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Safer 6 Is Back 

23 Sep 15

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.


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Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul 15

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


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Poland here we come! 

7 Jul 15

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.


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A sound partnership! 

22 Jun 15

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


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Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May 15

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


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Oldbury Fire 

29 Apr 15

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.


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Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect’s house 

23 Apr 15

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.


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WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids 

21 Apr 15

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.


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Black Country brolly robbers in action 

17 Apr 15

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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Pair jailed after death of Smethwick woman 

17 Apr 15

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


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WBA support police appeal to find hit and run driver 

2 Apr 15

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…


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Industrial Action 

18 Feb 15

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…


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Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich 

11 Feb 15

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.


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Robbers locked up for nearly 25 years 

20 Jan 15

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.


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An interesting day 

16 Jan 15

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


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Smethwick factory blaze monitored from above 

4 Jan 15

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.


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CCTV released after assault in Wednesbury 

29 Dec 14

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.


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

19 Dec 14

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.


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

19 Dec 14

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.


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Police release CCTV stills after phone snatch – Smethwick Galton Bridge 

8 Dec 14

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.


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Police release CCTV stills after phone snatch – Smethwick Galton Bridge 

8 Dec 14

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.


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

13 Nov 14

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…


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A big thank you from Office Team 

13 Nov 14

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.


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Car chase across the Black Country 

17 Oct 14

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.


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CCTV: Attempted car theft in Wednesbury 

30 Sep 14

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


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Safer 6 is back! 

22 Sep 14

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


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Tenants’ safety boost 

15 Sep 14

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.


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Station’s official opening 

3 Sep 14

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


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Industrial action 

8 Aug 14

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


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

4 Aug 14

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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New station is go! 

31 Jul 14

Cradley Heath community fire station is set to close its doors for the very last time on Monday (4 August), when its firefighters move to a brand new base.


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Schools do battle! 

14 Jul 14

Pupils from a Sandwell junior school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2014.


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Firefighters’ strikes 

11 Jul 14

Update issued at 8.05am Monday 14 July:
During this morning’s two-hour strike by firefighters, which ended at 8am, we had 13 fire engines and one Brigade Response Vehicle available to deploy.


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#smethwickfire anniversary 

30 Jun 14

A year after the biggest fire ever tackled by West Midlands Fire Service, the brigade is welcoming national progress towards a code of practice for the storage of waste and recycling materials.


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24hr strike by firefighters 

9 Jun 14

Update at 12:15pm Thursday 12 June:
Since the start of the industrial action by firefighters at 9am this morning, we have had 26 fire engines available to deploy, plus four acting as temporary Brigade Response Vehicles (crewed with fewer than…


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Man sentenced for stalking ex girlfriend in days before her death 

9 Jun 14

Man sentenced for stalking ex girlfriend in days before her death Kamajit Sidhu, aged 29, died in October 2013 after jumping from a bridge over the M6 motorway in Great Barr.


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Appeal for witnesses following hit and run in Smethwick 

6 Jun 14

Appeal for witnesses following hit and run in Smethwick Minute forensic samples left on the clothing of a pensioner who died after being hit by a car in a Smethwick street last year may lead police to fresh witnesses.


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#smethwickfire 

6 Jun 14

#smethwickfire Following on from the large incident at Jayplas site (J A Young ( Leicester ) Ltd) in Smethwick on the 30th June a short video clip has been produced to tell the story of the incident from…


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Training hits new heights 

5 Jun 14

A new high-rise training facility for West Midlands firefighters – believed to be the first of its kind in the world – is set to play a key role in keeping the region’s communities safe.


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Kids’ club to close? 

2 Jun 14

A popular ‘fit club’ for children and young people in the Black Country could be forced to close within weeks because of a funding crisis.


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Changing lives 

7 May 14

More than 50 organisations dedicated to caring for Sandwell’s more vulnerable residents are set to join forces for a networking event on Thursday 8 May.


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Rescue boost 

29 Apr 14

People in need of specialist rescue by West Midlands Fire Service are set to benefit from quicker response times.


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West Midlands Ambulance Service Quickie of An Ambulance on shout in West Bromwich 

30 Mar 14

West Midlands Ambulance Service Quickie of An Ambulance on shout in West Bromwich A quick catch of An Ambulance on shout in West Bromwich, West Midlands.


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Wrong way M5 driver convicted of drink and dangerous driving 

21 Feb 14

Wrong way M5 driver convicted of drink and dangerous driving A woman has admitted driving the wrong way along the Sandwell stretch of the M5 for four miles whilst under the influence of alcohol.


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Chief Constable responds to comments by Chief Inspector of Constabulary 

18 Jan 14

CHIEF Constable Chris Sims, said: ?quot;The experience of West Midlands Police officers and staff who actively work day in day out with…


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Bishop plundered £186,000 from church coffers 

17 Jan 14

A SELF-proclaimed Bishop who helped establish a contemporary church with followers across the world has admitted stealing ?pound…


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“Aloo Aloo Aloo” – off-duty PC nabs burglar on curry shopping trip 

17 Jan 14

AN OFF-DUTY PC?rsquo;s curry shopping trip turned spicy when he spotted a wanted burglar in the aisles…


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Detectives release CCTV after burglary at West Brom flat 

16 Jan 14

DETECTIVES need help from members of the public to identify a suspect after a burglary at a flat in West Bromwich.


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Police appeal for information after rail passenger assaulted – Smethwick Galton Bridge 

16 Jan 14

Members of the public are being asked to help identify a man after a passenger was assaulted on a train as it travelled between Birmingham Moor Street and Smethwick Galton Bridge railway stations.


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Police appeal for information after rail passenger assaulted – Smethwick Galton Bridge 

16 Jan 14

Members of the public are being asked to help identify a man after a passenger was assaulted on a train as it travelled between Birmingham Moor Street and Smethwick Galton Bridge railway stations.






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