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Coun David Jamieson

Surprise hat in ring for elected police boss

Former transport minister David Jamieson is aiming to succeed the late Mr Jones who died suddenly this month.

West Midlands police and crime commissioner Bob Jones

Fears for summer holiday police commissioner election, when polling stations will be closed and vital staff are away

Birmingham City Council is warning that the August by-election to choose a West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner could descend into chaos

David Jamieson

Ex-MP David Jamieson secures Labour nomination for police commissioner post

Jamieson put forward to become the new regional police chief following the death of Bob Jones earlier this month

Alex Song of Cameroon is sent off after a red card by referee Pedro Proenca during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia.

No quick fix in global bid to beat the game's cheats

Match-fixing usually manifests itself in instances where sportsmen are 'underpaid', or their level of remuneration is considered 'unjust'.

The Pickled Piglet in Gas Street

Owner left frustrated as police look into burglary

The Pickled Piglet in Gas Street was targeted by a burglar who broke in three times in one night and made off with around £900 in cash.

Ellie Kendrick and Sinead Matthews play sisters who have both spent time in prison in Pests by Vivienne Franzmann.

Gritty play queries role of our prisons

How women are treated by the justice system is the subject of a new play. Roz Laws talks to its writer about prisons

West Midlands police and crime commissioner Bob Jones

Police chief Bob Jones fears crime rise if probation service privatised

West Midlands crime commissioner says mooted move to bring in private sector companies is 'driven by dogma'

Pavlo Lapshyn

Chief sparks warning over terror policing power shift

The region’s police chief has raised serious concerns about proposals to shift responsibility for stopping terror plots away from West Midlands Police control.

Prime Minister David Cameron during his keynote speech at the conference at the ICC in 2012

£500k bill for policing the Conservative Party Conference

Police and crime commissioner Bob Jones warned the bill – prompted by Home Office funding changes – would add to the organisation’s financial problems

Jaguar Land Rover factory at Castle Bromwich

Getting a Jaguar Land Rover job 'is harder than winning place at Oxford' for deprived youths

Ruth Cooke, chief executive of the £175 million turnover Midland Heart group, said thousands of inner-city youngsters were unlikely to ever fulfil their dream of a place with the Midlands’ biggest manufacturer

Bob Jones

West Midlands police commissioner - appointing me was a mistake

Bob Jones spoke out as an influential committee of MPs said commissioners were still “on probation” two years after the first elections

Domenyk Noonan outside his home after he was released from prison

Ex-gangster Domenyk Noonan lectures Birmingham City University students

The infamous Manchester gangster was only freed from his latest stretch behind bars last month and was brought in to talk to students

Professor David Wilson PhD, Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University.

New book goes behind the bars of Britain's prisons

Birmingham criminologist and former prison governor Professor David Wilson tells Graham Young why he thinks prison doesn't work

Neil Hudgell Solicitors selected for Savile compensation case

Solihull practice to represent alleged victim of abuse at hands of former DJ and TV presenter

West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police prepares for job cuts despite recruitment

The admission came from the force’s head of HR who told Strategic Police and Crime Board members the first influx of staff since 2010 will only stabilise officer numbers – which will then have to be cut again almost immediately

West Midlands Police

45 applications for each new West Midlands Police officer post

The force’s strategic police and crime board was told that 75 per cent of the 19,000 applicants were under the age of 30, with 70 per cent living in the region

Metropolitan Police officers questioning a man during a routine stop and search operation

Stop and search needs reform to boost police trust

Are we losing confidence in our police? We may be - according to the head of the official police watchdog.

Birmingham Cathedral Square safety improvements to tackle anti-social behaviour

Colmore Business District (CBD) worked with Amey and West Midlands Police on the project to improve the area

Khat

Fears over community response to khat ban

Home Office survey of people of Somali origin in Birmingham in 2005 found that 34 per cent said they had chewed khat in month before the interview

Police

West Midlands firms 'have lost confidence in police'

Claims faith must be restored to the business community after data showed that two out of five businesses nationally do not bother to report crime to police

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