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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

Professor Lisa Downing

Sex professor's lecture on auto-eroticism at Birmingham Arts and Science Festival

Professor Lisa Downing will be giving a 45-minute presentation called Dying for Sex at the University of Birmingham.

Steve Allen

Questions over future of our trial by jury

In South Africa, jury trials were abolished in 1969, during apartheid, amid fears of racial prejudice by jurors.

Current police custody suite cells were built in Victorian times

£4m jump in cost of West Midlands superprisons

The force had earmarked £30.6 million for two huge 60-cell blocks, which are due to be built in Bromford Lane, Oldbury, and Holford Drive, Perry Barr

Southfield, the former home of industrialist and social campaigner Joseph Sturge, which later became a YWCA hostel, was the scene of a brutal murder in 1959

Grisly past of industrialist's fine mansion

From social campaigners to shocking murders, Chris Upton looks at the varied history of a prominent house in Birmingham.

Barristers and law workers outside Birmingham Crown Court during a protest against Legal Aid cuts

Court chaos forecast as lawyers walk out

Criminal lawyers across the region are to stage a mass exodus in anger at Justice Minister Chris Grayling’s latest cutbacks, which will see a further £220 million shaved off the legal aid bill

Carson Yeung outside court in Hong Kong

Birmingham City owner 'could be stripped of shares'

The lead prosecution lawyer in Hong Kong, John Reading, has revealed that Yeung’s stake in Blues could be confiscated following his conviction on £57 million money laundering charges

Dominic Antonucci as Drosselmeyer by Bill Cooper

Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer 'almost blinded' in attack

Dominic Antonucci was beaten and robbed after being set upon in broad daylight during the company’s visit to Manchester

Residents in the B73 postcode say insurance companies are using inaccurate data

Sutton Coldfield insurance rates soar after town is labelled burglary hotspot

Councillor investigates claims by insurers that Vesey ward is one of the country’s worst places for burglary claims

Celebrated Warwickshire film maker Ken Loach

Noam Chomsky and Ken Loach oppose university suspensions

In open letter in a national newspaper, 40 signatories described University of Birmingham’s actions as 'at odds with freedom of speech and the right to protest'

Gary Hexley

Region near top of UK's fraud list of shame

The region saw the highest level of reported fraud outside London for the third consecutive year, racking up crimes worth more than £205 million in the last 12 months, according to BDO’s Fraud Track research.

Police officers stock

Green light for 450 more West Midlands Police officers

In all, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has given the green light for the recruitment of 550 extra staff after councillors backed the force’s 2014/15 budget

Stephen Rimmer

Home Office director calls on society to help halt child abuse

Home Office director general of crime and policing Stephen Rimmer says all of society must now play its part in tackling problems like trafficking, online grooming and domestic abuse.

Chris Sim

Private company involvement can improve morale says West Midlands Police chief

Chf Const Chris Sims told a committee of MPs that pay cuts and criticism from politicians and the media has left the rank and file feeling under siege

Various legal high shops in the UK

The law is always chasing the next 'legal high'...

There must surely be some benefit in at least considering whether drug users would be safer buying controlled, legal substances, rather than driving the industry underground again.

HMP Oakwood

Cover-up claim over Oakwood Prison disorder

Trouble broke out on a wing at G4S-run HMP Oakwood at 5pm on Sunday evening and was not resolved for nine hours until 2am on Monday, the Ministry of Justice and G4S said

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