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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.

Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag

West Midlands Police commisioner warns he could block combined authority devolution deal

Labour PCC David Jamieson says he could block West Midlands Combined Authority deal unliess given assurances over the future of policiing in the region

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson

West Midlands Police lose £28m after funding 'omnishambles'

Government ministers were accused of presiding over an "omnishambles" after it emerged funding for West Midlands Police will be £28 million lower than promised

The number of traffic offences recorded by police has fallen over the past decade, partly due to fewer officers able to catch law-breaking motorists

Road policing at 'tipping point' as budget slashed

Supt Keasey, who is also head of the Central Motorway Police Group, told MPs drivers thought they were less likely to be caught because they saw fewer officers on the roads

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

£37m extra funding for West Midlands Police

Government U-turn in battle for extra money for 'special case' West Midlands force

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'

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

Maryvale News, which wants to sell booze to customers.

Bournville trustees: Alcohol ban still remains

Bournville Village Trust claimed a new off-licence changes nothing as the shop is outside the historic boundary of the Bournville Estate originally set out by George Cadbury

Revealed: The West Midlands has lost 83,000 public sector jobs in five years

The scale of the huge losses now revealed shows how the number of people employed by the state in the region has fallen by 16 per cent

A busker

Birmingham busker ban proposals are scrapped

Campaigners had described the move as ‘draconian’ and claimed that the vibrancy and life of the city centre would be damaged by the ban

Residents 'pay too little' for West Midlands Police

Conservative MPs say people within the force's area should make up the budget shortfall as it prepares to tackle an expected major drop in government funding by 2020


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


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


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