Black Country news and blogs Friday 23 March 2018
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Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.

Betrayed husband is convicted of wife’s murder in Willenhall  

26 Jul

A jilted husband who stabbed his wife to death after finding her lover at their family home has today (Wednesday) been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.

Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.

Two charged with murder of James Brindley 

14 Jul

A man and a teenager have been charged with the murder of James Brindley.

All out day sees UK’s most wanted brought in 

14 Jul

One hundred wanted people were rounded up in just nine hours in the latest blitz on criminals from West Midlands Police.

Two arrested in James Brindley murder investigation 

13 Jul

Detectives investigating the death of James Brindley in Aldridge have arrested a man and a teenager on suspicion of his murder.

CCTV released of James Brindley murder suspects 

11 Jul

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley have obtained CCTV footage of two suspects which is now being released in a renewed bid for information.

New appeal for witnesses over Aldridge murder as victim’s family pay fresh tributes 

3 Jul

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley are appealing for two men who were in the area at the time to get in touch.

Driver had feet on dashboard while in cruise control – police crackdown on rogue drivers 

2 Jul

Almost 100 motorists were caught using their mobile phone at the wheel during a police crackdown on distracted driving.

Detectives keen to speak to two men in connection with the James Brindley murder investigation 

27 Jun

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley in Aldridge on Friday night (23 June) are appealing for two men who approached James moments before his death to come forward.

Fallen Coventry cop remembered at fun run 

25 Jun

A memorial run in honour of a fallen Coventry cop will stage its last leg next weekend − to recognise 35 years since his death.

Appeal for witnesses in James Brindley murder enquiry 

25 Jun

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley in Aldridge on Friday night (23 June) are appealing for the occupants of four vehicles to come forward.

Murder investigation launched after fatal stabbing 

24 Jun

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed in Aldridge last night (23 June).

Aldridge stab victim named  

24 Jun

A man stabbed to death in Aldridge last night (Friday 23 June) has been named as James Brindley.

Prison absconder jailed after stealing a Ferrari in two week crime spree 

22 Jun

A man who absconded from prison and car-jacked a Ferrari during a two week crime spree has been jailed for a further ten years at Birmingham Crown Court last week (16 June).

Walsall man charged in connection with terrorism offence 

17 Jun

A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences has today (Saturday 17 June) been charged.

Pedestrian named following fatal collision in Walsall 

16 Jun

Police investigating a fatal non-stop traffic collision in Walsall have today named the elderly man who died.

Two more murder charges over Coventry petrol station killing 

15 Jun

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Mark Nesmith at a Coventry petrol station have charged two more people with murder.

Police charge man in connection with Coventry stabbing 

14 Jun

Police investigating a fatal stabbing in Coventry have charged a 21-year-old man with murder.

Police arrest two people in connection with stabbing in Coventry 

12 Jun

Detectives investigating a stabbing in Earlsdon, Coventry have arrested two people overnight.

Walsall man arrested over terrorism offences 

12 Jun

A 27-year-old man has been arrested today (Monday 12 June) on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Coventry stab victim dies 

12 Jun

A Coventry man found with serious stab wounds in Earlsdon in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday 11 June) has died.

Investigation launched into Coventry stabbing 

11 Jun

Detectives have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed in Spon End, Coventry today (11 June).

Bookies robber brought down by CCTV… and bucket hat!  

10 Jun

An armed robber who threatened staff at a bookmakers with a gun has been jailed for more than five years − after his distinctive bucket hat helped police identify him.

Two Wolverhampton women charged with fraud 

9 Jun

Two women have been charged in connection with a fraud investigation.

Two arrested in Walsall for possession of firearms 

6 Jun

Two men have been arrested after a car was stopped on Little Aston Road in Walsall earlier today (6 June).

Police charge third person in connection with Dudley man’s death 

5 Jun

A further murder charge has been secured in the investigation into a Dudley man's death.

Boy charged with the murder of Dudley man Simon Johnson 

3 Jun

Detectives investigating the death of Simon Johnson in Dudley have charged a 16-year-old boy with his murder.

Walsall one punch killer jailed 

22 May

A man has been jailed for five years today, after a man he punched during a disagreement in 2013 died as a result of his devastating injuries.

Roads ban for speeding driver involved in fatal crash 

18 May

A speeding motorist has been banned from driving following a crash in Birmingham last year that resulted in the death of a teenager.

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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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