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Police appeal for witnesses after incident involving 5-year-old girl

Police are appealing for witnesses after a young girl was approached in a park in Sandwell. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Police in Sandwell are appealing for witnesses to contact them after a suspicious incident where a five-year-old girl was approached by a unknown woman on 3 August.

The incident took place between 2.45-2.50pm in Dartmouth Park, Sandwell Valley. The child was with her mother at the time.

The woman is described as mixed race, aged in her mid-30s, she had black hair in a bun and wore a red T-shirt.

We are anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen what happened in the park yesterday, we believe there were a number of people about at the time.

"The child is safe and officers are continuing with their enquiries and checking local CCTV in a bid to identify the woman.

"Whilst we are keeping an open mind regarding the incident, it is important to stress this is an isolated incident”

– Detective Inspector Ronan Tyrer from Force CID

Anyone with information should call police at Sandwell on 101.


Man fakes NYPD letter in attempt to gain licence

A would-be taxi driver from the West Midlands who faked a letter from the New York Police Department in a bid to get a licence has been found out.

The driver, from Sandwell, sent the local council a letter claiming to be from the NYPD as evidence of good conduct.

The letter was needed by the authority as the applicant had lived in the UK for less than five years.

However, the taxi licensing office became suspicious and liaised with the NYPD who confirmed the letter was forgery.

It was a great example of multi-agency co-operation, not just locally, but across the Atlantic."

– West Midlands Police spokesperson

10 men charged with abusing teenage boys

West Midlands Police says specialist child protection officers have this evening charged ten men from across England with child sex offences and other crimes. Nine of the men are from the West Midlands, the other is from London.

The alleged offences are all connected to the sexual exploitation of children between 2009 and 2010 when police say two teenage boys ? one from Leicester and one from Coventry - were abused by a group of men who befriended them.

Sandwell night club incident leaves man with serious head injuries

The 22-year-old is described as being in a critical but stable condition. Credit: PA Images

A 22-year-old man has been left with serious head injuries after an incident at a Tipton night club in Sandwell.

Police were called to the Triple S Club in Bradleys Lane, Tipton, just after 3am, following a report of a man being injured.

He was found by officers suffering a serious head injury and was taken to hospital, where his condition is described as critical but stable.

The club was sealed for a time whilst forensic investigations were on-going.

It is not known at this stage how the man suffered head injuries, but we are keen to hear from anyone who was at the Triple S Club Friday night and who may have seen what happened.

– DC Martin Peart from Sandwell’s violent crime team


Midlands council worker killed in Tunisia - reports

A council worker from the Tipton area was among those killed in yesterday's terrorist attack in Tunisia, according to reports.

At least five Britons have been confirmed dead in the attack at the beach resort of Sousse.

Sandwell Council told ITV News the man's death has yet to be confirmed and they are awaiting official confirmation.

Police raid Tipton cannabis factory worth £336,000

A cannabis factory containing £336,000 worth of drugs has been raided. Credit: PA Images

A cannabis factory containing £336,000 worth of drugs has been raided by police in Tipton, Sandwell.

Officers raided a three bedroom property at around 1.20pm yesterday, as part of an intelligence-led policing operation.

Inside officers found that every room including the loft was being used to grow the tropical plants.

A 26-year-old man who was in the house at the time was arrested on suspicion of drug production.

He remains in police custody this afternoon as inquiries continue.

This is another victory for local people sick and tired of criminals giving their otherwise nice area a bad name.

They’re not prepared to put up with this kind of activity and nor are we.

People may be under the false impress that this is a harmless crime. But let me be very clear, it’s not.

– Sergeant Dave Rogers
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