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Police officer injured in Holbrooks hit-and-run doesn't recognise his wife

Police officer injured in Holbrooks hit-and-run doesn't recognise his wife
PC Chris Burnham was knocked down in the line of duty The police officer who was the victim of a hit-and-run in Holbrooks has been left unable to reco...
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Machete attacks and gunmen - the reality of life on the front line with a police firearms unit

Machete attacks and gunmen - the reality of life on the front line with a police firearms unit
Birmingham Live spent a night on patrol with West Midlands Police firearms Unit. A car has been rammed and a passenger is believed to be carrying a gu...
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West Midlands Police face battle on mental health

West Midlands Police face battle on mental health
West Midlands Police force has lost a combined 114 years of work due to officers suffering from mental health issues in one year, new figures have rev...
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West Midlands Police to double number of officers carrying Tasers

West Midlands Police to double number of officers carrying Tasers
By this time next year, more than 1,440 officers will be armed with Tasers More police officers in the West Midlands are being given Tasers - to try a...
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A RETIRED SERGEANT LIFTS THE LID ON HIS 24 YEARS OF SERVICE

A RETIRED SERGEANT LIFTS THE LID ON HIS 24 YEARS OF SERVICE
I retired from West Midlands Police in December 2018 after 24 years’ service and I couldn’t be happier about it. The only downside was that it was due...
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Lives saved" as WMP seizes 100-plus firearms so far in 2018

Lives saved" as WMP seizes 100-plus firearms so far in 2018
West Midlands Police has taken more than 100 firearms off the region’s streets so far this year - recoveries that have “undoubtedly saved lives" accor...
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Man shot by Police , Six arrests made

Man shot by Police , Six arrests made
Man sustains arm injury as six people are arrested on suspicion of firearms offences Officers from West Midlands police forced their way into the hous...
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Ross Kemp speaks out over reaction to armed police documentary

Ross Kemp speaks out over reaction to armed police documentary
His one-off ITV documentary, Ross Kemp and the Armed Police , was a no-holds barred look at guns as part of ITV's Crime & Punishment season Ross K...
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PC faces gunman after routine burglary call

PC faces gunman after routine burglary call
  PC Jemma Follows has her Taser drawn when the teenager emerges, but he vanishes from sight and she withdraws from the house. Undeterred, the re...
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Horrific moment police officer screams in terror as thug tears chunks out of her hair

Horrific moment police officer screams in terror as thug tears chunks out of her hair
One of the country’s top cops is personally taking steps to highlight the impact of officers or police staff being assaulted or abused on our streets....
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Armed police stopping cars and pedestrians in Christmas Market security crackdown

Armed police stopping cars and pedestrians in Christmas Market security crackdown
Armed police officers are stopping cars and pedestrians in Birmingham city centre in a security crackdown ahead of the launch of the German Christmas ...
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Body worn video shows firearms officers disarming knife man with a Taser

Body worn video shows firearms officers disarming knife man with a Taser
  This is the moment firearms officers safely disarmed a man as he marched towards them carrying two knives, in footage captured on body cameras ...
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Jailed for supplying sawn-off shotguns

Jailed for supplying sawn-off shotguns
Two men from Birmingham who were responsible for supplying sawn-off shotguns to organised crime groups have been jailed for more than 55 years, a...
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Police mount 1,000 firearms operations after shootings across West Midlands

Police mount 1,000 firearms operations after shootings across West Midlands
  Force gun amnesty has seen 118 items handed in, including 37 lethal weapons and ammunition West Midlands Police has mounted more than 1,000 fir...
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Five held after police officers shot at in Birmingham

Five held after police officers shot at in Birmingham
A group of men opened fire at their vehicle. Five men have been arrested after officers were shot at during an operation to crack down on gun crime. S...
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West Midlands Police are deploying firearms to 60% more incidents compared to last year.

West Midlands Police are deploying firearms to 60% more incidents compared to last year.
Armed officers in the West Midlands Police were deployed on 672 more operations in the year ending March 2017 than in the year ending March 2016. West...
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Police shoot man in Birmingham street during armed arrest

Police shoot man in Birmingham street during armed arrest
Police have shot and injured a man on a street in south-west Birmingham. An armed officer fired his weapon in Hereford Close, Rubery, at about 21:00 B...
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Replica firearms putting Birmingham teens at risk as gun crime surges

Replica firearms putting Birmingham teens at risk as gun crime surges
  Armed police would be called to any incidents - sparking fears of tragic mistake Police have warned that teenagers are putting themselves in da...
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Joint firearms operation leads to arrests

Joint firearms operation leads to arrests
Two men have been charged with seven firearms offences after they were arrested by armed officers from the National Crime Agency. Zahid Ali (33) from ...
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