Black Country news and blogs Tuesday 6 December 2016
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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.


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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Transition State 1: Thank you 

25 Nov

Monday the 28th November is a big change for us as we move to the new operating model.

Pair charged with murder of Wolverhampton toddler 

24 Nov

A mum and stepfather are set to appear in court today accused of beating their toddler son to death at a house in Wolverhampton.

I’m Really Sorry, but! … 

23 Nov

I’m not trying to get on anyone’s nerves here, I’m really not.

Police crackdown on distracted drivers using a phone at the wheel  

21 Nov

Reckless motorists who put lives at risk by using a mobile phone at the wheel have been targeted by motorway police.

Man appears is court following major drugs seizure 

21 Nov

A man has appeared in court charged with multiple drug offences after police seized suspected heroin and cocaine worth more than three quarters of a million pounds in Walsall last week.

A messy, complex and dangerous business 

18 Nov

I have spent a great deal of time talking in the blog about change.

Third family member charged in Black Country murder case  

17 Nov

A third member of the same family has been charged in connection with the death of a Black Country man killed on his own doorstep.

Motor firm family arrested over car scam plot 

17 Nov

Five members of a Black Country family car business have been arrested on suspicion of running an eBay sales scam and ripping off customers.

What *Are* You Doing?! 

16 Nov

Imagine this: someone rings the police to express concern for a friend or relative’s mental wellbeing, asking the police to ‘check on them’ to see that they’re OK.

Man jailed after Walsall pensioner beaten in his own home   

12 Nov

A man has been jailed for nine years and four months after leaving a Walsall pensioner with severe facial injuries and robbing him of just nine pounds, a watch and a tie pin.

Walsall pensioner dies in collision with lorry 

12 Nov

A Walsall man has died after being struck by a lorry on Pleck Road, Walsall yesterday (Friday 11 November).

Man who died in Minworth collision named 

6 Nov

A pedestrian who died in a Sutton Coldfield collision on Thursday (3 November) has been named as Pelsall man Jamie Taylor.

Appeal following home invasion burglary in Walsall 

4 Nov

Officers are urgently appealing for witnesses after a house on Lord Street in Walsall was broken into on Tuesday (1 November).

Man charged in connection with Brownhills stabbings  

1 Nov

A man has been charged with a series of offences in connection with a double stabbing in Brownhills on Sunday (30 October).

Plans on track to create future-proof force 

1 Nov

Two new custody suites, digital interview recording equipment, refurbishment of Bloxwich police station and police headquarters, and body worn video cameras for officers are just some of the changes already implemented in a multi-million pound...

Knife attack suspect arrested after double stabbing and robbery  

31 Oct

A man remains in police custody this morning on suspicion of carrying out a double stabbing and a knifepoint shop robbery during a 10-minute crime spree in Walsall yesterday (30 Oct).

Two stabbed in Brownhills 

31 Oct

A man has been arrested after two people were stabbed in Brownhills on Sunday afternoon (30 October).

Police Leadership 

25 Oct

I heard the Health Secretary Jeremy HUNT deliver a speech at today’s Crisis Care Concordat Summit in London, the first major speech he’s delivered on mental health, we were told.

AWOL from Scotland 

21 Oct

It seems that it’s been the week for Scottish mental health patients to journey to England, in a variety of legal situations that have subsequently confused the life out of police and mental health professionals alike.

Approved Professional Practice 

20 Oct

The College of Policing has now completed the production of new guidelines on mental health for the police service in England and Wales and this blog is a part of the College’s efforts to communicate this publication to the public as ...

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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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Remembering loved ones with Dudley Christmas decorations 

6 Dec

ON THE run up to Dudley town centre's Christmas Fayre people can buy charity Christmas memory wish tags to hang on the town's tree.

Pregnant stab victim gives FIRST interview after horrific Sutton… 

2 Dec

A COURAGEOUS Sutton Coldfield mum who has fought back from life-threatening injuries to both herself and her then unborn daughter has spoken for the first time about her terrifying ordeal, the 'incredible people of Sutton Coldfield', the 'amazing' ...

​Cyclists knocked unconscious after colliding at junction of… 

22 Nov

TWO cyclists have suffered head injuries after colliding in Walsall this afternoon (Tuesday, November 22).

Air ambulance lands at Deanery Primary and Hill West Primary… 

15 Nov

TWO medical emergencies, one involving a young girl, led to an air ambulance landing at Sutton Coldfield schools twice in two days.

Driver trapped for 45 minutes after car and van collide along Pershore Road 

15 Nov

A driver was trapped for 45 minutes following a collision with a van this morning that resulted in three patients for ambulance crews to treat.

Man collapses in Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield as air ambulance… 

15 Nov

A MAN has collapsed in a Sutton Coldfield beauty spot leading to medical crews being scrambled to the scene.

Air ambulance called after man suffers head injury at Lichfield… 

14 Nov

A MAN was taken to hospital earlier today after suffering a head injury at a Tamworth industrial estate.

Local Nisa retailers raise funds for Air Ambulance 

4 Nov

Fundraising pledge to medical charity.

​Boat blaze at Barton Marina near Lichfield sinks one craft and… 

21 Oct

DRAMATIC scenes at Barton Marina near Lichfield this afternoon as a fire engulfed three boats in flames.

Man treated for cardiac arrested and airlifted from Harlaston,… 

14 Oct

AN elderly man was airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon (Thursday) after suffering a cardiac arrest near Tamworth.

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