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Where Are The Stick People? 

29 Jul

It’s been quite a few months since I last published a blog post and I’m often asked what’s happened to Stick Child and his friends.


The Professionals 

22 Nov

Imagine a police force that handed out firearms to its officers without training them.


Chain Reaction 

14 Oct

No, nothing to do with an old Diana Ross track, but the title of a presentation I gave at the UK’s first ever TEDx policing event in Leeds yesterday – #OldBillRebuilt, ably organised by Gareth Stubbs.


Freeze Frame 

11 Sep

Watching the TV programme ‘The Force’ last night (which follows the work of officers from Greater Manchester Police), I thought of yet another analogy to help explain why binary comparisons are rubbish.


Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.


Short Circuit 

10 May

This is Stick Boss.


Maths Class 

4 May

Here’s Stick Teacher.


Detox 

25 Apr

Whilst flicking through TV channels recently, I came across a consumer advice programme, where the reporter was researching the effectiveness of self-administered ‘detox’ products.


Comfort Blanket 

17 Apr

When Stick Child was a bit younger, he had a little comfort blanket.


Pair jailed after death of Smethwick woman 

17 Apr

Pair jailed after death of Smethwick woman A teenager has today been jailed for 12 years for murdering a 47-year-old Smethwick woman.


The Wrong Conversation 

28 Mar

Stick Child has been getting increasingly irritated by the slack methods some adults use to present information about really important stuff, such as how long it takes for patients to be seen in Accident and Emergency (AE) departments.


Police appeal after bike stolen from Wolverhampton station 

12 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) is investigating after a bicycle was stolen from the rack at Wolverhampton railway station.


Police appeal after bike stolen from Wolverhampton station 

12 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) is investigating after a bicycle was stolen from the rack at Wolverhampton railway station.


CCTV released after Wolverhampton community stalwart burgled 

10 Mar

CCTV released after Wolverhampton community stalwart burgled Visit our website for more information at http://www.


Industrial Action 

18 Feb

Update issued at 12.10pm Wednesday 25 February Since the 24-hour strike by firefighters started at 7am today, we have attended two incidents: 07:30 Sutton Coldfield: false alarm 11:27 Aston: false alarm We have 23 fire engines, one Brigade...


Beryl’s lovin’ it! 

9 Feb

Shopper Beryl Bailey (pictured, right) clearly LOVES a good offer - and that’s just what she was getting ahead of Valentine’s Day, from Watch Commander Tony Bucknall! Tony and crew were down at ASDA in Wolverhampton, spreading the word about...


Police pursuit reaches 142mph 

6 Feb

Police pursuit reaches 142mph A member of a Wolverhampton gang who carried out smash and grab raids on shops across the country netting almost 40000 in cigarettes has been jailed.


Headteacher praises WMFS response 

6 Feb

Headteacher praises WMFS response Last night (Thurs 5 Feb) 40 of our firefighters responded to a fire at St Alban's Primary School in Wednesfield.


Image issued following Wolverhampton bike theft 

12 Dec

Do you recognise this man...


Image issued following Wolverhampton bike theft 

12 Dec

Do you recognise this man...


Avoidable Harm 

6 Dec

I recently had a conversation on Twitter about a national campaign called ‘Sign up to Safety’, which aims to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS.


Chair’s letter to Minister 

3 Dec

Date: 1 December 2014 Penny Mordaunt, MPParliamentary Under Secretary of StateDCLG4th Floor, Fry Building2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Dear Fire Minister...


Images released after bag theft – Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton 

17 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) wants to speak to two men in CCTV images released today after a passenger’s bag was stolen from the luggage racks of a train traveling between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton.


Images released after bag theft – Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton 

17 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) wants to speak to two men in CCTV images released today after a passenger’s bag was stolen from the luggage racks of a train traveling between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton.


A Tale of Two Kings 

16 Nov

At bedtime, Stick Child’s Daddy often reads his son a story from his favourite story book, “Medieval Stories from Stick Kingdom with an Inevitable Systems Thinking Moral”.


Stick Child and The Fraggles 

12 Nov

Recently, Stick Child was watching the television channel ‘Stick Gold’, when he came across an episode of the 1980s children’s show, Fraggle Rock .


CCTV appeal: Thug hits man outside Monty’s bar, Sedgley 

6 Nov

CCTV appeal: Thug hits man outside Montys bar, Sedgley Do you recognise these men? We want to speak to them after a man was assaulted outside Monty's bar, High Street, Sedgley.


Top of the Table 

27 Oct

When the Chair of the House of Commons Education Committee asked Michael Gove (Secretary of State of Education at the time) about comparative performance measurement between schools, this happened: Chair: If “good” requires pupil...


It’s Criminal 

10 Oct

I’ve been meaning to get around to writing about the issue of using crime figures as an indicator of police performance for a while now.


Find The Treasure 

27 Sep

“It’s just the starting point for asking questions”.


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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.


Need an Appropriate Adult? 

8 Feb

Several discussions and questions recently about Appropriate Adults (AA) in police custody for vulnerable people that I want to quickly cover.


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.


The Restraint Document 

26 Jan

Since September 2014, when I started at the College of Policing, we have been working on the development of a document about those situations where the police are called to a mental health or learning disability unit and asked to do something...


Commercial Services chief lifts lid on new role 

24 Jan

On occasion the Chief Constable hands over the reins of his blog to others in the force who share important updates and the latest developments in key areas of policing.


Training and Collaboration 

22 Jan

If we look around the world at policing and mental health issues, it doesn’t matter whether we are looking at the incident-specific tragedies we read about or the wider issues raised by taking a broader overview: we only ever hear of ...


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.


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.


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).


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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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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.


A38 blocked both directions north of Lichfield as air ambulance… 

26 Jan

MOTORISTS are being warned to avoid the A38 is possible after a crash has led to both sides of the carriageway being closed north of Lichfield on Thursday (January 26).


​Two ‘seriously’ injured after separate crashes on same stretch… 

24 Jan

TWO men needed advanced trauma care after two serious collisions on the same stretch of road near Tamworth.


Dad died after given sedative overdose by Solihull doctor 

24 Jan

THE HEARTBROKEN family of a man who died after he was treated by a Solihull air ambulance worker have spoken of their grief.


Man dies following two-car collision near Lichfield this morning 

20 Jan

A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following a two-car collision near Lichfield this morning.


Man dies following A51 Tamworth Road collision 

20 Jan

A MAN has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following a two-car collision this morning.


Overturned car in serious accident near Tamworth 

20 Jan

EMERGENCY services and an air ambulance were on the scene following an accident by Hopwas Woods which left a car overturned and a man trapped.


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