Black Country news and blogs Thursday 18 January 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.


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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 »

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.


AND / OR 

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...


OBE 

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.


Why the West Midlands is the place to be 

22 Dec

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! I have recorded a separate Christmas message so I will not repeat it here.


Place of Safety Stuff 

19 Dec

We’ve been playing with the newly amended police powers under the Mental Health Act for over a week now – I say ‘playing’ because it seems there are various kinds of games going on from the early feedback I’ve ...


The Same But Different 

14 Dec

Norman Lamb MP wrote to his local police force recently, asking about those kinds of cases I’ve been banging on for years now: people being held in custody for hours and hours, if not days and days, following their arrest for an alleged...


PaCA – The Integrity Test 

5 Dec

It’s getting really close now, isn’t it?! – just six days until the amendments to the Mental Health Act kick in and my phone is ringing red-hot with questions and queries about various scenarios that are occurring to people...


PaCA – Brace For Impact 

2 Dec

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Fine work across the force 

1 Dec

There has been some fantastic news in the last few weeks I wanted to flag up.


PaCA – Summary Videos 

1 Dec

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


PaCA – What is a Place of Safety? 

25 Nov

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Seni’s Law 

16 Nov

Earlier this month, Steve Reed MP, introduced a private member’s bill to the House of Commons which is being informally referred to as Seni’s Law – the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017.


PaCA – The ‘What If’ Questions 

13 Nov

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Making the right decisions, however tough 

9 Nov

It’s been a busy few weeks since I updated you and a lot has gone on.


Inspector to Inspector 

6 Nov

I’ve been a police inspector for most of my service – about fifteen of my twenty years so far.


Timing Is Everything 

4 Nov

In 2016, the Welsh Assembly Government published a new Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983.


Half Hour Checks  

2 Nov

Well, it’s all now official: the Mental Health Act 1983 will be amended by the provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 with effect from midnight on 11th December 2017.


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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 »

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...


Elderly man injured following a collision in Kings Heath on Boxing Day. 

27 Dec

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were dispatched to Vicarage Road, at around 1:30PM on Boxing Day, to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a car near Abbots Road.


Serious collision closes the M42 close to Tamworth 

23 Dec

A SERIOUS collision has led to the M42 being closed in both directions between junctions 11 for Appleby Magna and 10 for Tamworth.


Multiple fatalities after crash in Birmingham 

17 Dec

SIX people have died and a seventh is critically injured after a multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).


Birmingham city centre crash: Incident in Lee Bank Middleway leaves six dead and one critical 

17 Dec

The crash happened shortly after 1.00am, with five ambulances, three paramedic officers, a Hazardous Area Response Team, trauma doctor and air ambulance critical car scrambled...


Two buses collide and car hits tree in Sutton Coldfield horror crash 

15 Dec

Two people suffer injuries and air ambulance helicopter called to scene...


Air ambulance deployed as underage motorcyclist comes off bike in Perry Barr 

20 Nov

Emergency services were called to the College Road-Kingstanding Road junction opposite Halfords...


Child fortunately escapes serious injury in Harborne RTC 

17 Nov

A 12 year old school boy has been extremely lucky to avoid serious injury after a collision with a 4×4.


Air ambulance called to aircraft crash 

16 Nov

Emergency services were called to the airport in Bobbington, between Stourbridge and Wolverhampton, this morning...


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