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Campaign launched to reduce mobile phone thefts

West Midlands Police's campaign is called 'Love Your Phone' Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police have launched a new campaign aimed at reducing the number of mobile phone thefts across the region.

Central Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry have the highest number of phone thefts across the West Midlands.

Between June 2013 and May 2014, 752 crimes involving mobile phone theft or robbery were recorded around Birmingham's main nightspots.

A mobile phone being stolen Credit: Â ARNOÂ BURGI/dpa/PA

The public is being urged to mark their phone, note down the IMEI number, and register it online.

Posters are being put up on public transport.

Police use sport to 'turn young people's lives around'

Police hope the initiative will cut anti-social behaviour Credit: PA

West Midlands Police (WMP) and Sport England have teamed up to provide young people in the region with grass roots sport opportunities.

The force has received £245,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund, which has been used to create a three-year 'Sport WMP' programme of free sporting activity aimed at 14- to 24-year-olds across the West Midlands.

The Sport WMP project is part of the force's on going drive to tackle anti-social behaviour and reduce youth related crime in the region, which often occurs due to a lack of activity for young people.

The force has received National Lottery funding from Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund Credit: PA

Superintendent Keith Fraser, the force lead for the programme, said:

This is a national first. We are the first force to put together such an ambitious programme aimed at not only tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing crime, but increasing the trust and confidence that young people have in the police.

We know that getting involved in a sport or organised activity can often serve as a valuable diversion for youngsters that otherwise may be bored and 'hanging around' on the streets, which in itself can lead to problems in our communities. We will also be focused around attracting offenders and those likely to offend to reduce offending and re-offending rates.

Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said:

The investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is making a real difference at a very local level and I'm pleased to be working with West Midlands Police to help more young people develop a lifelong sporting habit.

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Video: Wrong-way M6 Toll driver crashes into police

Police have released dramatic footage of the moment a man with Alzheimer's driving the wrong way down the M6 Toll crashed into a police patrol car.

The car was reported travelling southbound on the northbound carriageway on Tuesday evening at around 10pm.

Officers stopped the 77-year-old's Honda Jazz between junctions T4 and T5.

In the video the police can be heard nervously saying the car was going to hit them, before a loud crash can be heard.

The man had earlier been reported missing by his family in Rowley Regis and was returned home unharmed.

More than 40 weapons handed over in gun surrender

West Midlands Police's gun surrender campaign has now seen more than 40 weapons handed in to police stations across the region.

It was launched earlier this month as the maximum sentence for gun possession changed to life in prison.

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West Midlands Police announce partnership with private company

West Midlands Police have announced the biggest partnership with a private company in its history.

It starts a five year contract today with outsourcing firm Accenture to look at how the force can improve using technology. One way could be for people to report crimes online.

Chris Sims, Chief Constable, West Midlands Police, says the force's relationship with the public through technology will become important.

West Midlands police warn gun suppliers to criminals

West Midlands police say those supplying guns to criminals are just as guilty as the ones pulling the trigger.

It comes as they launch their gun surrender campaign with the hope it will get more guns off the streets.

Read: Appeal launches to surrender guns or face life in jail

Appeal launches to surrender guns or face life in jail

The gun surrender campaign has been launched as the maximum sentence changes to life in prison. Credit: PA

West Midlands Police have begun a gun surrender campaign asking people to give up any weapons they might have.

It comes as the maximum sentence for gun possession has been changed to life in prison.

The force hopes it will get more guns off the streets.

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