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'Bizarre' Birmingham card crime investigated

Police have released CCTV of a man they want to speak to after a 'bizarre' crime was committed in Birmingham.

Police wish to identify this man Credit: West Midlands Police

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When he called his banks it emerged that over £6,000 had been stolen from six different accounts withdrawn from banks and cash points in Wednesbury and Dudley.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.

Daniel Jones' death 'avoidable' according to review

The Serious Case Review into the death of Daniel Jones has concluded that his death may have been avoidable.

Daniel Jones was found collapsed at the house he shared with his parents in Wolverhampton last year Credit: West Midlands Police

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.


Case review into Daniel Jones death published today

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.

Police video to help motorcyclists prevent thefts

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.

Derby man charged with sexual offences

A Derby man has been charged in connection with sexual offences that took place near a school earlier this year.

Robi Sturges, 23, was charged with two counts of sexual assault and one offence of sexual exposure against three girls aged between 11 and 16-years-old.

The offences took place near to Murray Park Community School, Mickleover, between April and June this year.

He allegedly touched two girls over their clothing and exposed himself to another. Mr Sturges will now appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 8.

Woman wasted 177 hours of police time, at a £4k cost

A woman from Sileby in Leicestershire has pleaded guilty to wasting 177 hours of police time with a cost of at least £4,000 to Leicestershire Police.

Maureen Stork, 55, was arrested in September for causing a public nuisance after she was reported to be walking in the road outside of her house and obstructing vehicles.

Police had also been called to the property on several separate occasions after reports that Stork had cut off her hand and that she had fallen down the stairs, breaking her neck. Both reports turned out to be untrue.

She pleaded guilty to five counts of wasting police time and one count of obstructing a highway at Loughborough Magistrates Court on Monday and received a 36 month conditional discharge.


Would-be burglar caught on CCTV

West Midlands Police are appealing for help after a suspected would-be burglar was scared off by a neighbour in Wolverhampton this week.

The man was disturbed by the occupier of the home Credit: West Midlands Police

The man was captured on a neighbour's security camera as he walked along Mount Road in the Penn area of the city at around 4:40pm on Monday afternoon.

Detective Sergeant Nicki Addison, from Wolverhampton CID, said: "Thankfully a burglary was not committed because the thief ran away after being shouted at by the occupier from an upstairs window.”

"But we clearly need to find the person responsible as they are still out there and could be attempting to commit other offences.”

"If anyone recognises the man in the images I would urge them to get in touch as soon as possible."

Anyone who can assist the investigation should contact DS Addison and her team at Wolverhampton CID on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sandwell Police see burglary crackdown success

Sandwell Police say they have arrested 45 people for burglary and vehicle crime since the start of a new operation to crackdown on offenders in the West Midlands area.

Operation Olympia, which began in October and will now continue throughout the winter, is focusing on handlers of stolen goods and looks to arrest those responsible for burglary and vehicle crime.

Neighbourhood officers are offering forensic property marking kits to local residents and encouraging everyone in the borough to register mobile phones and gadgets on a national database called ‘Immobilise’.

This operation has proven to have a significant impact amongst people who commit crime in Sandwell. We want offenders and their associates to remember that it will not be tolerated and we will do everything that we can to bring them to justice.

– Inspector Sally Ford, Sandwell Police

Three men wanted over attack on wedding party

Nine members of a wedding party were injured when they were attacked outside a Birmingham city centre bar.

Detectives have now released CCTV pictures of three men wanted in connection with the fracas, which happened outside Mechu bar in Summer Row.

One man suffered a cracked rib while several other guests were bruised when they were set upon by a group of around 15 people.

CCTV images have been released of three men wanted over an attack on a wedding party in Birmingham Credit: West Midlands Police

Det Cons Pete Gee, from Force CID, said officers had been ploughing through CCTV from September 22 to try to discover what exactly happened that night - and urged anyone who recognises the three men in the images to come forward.

It’s amazing nobody was more seriously injured during this disturbance which involved a large number of people.

We’ve been closely scrutinising CCTV footage for several weeks in an attempt to establish exactly what happened that night and we have identified three individuals we want to trace.

One of the men was Asian, around 5ft 11ins tall with short black hair, and was around 21 or 22. The second man was white, aged between 22 and 24 and was the same height; while the third man was shorter, aged between 25 and 30 and was wearing a dark grey blazer.

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