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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

Alan Bryce, Steven Jonas and Julia Morgan

Jonas Roy Bloom boosted by addition of Williamson & Soden's criminal practice

  • Law

The move signals Jonas Roy Bloom’s intention to expand in the criminal and regulatory defence market

Cycling

Only one Midland cyclist a year charged with jumping red lights

The maximum fine for jumping a light is £1,000 – the same as for motorists – but figures suggest it is not a major problem despite common myths

West Midlands Police could lose another £20m in funds

Analysis by PwC suggests a new system could see funding for the force drop by another £20m

Drivers in the West Midlands will soon be allowed to submit footage from dashcams to police exclusive

West Midlands Police to use 'dashcam' footage

Region's force will allow people to submit video of poor driving to be considered for prosecution case

Pressure to end unfair funding for West Midlands Police

System which leaves region's police poorer could be axed following pressure on the Home Office

Over 1,000 assaults on West Midlands Police officers

New data shows 1,105 assaults were committed against officers both on and off duty over a three-year period

High-tech kit to revolutionise smaller police force as jobs go

Private partnership to create a 'digitally capable force' as swingeing cuts hit home

Chris Sims has announced he will leave the post of West Midlands Police chief constable next year

West Midlands Police chief to step down

Chris Sims announces his resignation from top job after six 'challenging' years in post as hunt starts to find his successor

5pc police cut would 'put a spanner' in modernisation

Mr Jamieson has spoken out against further cuts which are expected to be announced in the Chancellor’s emergency budget next month

MP: 'I'd want the right to die if I faced the prospect of a slow and painful death'

The Midland MP trying to change the law to give terminally-ill patients the right to die says he would want the opportunity to kill himself if he faced the prospect of a slow and painful death.

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson

Cuts have hit West Midlands Police harder than most

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner condemns unfair Whitehall funding

Machismo culture of police work ‘leading to mental problems’

Mental health problems among police officers are rife, with a ‘pressure-cooker’ workplace leaving many on the verge of breakdowns.

Paul Philip, SRA chief executive

SRA wans of rising tide of cybercrime

  • Law

The SRA has said increasing numbers of reports are being received of firms either being contacted by con artists or falling victim to fraudulent activity, with potentially serious consequences for clients buying or selling property

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson

David Jamieson hints at West Midlands metro mayor bid

David Jamieson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, offered a warm welcome to the Government’s planned Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill.

Rupert Hawke, new managing director at Cartwright King

Merger sees Cartwright King establish North West presence

The deal, which takes effect from July 1, sees Cartwright King add offices in Manchester and Bolton

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson

West Midlands Police chief says 'No plan B' for force without change

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has warned of serious consequences if a reduction in the force's budget expected to be around 40 per cent is pushed through over the next five years.

Fears over rising domestic violence in public places

A report by the West Midlands Police and Crime Board revealed violence in public had increased by more than 1,000 offences

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson

Wake-up call after rise in reports of sexual offences

Police commissioner David Jamieson gives stark warning over rising crime which is being fuelled by 20 per cent increase in sexual offences

West Midlands Police

West Midland job hunters wait two months for criminal records check

More than 4,000 West Midlands job hunters have been waiting for more than 60 days for police to complete criminal record checks.

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