Force's mental health work recognised by Deputy Prime Minister

Chief Inspector Sean Russell has spoken of his pride after being hailed an unsung hero of mental health by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Chief Inspector Russell, who leads West Midlands Police’s response to mental health incidents, was amongst 900 people who were singled out as part of a nationwide search to recognise individuals who have supported people with mental health conditions.

But after picking up his runner up award for the West Midlands region Chief Inspector Russell remained modest, and hoped that news of his award would act as a talking point for mental health.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Man dragged along street after Oldbury collision

Detectives are hunting the driver of a small red car after an innocent man was dragged along an Oldbury street as he went to investigate a collision outside his house.

The drama unfolded on Penncricket Lane late on 27 November, when a 37-year-old resident was disturbed by the sound of a loud bang outside.

Darren Shelley-Mellor and his wife ran outside to discover that the householder’s Ford Transit van had been hit by a passing red car.

The man ran over to the vehicle and opened the door to speak to the driver, when the car was put in reverse and began to swerve backwards – taking the van’s owner with it.

The man was dragged over 50 metres along the street until the car collided with a lamppost, smashing the glass in the driver’s door, and throwing the innocent injured man onto the pavement.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

71-year-man jailed for non-recent sexual offences against children

A 71-year-old man has been jailed for non-recent sexual offences against children.

Michael Sharman, of Harrowden Court, Rowletts Hill was found guilty on all charges following a trial in December last year.

He was convicted of buggery, attempted buggery and indecent assault and sentenced today (Friday February 6) at Leicester Crown Court to 18 years in prison.

He was also issued with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

In August 2012, a man disclosed to police he was sexually assaulted by Sharman when he was a child.

Following police investigations a further three men were identified as potential victims of Sharman’s abuse and later gave individual accounts of the abuse they suffered. At the time they were aged between nine and 15 years old.

Sharman was later arrested and charged with the offences which happened between 1987 and 1994.

Detective Constable Gareth Gimson, the investigating officer, said: “The victims have showed immense bravery in reliving the details of their abuse and supporting the investigation throughout.

“We would like to assure victims of non-recent sexual abuse that police will thoroughly investigate their reports with a view to prosecuting the offender and support the victim throughout the investigation. We will also ensure that the victim is referred to relevant agencies that can assist the victim both practically and emotionally.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News