Black Country news and blogs Friday 23 March 2018
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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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Changes to our estate and the latest HMIC report 

22 Mar

This week there have been two areas I would like to update you on.


19 Mar

All of us who use Twitter are probably guilty on occasion of wanting to shout up about a job to highlight something we see as important – a success story where someone was helped, a criminal caught, officers who’ve acted bravely...

Pre-Identifying 135 “Beds” 

7 Mar

A little lack of knowledge can be a dangerous thing – A couple of years ago, I learned of a perculiar incident in a police force area that would have made a great blog to emphasise a point, but it was so specific, I withheld from doing...

A tough time for dedicated colleagues 

1 Mar

There are no jobs quite as sad as those involving children.

Somewhere, Out There 

26 Feb

Chief Superintendent John Sutherland is a leader – we know this, because people follow him and listen keenly to what he has to say.

Twenty Years and Counting 

19 Feb

I recently passed a professional and personal milestone, having joined the police service twenty years ago and I hope to receive an email soon outlining I’ve qualified for a Long Service, Good Conduct medal.

Liable To Be Detained 

8 Feb

An AMHP and two doctors, one of whom is s12 approved, attend a patient’s home following concerns about their mental health deteriorating.

Efficiency – The digital revolution 

4 Feb

We still have to maximise the amount of policing we can offer on a reducing financial base.

Helping Those in Need 

2 Feb

We can be a highly effective force at preventing crime and protecting the public but we will fail if we are not seen as providing good caring service or being fair to those we protect.

Protecting the Public – Building on success, becoming games ready 

1 Feb

Protecting the public ranges from terrorism and organised crime to the approaches we take to managing everyday calls.

Preventing Crime – short term threats, long term solutions and getting the public involved 

31 Jan

Preventing crime was at the start of my vision statement.

Two Years In 

29 Jan

At the end of January 2016 I set out my vision for West Midlands Police “Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need”.

Keep Your Eye on the Ball 

27 Jan

You’ll remember I’ve been banging on for a number of years now about the problem of people being in police custody for many hours or even for many days, waiting for Mental Health Act assessment, or more usually waiting for a mental...

The office of Constable: A life of service to the public 

24 Jan

In a week where we saw real horror in the West Midlands and the immense professionalism of staff a reminder of our oath and my advice to recruits who joined us this week.

Condition Orange 

11 Jan

On Monday in the House of Commons, questions to the Home Office occupied some of the afternoon.

After a frustrating 12 months it’s time to take more risk, be agile and be innovative 

8 Jan

This week is my first back in 2018 as I took the week off after New Year.

Much Less Blogging 

4 Jan

You guys seemed to use the BLOG a lot last year, way more than any other single year since I started in 2011 and that was really encouraging on one level.


3 Jan

Compare and contrast the following two pieces of law – Section 136(2) says someone removed to a Place of Safety may be taken there to be examined by a registered medical practitioner and interviewed by an Approved Mental Health Professional...


26 Dec

I wrote this post in June 2016 and simply forgot to publish it.

I’m a Mental Health Professional 

26 Dec

I’m a mental health professional – but I didn’t realise this when I first joined the police.

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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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Coach driver airlifted after three-vehicle collision on A38 

16 Mar

TWO people have been taken to hospital, one of them by air ambulance, following a collision involving a lorry, a coach and a car this morning (Friday).

Coach driver airlifted to hospital after three vehicle crash on the A38 near Lichfield 

16 Mar

A coach driver has been airlifted to hospital after a crash on the A38 near Lichfield.

£7 Million Air Ambulance flies into the Midlands 

1 Mar

A brand new and upgraded air ambulance helicopter has entered Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s fleet.

Air ambulance ‘told to move over health and safety risk’ 

1 Feb

A witness says the helicopter pilot was asked to move by a building site worker in Leamington Spa.

Air ambulance to fly dying Walsall man to be with his daughter 

31 Jan

Whod want to die in hospital? said Ray, who lives in Bloxwich...

Air ambulance to fly dying Walsall man to be with his daughter 

31 Jan

Whod want to die in hospital? said Ray, who lives in Bloxwich...

Air ambulance lands on primary school fields after man stabbed 

23 Jan

Police reveal 27-year-old suffers two wounds in brutal attack...

Van driver in serious condition after vehicle crashes into Halesowen home 

22 Jan

A van driver was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after his vehicle crashed into a Halesowen home this morning (Monday 22nd January).

Air ambulance drama as teen injured in Tamworth assault 

12 Jan

Emergency crews from West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police were at the scene...

Why the air ambulance landed in Tamworth 

4 Jan

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent paramedics to Manor Road...

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