Adults in the Criminal Justice System.


Although loads changes over time the heart of policing remains the same – making a difference 

1 Jun

My uncle was in the Isle of Man Police and about 25 years ago I spent some time with him that made me realise I wanted to join too.


The People Deal and Leadership Promise have not been forgotten or de-prioritised 

31 May

Reaching 15 months in my new role is a great opportunity to look back on what’s been achieved and what’s to come next.


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Police videos »

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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WM Air Ambulance »

Free day out at Drayton Manor Park for Emergency Services Employees 

4 Sep

HOME to Europe’s only Thomas Land™ where the young and young-at-heart can come nose-to-buffer with the little blue engine and his friends, Drayton Manor Park is hosting a special weekend on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September to offer ...


Critically ill kids can’t be airlifted to children’s hospital – as cranes are in the way 

8 Aug

Midlands Air Ambulance insist lives are 'not at risk' despite landing two miles from Birmingham Children's Hospital...


Light aircraft crashes in field near Atherstone 

8 Aug

A light aircraft has come down in a field in Baxterley near Atherstone.


Two in hospital as air ambulance lands after police incident in Shard End 

2 Aug

One seriously hurt, another with multiple injuries...


Air ambulance called to Sutton Coldfield after man found unconscious with head injury in Lichfield Road 

1 Aug

The road through the centre of the town was shut off for 30 minutes while medical crews treated the man...


Air ambulance scrambled after man falls from roof in Kingstanding 

17 Jul

Chopper landed on Burford Road playing fields...


Murder investigation underway after a woman was stabbed to death in Small Heath. 

12 Jul

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison, from the force’s homicide team, has launched a murder investigation after a woman has died following a stabbing at a property in Small Heath this morning (12/07).


In pictures: Sun shines on 2018 Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park 

8 Jul

Crowds flocked to Beacon Park as the sun shone on the 2018 Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park.


Cyclist seriously injured in West Heath collision 

3 Jul

A cyclist has been seriously injured in a collision with a car in West Heath this morning.


Man dies after ‘wall collapse’ in Rugby 

18 Jun

A man in his late 40s was taken to hospital by air ambulance where he later died, police say.


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