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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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Be Kind, Be Patient 

22 Oct

You may have seen that internet meme bouncing around on social media, above? This post is essentially about how this advice may be more important than things we spend much longer talking and worrying about.


Still Too Many Questions 

12 Oct

I wrote last week about three separate process which had concluded after adverse events involving the police and their response to mental health calls.


PaCA – Place of Safety Options 

9 Oct

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.


A Difficult and Complex Week 

8 Oct

There will be a number of families and a number of police officers across the UK who have had a very difficult weekend of reflection – this has been a complicated and busy week in policing and mental health.


Mental Health Act Review 

7 Oct

We learned this week of Professor Sir Simon Wessely’s appointment by the Prime Minister to review the Mental Health Act 1983 and since then, he has spoken to my boss, Chief Constable Mark Collins, to ensure the police contribute to the debate...


The Wessely Review 

5 Oct

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced she has asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to lead a review of the Mental Health Act 1983 and to report back by Autumn 2018 on what a new Mental Health Act may look like.


Tenants and Lodgers 

1 Oct

A man lives in his brothers home as a lodger, paying rent.


Back to business and our mission to prevent crime and protect people 

29 Sep

I hope everyone managed a break over the summer.


OK, Let’s Try This Again! … 

25 Sep

Around nine months ago I started writing a series of BLOG posts, in the three-month build up to the introduction of the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983, contained within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Six Missed Chances 

21 Sep

I want to ask you to put all your preconceptions to one side for the five minutes it will take to read this and for a short while afterwards.


“Every victim should be safer after contacting the police and we should do all that we can to secure justice for them” 

13 Sep

Many of you will be aware that, as well as being Deputy Chief Constable, I am the National Police (NPCC) lead for Domestic Abuse.


Mark and the Mental Capacity Act 

1 Sep

I didn’t watch the second episode of #Ambulance last night – I won’t bore you with the reasons why, but my iPad was flashing at me towards the end with people tagging me in conversations they were tweeting as they went –...


Tricks and Tools 

18 Aug

By working in a role that takes me around the country, I get to see the various differences that exist between police areas – and I don’t just mean the 43 police forces of England and Wales, but even more local than that.


Mental Health Expert 

15 Aug

Today, I was invited to do something because I’ve been identified as “an expert in emergency mental health care.


The Coroner’s Courtroom 

11 Aug

For the first time in my career, I gave so-called expert evidence to a Coroners Court around a mental health incident.


We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives 

9 Aug

Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.


Endemic Abuse 

7 Aug

This morning’s headline in The Times is a complete stunner – NHS abuse of mental patients ‘endemic’ (£).


Re X (a child) No 3 (2017) 

3 Aug

Today, the head of the Family Division has handed down a judgment containing some of the most extraordinary language I’ve ever known a senior judge to use, questioning whether the issues before him mean we can lay claim to being a civilised...


Body Worn Video and Mental Health 

29 Jul

The police have been rolling out body worn video (BWV) for many years now.


We are all talking about demand 

28 Jul

From time to time one of you says: “Do Force Executive know about this?” We make a conscious effort not to live in the ‘ivory tower’ and get out and talk to you.


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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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Police swoop on street in Washwood Heath after woman ‘stabbed’ – air ambulance lands at scene 

15 Oct

Area around Wright Road closed off by police after Sunday afternoon horror...


Man airlifted to hospital after falling through Fazeley roof 

25 Sep

A MAN has this afternoon been airlifted to hospital after falling through a barn roof in Fazeley.


Star Wars Stormtrooper defends council “jobsworth” who stopped him fundraising 

25 Sep

Paul Heritage had joined a group of air ambulance volunteers when a council worker demanded that he leave...


Four-year-old ‘seriously injured’ after being hit by car in… 

15 Sep

Police have provided an update on the young girl hit by a car in Walsall this morning, saying her injuries are serious but not life-threatening.


School run horror as toddler hit by car outside Walsall primary -… 

15 Sep

A toddler has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car outside a Walsall school this morning.


School run horror as toddler hit by car outside Walsall primary – air ambulance scrambled 

15 Sep

Youngster taken to Birmingham Childrens Hospital after collision outside Castlefort School...


Air ambulance drama as cyclist falls off bike in Tamworth 

14 Sep

Medics scrambled to a cycle path in Tamworth after a biker fell off their bike.


Firefighters tackle car blaze in Tamworth 

13 Sep

Firefighters from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been called to Tamworth this morning (September 13) to deal with a car fire.


Air ambulance called after car rolls near Tamworth 

13 Sep

An air ambulance was dispatched to a village near Tamworth after a car rolled on its side.


Child hit by car outside Edgar Stammers School in Ross Road,… 

11 Sep

A YOUNG boy has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a car outside a Walsall school.


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