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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 »

Para 16.16 to the Code of Practice 

24 Sep

It turns out I didn’t read the new (2015) Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 as closely as I thought I had! The @LovelyClaireyA from Twitter said something recently about the execution of warrants under section 135(1) that...


Two jailed as police continue offensive against illegal weapons  

24 Sep

Two people have been jailed for more than eight years after a shotgun was seized by West Midlands Police during an on-going crackdown on illegal weapons.


Threatening Patients 

23 Sep

When I was a young boy, I can vaguely remember my dear Godmother once saying something about calling the police if I was naughty, saying the police would “take you away”.


Athlete admits attempted murder at Alexander Stadium  

22 Sep

An athlete has admitted attempted murder and assault after an unprovoked attack on staff at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham earlier this year.


Restriction, Restraint or Removal? 

21 Sep

I recently delivered some training in Leicestershire which involved explaining the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to emergency services personnel.


Streetly crash victim named 

20 Sep

A teenage cyclist who died in a collision in Streetly on Friday (16 September) has been named as Daniel Horton.


Police Liaison 

18 Sep

I woke upon one day last week and whilst boiling the kettle checked Twitter to find an article entitled ‘police liaison’ in the British Journal of Psychiatry (no less) about street triage.


Police appeal following fatal collision in Pelsall 

18 Sep

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision involving a motorcyclist in Pelsall last night.


Witnesses sought as cyclist left in critical condition 

17 Sep

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured in the early hours of Friday 16 September.


Police search for missing Walsall teen 

16 Sep

Police are appealing for information to help trace a teenager who has gone missing from her home in Walsall.


Section 136 Data 

11 Sep

Anyone fancy doing a PhD?! – we’re badly in need of some proper research to be done on section 136 data so we stand a chance of knowing what’s going on!  Friday saw publication by the National Police Chiefs Council of...


ABD – part 2 

10 Sep

This is the second in a three-part series on Acute Behavioural Disturbance written by Dr RS, a UK consultant in emergency medicine.


Black Country trio jailed after funding Daesh fighter 

9 Sep

Three Black Country men have today (Friday 9 September) been jailed after being found guilty of helping to fund a Walsall man who is currently fighting in Syria with Daesh.


Leicestershire Police CIT 

7 Sep

Some hyperlinks to various BLOGS and resources that will be of benefit – What Do All The Sections Mean? The Quick Guides The Mental Capacity Act Reference materials – The Mental Health Act 1983 The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code ...


Serial van thief caught out by his own routine 

5 Sep

The regular routine of a serial van thief led to his own downfall after police were able to link him to 13 offences across the West Midlands from one CCTV camera on a country lane in Walsall.


ABD – a Medical Perspective 

1 Sep

This is the first of a three-part series by a UK Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Dr RS.


Ready, steady, go! 

1 Sep

The next week marks the gradual end of the school holidays and a return to work for colleagues who have been off on a well-earned break.


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.


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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 »

Wythall pension firm took part in a 25 hour ping-pong-a-thon to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. 

26 Sep

A WYTHALL pension firm took part in a 25 hour ping-pong-a-thon to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.


Children’s Air Ambulance unveils purchase of two new helicopters to help save lives of UK’s youngsters 

20 Sep

New Children's Air Ambulance helicopters will triple the organisation's ability to help sick children Read More...


Children’s Air Ambulance to lease two new choppers thanks to massive £32million investment 

20 Sep

They currently have one helicopter that flies from Coventry Airport...


Firefighters and air ambulance paramedics run like hamsters for charity! 

7 Sep

A team of 25 West Midlands firefighters and 25 paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity are taking part in an intense endurance challenge to raise funds for charity.


Run like a hamster: medics and firefighters set for charity challenge 

6 Sep

A team of firefighters and paramedics will be taking the human hamster challenge next week in Brindley Place.


Air ambulance called near to Asda Supermarket in George Street,… 

6 Sep

THE air ambulance was called to Walsall this morning (Tuesday, September 6) to reports of a woman suffering a neck injury.


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.


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