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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 »

Commercial Services chief lifts lid on new role 

24 Jan

On occasion the Chief Constable hands over the reins of his blog to others in the force who share important updates and the latest developments in key areas of policing.


Training and Collaboration 

22 Jan

If we look around the world at policing and mental health issues, it doesn’t matter whether we are looking at the incident-specific tragedies we read about or the wider issues raised by taking a broader overview: we only ever hear of ...


Man to appear in court charged with sexual assault 

21 Jan

A 35-year-old man will appear in court this morning (Saturday) after a woman was sexually assaulted in Wolverhampton.


Husband charged with murder of wife in Willenhall 

20 Jan

Police investigating  the death of a 40-year-old woman in Willenhall, Walsall, have charged a man with her murder.


Father charged with murder of his two children 

18 Jan

A father has been charged with the murder of his two children almost three months after they were found dead at their family home in Hamstead.


Man arrested on suspicion of murder as woman’s body found in flat 

18 Jan

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found with fatal stab wounds at her home in Walsall this morning (Wednesday 18 January).


Regulation 28 Reports 

15 Jan

In December, I spent a very enjoyable afternoon absorbed in reading the detail of a twenty-odd page judgment from a Coroner’s Court.


Appeal following a robbery in Walsall where thousands of pounds worth of goods were stolen 

14 Jan

Can you help? We’re appealing for information after approximately £350k worth of alcohol was stolen from a freight yard in Walsall.


Police appeal for driver of small car to come forward in fatal collision investigation 

11 Jan

Collision investigators have released CCTV of a car they would like to trace as they continue to investigate the death of Paul Foster, who was hit by a transit van on his way to work in Perry Barr.


Family pay tribute to ‘vibrant’ daughter killed in M6 crash 

8 Jan

The family of a woman who died in a motorway crash on her way back to university after the Christmas holidays have paid tribute to their 'vibrant' daughter.


Three Months … and Counting! 

7 Jan

This year, the Mental Health Act 1983 will change.


Welcome 2017 

5 Jan

A Happy New Year! For those of you celebrating Christmas, and also Hanukkah, and those of you not, I hope you had some time with family over the last few weeks.


More Assaults on NHS Staff 

31 Dec

A short post, because it’s just updated data on topics I’ve written about before, where the same issues prevail.


Twenty Seventeen 

27 Dec

Some thoughts ahead of the New Year, after sitting recently and wondering where on earth we’ll be with things by Christmas 2017! — THE BOSS Firstly, Commander Christine JONES QPM, the National Police Chief’s Council lead on...


Appeal launched after discovering a shotgun was fired into a bus 

24 Dec

Police are appealing for witnesses after discovering a shotgun was fired into a bus in Palfrey, Walsall last month.


No festive joy for football louts after WMP secures banning orders 

23 Dec

Football louts will miss out on the traditional festive fixtures after West Midlands Police secured banning orders during an on-going crackdown on troublemakers.


A Theory of Stuff 

21 Dec

I had a recent conversation about a policing and mental health issue, relating to the role the police may play on inpatient psychiatric wards where nursing staff are seeking police support for some restrictive intervention under the MHA.


Guest Blog by DCC Rolfe: “One vision, one force, one team! 

16 Dec

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe Just over two weeks after implementing some of the biggest changes to affect WMP in a long while it’s right that we take stock and ask how are things going.


Appeal after Walsall woman killed 

16 Dec

Police are appealing for information following a fatal collision yesterday (15 December) on Stubbers Green Road in Aldridge.


When Time Stands Still 

14 Dec

When does the ‘clock’ start ticking, after someone is detained under s136 or s135(1) of the Mental Health Act? Straight-forward enough type of question: under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the ‘relevant time&#...


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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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​Two ‘seriously’ injured after separate crashes on same stretch… 

24 Jan

TWO men needed advanced trauma care after two serious collisions on the same stretch of road near Tamworth.


Dad died after given sedative overdose by Solihull doctor 

24 Jan

THE HEARTBROKEN family of a man who died after he was treated by a Solihull air ambulance worker have spoken of their grief.


Man dies following two-car collision near Lichfield this morning 

20 Jan

A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following a two-car collision near Lichfield this morning.


Man dies following A51 Tamworth Road collision 

20 Jan

A MAN has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following a two-car collision this morning.


Overturned car in serious accident near Tamworth 

20 Jan

EMERGENCY services and an air ambulance were on the scene following an accident by Hopwas Woods which left a car overturned and a man trapped.


Overturned car in serious accident near Tamworth and Lichfield 

20 Jan

EMERGENCY services and an air ambulance were on the scene following an accident by Hopwas Woods which left a car overturned and a man trapped.


Overturned car in serious accident near Tamworth and Lichfield 

20 Jan

EMERGENCY services and an air ambulance were on the scene following an accident by Hopwas Woods which left a car overturned and a man trapped.


Air ambulance, which saves people across the Lichfield district… 

10 Jan

THE MIDLANDS Air Ambulance, which helps save people's lives in Lichfield, Burntwood and across Staffordshire is to receive 1million in banking fines from the Government.


Midlands Air ambulance blood trial takes off 

30 Dec

A new study has been launched to see whether giving blood rather than clear fluid to air ambulance patients saves more lives.


Motorcyclist dies in Fort Parkway crash close to Fort Shopping… 

26 Dec

A MAN has died after his motorcycle is believed to have crashed with a barrier close to a busy Errdington shopping centre.


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