Criminals are being brought to justice by West Midlands Police thanks to a crime-fighting ‘app’ that allows the public to view CCTV of wanted people while on the move.
The Facewatch application allows smartphone and tablet users to search for crime suspects thought to be operating in their area and to view their images; more than 100 people have now been arrested as a result of information provided by eagle-eyed members of the public.
The technology is also being used by businesses as an instant crime reporting tool which allows them to electronically provide police with CCTV pictures of suspects, statements and crime details to detectives within minutes. It's saving thousands of hours of police time and keeping cops on the street fighting crime.
A man who failed to appear at court in connection with downloading indecent images may have fled to Ireland as police renew their appeal for information.
David Swift, 53 of Phillip Sidney Road, Birmingham is believed to have fled the country after he failed to answer charges at Birmingham Crown Court in December last year.
Officers alerted all police forces following Swift’s disappearance and in March they issued a public appeal for information.
Since he failed to appear, officers have been searching for Swift and now believe that he may be in the Dublin area.
A former university lecturer has been given a three year community order and has to complete a sex offender work based programme after admitting possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Martyn Lee, aged 54, from Eaves Green Lane in Meriden was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 27 August) along with former student Sophie Nightingale, aged 23, from Bath Lane, Hixon in Stafford with whom he had struck up a relationship in December 2013.
Police have arrested a man after a stolen vehicle was ‘stung’ in Great Barr this morning (27 August).
The black Ford Fiesta failed to stop for officers just after 11am on the M6 northbound between junctions 6 and 7, so a stinger was deployed as it exited at junction 7.
A man who car-jacked a £15,000 Ford Mondeo from a woman in lieu of a £30 grocery debt has been jailed for almost five years.
Richard Halford was a rear passenger in 2014-plate vehicle in the early hours of 27 April this year when he grabbed the woman around the neck on hearing she owed a friend the modest sum following a shopping trip.
Dave Humpherson is the officer charged with putting the brakes on dodgy taxi drivers who operate illegally in the West Midlands and put passengers at risk.
Dave and a team of specially trained officers – who go undercover to pose as customers on the lookout for cabbies breaking the rules – run regular operations alongside council officials to root out unlawful drivers.
Three friends who launched a vicious attack on a man outside his Birmingham home on Christmas Day – clubbing him with baseball bats and machetes – have been jailed for a total of almost 40 years.
Israr Mahmood, Qamran Iqbal and Omar Younis left the 30-year-old with a serious head injury and a bleed on the brain after attacking him in Washwood Heath at around 11pm on 25 December 2013.
Police in Walsall are searching for missing man Robert Elwell.
Robert was last seen at around 6:30pm on Monday (24 August) in Marlow Street where he works.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a young boy died in a collision in Aston last night (Tuesday 25 August).
The two-year-old was hit by a blue Nissan Almera just before 7pm on Nelson Road and despite the best efforts of medics, he was pronounced deceased a short time later at hospital.
Student links officer Sean Long shows his Loony side at school fairs where he’s swapped his PCSO uniform for an array of fancy dress costumes, including Sylvester the Cat and Tweetie Pie!
But that’s not all folks – because there’s a serious side to Sean’s work that sees him give regular presentations at schools in Small Heath and Bordesley Green on personal safety, knife crime, cyber bullying, sexual exploitation and internet safety.
Detectives investigating suspected drug dealers and criminals working in Sandwell have released images of three people they want to speak to as part of the on-going probe.
Codenamed Spring Safer Six, the intelligence-led policing operation was launched in April following concerns from locals about people dealing drugs in the borough and addicts committing crimes to fuel their addiction.