News Archive for March 2020
We’re shuffling our policing pack to ensure as many officers as possible are out and about keeping people safe in communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We're aware of a video circulating that appears to show a group of people leaving a mosque in Small Heath since the government introduced restrictions last week.
We recovered this realistic looking replica handgun during a raid carried out by our Gangs Unit in Birmingham this morning.
Work has started on a temporary mortuary site at Birmingham Airport in preparation for a predicted rise in the number of fatalities from coronavirus.
The site will initially be able to accommodate 1,500 deaths as usual mortuary provisions reach capacity, but will expand to hold more.
We feel a round a ‘appaws’ is in order for our wonderful dogs who’ve been hard at work catching criminals.
Two men have been charged with firearms offences following an armed robbery at Black Country shop on Tuesday evening (24 March).
We’ve charged a man with assault following claims he spat and coughed at shop staff while shouting “I’ve got coronavirus”.
This week as a nation, we saw the Prime Minister ask for us to impose the most substantial restrictions on the population ever seen in this country's history.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of trying to hold-up a Black Country convenience store with a sawn-off shotgun.
We received a 999 call from the shop in Silver Court, Brownhills, at 7.15pm last night (24 March) reporting two men bursting in and demanded takings.
Detectives investigating the murders of two men in Coventry in 2018 vow the investigation continues at pace.
It’s been two years today (Wednesday 25 March), since Daniel Shaw, 28, was found dead with gunshot injuries to his chest in Copland Place in the Tile Hill area of the city.
Despite the government’s clear social distancing instruction last night our officers today found a group of 20 people ignoring the lockdown and tucking into a BBQ.
We have launched a murder investigation after the body of a woman was found inside a house in Aston, Birmingham last night (Monday 23 March).
Officers were called to Sutton Street just after 6pm, where a 47-year-old woman was sadly found deceased inside her home.
We’re issuing crime prevention advice to older, vulnerable people across the West Midlands warning of cruel scammers who are trying to profit from the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday introduced significant social restrictions, which touch on everyone’s lives across the West Midlands.
These are unprecedented in peacetime and I know will be hard on you and your families.
UPDATE: The 17-year-old, who can't be named for legal reasons, has today (1 May) been jailed for six years and four months after pleading guilty to manslaughter
A teenage biker killed in a road collision in Walsall on Friday (20 March) has been named as Luke Paddock – as we continue to appeal for witnesses to the tragic crash.
A West Midlands drugs ring which supplied cocaine across the UK has been jailed for more than 40 years after being snared by a covert police operation.
*UPDATE: On Friday 5 June 2020, Neil Harris was sentenced to a further eight years in prison.*
Sentencing judge HHJ Heidi Kubik, said: "All but two victims were under 13 at the time and some were very young indeed.
A bungling burglar who left one of his gloves at the scene of a stabbing in Birmingham, has been jailed for 12 years.
Detectives investigating a double killing in Pensnett Road, Dudley on 20 February have charged another two men with conspiracy to burgle.
Lewis Graver and Said Ammaid are due to appear before Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today, (Monday 23 March).
We’re appealing for witnesses and information after a woman died almost two weeks after being hit by a car in Birmingham.
Sultan Bi was struck by a Toyota Corolla Verso on the car park near Azad Supermarket, Alum Rock Road, at around 10.50am on 4 March.
Detectives investigating the death of Thady Joe Higgins in Coventry have now charged a man with murder.
James Rowley has been remanded in custody to appear before Coventry Magistrates Court tomorrow (23 March).
Our officers will be out and about across the region to offer advice and reminders of the Government measures to keep you safe from Covid-19.