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Five years jail for Birmingham rapist 

26 May

A man who raped a woman as she made her way home after celebrating her 21st birthday has today been jailed for five years and four months.


West Midlands Police support Birmingham Pride this weekend 

26 May

West Midlands Police will be working proudly alongside the community this weekend to ensure visitors to the city’s annual Pride festival enjoy a safe and happy event.


15 years jail for vicious car park attack on sex worker 

26 May

A man who repeatedly stamped on a woman’s head during a brutal attack in a Birmingham car park – shoving a dumped fridge-freezer on her as she lay injured on the floor – has been jailed for 15 years.


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.


Birmingham man found guilty of terrorism offence 

25 May

A Birmingham man has been found guilty of a terrorism offence after potentially lethal bomb making equipment was found at his home.


Gang patrols lead to arrests and car seizures 

25 May

Four people were arrested and vehicles seized during an intensive roads policing operation yesterday (May 24) in the latest West Midlands Police response to gang disorder in south Birmingham.


Van driver jailed after knocking down and killing teenage girl 

25 May

A Birmingham van driver who knocked down and killed a teenage girl on her way to school, has been jailed for seven years for causing death by dangerous driving.


Hospital security call made in good faith 

25 May

Police were called to Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 6.20pm today (Thursday 25 May) following reports of a man acting suspiciously.


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.


Man charged following arrest at vigil in Birmingham 

24 May

A 39-year-old man has been charged with three counts of possession of a sharp or pointed article in a public place, following an arrest made last night (Tuesday 23 May) in Birmingham city centre.


Birmingham teen jailed for attempted murder 

24 May

A teenager has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of attempted murder.


Manchester attack was “beyond words” 

23 May

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray responds to last night’s attack: We remain deeply shocked following last night’s tragic incident in Manchester and all our thoughts are with those affected.


Nursery worker jailed for teen sex offences 

23 May

A former teacher and nursery worker has today (Monday) been jailed for 16 years after admitting to a series of serious sexual offences on children.


Workers safeguarded in food factory slavery operation 

23 May

West Midlands Police has safeguarded a group of workers suspected of being exploited for cheap labour at a Birmingham food processing plant − the latest operation in the force’s campaign to target gang masters and traffickers.


Man arrested near to Birmingham vigil 

23 May

A man has been arrested following a disturbance near a vigil in Birmingham city centre this evening (Wednesday 23 May 2017).


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.


Appeal for information after motorcyclist loses his life in A45 collision 

21 May

Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist lost his life in a collision on the A45, near to Birmingham Airport this afternoon (21 May).


Teenager arrested in connection with robberies in Sutton Coldfield 

20 May

Police have arrested a teenager following reports of five robberies in Sutton Coldfield on Thursday and Friday night (18 and 19 May).


Appeal to trace vulnerable man from Quinton 

20 May

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a vulnerable man who has been missing from his home in Quinton since yesterday (19 May).


Man high on Black Mamba cut off own nose – award for officers who saved his life 

20 May

Six West Midlands Police officers have received awards for saving the life of a man who sliced off his own nose while high on Black Mamba.


Man who fled the country to escape justice for raping a teenager is jailed 

20 May

A Sandwell man who thought he’d escaped justice by fleeing abroad after raping a teenage girl, has been jailed after he tried to slip back into the country eight years later.


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.


WMP Chief Officer talks science in pub lecture series 

18 May

Pub-goers across Birmingham and beyond have been discussing Darwin over darts and playing dominoes while talking Hawkins! Bars the length and breadth of Britain – plus many more on the Continent, Australia, Brazil and Japan – have been hosting...


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.


WMP backs national police memorial fund 

17 May

A campaign to raise funds for a national police memorial has been launched in Birmingham today (Weds 17 May) – and West Midlands Police has underlined its support for the project with a £5,000 donation.


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”.


Area of Aston cordoned off after WWII device found 

15 May

An area of Aston has been cordoned off after an unexploded WWII explosive device was uncovered at a construction site in Priory Road today (15 May).


WW2 bomb update: Aston Expressway could remain closed till tomorrow 

15 May

Aston Expressway is expected to be closed until tomorrow morning (Tues 16 May) while bomb disposal experts make safe an unexploded WW2 shell.


Running in the family: rookie cop is latest in five generations to join WMP!  

14 May

A student officer is following a long-standing tradition after becoming the fifth consecutive generation of his family to join the police force in the West Midlands.


Appeal issued after rare Harry Potter prequel is stolen during a burglary 

12 May

Police have issued an appeal after a rare Harry Potter prequel, handwritten by the author J K Rowling, was stolen during a burglary in Kings Heath.


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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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