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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

Tariq Jahan speaks at a press conference after the IPCC report publication

Birmingham riots tragedy father Tariq Jahan calls for public inquiry

The father is meeting police minister Mike Penning alongside local MP Shabana Mahmood (Lab, Ladywood) to explain that he was still waiting for an explanation

Birmingham City Council

'Rambling' councillors urged to stop making Birmingham politics dull

An inquiry into the council’s ward committee set-up found they are failing to engage citizens and often ignore or brush over issues of local interest

Birmingham Hippodrome chief executive Stuart Griffiths

Hippodrome boss Stuart Griffiths, Meera Syal and Brendon Batson among the New Year's Honours

Mr Griffiths is awarded an OBE for his services to the arts in the city, while Ms Syal and Mr Batson both upgraded their MBEs, with Wolverhampton-born actress Syal made CBE and footballer-turned-administrator Batson made an OBE

Project director Brian Gambles surveys the Shakespeare Memorial Room

Review of 2014 - April: Trouble at Library of Birmingham, Tory Conference under fire and New Street views

April saw the Library of Birmingham under the media glare just eight months after opening while the city council was forced to defend spending almost all of its event budget on the Conservative Conference

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

Police

The worst is yet to come as George Osborne tries to slash police and council spending

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement revealed plans to slash funding for local services to the bone

Coun David Jamieson

Cash-strapped West Midlands Police hit with £300,000 Tory conference bill

West Midlands Police has been hit with a £300,000 bill for policing September's Tory Party Conference in Birmingham.

Coun Robert Alden

War of words over Birmingham police station closures

Labour and Tory rivals are campaigning to keep front desks up and running at stations in Castle Vale, Erdington and Kingstanding

Eric Pickles

Is it time to head back to Whitehall with the begging bowl?

Perhaps the biggest threat is the soaring cost of child protection – the priority service for the city

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

Chris Sims, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police reveals challenge as scale of cuts is revealed

West Midlands Police entered into a five-year partnership with consultancy firm Accenture UK in July that will help restructure the force, cut costs and introduce new technology.

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

Nearly 1,000 West Midlands Police officers have second income

New report details amount of staff with additional wage streams from sources including reflexology, cleaning and HGV driving

West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police workers get £2.5m in early payoffs

The generous “exit packages” handed over during the last two years were revealed after a change in accounting requirements

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

Labour to scrap police and crime commissioners, party conference hears

The move was announced after West Midlands Labour candidate David Jamieson was elected on a turnout of just 10.38% in a by-election

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

Party conferences might come back to Birmingham after all

Fear of losing out on lucrative conferences allayed as rival cities also axe subsidies

Paediatric haematologist Dr Myles Bradbury

Birmingham Children's Hospital launches helpline after doctor abused boys

Myles Bradbury is facing jail after admitting molesting cancer patients, some as young as eight, at a hospital in Cambridge

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims

Jihadi threat will not go away, West Midlands Police chief warns

An estimated 500 Britons have travelled to fight, some of whom are from the West Midlands

West Midlands Police

Police abuse power under Mental Health Act, inspector claims

Officers are also forced to take people with mental health issues into custody – because the NHS refuses to take responsibility for them, a House of Commons inquiry was told

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