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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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Police blogs »

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).


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.


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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 »

Passer-by tries to save ladies life after car collided with tree in Wythall 

29 Mar

Sadly, the lady died after the car she was travelling in collided with with a tree this morning.


Man dies after crash on M42 between junctions 8 and 7a near… 

27 Mar

A MAN has died following an accident on a busy Midlands motorway.


Man dies after crash on M42 between junctions 8 and 7a near… 

27 Mar

A MAN has died following an accident on a busy Midlands motorway.


Man sadly dies following a collision on M42 in Coventry 

27 Mar

Emergency Services were called to reports of a car which had left the carriageway, shortly after 2.30PM this afternoon (27/03), on the southbound carriageway of the M42 between Junctions 8 and 7a.


Man remains ‘critical’ after Reddicap Heath Road ‘street row’ car… 

24 Mar

A MAN remains in a critical condition after being hit by a car following a 'street row' in Sutton Coldfield.


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.


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