West Midlands Police

Police cleared over chase that ended in fatal crash

An inquiry has concluded police were not for blame for a crash that killed a young woman in Birmingham last July.

Sarah Giles (pictured below) died and her boyfriend was seriously injured when Branden Daniels lost control of a stolen Audi A3 and crashed into their vehicle.

He had been pursued by West Midlands Police officers, but the Independent Office for Police Conduct said the chase had been "authorised, proportionate and carried out in accordance with local and national policy".

Sarah Giles
West Midlands Police

The IOPC also said: "The police officers drove a safe distance behind the stolen vehicle and ultimately it was the manner in which the Audi was driven which led to such tragic consequences."

Police given £7.6m to tackle violent crime


West Midlands Police has been given an extra £7.6m by the government to tackle serious violence.

Tent in Wolverhampton after shooting on Monday

The Home Office has today revealed how it's distributed the last of a £100m fund it announced in March after a rise in violent crime.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he wanted the police forces to take "urgent action" such as having more officers on duty in the worst-affected areas.

It comes after shootings in Wolverhampton and Birmingham this week and a string of stabbings since January in the West Midlands area.

The latest Office of National Statistics figures show West Midlands Police recorded 24 gun offences per 100,000 residents in the force area in 2017-2018, more than double the average for England and Wales.