Quick-thinking cop catches rider on stolen motorbike

A motorbike thief was caught by a quick-thinking cop who leapt from his unmarked patrol car while the unsuspecting rider was stuck in traffic.

David Hart was off guard as PC Mitchell Darby jumped out of the police vehicle to grab and arrest him in Belchers Lane, Bordesley Green, in May.

The KSR Moto GRS 125 had flagged up as being stolen while PC Darby, from the roads policing unit, and a colleague were on routine traffic duties.

They followed the bike in the unmarked car for a brief period before PC Darby sharply sprung into action when unaware Hart had stopped in stationary traffic.

The arrest was caught on camera and 27 year-old Hart, of Perrywood Grove, Great Barr, was convicted of taking the bike without consent in his absence at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 13 July.

He was arrested by officers as a wanted man and was sentenced on Monday (17 July) to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and to pay £705 costs and victim surcharge.

He was sentenced on the basis of taking the vehicle without consent but not being the original taker and also banned from the road for nine months for having no licence or insurance.

Hart also received a £50 fine for being found with cannabis and a similar sum for failing to appear at court.

PC Darby said: “The bike flagged up as being stolen but we didn’t want to risk not making the arrest; as we did not know whether the rider would race off if he became aware we were officers.

“Once we came into stationary traffic I made the decision to quickly jump out of the car and managed to grab hold and arrest Hart.

“It emerged the bike had been stolen from Northampton almost two weeks earlier and we found that the ignition barrel was completely missing, meaning it had been ‘hot wired,’ while the fuel cap had been forced open as this was usually locked and secured with the key.

“It is not clear who stole it originally but it ended up in the hands of Hart who had no hesitation in treating it like his own.

“The action we took highlights that vehicle crime will not be tolerated.”

Source:: West Midlands Police News

CCTV footage released after a man is attacked in Small Heath

Police have released CCTV footage as part of an on-going investigation into a serious assault that took place in Small Heath earlier this month.

A 19-year-old man was rushed to hospital with life-threatening head injuries and placed into an induced coma after being assaulted outside the Coventry Road Medical Centre at 3.50pm on Monday 3 July.

The man remains in hospital in a serious condition. The full extent of his injuries is not yet known and it is not clear whether he will fully recover.

Investigating Officer DC Dan Busby said: “The attack happened at a really busy time of day and there would have been a number of people in the area. But, to date only one witness has come forward and spoken to police.

“The victim, who was due to start a new job has been left with severe head injuries and may never regain consciousness. We are working hard to piece together the evidence we have, but are urging anyone in the area at the time of the attack to come forward.

“If you were there, believe you know who is responsible, or have any other information which may assist our enquiry − no matter how small, please share this with us so we can take those responsible off the streets and prevent this from happening again.

“Please take a minute to view the footage. I acknowledge the CCTV is poor quality but it is enough to jog the memory of anyone who was in the area at the time.”

If you have any information about this vicious assault please contact West Midlands Police on 101. Please quote crime number 20BW/140089N/17.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Police appeal for witnesses following a collision in Sedgley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious collision between a car and a pedestrian in Sedgley yesterday (21 July).

Officers were called to Bilston Street, outside The Beacon Hotel at around 4.40pm to reports a 62-year-old man had been struck by a red Audi A3.

The man was taken to hospital and remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

The driver of the Audi stopped at the scene and is assisting officers with the investigation.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from the Collision Investigation Unit, said: “There were quite a few people around before and after the collision took place.
“We are urging anyone who has not yet come forward with information to call us on 101.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Paul Hughes at FL_COLLISION @west-midlands.pnn.police.uk quoting log 1872 22/7 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.

Officers are extremely worried for 15-year-old Aaron’s safety as he has learning difficulties.

Aaron is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, short and stocky. He has short ginger hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a dark blue rain jacket, burgundy jogging bottoms, an orange t-shirt, trainers and carrying two black over the shoulder bags.

Aaron is particularly vulnerable and police are urging anyone who has seen him to get in contact as soon as possible.

If you have information please call the Locate Team at Wednesfield on 101 ext 872 3050.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Detective Academy: New investigators united in passion for cracking crime

West Midlands Police’s new breed of detectives range from seasoned cops with almost 20 years’ police experience to new recruits with burning ambitions to crack crime.

Almost 70 officers graduated from the force’s Detective Academy last month after passing their National Investigators exams and have now been assigned to CID teams or Public Protection Units.

Among them are PCs Gavin Green and Clare Thorley.

Gavin started his police career in 2001 and has spent the last seven years as a motorway cop, most recently as an investigator with the Collision Investigation Unit dealing with serious and fatal road crashes.

By contrast Clare joined the force less than three years ago and, after impressing as a student officer, was posted to an Investigation Team tackling acquisitive crime like burglaries and robberies before transferring to Coventry Police’s child abuse team.

They arrived at the Academy − the only one of its kind in UK policing − via very different routes but both are proving to have the tenacity, determination and inquisitive nature needed to make it as a top detective.

Gavin − who was an illustrator before joining the police and helped create Disney, Warner Bros and Simpsons characters − said: “I’ve worked on many complex collision investigations − looking at crash reconstruction and gathering evidence to determine if collisions are accidental or if someone was to blame.

“There is a lot of similarities between collision investigations and traditional crime cases. I’ve also worked on cross-border and national investigations so feel I’ve got a good foundation as a crime investigator.

“To be a good detective I think you need a good “copper’s nose” − you need to be able to read people well and have sound intuition. So classic policing skills twinned with high-tech investigative methods to help catch offenders and get justice for victims.

“I currently work with a domestic abuse team and have worked on cases including assaults, harassments, stalking, kidnaps and rapes. But the work isn’t purely investigatory: a lot of time is dedicated to protecting vulnerable victims, securing restraining orders and working with partners like women’s hostels.”

Clare was a financial services head-hunter before joining West Midlands Police as a Student Officer in 2014 − and says she made the move into policing with the ambition of becoming a Detective Constable.

She said: “It’s satisfying seeing a case through from the initial crime report, investigating, gathering evidence, interviewing and ultimately seeing offenders convicted.

“Investigations can be drawn-out so I find being determined and patient are important attributes. And you have to be well-organised because often you have several cases progressing at once and a large workload to manage.

“Being a good communicator is also important − in child abuse enquires we work alongside several agencies so it’s important that communication is clear and consistent and we are working together in the best interests of victims. Being able to develop and maintain good relationships with victims so they feel supported throughout the process is also important.

“I’ve been with the Child Abuse Team for three months and am investigating serious neglect, sexual assaults on children and assisting with cases of sudden infant deaths where we’re looking to determine if there are any suspicious circumstances.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity the Academy has provided me.”

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Police arrest a man in connection with liquid attack in Solihull following media appeal

Police arrest a man in connection with liquid attack in Solihull following media appeal

A 23-year-old local man handed himself in this morning (21 July) following an appeal for information after a man was squirted with what is believed to have been cleaning fluid in Solihull on Tuesday.

The incident took place at around 8pm outside a pub in Dickens Heath, Solihull.

The local man is currently in custody where he is being questioned about what happened.

Anyone who has not yet spoken to police who has information about the incident is asked to contact PC Spencer via 101 (ext: 891 3092) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Police tackle firearm offences

Police are continuing in their efforts to make the streets of the West Midlands safer by cracking down on those that choose to use or carry guns

A number of arrests have been made over the last few days in connection with firearm use and police are planning more operations in the coming weeks to tackle the recent number of incidents the force has been called to deal with.

This morning a 24-year-old man was arrested from an address in Acocks Green, Birmingham after officers carried out a firearms warrant at his address.

The man is currently in custody after being arrested by police at 3.15am today on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life at a house in Douglas Road. He was arrested in connection with shots fired from a handgun in Warwick Road, Acocks Green in May.

Also on July 19, officers arrested a 19-year-old man from Sparkhill on suspicion of importation of a section 5 firearm and recovered six torch type stun devices from his address (pictured below).

The man has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Over the past couple of weeks there have been enhanced patrols of Birmingham, with officers carrying out stop checks on vehicles at a number of locations. These are part of series of on-going operations aimed at increasing public safety and are not as result of any specific threat or intelligence.

Superintendent Mat Shaer, who is leading on the crackdown, said: “The increased patrols and activity is to offer reassurance to or communities and we remain hugely grateful to the overwhelming support the public have given to our officers and their mission to prevent crime. The force continues to have significant resources on the streets and on standby to respond to emergency incidents.

“We will not tolerate people who carry firearms or knives on our streets. It is really important that we tackle all violence together so if you see something or hear about someone who is planning to use violence against others, we need to know so we can try to do something about it.”

There are many ways you can report – through local police on 101 or in an emergency 999. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Two jailed for death of passenger in Christmas Day crash

Two Birmingham men have been jailed for a total of 15 years after a Christmas Day crash on the Stratford Road in Hall Green resulted in the death of a passenger.

Asim Shaikh died five days after the collision in the early hours of 25 December 2014. He was the passenger in a stolen red Skoda driven by Kaesar Ali, aged 27 from Clarence Road, Sparkhill.

Ali (pictured left) and co-defendant, Mohammed Kamran, aged 28 from Meadway, Yardley, were driving at speeds of up to 78mph in the 30mph zone.

Kamran, driving a silver Ford Focus, was side by side with the Skoda approaching the junction with School Road, when it clipped the other vehicle causing the Skoda to veer off and collide with traffic lights and overturn.

Ali and Mr Shaikh, aged 29 from Hall Green, were taken to hospital with serious injuries, but Asim failed to recover. Ali pleaded guilty to the death of his friend by dangerous driving and was sentenced to six years.

He was also sentenced to 16 months for a further offence of dangerous driving, again in a stolen vehicle, that occurred several months after the collision. He also received three years for theft and money laundering, all to run consecutively.

Kamran pleaded not guilty to death by dangerous driving and following two trials has been convicted of Mr Shaikh’s death and sentenced to four years.

Both will be banned from driving, Ali for eight years and Kamran for five, and both will be required to sit an extended retest before being allowed behind the wheel again.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a perfect example of how dangerous driving can change lives, not only for the victim and his family, but the drivers who risked their own lives too, and will now have to spend many years behind bars wondering if it was worth it.

“Speed limits are there for a reason, not just for busy routes, but for when roads are quiet too as this case shows.”

Both were sentenced today (Friday 21 July) at Birmingham Crown Court.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

35 years jail for Black Country drugs family 

Four members of a drugs gang have been jailed after a West Midlands Police investigation estimated they supplied heroin and cocaine worth £100,000s onto the streets of the Black Country.

Steven Narwain, from Sutton Road in Walsall, was the hands-on boss of the network.

He imported drugs from Amsterdam, controlled the group’s ‘drug hotline’ − which had more than 800 customer contacts − and personally delivered consignments to buyers in his BMW.

Friend Barinderpal Malhi used his Highbury Road home in Smethwick to receive drugs consignments, while brothers Randip and Hardip Daley acted as right-hand men and took the reins when Narwain was shopping for drugs on the Continent.

(pictured l/r Steven Narwain, Barinderpal Malhi, Randip Daley, Hardip Daley)

Over a 10-month period from December 2015 to October 2016 it’s suspected they plagued communities in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell with a steady supply of Class A drugs.

Police enquiries led officers to a ‘safe house’ in Smethwick where drugs were stored − and from where links to Narwain and his associates were established.

And another warrant executed at a storage unit in Axletree Way, Wednesbury, uncovered a drug preparation set-up complete with scales and dealer bags. An electrical stun device disguised as a mobile phone was also found at the unit and examination of its instruction booklet revealed 25-year-old Narwain’s fingerprints.

The group initially denied conspiracy to supply drugs but Narwain, Malhi (44) and 27-year-old Randip Daley, from Clay Lane in Oldbury, entered guilty pleas during their court trial. Hardip Daley was found guilty by a jury.

Narwain also admitted possessing a disguised firearm − and at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday 19 July he was jailed for 10-and-a-half years for drugs supply plus a further two-and-a-half years for possessing the stun gun.

Barinderpal Malhi was handed an eight year jail term and the Daley brothers both given prison spells of seven years.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Daniel Halford, said: “We seized a phone that was effectively a Black Country drugs line… it was being extensively used and a drugs expert witness said it contained the largest drugs customer list he’d seen in 25 years.

“Steven Narwain ran the enterprise and was actively involved at all levels. He travelled to Amsterdam on 29 August and contacted Randip Daley asking him to transfer almost 8,000 Euros. He visited a Dutch post office and days later a 1.2kg package arrived at Highbury Road… it’s strongly suspected that was a drugs parcel.

“He’d previously had his fingers burned having been found carrying 33,000 Euros in cash at Birmingham Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Amsterdam. That money was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

“Our investigation has brought down a significant drugs supply chain, one that would have brought untold misery to people in Black Country communities. I’m pleased they’ve been handed lengthy jail terms; people need to understand that if they get involved in drug supply they face long stints behind bars.”

A Proceeds of Crime Act investigation will take place in due course to strip Narwain and other gang members of any cash or assets that can be linked to drug dealing.

Malhi’s son − 18-year-old Harnek Malhi − was found guilty of perverting the course of justice for hampering police efforts to trace his father and tipping off other group members.

Surinder Narwain − father of the ringleader − admitted the same charge having made efforts to disconnect the drug line phone while his son was on remand in prison.

They were handed suspended custodial sentences of 15- and 24-months respectively and both ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work.

Source:: West Midlands Police News