Black Country news and blogs Tuesday 6 December 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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Transition State 1: Thank you 

25 Nov

Monday the 28th November is a big change for us as we move to the new operating model.

Pair charged with murder of Wolverhampton toddler 

24 Nov

A mum and stepfather are set to appear in court today accused of beating their toddler son to death at a house in Wolverhampton.

I’m Really Sorry, but! … 

23 Nov

I’m not trying to get on anyone’s nerves here, I’m really not.

Police crackdown on distracted drivers using a phone at the wheel  

21 Nov

Reckless motorists who put lives at risk by using a mobile phone at the wheel have been targeted by motorway police.

Man appears is court following major drugs seizure 

21 Nov

A man has appeared in court charged with multiple drug offences after police seized suspected heroin and cocaine worth more than three quarters of a million pounds in Walsall last week.

A messy, complex and dangerous business 

18 Nov

I have spent a great deal of time talking in the blog about change.

Third family member charged in Black Country murder case  

17 Nov

A third member of the same family has been charged in connection with the death of a Black Country man killed on his own doorstep.

Motor firm family arrested over car scam plot 

17 Nov

Five members of a Black Country family car business have been arrested on suspicion of running an eBay sales scam and ripping off customers.

What *Are* You Doing?! 

16 Nov

Imagine this: someone rings the police to express concern for a friend or relative’s mental wellbeing, asking the police to ‘check on them’ to see that they’re OK.

Man jailed after Walsall pensioner beaten in his own home   

12 Nov

A man has been jailed for nine years and four months after leaving a Walsall pensioner with severe facial injuries and robbing him of just nine pounds, a watch and a tie pin.

Walsall pensioner dies in collision with lorry 

12 Nov

A Walsall man has died after being struck by a lorry on Pleck Road, Walsall yesterday (Friday 11 November).

Man who died in Minworth collision named 

6 Nov

A pedestrian who died in a Sutton Coldfield collision on Thursday (3 November) has been named as Pelsall man Jamie Taylor.

Appeal following home invasion burglary in Walsall 

4 Nov

Officers are urgently appealing for witnesses after a house on Lord Street in Walsall was broken into on Tuesday (1 November).

Man charged in connection with Brownhills stabbings  

1 Nov

A man has been charged with a series of offences in connection with a double stabbing in Brownhills on Sunday (30 October).

Plans on track to create future-proof force 

1 Nov

Two new custody suites, digital interview recording equipment, refurbishment of Bloxwich police station and police headquarters, and body worn video cameras for officers are just some of the changes already implemented in a multi-million pound...

Knife attack suspect arrested after double stabbing and robbery  

31 Oct

A man remains in police custody this morning on suspicion of carrying out a double stabbing and a knifepoint shop robbery during a 10-minute crime spree in Walsall yesterday (30 Oct).

Two stabbed in Brownhills 

31 Oct

A man has been arrested after two people were stabbed in Brownhills on Sunday afternoon (30 October).

Police Leadership 

25 Oct

I heard the Health Secretary Jeremy HUNT deliver a speech at today’s Crisis Care Concordat Summit in London, the first major speech he’s delivered on mental health, we were told.

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 ...

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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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Remembering loved ones with Dudley Christmas decorations 

6 Dec

ON THE run up to Dudley town centre's Christmas Fayre people can buy charity Christmas memory wish tags to hang on the town's tree.

Pregnant stab victim gives FIRST interview after horrific Sutton… 

2 Dec

A COURAGEOUS Sutton Coldfield mum who has fought back from life-threatening injuries to both herself and her then unborn daughter has spoken for the first time about her terrifying ordeal, the 'incredible people of Sutton Coldfield', the 'amazing' ...

​Cyclists knocked unconscious after colliding at junction of… 

22 Nov

TWO cyclists have suffered head injuries after colliding in Walsall this afternoon (Tuesday, November 22).

Air ambulance lands at Deanery Primary and Hill West Primary… 

15 Nov

TWO medical emergencies, one involving a young girl, led to an air ambulance landing at Sutton Coldfield schools twice in two days.

Driver trapped for 45 minutes after car and van collide along Pershore Road 

15 Nov

A driver was trapped for 45 minutes following a collision with a van this morning that resulted in three patients for ambulance crews to treat.

Man collapses in Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield as air ambulance… 

15 Nov

A MAN has collapsed in a Sutton Coldfield beauty spot leading to medical crews being scrambled to the scene.

Air ambulance called after man suffers head injury at Lichfield… 

14 Nov

A MAN was taken to hospital earlier today after suffering a head injury at a Tamworth industrial estate.

Local Nisa retailers raise funds for Air Ambulance 

4 Nov

Fundraising pledge to medical charity.

​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.

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