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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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Police blogs »

Six Missed Chances 

21 Sep

I want to ask you to put all your preconceptions to one side for the five minutes it will take to read this and for a short while afterwards.


“Every victim should be safer after contacting the police and we should do all that we can to secure justice for them” 

13 Sep

Many of you will be aware that, as well as being Deputy Chief Constable, I am the National Police (NPCC) lead for Domestic Abuse.


Mark and the Mental Capacity Act 

1 Sep

I didn’t watch the second episode of #Ambulance last night – I won’t bore you with the reasons why, but my iPad was flashing at me towards the end with people tagging me in conversations they were tweeting as they went –...


Tricks and Tools 

18 Aug

By working in a role that takes me around the country, I get to see the various differences that exist between police areas – and I don’t just mean the 43 police forces of England and Wales, but even more local than that.


Mental Health Expert 

15 Aug

Today, I was invited to do something because I’ve been identified as “an expert in emergency mental health care.


The Coroner’s Courtroom 

11 Aug

For the first time in my career, I gave so-called expert evidence to a Coroners Court around a mental health incident.


We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives 

9 Aug

Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.


Endemic Abuse 

7 Aug

This morning’s headline in The Times is a complete stunner – NHS abuse of mental patients ‘endemic’ (£).


Re X (a child) No 3 (2017) 

3 Aug

Today, the head of the Family Division has handed down a judgment containing some of the most extraordinary language I’ve ever known a senior judge to use, questioning whether the issues before him mean we can lay claim to being a civilised...


Body Worn Video and Mental Health 

29 Jul

The police have been rolling out body worn video (BWV) for many years now.


We are all talking about demand 

28 Jul

From time to time one of you says: “Do Force Executive know about this?” We make a conscious effort not to live in the ‘ivory tower’ and get out and talk to you.


Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.


Betrayed husband is convicted of wife’s murder in Willenhall  

26 Jul

A jilted husband who stabbed his wife to death after finding her lover at their family home has today (Wednesday) been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.


Admissions on Admissions 

23 Jul

You may have noticed the Care Quality Commission published a report this week on the State of Mental Health Care.


Please, Just Stop 

22 Jul

There is a commonly occurring scenario amongst our colleagues in green and blue where they end up conspiring together to cause a nightmare and it needs to stop before someone is disciplined or worse, hurt.


Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

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.


The Law of the Land 

16 Jul

Did I mention I’d been to France?! … see above! We arrived home late last night and now have a recovery day before the harsh reality of work, first thing in the morning! I had a very interesting experience  once I’d arrived...


Two charged with murder of James Brindley 

14 Jul

A man and a teenager have been charged with the murder of James Brindley.


All out day sees UK’s most wanted brought in 

14 Jul

One hundred wanted people were rounded up in just nine hours in the latest blitz on criminals from West Midlands Police.


The MHA Changes 

13 Jul

I’m being absolutely inundated at the moment, via email, phone and social media, with questions about when those changes to the Mental Health Act 1983, contained within the Policing and Crime Act 2017, will be brought in to effect.


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Police videos »

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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Four-year-old ‘seriously injured’ after being hit by car in… 

15 Sep

Police have provided an update on the young girl hit by a car in Walsall this morning, saying her injuries are serious but not life-threatening.


School run horror as toddler hit by car outside Walsall primary -… 

15 Sep

A toddler has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car outside a Walsall school this morning.


School run horror as toddler hit by car outside Walsall primary – air ambulance scrambled 

15 Sep

Youngster taken to Birmingham Childrens Hospital after collision outside Castlefort School...


Air ambulance drama as cyclist falls off bike in Tamworth 

14 Sep

Medics scrambled to a cycle path in Tamworth after a biker fell off their bike.


Firefighters tackle car blaze in Tamworth 

13 Sep

Firefighters from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been called to Tamworth this morning (September 13) to deal with a car fire.


Air ambulance called after car rolls near Tamworth 

13 Sep

An air ambulance was dispatched to a village near Tamworth after a car rolled on its side.


Child hit by car outside Edgar Stammers School in Ross Road,… 

11 Sep

A YOUNG boy has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a car outside a Walsall school.


Air ambulance lands in Walsall after crash between car and… 

11 Sep

The air ambulance was called to Walsall this morning (Monday, September 11) after a crash between a car and a motorbike involving a teenager.


Air ambulance called after man hit by car in Handsworth 

6 Sep

Rookery Road closed for several hours while emergency services attended the scene...


Man airlifted to hospital after crash 

5 Sep

The male car driver, in his 20s, was trapped in his vehicle for about 50 minutes and had to be cut free before being airlifted to hospital.


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