West Midlands Police is playing a lead role in highlighting the plight of people with learning disabilities being forced into marriage by relatives wanting to land readymade carers or UK visas for overseas spouses.
Officers from Team Sentinel – set-up to tackle ‘hidden’ crimes like domestic abuse, ‘honour’ violence, modern-day slavery and forced marriage – will address a disability conference in Birmingham tomorrow (28 Jan) alongside charities and the national Forced Marriage Unit.
Detectives are hunting a ‘workman’ who subjected a motorist to an unprovoked attack as he sat in traffic in Coventry.
Police are keen to trace the man, who wore hi-visibility clothing and carried a hard hat, after he set about an unsuspecting motorist on Kenilworth Road at around 7am on Monday 12 January.
Missing teen Gestina Russell has been found safe and well.
Gestina, aged 17 from Hockley, was found yesterday afternoon (Monday) in Handsworth and has returned to her family.
Remember Andy and Lou from Little Britain?
Well, police in Coventry are seeking two shoplifters who seem to have taken their cue from the cult television comedy duo.
Ten men have been jailed today (26 January) at Coventry Crown Court for nearly 200 years after kidnapping a Coventry man and cutting his finger off in a ransom demand.
The 26-year-old victim was bundled into the back of a van at gunpoint by three men wearing balaclavas in Milverton Road, Wood End on the afternoon of Monday 30 September 2013 as he was talking to friends. He was beaten and kicked and taken to a lock-up garage where he was left bound and gagged with a bag over his head in the van, without food or water, throughout his ordeal.
A Birmingham man has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to causing the death of a grandfather and injuring a young boy in a Solihull collision last year.
On the afternoon of Sunday 17 August Kirpal Sokhi from Tetley Road, Sparhill was driving a Range Rover, without the owner’s consent and without insurance, along Bills Lane, Shirley at over 80mph in a 30 limit when he collided with a Vauxhall Astra van.
A man has appeared in court charged with robbery after a Coventry fast food store was raided.
Officers were called to Subway on Lockhurst Lane in Foleshill on 28 December just before 4.20pm following reports of the robbery.
A Birmingham man suspected of murdering two pensioners - including an 80-year-old Halesowen woman - has been found dead in his prison cell.
Leo Barnes, from Balsall Heath, was standing trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court accused of killing Cynthia Beamond (pictured) and London man Philip Silverstone on consecutive days in June last year.
The 33-year-old was due to be cross-examined by prosecutors on Friday but didn’t appear in court after complaining of feeling ill.
Missing Seaford boy Rhys Millerchip, 14, has been found safe and well.
Rhys, who had not been seen since he left the East Sussex town centre to walk to his nearby address on the morning of Tuesday 30 December, went into a police station in Kent in the early hours of Saturday (24 January)
Opportunistic car thieves have hit the West Midlands this morning (23 January), with four cars being stolen while their owners waited indoors for them to defrost.
Officers are now investigating the thefts after the vehicles, with a combined value of around £73,000, were taken after being left unlocked on the drive with their keys in the ignition.
A Birmingham man has pleaded guilty to drug offences at Birmingham Crown Court after trying to sell class A drugs to a plain clothes police officer.
Warsame Mohamed from James Turner Street in Winson Green approached two officers outside shops in Smallbrook Queensway just before 5pm on 20 January 2014 asking if they smoked.
When the officers identified themselves, Mohamed and an accomplice tried to flee. The officers detained them both, but one man broke free by hitting the officer’s arm and has not been traced.