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West Midlands Police funding cuts to be debated in Westminster

West Midlands Police have faced significant cuts over the last five years Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Funding for West Midlands Police will be discussed in Westminster today ahead of a crucial government consultation on police funding next week.

Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield, will be heading up the debate which is due to start at 2.30pm.

A recent National Audit Office report found that over the last five years the West Midlands was hit with cuts (23%) twice as hard as forces in other areas (12%).

Cuts made to West Midlands Police in the last five years

"The West Midlands Police walk the beat and respond to some of the most diverse and challenging calls in the country. In many communities like mine, PCSOs are well known faces in our shopping centres and residential areas, doing vital job in deterring crime and building confidence amongst local people."

At a time when crime is increasingly demanding and intensive, it is plain wrong that our region is at risk of losing further frontline services as result of the Government's plan.

– Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield


Men remain in custody over false police kidnap plot

The three men remain in custody Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Three men arrested yesterday on suspicion of providing a false terror tip-off about a police kidnap plot remain in custody this morning as enquiries continue.

The men, including a serving police officer at Birmingham West & Central Local Policing Unit, were arrested on suspicion of falsely tipping off West Midlands Police that an officer would be kidnapped as part of a terrorist plot.

Police respond to claims criminals are escaping because of 'sirenless' cars

West Midlands Police have responded to claims made yesterday that the use of Vauxhall Corsa cars to deal with emergency calls means criminals are more likely to escape.

Without sirens, a vehicle is not able to break speed limits or jump traffic lights even if in pursuit of a criminal.

Responding on Twitter, West Midlands Police revealed precisely how many emergency calls the Corsa vehicles responsed to - and also included a loud demonstration of sirens on other police vehicle.

Read more on this story here.


Two arrested in Birmingham over Syria terror offences

Two people have been arrested in Birmingham today on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to Syria.

They were detained at an address in Sparkbrook by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit around 7.30am this morning.

They are a 38-year-old man and 31-year-old woman who have been arrested on suspicion of preparation for Acts of Terrorism.

The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led and police have confirmed that there was no immediate threat to public safety.

Police release photos over theft of bike worth £7500

The man attempts to cover his face Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are looking to speak to a man caught on CCTV after a valuable bike worth £7500 was stolen from a petrol station forecourt.

The bike was stolen on Thursday August 20 at the Shell garage in Northgate, Aldridge.

Police believe the man seen in CCTV footage rode off on the bespoke bike when the rider left it unattended to get change from the kiosk.

It’s understood he jumped from the passenger seat of a white Transit before putting the bike - a turquoise Santa Cruz Nomad with pink writing - into the back of the van.

The owner, a cycle enthusiast, had saved up to pay for the bike, which was built with parts imported from as far afield as Canada.

The man is seen in CCTV footage Credit: West Midlands Police
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