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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 »

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.


Two arrested in James Brindley murder investigation 

13 Jul

Detectives investigating the death of James Brindley in Aldridge have arrested a man and a teenager on suspicion of his murder.


Guest Blog- ACC Sarah Boycott: My first two months 

12 Jul

Having been with WMP for about two months now, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my first impressions and thoughts and provide answers to some of the questions you’ve raised with me, when I’ve been out and about.


CCTV released of James Brindley murder suspects 

11 Jul

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley have obtained CCTV footage of two suspects which is now being released in a renewed bid for information.


“I am very grateful for your continued hard work” 

5 Jul

I was hoping to see as many of you as possible through the roadshows.


New appeal for witnesses over Aldridge murder as victim’s family pay fresh tributes 

3 Jul

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley are appealing for two men who were in the area at the time to get in touch.


Driver had feet on dashboard while in cruise control – police crackdown on rogue drivers 

2 Jul

Almost 100 motorists were caught using their mobile phone at the wheel during a police crackdown on distracted driving.


Stepping on Toes 

30 Jun

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a massive extension to ‘liaison’ work in mental health services.


AMHPs and AMHPing 

29 Jun

I’ve got to know a fair number of AMHPs in my time.


Detectives keen to speak to two men in connection with the James Brindley murder investigation 

27 Jun

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley in Aldridge on Friday night (23 June) are appealing for two men who approached James moments before his death to come forward.


The Important Partnership 

26 Jun

We hear a lot about partnerships in public services, the need for various agencies to do them, to have them or the need to improve them.


Treatment and Care 

25 Jun

Six years ago, Nicola Edgington attacked Kerry Clark and Sally Hodkin in south London, seriously injuring Kerry, a 22yr old woman and killing Sally, a 58yr old mother and grandmother.


Fallen Coventry cop remembered at fun run 

25 Jun

A memorial run in honour of a fallen Coventry cop will stage its last leg next weekend − to recognise 35 years since his death.


Appeal for witnesses in James Brindley murder enquiry 

25 Jun

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley in Aldridge on Friday night (23 June) are appealing for the occupants of four vehicles to come forward.


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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.


More Police videos


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WM Air Ambulance »

Motorcyclist dies after Drayton Bassett collision 

19 Jul

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a collision with a white van.


Motorcyclist dies after Drayton Bassett collision 

19 Jul

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a collision with a white van.


Motorcyclist dies after Drayton Bassett collision 

19 Jul

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a collision with a white van.


​Air ambulance called after motorbike and car collide in Tamworth 

19 Jul

AN air ambulance has been sent to Tamworth after reports of a motorbike in collision with a car.


Woman killed on A38 north of Lichfield was Lithuanian national 

19 Jul

STAFFORDSHIRE Police have named the woman who died on the A38 north of Lichfield on July 6 as Veronika Pugaciova.


Man arrested as woman suffers serious head injury in Sutton… 

12 Jul

A MAN has been arrested following a 'hit-and-run' collision in Sutton Coldfield town centre.


Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in suspected hit-and-run… 

12 Jul

A WOMAN has suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a motorcycle in Sutton Coldfield.


Woman suffers life-threatening injuries after being struck by a motorcycle in Sutton Coldfield. 

12 Jul

A woman has been taken to hospital after being stuck by a motorcycle on Birmingham Road, near Brewhouse Kitchen, at around 11:50AM this morning (12/07).


Police still trying to identify woman killed on A38 north of… 

12 Jul

POLICE are still trying to identify a woman who was killed on the A38 north of Lichfield last Thursday (July 6).


Air ambulance called after motorbike hits pedestrian in… 

12 Jul

AN air ambulance has been sent to Sutton Coldfield after reports of a motorbike colliding with a pedestrian.


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