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Chris Sims, chief constable of West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police will be smallest in its history by 2020

Chief constable Chris Sims says we are building a model for future policing as five-year plan is outlined

£4.5m rent fraudster jailed for five years

Former BNP Paribas and GVA Grimley professional syphoned off cash soon after starting work in 2006 with property group

David Roy, partner and head of business defence at Shakespeares

Shakespeares appoints David Roy as partner and head of business defence

  • Law

Mr Roy joins the firm having led the tax investigations and prosecutions team at Cartwright King, where he specialised within all areas of financial crime. Before this, he was a founding partner at law firm Jonas Roy Bloom

Gateley legal director Pauline Munro

Gateley boosts Birmingham regulatory team with brace of hires

  • Law

Pauline Munro has been appointed as legal director and Kate Oliver as a senior solicitor

West Midlands Police

Police reject 'wild West Midlands' gun crime claim

West Midlands Police has rejected claims the region has become the gun crime capital of England and Wales.

West Midlands Police push to educate firms about cyber crime

Police have launched an urgent initiative to try to counter the rise in highly sophisticated cyber-criminals targeting West Midlands firms.

From left: Kuljeet Sandhu, Richard Murray and Sandra Garlick at Askews Legal

Askews Legal appoints new advocate

  • Law

Richard Murray brings 18 years of criminal defence experience to the firm and particularly expert representation in Crown Court and Court of Appeal advocacy

Harry Hawkes and wife Eunice

Tributes after legendary Post reporter Harry Hawkes dies

The 86-year-old, from Kenilworth, died at a care home on Thursday following a long illness

West Midlands Police cash crisis hits fight against terror and cyber-crime

Crime Commissioner David Jamieson says Home Office is ignoring region's crucial battle with 21st century threats

Range Rover Sport SUV is said to be vulnerable to devices which get around keyless entry systems

£100 eBay kit that could bag top car for thieves

Devices get around keyless systems in luxury cars like Range Rovers which has prompted JLR to work on new ways to beef up security

The Real Peaky Blinders by Carl Chinn

Chris Upton's best local history books of 2014

Chris Upton digs out a few of the best local history books for your delectation.

Moazzam Begg

Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg: stop the rage and violence

In a blog post on Facebook, Mr Begg said that it was now time to bring the cycle of violence to an end

Natasha Trevis was stabbed to death in a taxi in Northfield

'Sheer luck' no more women died as scale of domestic abuse in Birmingham revealed

New stats show more than 25,000 are estimated to have suffered in the home according to the National Crime Survey

A child hides its face.

Birmingham's Council Chamber shows steady resolve to rise up and fight sexual exploitation

Councillors are adamant that Birmingham needs to come together to get a grip of child sexual exploitation.

Firemen search through the wreckage after a bomb exploded in the Tavern in the Town pub in New Street.

Whoever bombed Birmingham wouldn't stand a chance today

The detectives of the 70s were forced to investigate crimes using rudimentary methods. On the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham pub bombings Andy Richards looks at that awful night and how police today would have fared

The stretch of Alum Rock Road, including number 712, where AKZ Solicitors was based

Second solicitor from AKZ Solicitors struck off

  • Law

Zia Latif was struck off at a hearing in a case brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police told to take immediate action over child sex abuse approach

Watchdog said the force needed to take "immediate action" after finding the attitudes of some officers towards victims of child sexual exploitation were "unacceptable

Cheryl McSheen-Bailey and Jade Cranch who have joined Enoch Evans

New recruits bolster Enoch Evans' growth plans

  • Law

The appointments of Cheryl McSheen-Bailey and Jade Cranch come as the firm celebrates its 130th year in existence

Dagmar Winther and Kenneth Degnbol, Danish crime-writing thriller team, who are coming to Birmingham Literature Festival

Scandi noir fiction in spotlight at Birmingham Literature Festival

When Dagmar Winther, one half of Danish crime-thriller-writing team Sander Jakobsen, appears at Birmingham Library it will be in some ways a homecoming

Social reformer Sir Rowland Hill, who was born in Kidderminster

The Birmingham murder most foul that left its stamp on history

The Midland-born Victorian social reformer Sir Rowland Hill - inventor of the penny postage stamp - played a little known part in a macabre episode in Birmingham's history, writes keen historian Peter Douglas Osborn

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