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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


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

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


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.


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