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Tory candidate Afzal Amin pledges to fight suspension over EDL plot row

Conservative Dudley North candidate set for showdown talks after suspension announced over the weekend

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

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.

Coun David Jamieson is urging the region to create a combined authority as soon as possible

West Midlands Police chief joins calls for combined regional authority

David Jamieson, the only person elected to a West Midland role at the moment, is urging the region to get on with creating a combined authority to avoid losing the chance of receiving devolved powers from London

Internet is no way to train police - MPs

Commons condemns College of Policing's online methods saying officers need more face-to-face training to improve community skills

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


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


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