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Drugs police donate cannabis factory compost

PCSO Gilbert visits Tameside Primary School, Friar Park, to deliver the compost Credit: West Midlands Police

Police in Sandwell have been donating bags of compost to local groups after seizing them from illegal cannabis factories.

Officers carried out a number of successful warrants in the Wednesbury area, but ended up with enough compost to fill a police van.

The team decided to present the untouched bags to local allotments and school gardens.

Police officers ended up with enough compost to fill a police van Credit: West Midlands Police

"Much of the property that we seize from cannabis factories has to be destroyed.

"Electrical equipment is often tampered with making it extremely dangerous while plant pots and opened compost could contain seeds of the illegal drugs.

"However, during some recent warrants we have been able to seize bags of compost which had not been damaged or opened so decided to make use of them rather than send them for destruction."

– PCSO Andrew Gilbert

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Man seen with shopping trolley on M6 slip road

Traffic officers have had to speak to a man who was seen with a shopping trolley on a slip road on the M6 at Wednesbury.

Must be the day for motorway shenanigans - we had a call reporting a male walking up the M6 Junction 9 slip road with a shopping trolley!!

The man told traffic officers he was "waiting for someone", but was advised to leave for safety reasons.

– Police spokesman

Pictures of arson attack at leisure centre in Wednesbury

West Midlands fire service say they believe a blaze in Wednesbury overnight was started deliberately.

Six fire crews were called out to the fire at Wednesbury leisure centre.

The blaze is now under control.

Read: Investigation launched into arson attack in Wednesbury

Investigation launched into arson attack in Wednesbury

West Midlands fire service say they believe a blaze in Wednesbury overnight was started deliberately.

Six fire crews were called out to the fire at a leisure centre.

The blaze is now under control.

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Fire crews deal with blaze in Wednesbury

Fire crews have been dealing with a blaze in Wednesbury overnight.

Police appealing for help after fatal crash in Wednesbury

Police are appealing for help after a man died in a car crash in Wednesbury.

The 25 year-old driver's car collided with a tree on Old Park Road at 6.20pm on Saturday 15 March.

We would like to urge anyone who was in the vicinity at the time of the incident to call us as soon as possible.

It happened on a busy Saturday night and we need people to come forward that haven’t already done so, so we can piece together what happened.

Specialised officers are supporting the man’s family at this very sad time.

– PC Chris Ridge, from the Collision Investigation Unit

Wednesbury firm fined £150k after worker crushed to death

Ronald Meese Credit: The Cabinet Office

A Wednesbury-based manufacturer has been fined £150,000 by the Health and Safety Executive after a 58-year-old worker from Bilston was crushed to death while working in one of its warehouses.

Ronald Meese, a production supervisor for Roberts-Gordon Europe Ltd, had been stacking metal tubes at a warehouse in Darlaston Road when one of the stacks he had made fell onto him.

The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company was prosecuted for safety failings at Wolverhampton Crown Court today.

The HSE investigation found that there were no restraints or racking to support the stacks, and Mr Meese was not specifically trained on stacking the tubes. There was also no risk assessment completed.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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