A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to a four month Detention and Training Order after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, as well as driving without a licence and insurance.
The incident happened near to the McDonald’s restaurant on Beauchamp Industrial Park, Wilnecote shortly after midnight on 19 October.
The incident was initially reported incorrectly by some media outlets as a stabbing, but this was not the case.
The first half of a Detention and Training Order is served in custody, the second half is served in the community.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Newcastle Youth Court on 14 November.
The court heard that he had driven a van which struck an 18-year-old man, causing serious head injuries.
The victim was left in a critical condition but is thankfully making a steady recovery.
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SIX firearms have been recovered by West Midlands Police across Birmingham in the space of just 24 hours – and five people arrested – as the force intensifies its focus on anyone linked to gang crime in the city.
The seizures include a loaded revolver found in a 16-year-old lad’s waistband.
He was one of three people detained from a BMW 1-Series in Old Horns Crescent, Great Barr, just after midnight (15 Nov) after they were spotted by officers acting suspiciously.
The 28-year-old driver and passengers aged 16 and 17 were arrested; all three remain in custody for questioning.
A loaded Colt pistol, a knife, gloves and a balaclava were all recovered from the car.
It follows a dawn raid by the force’s Organised Crime & Gangs Team on Tuesday morning that resulted in an 8mm Baikal handgun, 36 rounds of ammunition, and a sawn-off double barrelled shotgun being recovered from a flat in Billesley.
A 47-year-old man has since been charged with possessing guns and bullets.
And armed WMP officers teamed up with the Regional Organised Crime Unit to swoop on an address in Kings Norton yesterday afternoon where they arrested a 26-year-old man and uncovered a revolver and drugs. He is also in police custody for questioning.
Elsewhere, a 26-year-old man was arrested at 2.45pm from an address in Westfield Road, Kings Heath, and a sawn-off shotgun recovered, while another shotgun was seized by police after a member of the public found it at a property in Wood Lane, Erdington.
West Midlands Police Chief Superintendent Rachel Jones said the seizures and arrests send out a strong message to anyone involved in gun crime.
She added: “We’ve taken six viable firearms off the streets of Birmingham in a single day…that’s six less lethal barrelled weapons in the hands of criminals. In all likelihood this work will have prevented serious criminality and potentially a fatal shooting.
“This activity should people in no doubt over our commitment to tackle people who pose the greatest threat to our community. If you have a gun, if you’re storing a gun out of mis-placed loyalty, we will come after you. And there are no excuses; you face many years in jail.
“We are currently supporting a national firearms surrender and I’d encourage anyone in possession of a firearm, or knows where one is being kept, to contact us so that it can be disposed of safely.”
To report suspicions of organised crime, or for help and advice on exiting gangs, visit the West Midlands Police website.
YOUNGSTERS of Staffordshire – the Police and Crime Commissioner wants YOUR help.
Founded and funded by the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the Commission is looking for new members, between the ages of 14-25, following a successful first year.
And if you feel you can make a difference to youth issues, want to be involved in policing and have your say about how crime is tackled, then even better. We might just have the role for you.
The Youth Commission wants volunteers from the Staffordshire policing area who will work with the existing members of the group to take the project forward.
Looking for people who reflect the diverse population of the county, the Youth Commission seeks individuals who are willing to participate in quarterly meetings, develop skills and come up with creative ideas for workshops – while helping tackle some of the issues impacting on young people.
Matthew Ellis, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: ‘The Youth Commission is an important addition to the PCC portfolio.
‘It’s important the needs and the voices of youngsters are serviced by young people themselves.
‘The first year was both rewarding and exciting for our young members. We hope a new intake will add further fresh impetus, bring new ideas and continue the excellent work of our current group.’
The Youth Commission’s first year report identified the biggest challenges for youngsters.
These included knife and gang crime, cyber bullying, drug/alcohol abuse and educating youngsters about police work.
Rose Dowling – director of Leaders Unlocked, which runs the Youth Commission on the PCC’s behalf – is looking forward to welcoming new members.
‘We’re looking for a diverse group of young adults who truly reflect the youth population, including those from marginalised and under-represented groups.
‘This is a unique opportunity for young people to play a leadership role working alongside the PCC and the Police to address pressing problems such as knife crime, hate crime and mental health that affects the lives of so many young people.’
Further endorsement of the Youth Commission was provided by member Imogen Pople.
The 17-year-old said: ‘Being a part of the Youth Commission has benefitted me massively.
‘Not only am I able to work with fun and kind individuals but I’m also given opportunities which help me widen my knowledge and experience.
‘Most importantly it allows me to voice the opinions of those who want change but believe they don’t have the voice or aren’t important enough to bring this change.’
A RECRUITMENT campaign to find paramedics of the future looks likely set to set new records for the level of interest.
Since the application opened on NHS Jobs, just over 21,000 people have viewed the job description and person specification. Not only that, over 450 have actually applied, with another 850 still working on their applications.
Last December, a similar advert brought in 10,000 views and 28 applications.
Recruitment Manager, Louise Harris, said: “After the success of TV programmes like ‘Ambulance’ (BBC One), ‘999 On The Frontline’ (More 4) and ‘Inside the Ambulance’ (W Channel), the ambulance service, particularly in the West Midlands, has never been so high profile.
“There is no doubt that we have seen a huge level of interest in the role of paramedic and also those staff who work in our control rooms. Our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@officialWMAS) have seen loads of people asking for more information.
“It is great news that so many people have taken the time to look at the role of student paramedic. As an ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, it opens up possibilities to a wide range of people in the region.
“We have seen people apply from all different communities but also people from their teens to their 50s; many who are looking at a complete career change or even a second career change.
“From our perspective, this is excellent news because it means we get a really good variety of people from all walks of life, area, ethnic group and community which can only be good for the service.”
Applications close at 11.59pm on Thursday 9th November. To apply you need to have at least five GCSEs (A – C grade) including English, Maths and Science, and a single A Level in any subject. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted. In addition, you must at least have applied for you C1 driving licence.
DETECTIVES investigating a hit and run in September involving a woman and her new born baby have released a picture of a man they would like to speak to.
Andrew Rose, aged 32, is believed to have left the scene on foot leaving behind a blue Mazda MPS Aero Sports car that had hit the 28-year-old and her four-day-old old baby on the A34 Walsall Road, Great Barr at 6pm on the 23 September.
Andrew is known to frequent Aston and Walsall. He is described as being around 6’8″ ins, heavily built black man with brown eyes, a black beard and moustache.
Anyone who spots Andrew or know of his whereabouts should not approach him, but should contact police urgently on 999. Both mother and baby have since been discharged from hospital and are continuing to recover at home.
WANTED: Andrew Rose
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We urgently need to speak to this man and I would like to appeal to him directly to hand himself into police.
“We have trawled CCTV in the area and visited a number of addresses known to Andrew in our search for him.
“If anyone has any information about where Andrew may be, or saw what happened in the area at the time, please contact us as soon as possible.” Anyone who knows of Andrew’s whereabouts or has any information is urged to call police on 999 quoting log 2124 23/09/17.
Alternatively people can pass information on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
A SENIOR West Midlands Police officer been suspended after being summonsed for an offence under the Official Secrets Act.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale faces allegations relating to a failure to safeguard sensitive documents.
Mr Beale has now been suspended, putting his career in jeopardy and he is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at 10am on 7 December.
The summons relates to a Metropolitan Police investigation into the alleged failure to safeguard sensitive documents after items were stolen from an unmarked car which was being used by Mr Beale in May.
A number of personal belongings were taken during the theft, along with a locked box containing documents relating to police matters.
West Midlands police said they were conducting a separate investigation into who targeted Mr Beale’s car.
Due to the nature of the documents lost, the Metropolitan Police Service was asked by West Midlands Police to undertake an independent investigation into any criminal liabilities. The MPS’ Specialist Operations Directorate has national responsibilities in relation to offences under the Official Secrets Act and it was deemed more appropriate for an outside force independent of the officer to investigate.
The Met police said: “The summons relates to a Metropolitan police investigation into the alleged failure to safeguard sensitive documents after items were stolen from an unmarked police car in May.
“A number of personal belongings were taken during the theft, along with a locked box containing documents relating to police matters. The theft from the vehicle is being investigated locally.
“Due to the nature of the documents lost, the Metropolitan Police Service was asked by West Midlands police to undertake an independent investigation into any criminal liabilities. The Met’s specialist operations directorate has national responsibilities in relation to offences under the Official Secrets Act.”
THIS is the moment firearms officers safely disarmed a man as he marched towards them carrying two knives, in footage captured on body cameras now being rolled out to police across the West Midlands.
The video shows armed police racing towards a residential block in Birmingham city centre following reports that a man had stabbed two knives into a wooden reception desk.
Staff locked themselves in an office and called police, who were faced by Aron Tesfalem as he left the block, at around 7pm on 3 October.
The images show how Tesfalem was ordered around 10 times to drop the knives before officers, who have their guns drawn, decided to deploy the Taser.
The force has released the images to show the threats firearms officers routinely face, as well as the power of body worn video (BWV) in capturing vital evidence for court.
Tesfalem, 20, later told police he was drunk and angry after a laptop he had paid £400 for failed to materialise, and that he had not understood the officers’ commands.
He said he did not know what his intentions with the knives were. He pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a bladed article following the confrontation, outside the block where he lived on William Booth Lane, Birmingham city centre.
On 2 November at Birmingham Crown Court, he was jailed for a year.
Chief Inspector Danny Delaney, from the firearms unit, said: “This incident is an example of the professionalism and restraint West Midlands firearms officers demonstrate when dealing with highly volatile violent incidents.
“Officers undergo 14 weeks of intensive training where they are trained to deal with all types of situations, always trying to use the minimum amount of force necessary.
“The firearms operations unit provide a response to armed criminality and violent incidents 24/7.
“They are managed via an effective intelligence-led patrol strategy which ensures armed response vehicles are in the best location to provide a prompt response to these types of incidents in support of their unarmed colleagues.”
More than 1,400 West Midlands Police officers have been issued with BWV cameras. They are used whenever officers are called to domestic incidents, and are routinely used when officers are required to exercise their authority, for example making arrests or carrying out stop and search.
Within the next six months, all frontline officers are expected to receive their own camera, and all other officers will have access to cameras if they need them.
Acting Sergeant Will Salt, the force’s expert on body worn video, said: “The cameras are able to show exactly how events unfolded and provide the best possible evidence in court, often when people are contesting versions of events.
“They are an important tool in our commitment to be transparent and open with the public.
“Officers are asking me when they will get their own cameras, because they feel that they will help protect them against complaints and assist in bringing offenders to justice.
“There have been occasions where officers have spoken to people who have been injured while the scene of an assault, or vulnerable victims of domestic abuse.
“This has meant that officers have been able to pursue a prosecution, in cases where the victim would otherwise have not been willing or able to come to court.”
POLICE in Warwickshire have swooped on a cannabis grow in Atherstone Town Centre following information from members of the public.
Based on intelligence from the local community, Atherstone Police raided an address in Atherstone Town Centre where a Cannabis grow was found in the loft space.
The female occupant of the property was arrested and dealt with for the offence.
The occupant had erected an elaborate operation where the plants were allowed to grow. A number of mature cannabis plants were seized together with the equipment that had been installed.
PC TEW from Atherstone SNT said: “I would urge members of the public to report any concerns or suspicious behaviour to the Police. As local officers we will actively deal with any offenders in the town and surrounding areas. Any concerns can be reported to the Police via 101 or anonymously [to crimestoppers] on 0800 555111”
OFFICERS from Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a head on collision on Saturday (28 October), just off junction 10 of the M42, heading towards Planters Garden Centre.
The incident happened around 6.25pm when a black VW Golf was involved in a collision with a white Mini Cooper. Staffordshire Police, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended the scene.
The driver of the Mini Cooper, a man in his 20s, was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire with injuries that were described as potentially life threatening.
When emergency services arrived on scene, both vehicles were well ablaze. The road has seen temporary traffic lights in place since the incident whilst the road surface is repaired.
The collision occurred on the un-lit stretch of road during hours of darkness.
Any witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw the manner in which either vehicle was being driven before hand is asked to contact PC 1629 Adderley by calling 101, asking for Warwickshire Police and quoting incident number 346 of 28 October.