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New fraud centre set up by city firm BLM

The centre will investigate policyholder fraud, bogus claims, exaggerated injury, staged accidents and complex large-scale fraud cases

New magistrates are needed to sit in the Victoria Law Courts in Birmingham

Birmingham and Solihull Bench launches recruitment drive

Court Service is on the hunt for new magistrates for the first time in eight years as age profile of incumbents sees numbers dwindle over past 12 months

Dr Paul Hamilton is due to leave the UK next week after being arrested exclusive

Birmingham academic arrested after student visa expires

Shakespeare expert Dr Paul Hamilton who studied for a PhD at the University of Birmingham has spent ten days at a refugee centre and must leave next week

Rebecca McManus was killed at this spot - her father is now calling for performance cars to be banned from the highways

Father of speeding victim calls for performance car ban

Gerard McManus, whose daughter was hit and killed by a car which had reached speeds of 101mph in 2014, told MPs that manufacturers were 'sticking two fingers up at the law'

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson (left) with Tetra Group director Paul Myers

'Innocent-looking email' loses Edgbaston firm six-figure sum

Police and Crime Commissioner warns businesses to be vigilant after Tetra Group steps forward to highlight how it was duped

New chief constable Dave Thompson

Gun crimewave is the worst I've seen - new police chief

Incoming chief constable's concern over spate of shootings in the West Midlands

Worcestershire County Council leader Adrian Hardman will leave his post after being charged with drink-driving

Worcestershire council chief to quit post over drink-driving

Adrian Hardman says he will plead guilty in court and officially relinquish leader role next month

The launch of the mental health triage scheme in January 2014

Triage scheme for mentally ill saves taxpayers £1.1m

A mental health triage scheme has been praised for saving the taxpayer £1.1 million and halving the number of people detained by police under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act

A London Midland train

London Midland to arm staff with body cameras

Train operator hopes to get to grips with deterring and detecting anti-social behaviour

West Midlands taxpayers could foot bill to stop police cuts

Cap on council tax funding for force lifted by the Home Secretary as she admits there will be real term cuts of around 1.3 per cent

Armed police stand at the French Embassy in London after terror attacks killed at least 129 people in Paris.

West Midland Crime commissioner says fully-armed force needs discussion after Paris terror attacks

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has said a 'serious discussion' needs to take place before drastically increasing the number of armed officers on the streets.

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims

West Midlands Police teams up with other forces to buy cars

But chief constable says the planned savings of £500,000 are just a 'drop in the ocean' compared to the other spending cuts it faces

Spending cuts 'threaten to undermine operations' of some police forces

But West Midlands rated as 'outstanding' for the efficiency of the way it manages resources against demand

David Jamieson with weapons collected in a recent knife amnesty

A West Midlands mayor could lead to lower crime rates, claims David Jamieson

Police commissioner claims says all-powerful regional figure could be more effective

David Thompson (left) with Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson

West Midlands Police confirms new chief constable

Deputy chief constable David Thompson to take over from Chris Sims in January and faces 'many challenges that lie ahead'

Police investigating claims of 'multiple sexual crimes' involving Leon Brittan, says MP Tom Watson

The Midland MP under fire for his role in a police inquiry into Leon Brittan has been defended by a leading abuse lawyer

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner hits back over criticism of station closures

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson hit back over criticism of police station closures, saying he would rather invest dwindling funds in frontline officers than bricks and mortar

New hate crime app launches with Birmingham cabbies' support

City entrepreneur Mahtab Khan develops app which is aiming to help those who witness or suffer hate crime to report it to police simply and quickly

Police

How West Midlands Police pays four times the amount other forces do for a belt

Government urges cash-strapped bosses to shop around for equipment

West Midlands Police facing 'catastrophic' budget cuts

Legal challenge could be mounted over Whitehall funding expected to come into force by 2020 which would see local police lose up to 55 cent of budget

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