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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.


Man jailed for stealing cars while posing as prospective buyer 

13 May

A man who posed as a prospective car buyer to steal vehicles during test drives − leaving some owners injured in the road after they clung desperately to the car − has been jailed for nine years following a West Midlands Police investigation...


Aston Expressway CLOSED for the morning 

10 May

The Aston Expressway into and out of the city and the M6, junction 6 are currently closed this morning as police respond to a woman on a bridge.


Aston Expressway re-opens 

10 May

The Aston Expressway both ways and the M6 junctions 5 and 6 are due to reopen after being closed for most of the morning.


Police given more time to question murder suspect 

6 May

Police have been granted extra time to question a man arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a property in Brierley Hill on Thursday (4 May).


Man arrested after body found in Brierley Hill 

5 May

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a property in Brierley Hill yesterday (Thursday 4 May).


Tributes paid to grandfather who died in Walsall crash 

24 Apr

Tributes have been paid to a ’loving’ 80 year-old grandfather who died after being hit by a car in Walsall.


Urgent appeal after man dies in Walsall collision 

22 Apr

URGENT APPEAL: Did you see this car in Walsall on Wednesday 19 April? Police have released an image of a Mercedes car that was involved in a collision in Walsall where a man lost his life, in a bid for witnesses to come forward.


Man arrested following suspected hit and run in Walsall 

20 Apr

A man has been arrested following a suspected hit and run in Walsall that left a pensioner with serious head injuries.


Pensioner injured in hit and run – Mercedes sought  

19 Apr

Police are urgently trying to trace a convertible Mercedes that is believed to have been involved in a hit and run collision earlier today.


Tributes paid to Walsall crash victim 

15 Apr

Tributes have been paid to a ’loving father and brother’ who died following a car crash in Walsall.


Heartless thieves swipe pensioner’s wedding album and late wife’s ring 

15 Apr

Police have launched an urgent plea for information after thieves targeted an 80-year-old man in a distraction burglary in Streetly.


Police appeal for witnesses after man loses life in Bloxwich collision 

10 Apr

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man lost his life in a Bloxwich collision on Sunday (9 April).


Pupils hooked on a life away from crime 

1 Apr

Thousands of youngsters have been reel-ed away from a life of crime and boosted their career prospects - after getting hooked off the streets and into fishing.


Road closure: A45 

28 Mar

Police have closed the A45 between Stone Bridge Island and Fillongley Road, Meriden due to an unsafe tree.


Cop’s chocs keep victims sweet 

26 Mar

A police station tuck shop is providing a much needed pick-me-up for victims of crime.


Man to appear in court charged with distraction burglaries 

25 Mar

A man has been charged with three distraction burglaries in Great Barr and Witton following a police appeal for information.


Alana (8) helps raise police spirits with chocolate delivery 

23 Mar

A schoolgirl brought tears to the eyes of police in Sandwell when she presented officers with chocolates bought with her spending money – in the hope they’d raise spirits after the Westminster terror attack.


Men charged with conspiracy to burgle 

22 Mar

Four men will appear before Cannock Magistrates this morning (Wednesday 22 March) charged with conspiracy to burgle.


Police appeal over Witton distraction burglaries 

21 Mar

Police are appealing for help in identifying a white man who is involved in a series of distraction burglaries across Great Barr and Witton.


WATCH: Five arrested in dawn burglary swoop 

20 Mar

Five suspected burglars have been arrested in a series of dawn raids across Wolverhampton this morning (Monday 20 March).


Truckers and driving instructor among those hit with tougher ‘phone-at-the-wheel’ fines 

15 Mar

More than 250 drivers in the West Midlands were hit with new heavier fines for using mobile phones behind the wheel during a week-long clampdown.


Fell runner Lauren Jeska jailed for attempted murder 

14 Mar

A UK champion athlete has been jailed for 18 years after admitting trying to kill a member of the UK Athletics staff at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham last year.


Drivers hit with new tougher penalties in police crackdown on using a mobile phone 

3 Mar

More than 100 motorists have been caught using their mobile phone at the wheel in just two days - as traffic cops use new stronger penalties to crackdown on distracted drivers in the West Midlands.


Coventry mail jailed for over a quarter of a century for historical child abuse 

3 Mar

A Coventry man has been jailed for 26 years for historical sex offences committed while he was living in Earlsdon.


Residents and police praised for actions in Walsall blaze 

26 Feb

The neighbours of a Walsall couple, whose home was gutted by fire, have been praised for their bravery and compassion.


Wanted man arrested after 5-hour rooftop standoff 

25 Feb

A wanted man has been arrested by West Midlands Police following a five-hour rooftop standoff during which officers were pelted with tiles.


Family’s online appeal helps police catch knuckle duster thug  

25 Feb

A robber who hit a shop worker in the face with a knuckle duster has been jailed for six years - after social media helped West Midlands Police bring him to justice.


Brave bobby receives award after helping children from burning bus 

20 Feb

A brave West Midlands Police officer who helped evacuate schoolchildren after their bus burst into flames has received an award.


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The best of humanity in the face of such horror 

25 May

Like everyone in the country I am lost for words after the events in Manchester on Monday night.


Fifteen Minutes 

24 May

This is a written version of a talk I gave last night, where I had fifteen minutes to summarising my thoughts on the overall topic of policing and mental health.


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.


My welcome to the Fed in Birmingham 

19 May

This is the speech I gave welcoming members of the Police Federation at their conference in Birmingham this week.


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.


Dear #RCN17 

16 May

Earlier today, the Royal College Nursing voted at their National Congress in Liverpool “to lobby to ensure that Emergency Departments are no longer designated places of safety for the purposes of mental health legislation”.


Man jailed for stealing cars while posing as prospective buyer 

13 May

A man who posed as a prospective car buyer to steal vehicles during test drives − leaving some owners injured in the road after they clung desperately to the car − has been jailed for nine years following a West Midlands Police investigation...


Seni Lewis 

10 May

The Metropolitan Police and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust were subject to a damning verdict in the south London Coroner’s court earlier today – each of them facing criticism for contributing to the death of ...


Aston Expressway CLOSED for the morning 

10 May

The Aston Expressway into and out of the city and the M6, junction 6 are currently closed this morning as police respond to a woman on a bridge.


Aston Expressway re-opens 

10 May

The Aston Expressway both ways and the M6 junctions 5 and 6 are due to reopen after being closed for most of the morning.


Surviving or Thriving? 

9 May

I’ve been trying to think about the question posed by the Mental Health Foundation for this year’s mental health awareness week in the context of policing and our involvement in responding to mental health related demand: surviving...


Police given more time to question murder suspect 

6 May

Police have been granted extra time to question a man arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a property in Brierley Hill on Thursday (4 May).


Man arrested after body found in Brierley Hill 

5 May

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a property in Brierley Hill yesterday (Thursday 4 May).


Guest blog – DCC Louisa Rolfe: Proud of our people facing tough challenges 

4 May

In recent weeks there have been too many reminders of how fragile life is and the risks and challenges police officers and staff face every day.


Medicalising and Criminalising 

25 Apr

So, we’re still discussing the fallout of Sir Tom Winsor’s comments almost one week after they were made.


Tributes paid to grandfather who died in Walsall crash 

24 Apr

Tributes have been paid to a ’loving’ 80 year-old grandfather who died after being hit by a car in Walsall.


Urgent appeal after man dies in Walsall collision 

22 Apr

URGENT APPEAL: Did you see this car in Walsall on Wednesday 19 April? Police have released an image of a Mercedes car that was involved in a collision in Walsall where a man lost his life, in a bid for witnesses to come forward.


Missing The Point 

21 Apr

Yesterday, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Tom Winsor said something extremely important in his annual review, known as the “State of Policing” report.


Man arrested following suspected hit and run in Walsall 

20 Apr

A man has been arrested following a suspected hit and run in Walsall that left a pensioner with serious head injuries.


Pensioner injured in hit and run – Mercedes sought  

19 Apr

Police are urgently trying to trace a convertible Mercedes that is believed to have been involved in a hit and run collision earlier today.


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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 »

Bike4Life Ride Out raises ‘Amazing’ £73,800 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity 

13 May

OVER 3,500 motorcyclists took part in the event...


Drayton Manor Park to reopen after death of 11-year-old schoolgirl 

12 May

Drayton Manor Park will reopen tomorrow, bosses have confirmed.


Man breaks his legs after ‘fall’ from balcony in Castle Grounds 

12 May

THIS afternoon (Friday) a man was airlifted to hospital with suspected broken legs after falling from a balcony in Tamworth Castle Grounds.


​Man breaks legs after "fall" at Tamworth Castle… 

12 May

A MAN has been airlifted to hospital with suspected broken legs after falling from a balcony at Tamworth Castle Grounds.


Drayton Manor Park to remain closed while investigations continue after girl’s death on Splash Canyon ride 

11 May

Drayton Manor Park will remain closed for a third day as investigations continue into the death of an 11-year-old girl earlier this week.


Drayton Manor Park to close for another day as investigations continue into death of schoolgirl 

10 May

Drayton Manor Park will remain closed for another day as investigations continue into the death of an 11-year-old girl earlier this week.


Drayton Manor Park to close for a day as mark of respect following death of girl on Splash Canyon ride 

9 May

Drayton Manor Park has confirmed it will remain closed for a day as a mark of respect following the death of an 11-year-old girl .


What is Drayton Manor’s safety policy on Splash Canyon? 

9 May

Police and Midlands Air Ambulance attended the scene, and the girl is now being treated at Birmingham Children's Hospital...


Drayton Manor Theme Park closed after ‘serious’ incident 

9 May

DRAYTON Manor Park is closed after what has been described as a serious incident on a popular ride.


Drayton Manor Theme Park closed after ‘serious’ incident 

9 May

DRAYTON Manor Park is closed after what has been described as a serious incident on a popular ride.


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