The number of crimes reported in the West Midlands is going up, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands says that although there has been a drop in burglaries, crimes like sexual offences are increasing.
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Number plate thefts are on the rise in Derbyshire with criminals stealing them to commit other crimes.
In the past few weeks, reports of thieves removing number plates from cars, vans and motorbikes have been reported by residents living in Bolsover and Chesterfield.
Derbyshire police say criminals are using them on vehicles to commit crimes, then discarding them.
Inspector Russell Dakin from the Community Safety Unit said:
We are seeing a marked increase in theft of number plates and we would urge all motorists to be on their guard and report any suspicious activity to police to prevent a crime from happening. We would like to encourage all members of the public who may see discarded or hidden vehicle registration plates to take possession of them and inform us as we may be able to recover forensic evidence or link the number plate to a recently committed crime involving their use.”
A man who the police wanted to speak to about a series of domestic-related crimes that have taken place in Worcester has been arrested.
A property in Leckhampton Close had its windows broken on three consecutive days and its residents have received threats.
Also, two properties in Brickfields Road and Southfield Street had their windows smashed.
The man believed to be from Droitwich was arrested by Gwent Police over the weekend, on suspicion of criminal damage offences that had occurred in its area.
Two Midlands postcodes have been named in a list of the top 20 UK burglary hotspots.
MoneySupermarket.com have published the figures, which have come from 3.1 million home insurance quotes submitted to their website.
B73, which covers Boldmere, New Oscott and Wylde Green in Birmingham is the most burgled postcode in the Midlands, with 29 burglaries per 1000 people.
It is also the eleventh most burgled postcode in the whole of the UK.
B24, which covers Erdington and Tyburn in Birmingham, also made it onto the top 20 UK list, coming 19th, with 27 burglaries per 1000 people.
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Police have released CCTV of a man they want to speak to after a 'bizarre' crime was committed in Birmingham.
A man's bank cards were stolen from a gym in Great Barr and while the victim was working out he was contacted to arrange an 'appointment' to attend a police station. He was also instructed to cancel all of his other cards.
But when the man went to the police station it became apparent that something was not right.
When he called his banks it emerged that over £6,000 had been stolen from six different accounts withdrawn from banks and cash points in Wednesbury and Dudley. Also stolen from the locker was an Omega De Ville watch worth over £2,000.
Police are encouraging anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV footage to come forward.
The Serious Case Review into the death of Daniel Jones has concluded that his death may have been avoidable.
According to the report, twenty-three month-old Daniel died as a result of an event which “had not been foreseen by any of the professionals involved with the family”.
It goes on to say that his death may have been avoided, had professionals involved with the family realised the potential risks Daniel faced as a result of his parents’ drug and alcohol abuse.
An action plan has been drawn up following the review, recommending forty-four ways in which the agencies involved could improve care, including making the family – rather than individuals – the focus of drug and alcohol treatment services and how inter-agency working should be improved.
The Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board, has published the Overview Report of its Serious Case Review, into the death of Daniel Jones.
A post-mortem determined that Daniel, who was just twenty-three months old, died from ingesting heroin when he lost his life on May 29th 2012.
Daniel’s father, Simon Jones, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and his mother Emma Bradburn to causing or allowing the death of her child.
They were jailed for six and four years respectively in July earlier this year.
West Midlands Police have released a short video giving motorcyclists helpful tips on how to prevent their motorbikes from being stolen over the winter period.
The police say that many motorbikes are targeted over the winter months as owners put them away for the season due to the adverse weather conditions.
The video, made by Dudley Police, gives members of the public an insight into how easy it is to steal a motorbike, and how easy it is to prevent a theft by following a few simple crime prevention tips.