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Police appeal after 14-year-old mugged in Castle Vale 

21 Jul

Police have launched an investigation after a teenager was dragged into wasteland and mugged in Castle Vale.


New image released in fresh appeal over Walsall arson attack 

15 Jul

Officers have released a new image of a man they want to trace following a petrol bomb attack on a Walsall butchers shop on 27 June – Do you recognise him? Detectives investigating the attack previously released CCTV footage of a man igniting...


Trial begins for Walsall group facing terrorism charges 

13 Jul

The trial has begun at the Old Bailey in London of four men from Walsall accused of Syria-related terrorism charges.


West Midlands Police moves during innovative Walsall partnership  

8 Jul

West Midlands Police officers have completed a move into Walsall Civic Centre as part of an innovative partnership approach.


Ten men sentenced for sexual offences against young men 

6 Jul

Ten men have been sentenced today (Wednesday 6 July) for committing historical sexual offences against two young men who were both sexually exploited in their teens.


Officers mark 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 

1 Jul

Officers today placed poppies at Aldridge Cenotaph to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.


CCTV shows arsonist lighting petrol bombs – do you recognise him? 

1 Jul

Detectives investigating an arson attack at a Walsall shop have released CCTV footage of a man igniting two petrol bombs moments before they are hurled through the entrance.


Police appeal for help to find missing Walsall man 

29 Jun

Police in Walsall are searching for a local man who went missing from home this morning (Wednesday 29 June) − and are urging members of the public to report any suspected sightings.


Walsall woman jailed for stabbing former lover to death 

29 Jun

A Walsall woman who admitted stabbing her former lover after a drunken argument, has today (Wednesday 29 June) been jailed for 13 years and 4 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court.


Police appeal for information after bottle of accelerant thrown in shop 

28 Jun

Police are investigating after a Walsall shop worker had an ignited bottle of accelerant thrown at him.


Drugs ring jailed for 20 years after WMP smashes dealer operation  

24 Jun

A drugs gang has been jailed for more than 20 years after their dealer operation was busted by West Midlands Police.


Police appeal and issue warning over Gumtree scam 

22 Jun

Officers have released CCTV footage and images of a man they are trying to trace following three burglaries in Birmingham and one in Walsall.


Police arrest man following Walsall wine bar attack 

18 Jun

Police investigating an assault at a Walsall bar last week, have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with the attack.


Man critically ill after single punch in Walsall  

17 Jun

A man is critically ill in hospital after being floored by a single punch in a Walsall bar last night (16 June) and police have released images of the prime suspect.


M6 driver caught eating porridge at the wheel 

14 Jun

Almost 300 motorists were caught by motorway cops during a week-long campaign tackling distracted driving and mobile phone use behind the wheel.


Walsall man charged with possession of a firearm 

9 Jun

A man has been charged with possession of a prohibited firearm after a handgun was found at an address on Horton Close in Darlaston yesterday (8 June).


Man dies after being hit by car in Sandwell  

5 Jun

A driver has been arrested following a crash in Sandwell in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 5 June) which resulted in the death of a pedestrian.


Appeal to trace missing Walsall man 

1 Jun

Police are searching for a man who has been missing from the Walsall area for almost three weeks.


WMPeople: DI Paul Talbot – offering support to crash victims’ families 

29 May

It may only be a quick glance at a mobile phone – but a loss of concentration at the wheel can have disastrous consequences.


Investigation launched as man found unconscious after mass brawl 

29 May

Detectives in Coventry have launched an investigation after a man was found unconscious in the street following a mass brawl outside a nightclub.


Couple found guilty of death of Susan Whiting 

26 May

A couple who drugged and killed a vulnerable young Walsall woman, before hiding her body under a bed, have been found guilty.


Walsall group sentenced for terror offences 

23 May

Two men and a woman from Walsall who were convicted of Syria related terrorism offences, have been jailed at court today (Monday 23 May).


Ten men guilty of teenage sex ring 

20 May

Twelve men have been convicted of historical sexual offences against two young men who were both sexually exploited in their teens.


Missing Aldridge woman could be in Blackpool  

17 May

Police in Walsall believe missing woman Ruth Smith could be in Blackpool.


Walsall hypnotherapist charged with drug offences 

13 May

A hypnotherapist has been charged with two counts of possession of class A, two counts of possession of class C and one count of supplying Class C controlled drugs.


Community could hold key to finding missing Aldridge woman  

9 May

Police in Walsall believe the local community could hold the key to finding a woman who has been missing for almost four weeks, as officers grow desperately concerned for her welfare.


E-fit released of Walsall rape suspect 

5 May

An e-fit image has been released of a man police want to trace following a rape.


Public urged to report car cruisers as crackdown continues 

4 May

People who spot incidents of street racing in the Black Country are being urged to report them to the police as a region-wide crackdown on "car cruising" continues.


Driver injured in early morning collision 

29 Apr

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorist was seriously injured during a collision in Streetly this morning (Friday 29 April).


Drunk taxi passenger jailed for attacking cabbie and kicking police dog 

28 Apr

A drunken taxi passenger who assaulted a cabbie and smashed up his car with a hammer after being asked to clean up his own vomit has been locked up for more than two years.


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Police blogs »

Recognising great service 

22 Jul

In the last few weeks the force has dealt with some real challenges and tragedies: The high profile deaths in Nechells, an awful incident involving a very young child as well as some terrible child protection cases.


Police appeal after 14-year-old mugged in Castle Vale 

21 Jul

Police have launched an investigation after a teenager was dragged into wasteland and mugged in Castle Vale.


Taser and Torture 

19 Jul

This BLOG post is a direct response to a piece that appeared in the Guardian, entitled Tasers have no place in mental health care by Matilda MacATTRAM, Director of Black Mental Health UK.


Answer the Question! 

17 Jul

You may have noticed in the BLOG published yesterday, I didn’t really address the question of what ‘correct’ use of s136 actually is, despite criticising throughout the lack of precision by others who raise the topic of correct...


Correct Use of Section 136 

16 Jul

You may have been following the progress of the Policing and Crime Bill 2016 through the parliamentary process – this is the Bill which will amend various bits of legislation on various issues in policing, but for our purposes, it is ...


New image released in fresh appeal over Walsall arson attack 

15 Jul

Officers have released a new image of a man they want to trace following a petrol bomb attack on a Walsall butchers shop on 27 June – Do you recognise him? Detectives investigating the attack previously released CCTV footage of a man igniting...


Trial begins for Walsall group facing terrorism charges 

13 Jul

The trial has begun at the Old Bailey in London of four men from Walsall accused of Syria-related terrorism charges.


West Midlands Police moves during innovative Walsall partnership  

8 Jul

West Midlands Police officers have completed a move into Walsall Civic Centre as part of an innovative partnership approach.


Ten men sentenced for sexual offences against young men 

6 Jul

Ten men have been sentenced today (Wednesday 6 July) for committing historical sexual offences against two young men who were both sexually exploited in their teens.


Guest blog by ACC Carl Foulkes: “Leadership, standards and values start from the top” 

5 Jul

I am clearly fully entering the digital world after increasing my Twitter use and now here’s a second force blog.


Officers mark 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 

1 Jul

Officers today placed poppies at Aldridge Cenotaph to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.


CCTV shows arsonist lighting petrol bombs – do you recognise him? 

1 Jul

Detectives investigating an arson attack at a Walsall shop have released CCTV footage of a man igniting two petrol bombs moments before they are hurled through the entrance.


Police appeal for help to find missing Walsall man 

29 Jun

Police in Walsall are searching for a local man who went missing from home this morning (Wednesday 29 June) − and are urging members of the public to report any suspected sightings.


Walsall woman jailed for stabbing former lover to death 

29 Jun

A Walsall woman who admitted stabbing her former lover after a drunken argument, has today (Wednesday 29 June) been jailed for 13 years and 4 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court.


Brexit 

28 Jun

This week’s events represent the most seismic moment in the country’s history in our lifetime.


Police appeal for information after bottle of accelerant thrown in shop 

28 Jun

Police are investigating after a Walsall shop worker had an ignited bottle of accelerant thrown at him.


Drugs ring jailed for 20 years after WMP smashes dealer operation  

24 Jun

A drugs gang has been jailed for more than 20 years after their dealer operation was busted by West Midlands Police.


Police appeal and issue warning over Gumtree scam 

22 Jun

Officers have released CCTV footage and images of a man they are trying to trace following three burglaries in Birmingham and one in Walsall.


Brazilian Money Laundering 

19 Jun

This week there was a very high-profile killing and within just a few hours, we heard that the offender had a history of mental health problems and sought help only the day before.


Police arrest man following Walsall wine bar attack 

18 Jun

Police investigating an assault at a Walsall bar last week, have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with the attack.


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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 »

Get set for Cockfest 2016! 

15 Jul

Here's a really, really great thing happening on the weekend of Friday 29th - Sunday 31st July 2016 at Newtown, Brownhills - a weekend music and fun festival with proceeds going to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.


Five dead and one injured after accident at Hawkswood Metal… 

7 Jul

FIVE men have died after an industrial accident at a recycling site near Erdington.


Air ambulance business spreads its wings across Europe 

6 Jul

A COVENTRY air ambulance operation is looking to expand its services across Europe.


Air ambulance called to Chester Road in Sutton Coldfield as… 

6 Jul

A 'SERIOUS' road traffic accident in Sutton Coldfield has closed a road after a car collided with pedestrians.


Air ambulance called after woman collapses in Tamworth 

22 Jun

AN air ambulance has been called out to Tamworth after a woman collapsed.


​Man suffers ‘serious injuries’ in Erdington fall in Tyburn Road 

16 Jun

A BUILDER worker was rushed to hospital with a serious head injury after falling onto concrete in Erdington.


12-year-old boy airlifted to hospital 

13 Jun

A 12-year-old boy has been airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital after a collision with a car.


Warwickshire’s air ambulance team carry out their 25,000th mission 

12 Jun

'It's a remarkable achievement for a service that only launched in 2003...


Air ambulance called to scene of Coventry crash involving motorbike and car 

6 Jun

The collision happened at the junction of Lockhurst Lane and Northey Road at lunchtime today...


Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance celebrate landmark 25,000th mission 

6 Jun

Former patients of the air ambulance are now urging people to donate to service...


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