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Betrayed husband is convicted of wife’s murder in Willenhall  

26 Jul

A jilted husband who stabbed his wife to death after finding her lover at their family home has today (Wednesday) been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.


Burglar traced to seaside camping hideout 

25 Jul

A prolific thief has been sent to a youth offenders institute for a series of burglaries in Solihull – after West Midlands Police traced him to his seaside campsite hiding place.


Coventry woman charged with terrorism offences 

24 Jul

An 18-year-old Coventry woman arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences has today (Monday 24 July) been charged.


Bus company and driver charged over fatal Coventry crash 

24 Jul

A bus company and one of its drivers have been charged over a fatal bus crash in Coventry in which two people died.


Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.


Detective Academy: New investigators united in passion for cracking crime 

22 Jul

West Midlands Police’s new breed of detectives range from seasoned cops with almost 20 years’ police experience to new recruits with burning ambitions to crack crime.


CCTV footage released after a man is attacked in Small Heath 

22 Jul

Police have released CCTV footage as part of an on-going investigation into a serious assault that took place in Small Heath earlier this month.


Detectives granted further time to question Coventry woman on suspicion of terrorism offences 

19 Jul

Detectives have been granted further time to question an 18-year-old Coventry woman who was arrested yesterday (Tuesday 18 July) on suspicion of terrorism offences.


Coventry woman arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences 

18 Jul

An 18-year-old Coventry woman has been arrested today (Tuesday 18 July) on suspicion of terrorism offences.


Honour abuse survivor to talk at WMP conference 

14 Jul

A woman who says she endured almost two years of abuse at the hands of her husband will urge other survivors to seek help when she speaks at a West Midlands Police conference on forced marriage and honour-based abuse.


Appeal for information following sexual assault in Coventry 

6 Jul

A police investigation is underway following reports of a sexual assault which took place around 11am yesterday morning (Wednesday 5 July) in parkland off Bridport Close in the Walsgrave area of Coventry .


Coventry CSE prisoner convicted of rape 

6 Jul

A Coventry man already serving a prison sentence for sex offences has been convicted of the rape of a teenager.


Woman arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences 

6 Jul

An 18-year-old woman has been arrested today (Thursday 6 July) on suspicion of terrorism offences.


Rapist who impersonated a police officer jailed for eight years 

5 Jul

A man impersonating a police officer who raped and blackmailed a woman has been jailed for eight years following a West Midlands Police investigation.


Urgent appeal to find missing Portuguese man visiting Coventry 

4 Jul

Officers are urgently trying to locate missing man Jose Silva, who is visiting Coventry from Portugal.


A rapist who attacked and tortured a Coventry teen has been jailed for 11 years. 

30 Jun

Timothy Forsyth, of no fixed address, befriended his 19-year-old victim on Hall Green Road before luring him to a children’s play area in Bell Green on the evening of 15 September.


Fallen Coventry cop remembered at fun run 

25 Jun

A memorial run in honour of a fallen Coventry cop will stage its last leg next weekend − to recognise 35 years since his death.


Women charged over meat cleaver post office raid 

22 Jun

Two women have been charged over a series of violent robberies, including a post office raid where staff were threatened with a meat cleaver.


Pedestrian named following fatal collision in Walsall 

16 Jun

Police investigating a fatal non-stop traffic collision in Walsall have today named the elderly man who died.


Two more murder charges over Coventry petrol station killing 

15 Jun

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Mark Nesmith at a Coventry petrol station have charged two more people with murder.


Police charge man in connection with Coventry stabbing 

14 Jun

Police investigating a fatal stabbing in Coventry have charged a 21-year-old man with murder.


WMP wildlife officers help ‘Goldie’ spread her wings  

13 Jun

A rare bird is again spreading its wings after caring West Midlands Police wildlife crime officers rescued her from a factory yard tethering post − and have now helped her find a new home.


Police arrest two people in connection with stabbing in Coventry 

12 Jun

Detectives investigating a stabbing in Earlsdon, Coventry have arrested two people overnight.


Coventry stab victim dies 

12 Jun

A Coventry man found with serious stab wounds in Earlsdon in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday 11 June) has died.


Investigation launched into Coventry stabbing 

11 Jun

Detectives have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed in Spon End, Coventry today (11 June).


Motorcyclist named as police launch fresh appeal into fatal collision   

10 Jun

Traffic police have launched a fresh appeal for witnesses to a fatal crash in Solihull - as the victim was today named as Steven McCarthy.


One punch Coventry killer is jailed for manslaughter 

9 Jun

A man who killed a former teacher with a single punch at a Coventry snooker club has today (Friday 9 June) been jailed for 4 ½ years.


West Midlands Police calls time on pub break pair 

6 Jun

Two pub robbers who attacked more than 50 licensed premises are now behind bars after West Midlands Police called time on their crime spree.


London terror attack: WMP working to keep people safe 

4 Jun

West Midlands Police is working closely with the Metropolitan Police and other organisations and will take “any steps necessary to keep people safe”, says Chief Constable Dave Thompson.


Three arrested after series of robberies    

2 Jun

Three people have been arrested following a series of robberies in Birmingham.


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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.


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Walsall officers receive awards 

3 May

Five police officers who rescued a woman from a burning flat in Walsallhave beenhonoured for their actions with a Chief Constable's Commendation.


Police vow to step up security this weekend 

28 Feb

BOSSES at Banks's Stadium say security will be stepped up for Walsall FC's re-match with Shrewsbury Town this weekend.


Security to be stepped up for Walsall v Shrewsbury re-match as Saddlers keep play-off dream alive 

27 Feb

BOSSES at Banks's Stadium say security will be stepped up for Walsall FC's re-match with Shrewsbury Town this weekend.


Award for officer and canine crime fighter 

18 Feb

A Staffordshire Police officer and his dog are runners-up in the national ACPO Police Dog Team Operational or Humanitarian Action of the Year Award 2012.


Tragic cop killed in Wolverhampton ‘a credit to force’ 

9 Feb

A policeman has died after being attacked outside a nightclub.


Police investigate incident involving teenager 

8 Feb

Police in Walsall are investigating a suspicious incident in which a 14-year-old girl was asked to get into a car whilst on her paper round.


Off-duty police officer Chris Findley dies after savage beating outside Divine Bar, Wolverhampton 

8 Feb

PC Chris Findley, 33, (pictured) died last night after being attacked outside Divine Bar in Darlington Street, Wolverhampton, in the early hours on Monday.


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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...


Police swoop on Coventry Road, Small Heath, after reports of stabbing 

22 May

Air ambulance landed in area after incident early on Tuesday evening...


Driver ‘lucky’ to be alive after crash 

22 May

Fire crews, an air ambulance along with police from Kinver and Wombourne attended the incident which involved one red car in Bridgnorth Road, Trescott...


Teenager stabbed to death outside McDonald’s: All we know so far 

17 May

Paramedics, including from the Midlands Air Ambulance, were dispatched to the scene but were unable to save the teenager...


How to Make the Most of Facebook Charitable Giving Tools 

14 May

Running England’s national air ambulance transfer service for children without any government funding is a costly feat – each life-saving transfer costs around £2,800, with two new helicopters planned for 2018.


Coach driver airlifted after three-vehicle collision on A38 

16 Mar

TWO people have been taken to hospital, one of them by air ambulance, following a collision involving a lorry, a coach and a car this morning (Friday).


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