Police are appealing for help to find a teenager who has gone missing from his home in Coseley this Saturday morning.
Ethan Reynolds left his home in Pemberton Road early this morning and has not been in touch with family since.
The 15-year-old, who has the mental age of an 8-year-old, has been missing before and is known to use local buses and trains.
Police believe he may try and head towards Birmingham city centre.
Ethan is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, stocky, green eyes and clean shaven.
He is believed to be wearing a black hooded top with white writing on the front and a picture of Bob Marley on the back, black trainers and canvas camouflage print trousers.
Ethan is a particularly vulnerable young man and we want to get him home safe and sound as soon as possible.
We know he has gone missing before and used public transport and we believe he may be looking to travel towards Grand Central in Birmingham.
We would ask anyone who has seen him this morning to get in touch by calling 101.
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A police force has been shortlisted in the National Diversity Awards after hiring just one black police officer in a recent recruitment drive.
West Midlands Police is up against nine others in the diverse companies category despite criticism that the force needed to "do more" to boost officer numbers from different ethnic backgrounds.
Earlier this year, its own police and crime commissioner David Jamieson spoke on the issue when commenting on the contents of a force HR report into the make-up of a tranche of 162 new officers.
"West Midlands Police quite rightly only recruits the very best people, but clearly need to do more to engage with communities to ensure that more BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) people apply to be police officers..."
"I believe that West Midlands Police is an open organisation that is welcoming of people from all backgrounds, but also an organisation that needs to do much more to ensure that people from all backgrounds apply to join their ranks."
"Policing is a career for all, and I want to make sure that we realise that ambition."
Only one of the new officers hired in the recent recruitment drive was black, prompting criticism at the force being shortlisted for a diversity award.
- 139 of the new intake were white
- 7 of the new intake were mixed race
- 13 of the new intake were Asian
- 1 of the new intake was black
- 2 of the new intake did not state their ethnicity.
West Midlands Police has been working out how to make £120m of budget cuts and is having to find further savings of £100 million over the next five years. The force has also shed 1,500 officers.
In a statement, they said:
"The force has worked hard to improve our recruitment selection processes to attract the best candidates from all backgrounds. Particular effort has been put into supporting applicants from BME communities. In our current process we’ve improved our approach to engagement and as a result have seen not only the volume but quality of BME candidates improve.
Our latest intake of new officers due to start in November is 30% BME who are reflective of the best candidates who have applied. Being shortlisted for the ‘National Diversity Awards’ reflects the progress we are making."
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