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27 Jun 2016, 15:53pm
A man has been charged with several offences after being arrested during an English Defence League protest in Sheldon on Saturday 25 June.
Thomas Johnstone, of Hitchen Road in Luton, Bedfordshire, has been charged with two counts of racially aggravated public order, two counts of threatening behaviour and obstructing police.
The 30-year-old was remanded...
28 May 2016, 10:48am
A former care worker was handed three life sentences on May 27th after attempting to murder staff at the West Bromwich accommodation complex where she worked.
Melissa Swift, who had also previously served as a special constable with West Midlands Police, appeared before Birmingham Crown Court on 27th where she was sentenced, having pleaded guilty in...
25 May 2016, 12:36pm
Detectives from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit (PPU) have charged a man from the Alum Rock area of Birmingham with making indecent images of children.
Brian Topliss is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 25 May.
The 72-year-old was arrested on Monday morning and a full-scale search of his Maitland Road home has been underway...
24 May 2016, 12:27pm
Detectives have launched an investigation after a schoolboy was hurt in a stabbing in Birmingham on Monday 23 May.
The 16-year-old was attacked near to a bus stop on Monyhull Hall Road, Kings Norton at around 8.30am. He made his way to a nearby school where he collapsed and an ambulance was called.
He is currently being treated in hospital for non-life-threatening...
14 May 2016, 19:11pm
Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed on the 8a bus travelling from Lozells to Birmingham city centre on Saturday 7 May.
Our officers were called to Vyse Street in Hockley at around 6pm.
The 28-year-old was treated by the ambulance service and taken to hospital where he was given a CT scan and a blood transfusion. He has since...
9 May 2016, 13:03pm
Police have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed after getting off a bus in Birmingham on Saturday 7 May.
Officers were called at 6.08pm following reports that a man had been stabbed several times as two men became involved in an altercation as they got off a bus in Vyse Street, Hockley.
The man has been taken to hospital where he remains...
7 May 2016, 18:47pm
Two men have today been found guilty of shooting dead a Birmingham teenager following a dispute over a £50 bag of cannabis.
Connor Smith was shot dead in the Hawkesley area on 8 October 2015 after Leon Frye, of Rodney Close and Philip Baillie, of Forde Way Gardens clashed with Smith and his friends in an alleyway near Baillie’s home.
Connor was upset...
2 May 2016, 15:04pm
Detectives are appealing for information after a man was stabbed on a Birmingham bus following a row with a fellow passenger.
The 22-year-old was travelling on the number 11 bus in Church Road, Yardley, when he got into an argument with a man who stabbed him in the arm with a knife.
Police and paramedics were called to his home shortly after the incident...
28 Apr 2016, 21:32pm
Members of a Coventry drugs ring have been jailed for more than 30 years – after their illegal empire was crushed by West Midlands Police.
Drugs with a street value of £1.7 million were seized as the force continues its success in tackling organised crime in the city.
Operation Blue Steel was launched in 2015 and has already seen scores of suspected...
28 Apr 2016, 14:08pm
A drunken taxi passenger who assaulted a cabbie and smashed up his car with a hammer after being asked to clean up his own vomit has been locked up for more than two years.
Charlie Jones flew into a rage on the evening of 18 October last year when the driver pulled over in Bloxwich Road North, Short Heath, and insisted he help wipe down the rear seats....
27 Apr 2016, 17:30pm
A bouncer has been jailed for assaulting guests at a charity event and punching one man dead with a single blow.
Nicolas Salhan was among security staff hired for the party in Samsons Banqueting Suite, Oldbury, thrown by organisers on 21 November last year to raise funds for a fire-damaged temple.
But instead of keeping order Salhan and fellow doorman...
26 Apr 2016, 17:33pm
A serving soldier in the British Army has been charged with three counts of supplying Class A drugs in Wolverhampton last year.
Oliver Bramwell, aged 22, of Rosemount Gardens, Ackleton, is accused of providing cocaine to three men on the morning of 13 December 2015 after a night out in the city.
One of the men, Kieran Bainbridge, aged 20, collapsed...
26 Apr 2016, 15:13pm
A man who shot a DJ in the face after being asked to leave a pub in Coventry 20 years ago has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of wounding.
Anthony Stephens, who was a member of biker gang ‘The Outlaws’, fired the bullet at his victim at The Plough on London Road on the morning of Sunday 20 October 1996.
It ricocheted around the...
25 Apr 2016, 23:12pm
Phillip Barlow, aged 36, of Victoria Street, Chesterton, was charged with murder on Monday 25 April following the discovery of the body of a woman at a property on Victoria Street, Chesterton, at around 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon.
The woman has not yet been formally identified but is believed to be Fay Daniels, aged 30, from Newcastle-under-Lyme. Her...
25 Apr 2016, 18:02pm
A Birmingham teenager has been charged with a Syria-related terror offence.
Humza Ali, from Bromford Lane in Ward End, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Mon 25 April to face one count of preparing for acts of terrorism contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act.
The 19-year-old has previously been charged with distributing a terrorist publication...
25 Apr 2016, 11:10am
Police investigating the theft of £250 from an elderly dementia sufferer, have issued CCTV stills of two men they want to trace.
The 76-year-old man was targeted by the thieves after they stopped him in an alleyway Market Street, Kingswinford on the afternoon of Saturday 2 April.
They showed him a map and asked for directions and while he was distracted...
24 Apr 2016, 23:38pm
A man who tried to commit robberies while armed with an imitation firearm has been jailed for 12 years – after being found hiding in a shed by West Midlands Police.
Ahmed Harun Ahmed threatened a shop worker and was part of a gang who left a family terrified in their own home as they tried to steal cars.
Balaclava-clad Ahmed demanded cash from...
23 Apr 2016, 18:28pm
Officers have arrested seven people who are believed to be concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs in Stafford.
The arrests were made in two phases by armed response officers on routine patrol in Stafford.
The first wave of arrests came on Monday 18 April when armed response officers spotted a possible wanted person in a car in Kingsley Road.
23 Apr 2016, 12:53pm
Detectives have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses after four robberies in Stoke-on-Trent.
The further appeal follows a robbery in the Dresden area of the city earlier this week. The incident happened at around 9.20pm on Tuesday 19 April when a man entered an off-licence in Carlisle Street.
He threatened staff with a bladed weapon and demanded cash...
22 Apr 2016, 16:14pm
Detectives investigating a vicious attack at a Birmingham petrol station earlier this month have released new CCTV footage of three men they are trying to identify.
The attack happened at around 4.20am on Saturday 9 April at the Gulf Service station on Bristol Street.
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A 25-year-old man was assaulted by a group of men,...
22 Apr 2016, 16:05pm
A Birmingham teenager is starting a jail term of almost six years after police caught him walking past a parade of shops with a loaded gun in his bag.
Lawrence Morgan was stopped by officers during a routine operation outside William Hill at the Newtown Shopping Centre on 16 February this year.
When asked to stop, the 19-year-old quickly jumped on his...
21 Apr 2016, 18:45pm
Detectives investigating the death of Birmingham teenager Kenichi Phillips in March have arrested a second person on suspicion of his murder.
Police detained the 17-year-old at around 7am this morning at an address in Smethwick and he currently remains in custody.
Kenichi, aged 18, was shot dead as he sat in a black Seat Leon on St Marks Crescent in...
19 Apr 2016, 17:05pm
Detectives are appealing for information after a man was attacked on a street in Erdington on 8 April at around 7pm.
The 46-year-old was outside a local newsagent when he was lunged at and stabbed in the head repeatedly with a glass bottle.
Following the attack the suspect fled the scene on Bromford Lane in a white BMW Z4 sports car.
Police were called...
19 Apr 2016, 16:55pm
A man is to stand before Sandwell magistrates today (Tuesday 18 April) accused of the murder of a man in Smethwick.
Carpenter, Douane Brown, aged 39 from Bickington Road, Birmingham, was arrested on Sunday evening by detectives investigating a murder at an internet café in Smethwick. He is also charged with possession of a knife in public.
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