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Safer 6 Is Back 

23 Sep

Safer 6 Campaign is Back for Autumn 2015 Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back again for 2015 – Six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the boroughs six towns.


Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.


Poland here we come! 

7 Jul

Members of Wednesbury Young Firefighters Association are set to head off to Poland to represent the UK in the 2015 CTIF (International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire) competition.


A sound partnership! 

22 Jun

A Birmingham community group is set to be heard loud and clear, after receiving a second-hand PA system from West Midlands Fire Service.


Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May

Battering Ram Cam - Crime blitz continues across Sandwell This week saw another series of early morning raids across Sandwell as part of #SpringSafer6.


Oldbury Fire 

29 Apr

At 1.17pm today (Wed 29 April) we received a 999 call reporting a large fire at a plastics factory on Tat Bank Road in the Langley area of Oldbury.


Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect’s house 

23 Apr

Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect's house Dramatic footage of the moment police in the Black Country broke down the booby-trapped door of a suspected drug dealer.


WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids 

21 Apr

WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids Seven people have been arrested in a series of co-ordinated dawn raids across Birmingham and the Black Country in a blitz on criminals in Sandwell.


Black Country brolly robbers in action 

17 Apr

Black Country brolly robbers in action Footage showing a group of Black Country robbers who used umbrellas to mask their entrance into a Farmfoods shop in Tipton.


Pair jailed after death of Smethwick woman 

17 Apr

Pair jailed after death of Smethwick woman A teenager has today been jailed for 12 years for murdering a 47-year-old Smethwick woman.


WBA support police appeal to find hit and run driver 

2 Apr

WBA support police appeal to find hit and run driver Adam Jones, from Wednesbury, died when he was hit by a blue Volkswagen Bora as he crossed the junction of Beacon View Road and Walsall Road in West Bromwich with his bike just after 7.30pm...


Industrial Action 

18 Feb

Update issued at 12.10pm Wednesday 25 February Since the 24-hour strike by firefighters started at 7am today, we have attended two incidents: 07:30 Sutton Coldfield: false alarm 11:27 Aston: false alarm We have 23 fire engines, one Brigade...


Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich 

11 Feb

Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich Police are appealing for witnesses following an attack on a man waiting for a bus in West Bromwich.


Robbers locked up for nearly 25 years 

20 Jan

Robbers locked up for nearly 25 years Footage of two robbers forcing their way into a home in Tipton in order to steal the householder's chain from her neck.


An interesting day 

16 Jan

Many thanks to Jan Britton, Chief Executive at Sandwell Council, for letting us share his latest staff blog.


Smethwick factory blaze monitored from above 

4 Jan

Smethwick factory blaze monitored from above At the beginning of December the NPAS helicopter was tasked to provide updates for the fire service on a huge fire in Smethwick.


CCTV released after assault in Wednesbury 

29 Dec

CCTV released after assault in Wednesbury We have issued CCTV footage of a man and a girl we would like to trace after a man was assaulted in Wednesbury.


Police appeal after car number plates stolen – Cradley Heath railway station 

19 Dec

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after front and rear number plates were stolen from a car parked at Cradley Heath railway station car park on Monday, 1 December 2014.


Police appeal after car number plates stolen – Cradley Heath railway station 

19 Dec

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after front and rear number plates were stolen from a car parked at Cradley Heath railway station car park on Monday, 1 December 2014.


Police release CCTV stills after phone snatch – Smethwick Galton Bridge 

8 Dec

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help after the theft of a mobile phone from a woman at Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station.


Police release CCTV stills after phone snatch – Smethwick Galton Bridge 

8 Dec

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help after the theft of a mobile phone from a woman at Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station.


A look at our high rise training facility (long version) 

13 Nov

A look at our high rise training facility (long version) Our high rise training building, in Oldbury, is a unique training facility used by our firefighters to simulate realistic scenarios of fires that may take place in high rise buildings...


A big thank you from Office Team 

13 Nov

A big thank you from Office Team You may remember that in June 2013, a Chinese lantern caused a fire at a recycling plant in Smethwick, Birmingham.


Car chase across the Black Country 

17 Oct

Car chase across the Black Country Dramatic footage shows 20-year-old Martin Doherty from Flintshire and four passengers being pursued through Dudley and Tipton after failing to stop for police in December 2012.


CCTV: Attempted car theft in Wednesbury 

30 Sep

CCTV: Attempted car theft in Wednesbury Visit our website for more information at http://www.


Safer 6 is back! 

22 Sep

Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back for 2014 – six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the borough’s six towns.


Tenants’ safety boost 

15 Sep

Sandwell Council is joining forces with West Midlands Fire Service to raise fire safety awareness among its tenants and leaseholders who live in the borough's 5,000 low-rise properties.


Station’s official opening 

3 Sep

The West Midlands’ newest community fire station is set to be officially opened this weekend, during a ceremony attended by serving and retired firefighters.


Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.


The battlefield hero who policed the West Midlands with a wooden leg 

4 Aug

The battlefield hero who policed the West Midlands with a wooden leg Oldbury PC Frank Peters was just one of many brave bobbies who wasted no time enlisting against the German Empire at the outbreak of World War One.


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ABD – part 3 

29 Sep

This is the third and final part of what I hope you will agree has been a fascinating short series of BLOGs by Dr RS, a UK Consultant in Emergency Medicine.


Prolific Coventry crook jailed – linked to break-ins from blood on broken glass 

29 Sep

A prolific Coventry crook has been jailed for more than five years after police linked him to house and van break-ins through blood found on broken glass.


Pushing the Envelope 

27 Sep

I’m going to start with a disclaimer! – this post is thrown together to prompt discussion.


Para 16.16 to the Code of Practice 

24 Sep

It turns out I didn’t read the new (2015) Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 as closely as I thought I had! The @LovelyClaireyA from Twitter said something recently about the execution of warrants under section 135(1) that...


Two jailed as police continue offensive against illegal weapons  

24 Sep

Two people have been jailed for more than eight years after a shotgun was seized by West Midlands Police during an on-going crackdown on illegal weapons.


Threatening Patients 

23 Sep

When I was a young boy, I can vaguely remember my dear Godmother once saying something about calling the police if I was naughty, saying the police would “take you away”.


Athlete admits attempted murder at Alexander Stadium  

22 Sep

An athlete has admitted attempted murder and assault after an unprovoked attack on staff at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham earlier this year.


Restriction, Restraint or Removal? 

21 Sep

I recently delivered some training in Leicestershire which involved explaining the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to emergency services personnel.


Streetly crash victim named 

20 Sep

A teenage cyclist who died in a collision in Streetly on Friday (16 September) has been named as Daniel Horton.


Police Liaison 

18 Sep

I woke upon one day last week and whilst boiling the kettle checked Twitter to find an article entitled ‘police liaison’ in the British Journal of Psychiatry (no less) about street triage.


Police appeal following fatal collision in Pelsall 

18 Sep

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision involving a motorcyclist in Pelsall last night.


Witnesses sought as cyclist left in critical condition 

17 Sep

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured in the early hours of Friday 16 September.


Police search for missing Walsall teen 

16 Sep

Police are appealing for information to help trace a teenager who has gone missing from her home in Walsall.


Section 136 Data 

11 Sep

Anyone fancy doing a PhD?! – we’re badly in need of some proper research to be done on section 136 data so we stand a chance of knowing what’s going on!  Friday saw publication by the National Police Chiefs Council of...


ABD – part 2 

10 Sep

This is the second in a three-part series on Acute Behavioural Disturbance written by Dr RS, a UK consultant in emergency medicine.


Black Country trio jailed after funding Daesh fighter 

9 Sep

Three Black Country men have today (Friday 9 September) been jailed after being found guilty of helping to fund a Walsall man who is currently fighting in Syria with Daesh.


Leicestershire Police CIT 

7 Sep

Some hyperlinks to various BLOGS and resources that will be of benefit – What Do All The Sections Mean? The Quick Guides The Mental Capacity Act Reference materials – The Mental Health Act 1983 The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code ...


Serial van thief caught out by his own routine 

5 Sep

The regular routine of a serial van thief led to his own downfall after police were able to link him to 13 offences across the West Midlands from one CCTV camera on a country lane in Walsall.


ABD – a Medical Perspective 

1 Sep

This is the first of a three-part series by a UK Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Dr RS.


Ready, steady, go! 

1 Sep

The next week marks the gradual end of the school holidays and a return to work for colleagues who have been off on a well-earned break.


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Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May

Battering Ram Cam - Crime blitz continues across Sandwell This week saw another series of early morning raids across Sandwell as part of #SpringSafer6.


Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect’s house 

23 Apr

Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect's house Dramatic footage of the moment police in the Black Country broke down the booby-trapped door of a suspected drug dealer.


WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids 

21 Apr

WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids Seven people have been arrested in a series of co-ordinated dawn raids across Birmingham and the Black Country in a blitz on criminals in Sandwell.


Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation 

21 Apr

Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation Are you one of the men in this footage? If so, you may have seen something which could help us with a Coventry rape investigation.


Heron Foods robbery appeal 

20 Apr

Heron Foods robbery appeal We're looking for a robber, in a distinctive jumper, who lay in wait for a shop assistant at a Weoley Castle food store on 5 March before emptying the shop's safe.


Black Country brolly robbers in action 

17 Apr

Black Country brolly robbers in action Footage showing a group of Black Country robbers who used umbrellas to mask their entrance into a Farmfoods shop in Tipton.


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WM Air Ambulance »

Motorcyclist airlifted following Tamworth collision 

28 Sep

A COLLISION between a motorbike and a car left one man needing a flight in an air ambulance yesterday.


Motorcyclist airlifted after Wilnecote collision 

28 Sep

A COLLISION between a motorcycle and a car in Tamworth resulted in a man being airlifted to hospital.


Wythall pension firm took part in a 25 hour ping-pong-a-thon to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. 

26 Sep

A WYTHALL pension firm took part in a 25 hour ping-pong-a-thon to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.


Children’s Air Ambulance unveils purchase of two new helicopters to help save lives of UK’s youngsters 

20 Sep

New Children's Air Ambulance helicopters will triple the organisation's ability to help sick children Read More...


Children’s Air Ambulance to lease two new choppers thanks to massive £32million investment 

20 Sep

They currently have one helicopter that flies from Coventry Airport...


Firefighters and air ambulance paramedics run like hamsters for charity! 

7 Sep

A team of 25 West Midlands firefighters and 25 paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity are taking part in an intense endurance challenge to raise funds for charity.


Run like a hamster: medics and firefighters set for charity challenge 

6 Sep

A team of firefighters and paramedics will be taking the human hamster challenge next week in Brindley Place.


Air ambulance called near to Asda Supermarket in George Street,… 

6 Sep

THE air ambulance was called to Walsall this morning (Tuesday, September 6) to reports of a woman suffering a neck injury.


Road closure in Kingsbury due to serious collision 

29 Aug

A MAJOR road junction in Kingsbury has been closed this afternoon due to a serious collision.


Air Ambulance called after elderly women suffers serious leg injury 

26 Aug

An elderly woman has suffered a serious leg injury following a collision with a truck this afternoon.


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