West Midlands Police Authority is looking for volunteers to serve as custody visitors. Custody visitors make random surprise visits, in pairs, to police cells. They talk to people who are being detained by police, and then write a short report on their visit for the Police Authority. The purpose of the visits is to ensure that decent standards are being maintained, and correct procedures being followed.
Volunteers attend a one day initial training event. They then conduct a one hour custody visit every six weeks.
Custody visitors must be more than 18 years old and live in the West Midlands. No special skills are required as full training and support is provided. They are expected to be good listeners, non-judgemental and capable of making unbiased observations.
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Paul Norton on 0121 626 5685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is Friday 13th July.
Two men, aged 22 and 29 have been arrested following an aggravated burglary in Tyburn Road last night at around 9.10pm. Masked burglars had forced their way into the house, punched and threatened the woman and made off with her car keys. Police recovered a BB gun and a machete in a nearby alleyway.
The man who fell from the upper storey of Moat Lane car park this afternoon has died in hospital from his injuries. He has yet to be identified.
A man is in a critical condition after falling from the top of the Moat Street car park in Birmingham. Police had been called to the scene this morning when members of the public reported a man standing dangerously close to the edge of the building on the top floor of the car park.
He fell at around 3.35pm this afternoon, and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Roads are closed around Moat Lane and Bradford Street, and police are advising people to avoid the area where possible.
Police have closed city centre roads after a man was reported to be dangerously close to the edge of the upper floor of Moat Lane multi-storey car park. Members of the public alerted police to the danger at around 11.30am today.
Moat Lane has been closed at the junctions with Bradford Street and traffic is being diverted along local roads.
People are advised to avoid the Bradford Street and Moat Lane areas whilst officers attempt to bring the incident to a safe conclusion. Digbeth coach station remains open to passengers, however pedestrians and traffic are being diverted at the current time
West Midlands Police have warned the media to be responsible in their reporting of the Walsall shootings in which two people were killed on Friday. The Sun newspaper has used a photograph of a woman, with a caption indicating that she has been arrested. Police have today issued a statement saying: “The woman in the photograph is in no way connected to this investigation and is understandably upset that her image has been printed in the national press. The image of the woman has been removed from The Sun’s website and support is being offered to her by West Midlands Police.In light of this, we would remind media colleagues of your duty to report responsibly in relation to this investigation.”
Six men have been sent to prison for attacking police as they tried to deal with last summer’s riots. The armed rioters fired shots at a police helicopter during the incident last August in Birmingham. The jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard that the rioters had set fire to a pub to lure the police to the scene before attacking them.
After a five week trial, Nicholas Francis, 26, Tyrone Laidley,20, Renardo Farrell,20, Wayne Collins, 25, and Jermaine Lewis,27, were found guilty of riot, possessing firearms and reckless arson.
Francis, from Great Barr, was sentenced to 30 years in prison; Laidley, from Nechells, was jailed for 23 years; Lewis, from Oldbury, was handed a 23-year sentence; and Luton man Collins and Farrell, from Nechells, were both imprisoned for 18 years.
In an unusual step, the judge allowed a youth offender to be named. Amirul Rahman a 17-year-old from Aston was jailed for 12 years for riot and possession of a firearm.