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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 »

Justice Delayed, not Denied 

5 Aug

On August 3rd 2018, Kaylsey Smithen was convicted of the manslaughter of his 46yr old mother, Janice, which took place in Birmingham more than six years earlier.


A Safeguarding Call 

3 Aug

The recent conclusion of an inquest in to the death in 2016 of Mr Luke Leggatt in Canterbury has given rise to a social media debate amongst police officers about the East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s reaction to Coroner’s process...


A hot few weeks and a long blog 

27 Jul

Have you been enjoying the weather? I confess I have a mixed reaction.


Telephone Triage 

25 Jul

A curious thing appeared on the internet recently: a preventing future deaths report from the Warwickshire Coroner, which has been sent to the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull’s Mental Health Trust (BSMHfT).


Acute Intoxication is a Mental Disorder 

6 Jul

The longer I work on policing and mental health, the less frequently I experience certain things which used to hit me square in the face every time I went near the topic as a PC: a new piece of knowledge that leaves you entirely confused and...


Accountable to the Law, not the NHS 

5 Jul

On 12th November 2013, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Here We Go Again‘, following the death of a vulnerable man in Bedfordshire who we now know was called Leon Briggs.


Conversations, reviews and operational issues 

2 Jul

Since I leased out the blog to the rest of the team in May there is a fair bit to cover.


Exacerbating Tensions 

30 Jun

I’ve had to ask myself recently whether I’m guilty of potentially exacerbating tensions or conflict between the police and mental health services, after a number of suggestions on social media and elsewhere that this is the effect...


CarePlan: Call the Police! 

28 Jun

We are hearing stories on social media at the moment, of patients who claim they were told to ‘call the police’ when they have contacted their community or crisis team for support as they recognise they are becoming unwell or at...


Twenty Four Hours in Police Custody 

26 Jun

Last night’s episode was a belter wasn’t it? … see Channel 4 ‘catch up’ on the internet, if you missed it: 10pm on 25th June.


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.


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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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Critically ill kids can’t be airlifted to children’s hospital – as cranes are in the way 

8 Aug

Midlands Air Ambulance insist lives are 'not at risk' despite landing two miles from Birmingham Children's Hospital...


Light aircraft crashes in field near Atherstone 

8 Aug

A light aircraft has come down in a field in Baxterley near Atherstone.


Two in hospital as air ambulance lands after police incident in Shard End 

2 Aug

One seriously hurt, another with multiple injuries...


Air ambulance called to Sutton Coldfield after man found unconscious with head injury in Lichfield Road 

1 Aug

The road through the centre of the town was shut off for 30 minutes while medical crews treated the man...


Air ambulance scrambled after man falls from roof in Kingstanding 

17 Jul

Chopper landed on Burford Road playing fields...


Murder investigation underway after a woman was stabbed to death in Small Heath. 

12 Jul

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison, from the force’s homicide team, has launched a murder investigation after a woman has died following a stabbing at a property in Small Heath this morning (12/07).


In pictures: Sun shines on 2018 Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park 

8 Jul

Crowds flocked to Beacon Park as the sun shone on the 2018 Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park.


Cyclist seriously injured in West Heath collision 

3 Jul

A cyclist has been seriously injured in a collision with a car in West Heath this morning.


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...


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