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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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The best of humanity in the face of such horror 

25 May

Like everyone in the country I am lost for words after the events in Manchester on Monday night.


Fifteen Minutes 

24 May

This is a written version of a talk I gave last night, where I had fifteen minutes to summarising my thoughts on the overall topic of policing and mental health.


Walsall one punch killer jailed 

22 May

A man has been jailed for five years today, after a man he punched during a disagreement in 2013 died as a result of his devastating injuries.


My welcome to the Fed in Birmingham 

19 May

This is the speech I gave welcoming members of the Police Federation at their conference in Birmingham this week.


Roads ban for speeding driver involved in fatal crash 

18 May

A speeding motorist has been banned from driving following a crash in Birmingham last year that resulted in the death of a teenager.


Dear #RCN17 

16 May

Earlier today, the Royal College Nursing voted at their National Congress in Liverpool “to lobby to ensure that Emergency Departments are no longer designated places of safety for the purposes of mental health legislation”.


Man jailed for stealing cars while posing as prospective buyer 

13 May

A man who posed as a prospective car buyer to steal vehicles during test drives − leaving some owners injured in the road after they clung desperately to the car − has been jailed for nine years following a West Midlands Police investigation...


Seni Lewis 

10 May

The Metropolitan Police and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust were subject to a damning verdict in the south London Coroner’s court earlier today – each of them facing criticism for contributing to the death of ...


Aston Expressway CLOSED for the morning 

10 May

The Aston Expressway into and out of the city and the M6, junction 6 are currently closed this morning as police respond to a woman on a bridge.


Aston Expressway re-opens 

10 May

The Aston Expressway both ways and the M6 junctions 5 and 6 are due to reopen after being closed for most of the morning.


Surviving or Thriving? 

9 May

I’ve been trying to think about the question posed by the Mental Health Foundation for this year’s mental health awareness week in the context of policing and our involvement in responding to mental health related demand: surviving...


Police given more time to question murder suspect 

6 May

Police have been granted extra time to question a man arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a property in Brierley Hill on Thursday (4 May).


Man arrested after body found in Brierley Hill 

5 May

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a property in Brierley Hill yesterday (Thursday 4 May).


Guest blog – DCC Louisa Rolfe: Proud of our people facing tough challenges 

4 May

In recent weeks there have been too many reminders of how fragile life is and the risks and challenges police officers and staff face every day.


Medicalising and Criminalising 

25 Apr

So, we’re still discussing the fallout of Sir Tom Winsor’s comments almost one week after they were made.


Tributes paid to grandfather who died in Walsall crash 

24 Apr

Tributes have been paid to a ’loving’ 80 year-old grandfather who died after being hit by a car in Walsall.


Urgent appeal after man dies in Walsall collision 

22 Apr

URGENT APPEAL: Did you see this car in Walsall on Wednesday 19 April? Police have released an image of a Mercedes car that was involved in a collision in Walsall where a man lost his life, in a bid for witnesses to come forward.


Missing The Point 

21 Apr

Yesterday, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Tom Winsor said something extremely important in his annual review, known as the “State of Policing” report.


Man arrested following suspected hit and run in Walsall 

20 Apr

A man has been arrested following a suspected hit and run in Walsall that left a pensioner with serious head injuries.


Pensioner injured in hit and run – Mercedes sought  

19 Apr

Police are urgently trying to trace a convertible Mercedes that is believed to have been involved in a hit and run collision earlier today.


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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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Bike4Life Ride Out raises ‘Amazing’ £73,800 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity 

13 May

OVER 3,500 motorcyclists took part in the event...


Drayton Manor Park to reopen after death of 11-year-old schoolgirl 

12 May

Drayton Manor Park will reopen tomorrow, bosses have confirmed.


Man breaks his legs after ‘fall’ from balcony in Castle Grounds 

12 May

THIS afternoon (Friday) a man was airlifted to hospital with suspected broken legs after falling from a balcony in Tamworth Castle Grounds.


​Man breaks legs after "fall" at Tamworth Castle… 

12 May

A MAN has been airlifted to hospital with suspected broken legs after falling from a balcony at Tamworth Castle Grounds.


Drayton Manor Park to remain closed while investigations continue after girl’s death on Splash Canyon ride 

11 May

Drayton Manor Park will remain closed for a third day as investigations continue into the death of an 11-year-old girl earlier this week.


Drayton Manor Park to close for another day as investigations continue into death of schoolgirl 

10 May

Drayton Manor Park will remain closed for another day as investigations continue into the death of an 11-year-old girl earlier this week.


Drayton Manor Park to close for a day as mark of respect following death of girl on Splash Canyon ride 

9 May

Drayton Manor Park has confirmed it will remain closed for a day as a mark of respect following the death of an 11-year-old girl .


What is Drayton Manor’s safety policy on Splash Canyon? 

9 May

Police and Midlands Air Ambulance attended the scene, and the girl is now being treated at Birmingham Children's Hospital...


Drayton Manor Theme Park closed after ‘serious’ incident 

9 May

DRAYTON Manor Park is closed after what has been described as a serious incident on a popular ride.


Drayton Manor Theme Park closed after ‘serious’ incident 

9 May

DRAYTON Manor Park is closed after what has been described as a serious incident on a popular ride.


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