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Crime prevention and emergencies news

Tough policy to tackle anti-social behaviour

Published on 19th October 2017

Sandwell Council has approved an updated anti-social behaviour policy that will help the authority and its partners deal with public nuisance quickly and effectively.

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Safer 6 campaign roadshow in Wednesbury

Published on 17th October 2017

Wednesbury town centre will play host to a Safer 6 campaign information and advice roadshow on Tuesday 24 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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Safer 6 event in West Bromwich town centre

Published on 13th October 2017

Litter picks, hate crime awareness and e-safety sessions for school children are among a host of Safer 6 events planned in West Bromwich.

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Safer 6 success in Rowley Regis

Published on 13th October 2017

The results are in for the Safer 6 campaign’s first week, which had a special focus on Rowley Regis.

Tipton advice day for young people

Published on 10th October 2017

Young people can get advice on careers and personal safety and information about a wide range of services during a fun event at Victoria Park, Tipton, on Saturday 14 October.

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Safer 6 campaign events in Oldbury

Published on 29th September 2017

People have the chance to get safety and security advice when Sandwell's Safer 6 campaign comes to Oldbury Civic Square on Tuesday 3 October.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, Sgt Gavin Peever, Council Leader Councillor Steve Eling, Councillor Richard Marshall, Chief Superintendent Richard Baker and Councillor Paul Moore at the new transit site in Smethwick.

Unauthorised encampments down 50% thanks to tough action

Published on 20th September 2017

The number of unauthorised encampments in Sandwell has fallen by more than 50% in just one year, thanks to tough measures by the council and police.

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Sandwell Safer 6 campaign to launch with fire station open day

Published on 15th September 2017

Sandwell’s autumn Safer 6 campaign is back – and launches with an action-packed open day for all the family at Haden Cross Community Fire Station on Saturday 23 September.

CCTV Control room supervisors Garry Hadley and Lee Jameson being filmed for Caught on Camera.

Showcase of Sandwell's CCTV control room  

Published on 11th September 2017

Staff from Sandwell Council are set to appear on Channel 5's Caught on Camera in the fight against crime.

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Warning about the dangers of laughing gas

Published on 1st September 2017

Bosses at Sandwell Council are warning of the dangers of using nitrous oxide - also known as laughing gas.

Health event raises awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM)

Published on 16th August 2017

Around 150 members of the public attended a health and wellbeing event in Smethwick that had a special focus on raising awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM).

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Police and council tackle off-road motorbike nuisance

Published on 10th August 2017

Police and council teams in Sandwell are targeting anti-social off-road motorbikes and plan to use the Black Country's ground-breaking 'car cruising' injunction to help tackle the problem.

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Huge hauls of illegal cigarettes by trading standards

Published on 27th July 2017

More than 5.5 million illegal cigarettes and 645 kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized by local trading standards within the Central England Trading Standards Authorities (CEnTSA) in 12 months.

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Illegal cigarette haul worth £250,000 seized

Published on 25th July 2017

Sandwell trading standards officers have helped in the seizure of more than 500,000 illegal cigarettes with an estimated street value of more than £250,000.

Partners in Sandwell working together to encourage hate crime reporting.

Sandwell Together Against Hate - please report all incidents

Published on 26th June 2017

Safety chiefs in Sandwell are urging people to report all hate crimes so victims can receive the support they need.

Scenes from an unauthorised encampment at Black Patch Park Smethwick in October 2016 which included the Cassidys along with other families.

Court injunction bans unauthorised encampments across Sandwell

Published on 13th June 2017

Sandwell Council, supported by West Midlands Police, has secured an injunction banning a travelling family from setting up unauthorised encampments anywhere in Sandwell.

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More ways to report hate crime in Sandwell

Published on 8th March 2017

There are now more ways to report hate crime in Sandwell.

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Safer 6 Week Five tackles speeding, grot spots and much more

Published on 8th December 2016

The results are in for the Safer 6 campaign’s fifth week, which had a special focus on Oldbury.

New pledge on hate crime to increase reporting

Published on 14th October 2016

A drive to make sure people recognise hate crime and know how to report it is under way in Sandwell.

Have your say on new bid to tackle anti-social behaviour

Published on 4th August 2016

People have six weeks – from 1 August to 9 September – to have their say about a move to bring in a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in West Bromwich Central and Princes End, Tipton.

Illicit tobacco trade targeted in trading standards operation

Published on 19th May 2016

Sandwell trading standards officers seized 33,750 cigarettes and 1.9kg of hand-rolling tobacco worth more than £15,800 in retail value as part of a national illicit tobacco operation.

Knife surrender bin launches in West Bromwich

Published on 26th October 2015

A new knife surrender bin was unveiled in West Bromwich High Street today (Monday 26 October) for people to voluntarily give up weapons and help save lives.

Campaign against home security rogues

Published on 10th August 2015

Trading Standards officers in Sandwell have joined a Midland-wide campaign to stamp out rogue traders in the home security market.

A new taskforce to tackle FGM in the West Midlands

Published on 22nd June 2015

A new task force – the first of its kind in the West Midlands – to bring an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) is being launched today (Monday 22 June).