Crime prevention and emergencies news

New protocol to fight scams

Published on 13th December 2017

The launch of a new banking protocol to help people from becoming victims of scams and doorstep frauds has been welcomed by councillors and trading standards bosses in Sandwell.

Cabinet approves anti-slavery policy

Published on 1st December 2017

Sandwell Council has made a new anti-slavery pledge to help protect people who are vulnerable to violence and exploitation.

Safer Sandwell team promote White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day – Sandwell stands against violence

Published on 24th November 2017

Organisations in Sandwell have renewed their pledge to do everything within their power to eradicate violence against women and girls.

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.

Staying safe online sessions for parents and children

Published on 20th November 2017

Parents and carers of young people who attend Sandwell secondary schools are being invited to attend Clickwise sessions to learn about keeping safe online.

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.

Dudley Uber driver arrested after safety checks

Published on 8th November 2017

Safety checks on taxis in Sandwell led to a Dudley Uber driver being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs last week.

Taxi driver prosecuted for fraud

Published on 8th November 2017

A taxi driver caught working in Birmingham after applying for a taxi licence in Sandwell has received a suspended sentence and community service.

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.

Fly-tipping on land off Hill Top

£400 fly-tipping fine for dumped tyres and mattress

Published on 3rd November 2017

Sandwell has issued its latest £400 fly-tipping fine after tyres and a mattress were dumped on land in West Bromwich.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Partners encourage hate crime reporting

More ways to report hate crime in Sandwell

Published on 8th March 2017

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

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).