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Guest blog by Chief Superintendent Andrew Nicholson: “I’m from Professional Standards – I’m here to help” 

17 Mar 16

Why do people laugh when I say this or when my staff say this?  Why does nobody believe us?  Well it’s because we’re out to get you – aren’t we??
Chief Superintendent Andrew Nicholson
Actually, no we are not.


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PFD Report 

17 Mar 16

Where a Coroner concludes an inquest they are entitled to issue a ‘Preventing Future Deaths’ order making recommendations to relevant agencies where they feel that minimises the likelihood of similar, future tragedies.


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Burglar posed as PC to trick elderly – jailed after DNA found on cigarette 

17 Mar 16

A burglar who posed as a police officer to trick his way into pensioners’ homes has been jailed after West Midlands Police traced him from DNA found on a cigarette butt.


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Appeal to help trace missing Birmingham woman 

17 Mar 16

Police are appealing for information to help trace a woman who went missing from her Birmingham home yesterday (16 March).


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Appeal to find missing 87 year-old Birmingham man 

16 Mar 16

Police are concerned for the whereabouts of 87-year-old dementia sufferer Michael Rose who has gone missing from Acocks Green in Birmingham.


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Man charged with attempted murder in Sutton Coldfield 

16 Mar 16

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed at an address in Sutton Coldfield.


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Speeding fine “Mr Fix-It” jailed after WMP expose scam 

16 Mar 16

A speeding fine ‘Mr Fix-It’ has been jailed after a West Midlands Police probe uncovered a systematic phantom driver scam that’s understood to have helped hundreds of motorists dodge penalty points.


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Serial fraudster jailed for conning residents with hospital lies 

15 Mar 16

A thief who conned cash out of big-hearted residents with fake sob stories of ill relatives has been jailed after West Midlands Police linked him to a string of deceptions.


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Man convicted of murder of teenager in Coventry nightclub 

15 Mar 16

A man has today been found guilty of stabbing an 18-year-old to death at a Coventry nightclub – exactly one year ago.


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PSCO given 12 month community order after admitting fraud 

15 Mar 16

A West Midlands Police community support officer has been given a 12 month community order and a fine after admitting she changed her NVQ qualification to a higher grade while applying to join the regular police force.


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Police name teenager killed in Longbridge collision 

15 Mar 16

Police have named a woman who died following a serious collision in Longbridge on Thursday 10 March.


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Teenage girl seriously hurt in Stourbridge collision 

15 Mar 16

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Stourbridge this morning (15 March) that left a girl with a serious head injury.


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Six Arrested at Wolves v Blues derby 

13 Mar 16

West Midlands Police have praised the majority of football fans following the local derby football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City football clubs this afternoon (Sunday 13 March).


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Pair jailed after cannabis farms discovered across Birmingham and Derbyshire 

11 Mar 16

Two men who ran cannabis farms across Birmingham and Derbyshire have been jailed for nine years after a joint investigation by West Midlands Police and the National Crime Agency.


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CCTV image released following attempt armed robbery in Yardley 

11 Mar 16

Police have released a photo of a man they want to speak to in connection with an attempted armed robbery in Yardley, Birmingham yesterday (10 March).


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Police appeal after pub disorder leaves man in coma 

10 Mar 16

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man sustained serious injuries following a disorder at a Yardley pub.


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Appeal for man who requires urgent medical treatment 

10 Mar 16

Police are searching for a man who requires urgent medical treatment.


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Ground-breaking car cruise ban continued by High Court 

9 Mar 16

A ground-breaking injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country has been permitted to continue.


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Birmingham gun gang to spend extra 47 and half years behind bars 

9 Mar 16

A gang of men from Birmingham who were jailed for supplying guns and ammunition to criminals across the country are going to spend an extra 47 and a half years in prison following a decision by the Court of Appeal today (9 March).


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Concerns grow for missing Sheldon teenager 

9 Mar 16

Police are searching for a teenager who has gone missing from the Sheldon area of Birmingham.


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Introducing the People Deal 

8 Mar 16

So after my short break on the blog some updates for you on what is happening.


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Police Use of Force 

8 Mar 16

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has today published it’s report on the Police Use of Force.


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Bogus cabbie caught in police clampdown on dodgy drivers 

8 Mar 16

A driver who posed as a cabbie touting for fares in Birmingham city centre has narrowly avoided a prison term after being caught during a West Midlands Police operation to protect taxi passengers.


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Police appeal following fatal city centre collision 

8 Mar 16

Police investigating a fatal road collision in Birmingham city centre have released a new appeal for witnesses.


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Appeal to trace missing 15 year-old girl 

8 Mar 16

Police are appealing for help in tracing a 15-year-old girl from Birmingham who has gone missing.


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Driver found with loaded hand gun jailed for six years 

7 Mar 16

A man who was found to have a loaded handgun hidden in a man-bag while driving his car through Birmingham has been jailed for six years.


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Man appears in court charged with Sutton Coldfield stabbing 

7 Mar 16

A man has appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court charged with the attempted murder of a 40-year-old pregnant woman who was stabbed multiple times in Sutton Coldfield on Friday afternoon.


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Former Birmingham scout leader jailed for abusing boys 

7 Mar 16

A former Birmingham scout leader who abused young boys in his care has been jailed after detectives reopened cases against him dating back 25 years.


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Legal Education 

6 Mar 16

In 2015 we’ve had the second year of our Concordat in England, the launch of a Welsh Crisis Care Concordat, yet more thematic reviews of various kinds and ever more inquiry reports to read through – and we’re still seeing …


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Man charged with Sutton Coldfield stabbing 

6 Mar 16

Police investigating the attempted murder of a pregnant 40-year-old woman in Sutton Coldfield on Friday afternoon have charged  a man who was known to the victim.


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The Nineteen Fifties 

4 Mar 16

You remember Britain in the nineteen fifties … the Suez Crisis, the Korean War and the Queen actually having to make a constintutional decision about the appointment of a Prime Minister following the resignation of Sir Anthony EDEN…


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Pregnant woman critically injured in Sutton Coldfield stabbing 

4 Mar 16

A man has been arrested in Sutton Coldfield town centre after a woman was critically injured following a stabbing at around 3:15pm today (Friday 4 March).


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Police appeal after car driven deliberately at man 

3 Mar 16

Detectives have issued CCTV images after a man was driven into at a BP petrol station on Alwold Road, Weoley Castle on Sunday 14 February.


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Lying driver jailed after blaming innocent man for speeding offences 

3 Mar 16

A motorist who tried blaming an innocent man for his speeding offences after getting hold of his lost driving licence has been jailed for lying to police.


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Pair jailed for possession of gun and drugs 

3 Mar 16

Two men who rammed a police car and were later found to have a handgun and Class A drugs in their car have been jailed.


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Appeal after elderly man is involved in city centre collision 

2 Mar 16

Police are today continuing to investigate a serious road collision on a Birmingham city centre road yesterday evening.


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Police investigate following fatal collision involving a motorcyclist in Kings Heath 

2 Mar 16

  Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Kings Heath last night, between a car and a motorbike.


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Police appeal for witnesses following collision in Sutton Coldfield 

1 Mar 16

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Sutton Coldfield in which a jogger was injured.


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Detectives appeal for help to identify Birmingham stabbing victim 

1 Mar 16

Police are appealing for help to identify a man who is critically ill in hospital after being stabbed in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham last night (29 February).


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Man jailed after house found littered with guns 

29 Feb 16

A man whose house was found to be littered with guns has been jailed for possession of firearms as the force vows that there will be no let-up in the fight to take guns off the region’s streets.


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Thieves jailed for stealing phones from 38 fans at Libertines gig 

29 Feb 16

Two phone thieves who targeted gig-goers at a Libertines concert in Birmingham have been jailed for three years after admitting conspiracy to steal.


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Man arrested in connection with Thornhill Road shooting 

29 Feb 16

Police investigating reports of shots being fired in Handsworth earlier this month have today (29 February) arrested a man on suspicion of firearms offences.


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Couple behind a series of burglaries are jailed 

28 Feb 16

A couple who committed a string of burglaries together spanning over two years have been jailed.


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Man charged over attempted robbery of woman’s handbag 

27 Feb 16

A man is appearing at court today accused of trying to snatch a woman’s handbag from Harborne High Street.


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Police appeal to find missing 12 year-old girl 

27 Feb 16

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 12-year-old girl from Birmingham who has been missing since yesterday.


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Police appeal after sexual assault on no.74 bus 

26 Feb 16

Detectives investigating a sexual assault on the number 74 bus have released CCTV images of a man they need help identifying in connection with the incident.


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Officers who tackled violent man commended in awards ceremony 

26 Feb 16

A student officer just out of training school who showed extreme bravery tackling a violent man in a Birmingham house has been commended for her actions.


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Dawn raid nets street shooting suspect 

26 Feb 16

A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting at an address in Moseley earlier this month when a gunman opened fire into a lounge window.


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Robbery arrest: bag snatch suspect accused of punching pregnant woman 

26 Feb 16

West Midlands Police have arrested a man suspected of snatching handbags from women in Birmingham and the Black Country.


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Guest blog by David Wilkin: £20 million a year salary – and an afternoon nap? 

25 Feb 16

Can you imagine having a job that pays you £20m per year and your boss wants you to go to sleep in the middle of the day? Before you get too excited, that is not the new People Deal for West Midlands Police which I’ll come on to later, but …


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Teenage girl in fatal collision named 

25 Feb 16

The teenage girl who died in a collision yesterday (Wednesday 24 February) has been named as Zoe Shapiro.


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Police teamwork traps stolen car trio 

25 Feb 16

Traffic cops, a dog unit and the police helicopter joined forces to catch three teenagers who led officers on a pursuit across Birmingham in a stolen car.


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Police warn Hall Green residents and appeal for info following five burglaries 

25 Feb 16

Officers have released CCTV footage of two men they are trying to trace following four burglaries and one attempt burglary in the Tyseley and Hall Green areas.


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Only Following Orders! 

24 Feb 16

I have had lots of conversations, emails and indeed tweets over the years with police officers about reliance upon the Mental Capacity Act to justify intervening where other professionals have declared someone to lack capacity about some medical…


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Teenage girl dies in Walsall collision 

24 Feb 16

A man has been arrested after a teenage girl died in a collision on Birmingham Road this morning (Wednesday 24 February).


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Three people charged in connection with music shop owner’s murder 

24 Feb 16

Two teenagers and a man will appear in court today (24 February) in connection with the murder of music shop owner Tanveer Iqbal.


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Dad jailed for life after shaking his baby daughter to death 

23 Feb 16

A dad who shook his four-month-old baby to death because she wouldn’t stop crying has been jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court today (Tuesday 23 February).


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Police appeal after thief stole sons birthday cash 

22 Feb 16

Officers are appealing for information following a distraction-style burglary in Nechells.


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Man arrested by armed officers in Hockley 

22 Feb 16

A 22 year-old man has been arrested by armed officers in Birmingham over the weekend.


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Dad shook his baby daughter to death 

22 Feb 16

A dad who shook his four-month-old baby to death because she wouldn’t stop crying has been convicted of her murder at Birmingham Crown Court today (22 February).