A record crowd at last weekend’s Godiva Festival in Coventry enjoyed another trouble-free year as the policing operation behind it is hailed a success.
Despite drawing more than 140,000 festival goers – around 16,000 more than last year - the annual event saw no increase in disorder with just one person being arrested and five offences recorded over the three-days.
A helmet clad thief is being hunted by police after brandishing what is believed to be a hand gun in a Halesowen store robbery
Police were called to the Co-op supermarket on Manor Lane in Howley Grange at around 7pm when a man in a silver motorcycle helmet walked into the store and threatened staff. He demanded cash and then left the store by the back door.
Police are issuing a warning after a spate of distraction burglaries took place across Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham in the last week.
Criminals have struck ten times and on nearly all occasions have attended homes of elderly occupants saying that they are working on drainage problems at neighbouring properties or in the street and they need to urgently check their property.
Once inside the house or gardens they claim that their property is the cause and that they must pay for the emergency repairs straightaway.
A West Midlands Police officer has today (Monday 6 July) been charged with five offences of indecency with a child.
PC Richard Chamberlain, aged 49, based at Coventry Police Station, has been bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on 4 August.
Tipton residents are urged to help 'weed out' people they suspect of running cannabis factories in their neighbourhood as part of a new crackdown.
Sandwell Council, Tipton Police and West Midlands Fire Service want to stop home cultivation and, in turn, reduce drug use and harm among adults and young people in the town.