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Police officer jailed for benefits fraud

A police officer who lied to cover up a £20,000 benefit fraud has been jailed. Credit: PA Wire

A police officer who lied to cover up a £20,000 benefit fraud has been jailed.

PC Steven Cook, 38, of West Midlands Police admitted to perverting the course of justice after his girlfriend wrongly claimed housing, income support and tax benefits over a two-and-a-half years period.

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and ordered to pay £750 costs at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

He was suspended from the force when the allegations came to light and will now face gross misconduct disciplinary proceedings.

Ch Insp Brian Carmichael of West Midlands Police said: "We demand the highest standards from all our officers and PC Cook failed to show the level of honesty and integrity we expect from someone in such a position of trust."

Parents release photo of schoolboy who died after suspected allergic reaction

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The parents of a schoolboy who died at school after a suspected allergic reaction have released a photo of their son.

Mohammad Ismaeel Ashraf, who was known as Ismaeel, fell ill at Al Hijrah School in Bordesley Green in Birmingham on Friday afternoon.

Police and paramedics arrived at the scene to find that the nine-year-old had collapsed. He later died in hospital.

A post mortem examination is due to take place and Ismaeel's family are being supported by police officers.


Criminals' goods make £24,000 at auction

One of the items in the auction Credit: Astons Auctioneers

West Midlands Police have raised £24,000 at a special auction.

All the lots had been taken from criminals in the region and items under the hammer in Dudley yesterday included Rolex watches, alcohol, gold jewelry and household goods such as speakers.

A Rolex Yacht Master design watch was the most expensive item, selling for £6000.

This Rolex watch sold for £6000 Credit: Astons Auctioneers

All the money raised is going to the Active Citizens Fund that helps good causes in the region.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson says the auction 'shows that crime doesn't pay'.

Teenager suffers serious head injuries in gang attack

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Police are investigating after a teenage boy suffered serious head injuries following an attack in Wolverhampton.

The 17-year-old was attacked by a group armed with weapons on Prestwood Road at around 5.30pm on Monday 6 February.

We are appealing for witnesses after a teenage boy suffered serious head injuries following disorder in a Wolverhampton street a week ago.

He was taken to hospital after being hit over the head and has now been discharged.

Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of wounding and bailed pending further enquiries.


Report: Birmingham's Chinese community gets own police officer

West Midlands Police is hoping to strengthen relations with the Chinese community in Birmingham. They have dedicated a police officer to better understand the culture and build community links.

The force wants to encourage Chinese people to speak to them and report crime. Our reporter Rebecca Burrows went to the Chinese Quarter to find out what the community thought of the new role.

Police urgently trying to find missing man from Coventry

West Midlands Police say they are urgently trying to find a 48-year-old man who has gone missing from Coventry.

Jeffrey Bromley Credit: West Midlands Police

Jeffrey Bromley went missing from his brother's home in Wood End at around 10.30am on Sunday (15 January). Officers say they are concerned for his well-being.

Jeffrey is described as 6ft 1ins tall, with long dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey puffa style jacket.

Inspector Lucy Bird, from Solihull Police, said:

We are urgently trying to trace Jeffrey and would ask him to get in touch so we know he is safe and well.

We would also ask anyone who may have seen Jeffrey to contact us as soon as possible.

– Inspector Lucy Bird
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