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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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For The Want of a Nail 

28 Aug

Guest BLOG from Chief Constable Simon COLE, former lead on mental health for the National Police Chiefs’ Council.


Tasers on Psychiatric Wards 

24 Aug

If you have been following the progress of the Policing and Crime Bill 2015, you will have seen it has recently started its journey through the House of Lords.


Guest blog by ACC Carl Foulkes: “Leaving you with a heavy heart…” 

23 Aug

I thought I would take this opportunity to stage a quick takeover and write what will be my last blog in West Midlands before I leave for Merseyside Police.


Fatal M6 crash victim named   

23 Aug

A Telford man who died in a collision on the M6 on Sunday (21 August) has been named as Anthony Marston.


Witness appeal after baby dies in Walsall collision 

21 Aug

Police are appealing for witnesses after a four-month-old baby girl has died following a collision on the Birmingham Road in Walsall on Friday evening (19 August), just before 8:50pm.


Fatal crash closes M6 

21 Aug

Motorway police are investigating the cause of a fatal crash on the M6 earlier this afternoon (Sunday 21 August).


Bobby is on the ball after winning international rugby call-up 

19 Aug

When West Midlands Police officer Gemma Paul isn’t tackling crime she’s tackling opponents on the rugby field - and now she’s celebrating a first call-up to the women’s GB Police team.


Bikes seized in Bloxwich off road nuisance crackdown 

18 Aug

Three off road bikes have been seized today (18 August) following a crackdown on dangerous drivers across the Blakenall and Coalpool areas of Walsall.


Police name elderly Walsall collision victim 

17 Aug

Police have named an elderly lady who died after being hit by a car at a busy Walsall road junction.


Guest blog by DCC Louisa Rolfe: “Tea & Medals” 

16 Aug

I hope, like me, you are excited to watch the Olympic games.


Bilston company and boss found guilty of manslaughter 

16 Aug

A Bilston company has today (Tuesday 16 August) been fined £600,000 after being found guilty of gross negligence and manslaughter following the death of an employee.


Flash cocaine dealer must hand back £50,000 of drugs cash  

15 Aug

A flash cocaine dealer is to be stripped of his cars and illegal drugs cash after an investigation by West Midlands Police.


Pensioner dies after Walsall road junction collision 

14 Aug

An elderly lady has died after being hit by a car at a busy Walsall road junction.


Off-road bikes seized in series in Sunday morning raids  

14 Aug

West Midlands Police has seized eight off road bikes in a further phase of hard-hitting crackdowns on dangerous riders.


Prolific Coventry crook jailed for running “industrial scale” drugs network 

12 Aug

A prolific Coventry crook who ran cannabis ‘farms’ at addresses across the city – and was producing drugs on an “industrial scale” – has been jailed for more than four years.


Black Country trio convicted of funding Daesh fighter 

5 Aug

Three Black Country men have today (Friday 5 August) been convicted of helping to fund a Walsall man who is currently fighting in Syria with Daesh.


Missing people found quicker thanks to new team 

4 Aug

Missing people across Birmingham have been removed from harm’s way more quickly and safely thanks to a successful police pilot project.


Inquest rules missing Gina Lander was unlawfully killed 

3 Aug

The disappearance of Walsall woman Gina Lander is being treated as a murder.


Leytonstone Sentencing 

1 Aug

Muhiddin MIRE was today sentenced by a criminal court following the attack at Leytonstone Underground station last December that made prominent national headlines.


A Comedy of Errors? 

31 Jul

Imagine a patient taken to A&E by ambulance after taking an overdose who is then admitted to the poison’s unit of the acute, general hospital.


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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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Road closure in Kingsbury due to serious collision 

29 Aug

A MAJOR road junction in Kingsbury has been closed this afternoon due to a serious collision.


Air Ambulance called after elderly women suffers serious leg injury 

26 Aug

An elderly woman has suffered a serious leg injury following a collision with a truck this afternoon.


Two airlifted from Tamworth collision 

24 Aug

TWO air ambulances were sent to the scene of a collision yesterday morning which left a man and a woman seriously injured in Tamworth.


Driver and passenger suffer severe injuries and broken bones in… 

23 Aug

TWO air ambulances were sent to the scene of a serious road crash this morning (August 23) which left a man and a woman seriously injured in Tamworth.


Air ambulance at Tamworth crash scene 

23 Aug

Firefighters are using cutting equipment to free two people from two cars following an accident in Bonehill Road, Mile Oak.


Man dies at Lichfield bus station 

22 Aug

EMERGENCY services sprung into action after a man died at Lichfield's main city bus station.


Life threatening injuries for boy hit by bus 

15 Aug

A young boy has been critically injured after he was hit by a bus in Erdington today.


Young boy ‘critical’ after bus collision in Wilton Road,… 

15 Aug

A YOUNG boy has suffered critical injuries following a collision with a bus in Erdington.


Air ambulance lands on Sutton Coldfield bowls pitch mid-game… 

15 Aug

A GROUP of bowls players had a surprise when the air ambulance was forced to land on their Sutton Coldfield pitch mid-game to attend a nearby emergency this morning (Monday, August 15).


Air ambulance lands at Goldieslie Bowling Club in Sutton… 

15 Aug

A GROUP of bowls players had a surprise when the air ambulance was forced to land on their Sutton Coldfield pitch mid-game to attend a nearby emergency this morning (Monday, August 15).


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