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Police appealing for witnesses after 12-year-old boy seriously injured in collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to a non-stop traffic collision in Stourbridge, in which a 12-year-old boy was left seriously injured.

The boy was crossing the road when he was hit by a vehicle that failed to stop on Monday 5 October at 7.25pm in Brook Street at the junction of Heath Street.

The child suffered a badly broken leg following the incident, which required surgery.

Enquiries are ongoing, but I am asking for help in finding the driver of the vehicle, which is described as a small saloon type car, possibly grey or sliver or dark in colour, which would have damage to the nearside windscreen.

The driver of this vehicle left a young boy with his left leg broken in two places and needing an operation.

Someone must know who is responsible for this and I would ask if anyone has information to contact police as soon as possible.

– PC Natalie Lees

Anyone with information should call police at Dudley on 101 and quote incident number 2133 of 5/10/15.

Murder investigation launched after injured man dies

The man was found in Hawksley Credit: ITV News Central

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was found with serious injuries in Birmingham last night.

Officers were called to Forde Way Gardens in Hawksley at around 11.30pm by the ambulance service following reports of a man who had collapsed.

The 20-year-old was taken to hospital died a short time later.

A post mortem examination is set to take place to establish the cause of death.

“We still continue to investigate the motive behind the attack but believe at this stage that it may have been targeted.

“We have officers searching the area and I am appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened to call me or one of the team.

“The family of the man have been informed of his death and specialist officers continue to liaise with them at this sad time.”

– Chief Inspector Caroline Marsh, Birmingham’s Homicide Team

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, 0800 5511.


Police appeal for help to find missing Dudley teenager

15-year-old Ethan Reynolds Credit: West Midlands Police

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.

– Inspector Rich Demers, Dudley Police


West Bromwich man killed in tree collision named by police

Tarvinder Singh died in the collision Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who died in in a collision in West Bromwich earlier this week has been named by police.

Tarvinder Singh, 42, from West Bromwich died after his Mercedes Sprinter van hit a tree on Wiltshire Road on Monday night.

The father of two was thought to have been on his way home from work when his car collided with a tree.

Police are urging anyone who saw the collision to come forward with information.

Police force shortlisted for diversity award after recruiting one black police officer

West Midlands Police has been shortlisted for a diversity award Credit: PA

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."

– David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

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.

Percentage of new officers hired which the force's sole black recruit represented
Percentage of people in the region who identify as black
  • 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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