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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.


Teens arrested in early morning raids 

16 Feb

Stab vests, knives, drugs and a suspected stolen motor bike were among the haul in early morning raids across Birmingham today (Thursday 16 February).


Woman (79) in hospital after bag snatch – help us catch callous thief 

15 Feb

A pensioner has been left bruised, battered and facing a lengthy hospital stay after a cold-hearted bag thief attacked her in a Coventry street.


Police appeal for help to find missing man 

15 Feb

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 60-year-old patient who went missing from University Hospital in Coventry yesterday afternoon.


Appeal after man dies in Walsall collision 

12 Feb

Police are appealing for information after a man died when a car hit a wall in Pelsall last night (Saturday 11 February).


Woman charged with assisting an offender in Kenichi Phillips investigation 

10 Feb

Police investigating the death of Birmingham teenager Kenichi Phillips have charged a 24-year-old woman with assisting an offender.


Appeal after Walsall shopkeeper fights off gunman 

9 Feb

An armed robber was forced to flee empty handed after a Walsall have-a-go hero shopkeeper fought him off.


Police searching for missing driver following M6 crash find body 

6 Feb

Police searching an area off the M6 for the driver of a car which crashed through a barrier have found the body of a man.


Appeal to trace missing driver in M6 collision 

4 Feb

Police are searching an area off the M6 after a car crashed through the barrier on the southbound carriageway between junctions 4A and 5 on the 15 January.


Talented youngsters visit Lloyd House 

2 Feb

Some of Birmingham’s budding future stars of the art world have had their work selected to be on display in West Midlands Police’s newly refurbished headquarters, Lloyd House.


Appeal to trace missing West Bromwich schoolgirl 

31 Jan

Police are appealing for information to help trace a school girl who has been missing from her West Bromwich home since yesterday (30 January).


Doctor charged with sexual assault 

31 Jan

A 32-year-old man will appear in court in March where he will stand accused of sexually assaulting five women.


Man to appear in court charged with sexual assault 

21 Jan

A 35-year-old man will appear in court this morning (Saturday) after a woman was sexually assaulted in Wolverhampton.


Husband charged with murder of wife in Willenhall 

20 Jan

Police investigating  the death of a 40-year-old woman in Willenhall, Walsall, have charged a man with her murder.


Man arrested on suspicion of murder as woman’s body found in flat 

18 Jan

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found with fatal stab wounds at her home in Walsall this morning (Wednesday 18 January).


Father charged with murder of his two children 

18 Jan

A father has been charged with the murder of his two children almost three months after they were found dead at their family home in Hamstead.


Appeal following a robbery in Walsall where thousands of pounds worth of goods were stolen 

14 Jan

Can you help? We’re appealing for information after approximately £350k worth of alcohol was stolen from a freight yard in Walsall.


Police appeal for driver of small car to come forward in fatal collision investigation 

11 Jan

Collision investigators have released CCTV of a car they would like to trace as they continue to investigate the death of Paul Foster, who was hit by a transit van on his way to work in Perry Barr.


Family pay tribute to ‘vibrant’ daughter killed in M6 crash 

8 Jan

The family of a woman who died in a motorway crash on her way back to university after the Christmas holidays have paid tribute to their 'vibrant' daughter.


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Police blogs »

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).


PaCA – Section 140 MHA 

16 Mar

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.


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.


Thomas Orchard 

14 Mar

Today, a police custody sergeant and two detention officers have been cleared of manslaughter following a retrial at Bristol Crown Court.


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.


PaCA – The Consultation Requirement 

8 Mar

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.


PaCA – Operational Officers 

7 Mar

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.


PaCA: Anywhere Other Than a Home 

7 Mar

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.


PaCA – Twenty Four Hours! 

6 Mar

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.


PaCA – Powers of Search 

4 Mar

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.


The ‘New’ Section 138 

3 Mar

What follows is the full, amended text of section 138 Mental Health Act 1983, as it will be following a commencement order that brings it in to effect.


The ‘New’ Section 136 

3 Mar

What follows is the full, amended text of section 136 Mental Health Act 1983, as it will be following a commencement order that brings it in to effect.


The ‘New’ Section 135 

3 Mar

What follows is the full, amended text of section 135 Mental Health ACt 1983, as it will be following a commencement order that brings it in to effect.


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.


A new ‘business as usual’ 

2 Mar

It is now just over a year since I became the Chief.


PaCA – No Children in Police Stations 

2 Mar

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.


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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 »

Two drivers in critical condition after Cannock Chase collision… 

23 Mar

TWO people are in a critical condition in hospital this morning (Thursday) following a serious road traffic collision at Birches Valley which saw two vehicles catch fire.


Driver questioned after man ‘hit by car after altercation’ in… 

19 Mar

A CAR driver is being questioned following an incident in Sutton Coldfield which has left a man with serious injuries.


Man rushed to hospital after being hit by car in Reddicapp Heath… 

19 Mar

A MAN has been taken to hospital after a collision involving a car in Sutton Coldfield which the police are treating as a crime scene.


Man rushed to hospital after being hit by car in Reddicap Heath… 

19 Mar

A MAN has been taken to hospital after a collision involving a car in Sutton Coldfield.


Air ambulance lands in Green Lane, Walsall Wood after woman falls… 

10 Mar

THE air ambulance landed in Walsall after a woman was injured when falling from a horse.


Incredible: Man plummets 50ft from tree at A5 Cannock by OK… 

3 Mar

A MAN has had a miraculous escape after plummeting approximately 50ft from a tree in Cannock.


Appeal after serious collision in Lichfield 

11 Feb

POLICE are appealing for information as a collision has left a man in hospital after a road traffic collision in Eastern Avenue, Lichfield.


Motorcycle crash leaves Lichfield’s Eastern Avenue closed 

9 Feb

A MOTORBIKE has crashed in Lichfield this morning on the A5192 Eastern Avenue.


Man dies after being hit by lorry in Lichfield Road near… 

7 Feb

A pedestrian has died following an accident in Erdington 'despite all attempts to save him' after he was struck by a lorry.


Man ‘seriously injured’ in collision with lorry on Lichfield Road… 

6 Feb

A MAN has been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry near Erdington.


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