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Calls for Palestinian flag at Birmingham Council House snubbed

Coun Majid Mahmood called for the Palestinian flag to fly to show solidarity with the people in Gaza

Lloyd House, West Midlands Police Headquarters

West Midlands Police deal 'must learn from mistakes'

Experts reveal concerns public organisations like West Midlands Police don’t have enough expertise to do deals with the private sector

West Midlands Police

West Midlands police forces praised for cutting jobs to save millions

The four police forces in the region have faced funding cuts of £300 million between them

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

Are we about to see the most underwhelming election in history?

Ballot boxes could be decidedly empty come police and crime commissioner election day next month.

Nikki Sinclaire updated

Ex-MEP Nikki Sinclaire charged with money laundering

Ms Sinclaire faces allegations that she made false and dishonest submissions for travelling expenses

Coun David Jamieson

Surprise hat in ring for elected police boss

Former transport minister David Jamieson is aiming to succeed the late Mr Jones who died suddenly this month.

West Midlands police and crime commissioner Bob Jones

Fears for summer holiday police commissioner election, when polling stations will be closed and vital staff are away

Birmingham City Council is warning that the August by-election to choose a West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner could descend into chaos

Councillor Brigid Jones

'No evidence' of extremism in Birmingham schools says city council

Commons committee hears staunch defence against claims of Islamic extremism in schools

Lloyd House, West Midlands Police Headquarters

West Midlands Police agree to revamp 'shabby' HQ

Fears raised that project would take £750,000 from frontline policing

The Pickled Piglet in Gas Street

Owner left frustrated as police look into burglary

The Pickled Piglet in Gas Street was targeted by a burglar who broke in three times in one night and made off with around £900 in cash.

West Midlands police and crime commissioner Bob Jones

Police chief Bob Jones fears crime rise if probation service privatised

West Midlands crime commissioner says mooted move to bring in private sector companies is 'driven by dogma'

Pavlo Lapshyn

Chief sparks warning over terror policing power shift

The region’s police chief has raised serious concerns about proposals to shift responsibility for stopping terror plots away from West Midlands Police control.

James Leavesley of CrowdControlHQ

Jewellery Quarter-based social media experts CrowdControlHQ to work with Welsh Water

Welsh Water is the sixth largest of the ten regulated water and sewerage companies in England and Wales, serving more than three million people

Prime Minister David Cameron during his keynote speech at the conference at the ICC in 2012

£500k bill for policing the Conservative Party Conference

Police and crime commissioner Bob Jones warned the bill – prompted by Home Office funding changes – would add to the organisation’s financial problems

Bob Jones

West Midlands police commissioner - appointing me was a mistake

Bob Jones spoke out as an influential committee of MPs said commissioners were still “on probation” two years after the first elections

CWA's founders and directors (from left) Steve Wedge, Dave Copeland and Jim O'Donnell

Copeland Wedge targets continued growth after bumper two years

Jewellery Quarter engineering consultancy on course for £2 million in sales and enlarged payroll as order book thrives


West Midlands Police's £45k bill for social media

The cash has been handed to Birmingham-based CrowdControlHQ to provide security and oversight of all of the forces official Twitter and Facebook accounts

West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police prepares for job cuts despite recruitment

The admission came from the force’s head of HR who told Strategic Police and Crime Board members the first influx of staff since 2010 will only stabilise officer numbers – which will then have to be cut again almost immediately

Sir Albert Bore

Trojan Horse investigator 'will have to work harder because of anti-terror background'

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore reveals community tension concerns, and says the man brought in to investigate claims of extremism in schools has his work cut out to win people over

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


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