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Crime prevention and emergencies news

Promoting Beat the Burglar sessions in Friar Park

Sandwell Beat the Burglar scheme launches in Friar Park

Published on 13th July 2018

Beat the Burglar sessions are being rolled out across Sandwell to help residents protect their homes and property.

Hamstead Primary

Speeding drivers taken to court by Hamstead pupils

Published on 6th July 2018

Drivers caught speeding outside a Great Barr school were shamed into slowing down – by being hauled in front of a court of schoolchildren.

Jubilee Park travellers

Caravans moved off Tipton park within hours

Published on 4th July 2018

An unauthorised encampment has again been moved on from a Tipton park in a matter of hours, thanks to powers held by Sandwell Council and the police.

Crackdown on alcohol and tobacco sales to minors

Published on 28th June 2018

Sandwell's trading standards team is continuing its on-going crackdown on local shops which sell alcohol and tobacco products to minors, that is people under the age of 18.

Mathew Lake

Jail sentence for dangerous Sandwell car cruiser

Published on 22nd June 2018

A Tipton man has been jailed after breaching the Black Country-wide car cruising injunction order by racing in Sandwell’s streets.

Unauthorised encampment moved on from playing fields

Published on 14th June 2018

Sandwell Council and West Midlands Police have yet again moved on an unauthorised encampment within hours of it arriving in Sandwell.

Time unauthorised encampments spend in Sandwell cut by 95%

Published on 11th June 2018

A crackdown on unauthorised encampments in Sandwell has seen the time that travelling groups spend in the borough – and the cost of dealing with them - cut by 95%.

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

Council and police successfully extend Cassidy injunction

Published on 5th June 2018

A travelling family have been banned from setting up unauthorised encampments in Sandwell for five years – while the head of the family is now banned from the whole borough for a decade.

Court bid to extend injunction on traveller family

Published on 30th May 2018

Sandwell Council is seeking to extend an injunction banning a traveller family from setting up unauthorised encampments anywhere in Sandwell.

Zero tolerance policy launched on verbal and physical abuse of staff

Published on 30th May 2018

A tough new zero tolerance policy is being launched by Sandwell Council and its waste partner Serco in a bid to reduce the increasing number of verbal or physical assaults by members of the public.

Launch of new EPO taskforce

Launch of new taskforce to tackle problems on the streets of Sandwell

Published on 29th May 2018

A new taskforce tackling everything from dog fouling and litter to untaxed vehicles and anti-social behaviour has been launched in Sandwell.

Warning on rogue traders and bogus callers

Published on 8th May 2018

Sandwell Council’s trading standards team is warning residents to be on their guard against rogue traders and bogus callers.

Warning issued on off-road motorbike nuisance

Published on 4th May 2018

Police and council teams in Sandwell are targeting nuisance being caused by off-road motorbikes this spring.

Forge Lane after

CCTV installed after fly-tipping cleared at Forge Lane

Published on 10th April 2018

Two tonnes of rubbish has been collected from the Sandwell side of Forge Lane in West Bromwich after extensive fly-tipping was cleared from the side of the road.

Sandwell Council's taxi licensing team - Paul Arnold, Martyn Davidson, with Ch Supt David Sturman, Stephen Beresford and Stephen Potter.

Award for council taxi licensing team

Published on 5th April 2018

Sandwell Council’s taxi licensing team has picked up an award from West Midlands Police.

Forge Lane

More than 50 fly-tippers fined as crackdown continues

Published on 3rd April 2018

Sandwell Council has now issued more than 50 £400 fines to fly-tippers after a new enforcement team started patrols.

Cllr Hackett with NHS staff

Working together in Sandwell against child sexual exploitation

Published on 21st March 2018

Sandwell Council, with partners, is continuing the fight against Child Sexula Exploitation (CSE) by raising awareness in the community.  

Car cruising injunction

Welcome for extension to car cruising ban

Published on 10th January 2018

Sandwell Council has welcomed the High Court’s decision to extend a ground-breaking injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country for a further three years.

Roslyn Close path before and after

Offenders clear nearly 15 tonnes in Safer 6 campaign

Published on 24th November 2017

Supervised offenders doing unpaid Community Payback cleared nearly 15 tonnes of rubbish from Sandwell’s neighbourhoods as part of the Safer 6 campaign.

Safer 6 group in Smethwick

Action-packed Smethwick rounds off Safer 6 campaign

Published on 24th November 2017

The final week of the Safer 6 campaign saw an action-packed programme promoting road and fire safety and tackling bogus callers and grot spots.

Safer 6 chip pan fire demonstration

Safer 6 campaign highlights in Wednesbury

Published on 22nd November 2017

The Sandwell Safer 6 team brought safety advice, crime prevention and litter clean-ups to Wednesbury during the fifth week of the autumn campaign.

Safer 6 team in West Bromwich

Safer 6 successes in West Bromwich

Published on 14th November 2017

The results are in for the fourth week of Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign, which had a special focus on West Bromwich.

Partners at Victoria Park Tipton event

Safer 6 scores success in Tipton

Published on 7th November 2017

The results are in for the Safer 6 campaign's third week, which had a special focus on Tipton.

Safer 6 team in Oldbury

Safer 6 campaign highlights in Oldbury

Published on 20th October 2017

The results are in for Sandwell's Safer 6 campaign's second week, which had a special focus on Oldbury.

Safer 6 team in Rowley Regis

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.

Discarded gas canisters

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.

Illegal cigarettes seized

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.

Illegal cigarettes seized

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.

Safer 6 Oldbury team

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).