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Theft of farm equipment from yard in Meriden 

14 Jan

Theft of farm equipment from yard in Meriden Police in Solihull have released clear CCTV footage of two men they'd like to speak to after 600 worth of farm equipment was stolen.


Shirley Cramer 

18 Nov

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‘Wicked’ thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 2 

3 Nov

Wicked thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 2 Another CCTV installment of a man suspected of stealing poppy tins in the Solihull area.


‘Wicked’ thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 1 

3 Nov

Wicked thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 1 Despite Remembrance Day approaching and this year being the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, thieves in Solihull are stealing poppy tins.


The Termite-inators…sisters embark on new career in Korea 

26 Aug

The Termite-inators...


Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.


Firefighters’ strikes 

11 Jul

Update issued at 8.05am Monday 14 July: During this morning's two-hour strike by firefighters, which ended at 8am, we had 13 fire engines and one Brigade Response Vehicle available to deploy.


Police investigation continues after deaths in Solihull 

8 Jul

Police investigation continues after deaths in Solihull Officers have moved to reassure the community after two people died at an address in Solihull yesterday (Monday 7 July).


Rescue boost 

29 Apr

People in need of specialist rescue by West Midlands Fire Service are set to benefit from quicker response times.


In safe hands! 

4 Apr

A husband and wife have guided 1,000 tours of West Midlands Fire Service’s Safeside centre in Birmingham, delivering vital safety messages to around 5,000 children between them.


Police appeal after 15-year-old girl is injured in Solihull collision 

21 Jan

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision?nbsp;on Monday 20 January 2014?nbsp;in Solihull involving a...


Solihull pub shooting – man quizzed on suspicion of attempted murder 

20 Jan

DETECTIVES investigating a Solihull pub shooting on Friday (Jan 17) in which a man was fired at with a shotgun have arrested a suspect on...


Chief Constable responds to comments by Chief Inspector of Constabulary 

18 Jan

CHIEF Constable Chris Sims, said: ?quot;The experience of West Midlands Police officers and staff who actively work day in day out with...


Phone pest suspect arrested after 999 call rants 

16 Jan

A PHONE pest suspect has been arrested for wasting police time after call handlers were hit by a barrage of drunken rants in the early...


Police get more time to question terror suspects 

15 Jan

Police have been given an extra five days to continue questioning two men who were arrested Monday (13 January) on suspicion of terrorist...


Motorists encouraged to ‘top up’ car security 

15 Jan

DRIVERS filling up their fuel tanks will also be able to 'top up' their car's security this weekend thanks to the Shirley neighbourhood...


Former officer jailed for leaking information to convicted criminal 

14 Jan

WEST Midlands Police has promised 'no hiding place'for any officers who believe they?rsquo;re above the law and let the public down by...


Forum aims to make West Mids a hate free place 

13 Jan

WEST MIDLANDS POLICE hosted a force first with members of the public coming together to pledge their commitment to tackling...


Man charged with offences against elderly victims 

13 Jan

?nbsp; A MAN has appeared in court charged with burglary and robbery offences following a series of incidents across...


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Justice Delayed, not Denied 

5 Aug

On August 3rd 2018, Kaylsey Smithen was convicted of the manslaughter of his 46yr old mother, Janice, which took place in Birmingham more than six years earlier.


A Safeguarding Call 

3 Aug

The recent conclusion of an inquest in to the death in 2016 of Mr Luke Leggatt in Canterbury has given rise to a social media debate amongst police officers about the East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s reaction to Coroner’s process...


A hot few weeks and a long blog 

27 Jul

Have you been enjoying the weather? I confess I have a mixed reaction.


Telephone Triage 

25 Jul

A curious thing appeared on the internet recently: a preventing future deaths report from the Warwickshire Coroner, which has been sent to the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull’s Mental Health Trust (BSMHfT).


Acute Intoxication is a Mental Disorder 

6 Jul

The longer I work on policing and mental health, the less frequently I experience certain things which used to hit me square in the face every time I went near the topic as a PC: a new piece of knowledge that leaves you entirely confused and...


Accountable to the Law, not the NHS 

5 Jul

On 12th November 2013, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Here We Go Again‘, following the death of a vulnerable man in Bedfordshire who we now know was called Leon Briggs.


Conversations, reviews and operational issues 

2 Jul

Since I leased out the blog to the rest of the team in May there is a fair bit to cover.


Exacerbating Tensions 

30 Jun

I’ve had to ask myself recently whether I’m guilty of potentially exacerbating tensions or conflict between the police and mental health services, after a number of suggestions on social media and elsewhere that this is the effect...


CarePlan: Call the Police! 

28 Jun

We are hearing stories on social media at the moment, of patients who claim they were told to ‘call the police’ when they have contacted their community or crisis team for support as they recognise they are becoming unwell or at...


Twenty Four Hours in Police Custody 

26 Jun

Last night’s episode was a belter wasn’t it? … see Channel 4 ‘catch up’ on the internet, if you missed it: 10pm on 25th June.


Let’s Do The Maths 

17 Jun

Look back to when I joined the police are you’ll see that crime levels, measured either by police recorded crime or by the British Crime Survey, were much higher – but if you look at statistics on use of s136 of the Mental Health...


Capacity for What?! 

13 Jun

It’s rearing its head again: whether or not somebody has the ‘capacity’ to be a victim or ‘capacity’ to be a suspect.


The Forensic Route 

10 Jun

When we hear mental health professionals talking about someone going ‘down the forensic route’, they mean a patient with healthcare needs being managed under Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983.


My first year as an ACC but my core values have remained unchanged 

8 Jun

When I joined 27 years ago, I had no family link to policing but like so many people I have met along the way I was attracted to α career in policing as it looked exciting, there was variety and I wanted to make α positive difference to people...


Aim to be the best and to prepare for the worst 

6 Jun

I’m going to talk about two key aspects of my development plan for 2018-19 and I hope you will be able to see there is an operational focus to what I’m trying to achieve.


We will get the basics right and we will support the force in driving improvement 

4 Jun

2018/19 will be a significant year for Commercial Services.


Attention to Detail 

3 Jun

Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published their Standards on the Mental Health of Adults in the Criminal Justice System.


Although loads changes over time the heart of policing remains the same – making a difference 

1 Jun

My uncle was in the Isle of Man Police and about 25 years ago I spent some time with him that made me realise I wanted to join too.


The People Deal and Leadership Promise have not been forgotten or de-prioritised 

31 May

Reaching 15 months in my new role is a great opportunity to look back on what’s been achieved and what’s to come next.


Things are now settling down and there’s great work in Neighbourhood Policing to build on 

29 May

My first year in WMP has flown by.


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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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Critically ill kids can’t be airlifted to children’s hospital – as cranes are in the way 

8 Aug

Midlands Air Ambulance insist lives are 'not at risk' despite landing two miles from Birmingham Children's Hospital...


Light aircraft crashes in field near Atherstone 

8 Aug

A light aircraft has come down in a field in Baxterley near Atherstone.


Two in hospital as air ambulance lands after police incident in Shard End 

2 Aug

One seriously hurt, another with multiple injuries...


Air ambulance called to Sutton Coldfield after man found unconscious with head injury in Lichfield Road 

1 Aug

The road through the centre of the town was shut off for 30 minutes while medical crews treated the man...


Air ambulance scrambled after man falls from roof in Kingstanding 

17 Jul

Chopper landed on Burford Road playing fields...


Murder investigation underway after a woman was stabbed to death in Small Heath. 

12 Jul

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison, from the force’s homicide team, has launched a murder investigation after a woman has died following a stabbing at a property in Small Heath this morning (12/07).


In pictures: Sun shines on 2018 Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park 

8 Jul

Crowds flocked to Beacon Park as the sun shone on the 2018 Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park.


Cyclist seriously injured in West Heath collision 

3 Jul

A cyclist has been seriously injured in a collision with a car in West Heath this morning.


Man dies after ‘wall collapse’ in Rugby 

18 Jun

A man in his late 40s was taken to hospital by air ambulance where he later died, police say.


Pregnant stab victim Natalie Queiroz to take on Great Midlands Fun Run in flight suit to support charity which saved her life 

2 Jun

Natalie will be running the Sutton Coldfield event in a Midlands Air Ambulance flight suit to raise money for the charity which saved both her and her daughter's lives...


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