A 10-year-old boy who was attacked by a police dog in Sandwell has undergone two operations to clean up and treat his wounds.
A mother who was falsely accused of murdering her son has secured a financial settlement from West Midlands Police.
Four men have been jailed after stealing thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and cash from convenience stores across the Black Country.
A West Midlands Police officer is due to appear in court this morning accused of sexual activity with a child.
Christopher Semak, from the Kings Norton area of Birmingham, is accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with a teenager between April 2010 and November 2011 when she was aged between 14 and 15.
The 33-year-old faces four counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16. All of the charges relate to alleged sexual activity whilst the officer was off duty.
He denies the offences; his trial starts at Stafford Crown Court today and is scheduled to last around two weeks.
A woman who drove the wrong way along the M5 has been charged with dangerous driving.
Katy Homer from Clent View, Colley Gate, is due to appear at Warley Magistrates Court on 9 January next year to face the charge along with a further charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
It is alleged the 26-year-old care worker drove towards oncoming traffic along a stretch of the M5 in the early hours of Wednesday 4 December before leaving the motorway on the southbound entry slip road at junction 1.
Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Chris Sims said:
"The implementation of A19 was an essential tool to enable to the force to meet the demands of efficiency and that has been achieved.
I'm delighted that experienced officers will be able to continue to serve and protect the people of the West Midlands."
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said: "I welcome and fully support the Chief Constable's decision to end use of A19 and no longer require officers with thirty years' service to retire.
"This decision supports my proposals to restart police recruitment next year, which are currently out for consultation.
While the decision to begin use of A19 was right at the time given the severe financial challenges the force faced, we are at a point where we have been requiring officers to retire for over two years, and haven't recruited for over three years.
Neither is good for long-term policing and crime prevention in our area."
Officers who are facing imminent retirement under A19 will be written to by the force explaining the decision.
Since the implementation of A19 in March 2011, 559 officers have retired from the force under the regulation.
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims has ended the regulation that enforces the retirement of officers with more than 30 years' service.
The review of the A19 regulation follows the recent announcement by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones that consultation would begin over proposals to allow the recruitment of an additional 450 police officers for the West Midlands.
The police say the proposed recruitment would see 100 police staff brought into the organisation to release more officers into front-line crime-fighting roles. They are proposing the recruitment reopens between 2014 and 2016.
Police in Birmingham say a packet of sweets, six pence in change and a smelly gym kit have are all items thieves have broken into cars across Birmingham to steal.
The information has been released as the police have seen a recent rise in car break-ins and they are launching a crackdown on car thieves.
They say the operation involves dedicated patrols, the use of a capture car and executing warrants on drug users they believe are stealing items from cars to fuel their drug habit.
The police say although the most commonly stolen items from cars are Sat-navs, cash, mobile phones and credit and debit cards, recently thieves have been known to break in for as little as a gym bag, a packet of Opal Fruits, small amounts of loose change and a lunchbox.
West Midlands Police have posted an interview with the mother of a drink drive victim as they begin their campaign offering £200 to anyone who reports a drink driver over the Christmas period.
As West Midlands Police and the Central Motorway Police Group launch a new drink drive campaign, rewarding people £200 for reporting drink drivers, officers are urging people to think before they - or members of their group - consume alcohol.
– Inspector Greg Jennings, West Midlands Police
Every year it is the same story - people seem to think that it is acceptable to have a few with their family or friends and then get behind the wheel.
In some cases they would not dream of drink driving, or taking drugs, at other times of the year but they lose their common sense as Christmas draws near.
So now, via the charity Crimestoppers, we are asking anyone who is aware of people breaking the law to pick up the phone and report selfish individuals who think it’s okay to drink or take drugs and drive.
Festive revellers across the Midlands are being offered cash rewards of up to £200 in return for reporting drink and drug drivers this Christmas.
West Midlands Police and the Central Motorway Police Group have launched the drink drive campaign.
Police in Birmingham have released a number of images of a man who robbed the Subway store in Coventry Road, Small Heath.
The suspect, shown here, leaned over the counter and stole the contents of the till. after threatening staff with what Police have described as a small handgun.
Police in Birmingham have released images of an armed man robbing a fast-food store, shortly after 10pm, on Sunday 10th November.
Caught on CCTV, the suspect, described as Asian, 5'8" and slim, robbed the Subway store on Coventry Road, Small Heath, in less than a minute.
Brandishing what is believed to be a small firearm, he threatened staff, opened the till and escaped with a small amount of cash.
Detective Constable Dave Franklin, from Birmingham Police said:
– West Midlands Police
The staff member was understandably left very shaken by the ordeal but fortunately was unhurt...
...I am sure someone will recognise this man and I'd appeal to anyone who can name him or may know of his whereabouts.