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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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Police blogs »

Let’s Do The Maths 

17 Jun

Look back to when I joined the police are you’ll see that crime levels, measured either by police recorded crime or by the British Crime Survey, were much higher – but if you look at statistics on use of s136 of the Mental Health...


Capacity for What?! 

13 Jun

It’s rearing its head again: whether or not somebody has the ‘capacity’ to be a victim or ‘capacity’ to be a suspect.


The Forensic Route 

10 Jun

When we hear mental health professionals talking about someone going ‘down the forensic route’, they mean a patient with healthcare needs being managed under Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983.


My first year as an ACC but my core values have remained unchanged 

8 Jun

When I joined 27 years ago, I had no family link to policing but like so many people I have met along the way I was attracted to α career in policing as it looked exciting, there was variety and I wanted to make α positive difference to people...


Aim to be the best and to prepare for the worst 

6 Jun

I’m going to talk about two key aspects of my development plan for 2018-19 and I hope you will be able to see there is an operational focus to what I’m trying to achieve.


We will get the basics right and we will support the force in driving improvement 

4 Jun

2018/19 will be a significant year for Commercial Services.


Attention to Detail 

3 Jun

Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published their Standards on the Mental Health of Adults in the Criminal Justice System.


Although loads changes over time the heart of policing remains the same – making a difference 

1 Jun

My uncle was in the Isle of Man Police and about 25 years ago I spent some time with him that made me realise I wanted to join too.


The People Deal and Leadership Promise have not been forgotten or de-prioritised 

31 May

Reaching 15 months in my new role is a great opportunity to look back on what’s been achieved and what’s to come next.


Things are now settling down and there’s great work in Neighbourhood Policing to build on 

29 May

My first year in WMP has flown by.


Unashamedly Ambitious Plans for West Midlands Police 

24 May

I’ve never been keen on the word Ambition, always associating it with striving to succeed at all costs.


My Health and Yours 

20 May

My healthcare, and that of my family and friends, is absolutely none of your business.


Interim Report: MHA Review 

7 May

Last week, Professor Sir Simon Wessely published his interim report after being asked in 2017 by the Prime Minister to look at the Mental Health Act 1983.


Reasons to be cheerful 

3 May

After the first month of this financial year there are lots of reasons to look forward this year! In January we entered what is my third year as chief.


Interim Report: MHA Review 

1 May

At 10am on 01st May, the interim report of Professor Sir Simon Wessely’s review of the Mental Health ACt 1983, commissioned by the Prime Minister in late 2017, will be published.


AMHP Emergencies 

28 Apr

My esteemed blogging colleague the Masked AMHP has, in his latest post, addressed the question of whether AMHPs are an emergency service, rightly pointing out that a range of situations lead to demands that AMHPs suddenly jump in to action ...


Policing is Not The Problem Here 

23 Apr

Policing is not the problem here: the extent to which we rely upon policing – that’s the problem.


Game on 

13 Apr

As you have been watching the television in the last few days I hope your excitement has been building for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022! Last week I joined four of our staff, as part of a wider Birmingham and UK Government group...


Draft Mental Health Strategy 

8 Apr

This is an opportunity to comment upon a draft strategy for policing and mental health, which is being put together by Chief Constable Mark Collins, the National Police Chiefs Council lead on mental health.


Beds and Stuff 

6 Apr

It was being asked again last night, in the AMHP social media world as to whether Britain had run out of inpatient psychiatric beds.


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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 »

Man dies after ‘wall collapse’ in Rugby 

18 Jun

A man in his late 40s was taken to hospital by air ambulance where he later died, police say.


Pregnant stab victim Natalie Queiroz to take on Great Midlands Fun Run in flight suit to support charity which saved her life 

2 Jun

Natalie will be running the Sutton Coldfield event in a Midlands Air Ambulance flight suit to raise money for the charity which saved both her and her daughter's lives...


Police swoop on Coventry Road, Small Heath, after reports of stabbing 

22 May

Air ambulance landed in area after incident early on Tuesday evening...


Driver ‘lucky’ to be alive after crash 

22 May

Fire crews, an air ambulance along with police from Kinver and Wombourne attended the incident which involved one red car in Bridgnorth Road, Trescott...


Teenager stabbed to death outside McDonald’s: All we know so far 

17 May

Paramedics, including from the Midlands Air Ambulance, were dispatched to the scene but were unable to save the teenager...


How to Make the Most of Facebook Charitable Giving Tools 

14 May

Running England’s national air ambulance transfer service for children without any government funding is a costly feat – each life-saving transfer costs around £2,800, with two new helicopters planned for 2018.


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.


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