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E-fit released after sex attack in Wednesbury

A specially-trained police artist has worked with the victim to produce the e-fit of the suspect Credit: West Midlands Police

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in Wednesbury have issued an e-fit of a man they want to speak to.

A 26-year-old woman was attacked as she cut through the alley linking Redhouse Avenue and Pound Road, just after 9pm on Monday 9 March.

A specially-trained police artist has worked with the victim to produce an e-fit of the suspect.

He is described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s, around 6ft tall, slim, wearing a brown leather jacket with a pale stripe, black shoes and dark coloured jeans. He is believed to be Eastern European - possibly Polish.

The victim told police he smelt of alcohol and cigarettes.

The woman was attacked as she cut through the alley linking Redhouse Avenue and Pound Road Credit: Google Maps

"Crimes like this are very rare and we hope that this e-fit image might jog someone’s memory and help us identify the suspect."

– Detective Constable Raj Dulay, West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit

Detectives stepped up patrols in the area after the attack to reassure local women.

Officers are continuing to examine CCTV footage and forensic material and are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

They particularly want to speak to anyone who saw anything in the area that night, no matter how insignificant.


Council statement after firework shoots into crowd

The leader of Sandwell Council has released a statement after a man had to be taken to hospital when a firework went into the crowd at a display in Wednesbury.

He suffered an "ear injury" and two others were treated by paramedics at Brunswick park.

This is the first incident of its kind we have had in many years of putting on community fireworks displays. Our thoughts are with the people injured and their families. We will be conducting a thorough investigation into what happened.”

– The Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Darren Cooper

Man suffers 'ear injury' after firework goes into crowd

A man has been taken to hospital with an "ear injury" and two others have been injured after a firework went into the crowd at a display in Brunswick Park in Wednesbury.

On arrival, crews treated a 23-year-old man for an ear injury after a firework went into the crowd. He was then taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for precautionary checks and his condition is not thought to be serious.

Two further patients, a seven-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man, were treated by St John Ambulance staff for minor leg injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

In total, nine patients required treatment throughout the course of the event, but only three were as a result of the firework going into the crowd.

The remaining six patients were all treated by St John Ambulance staff for minor injuries sustained through slips and trips.

– West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson


Four people injured after firework goes into crowd

More than 40 fires in West Mids during first hours of strike

West Midlands Fire Service have admitted the first 12 hours of a 96 hour strike by members of the Fire Bridgades Union were "challenging".

The service has released a list of every incident attended by 17 available appliances working in the region last night.

At 7:11pm, crews attended a fatal house fire in Wednesbury but firefighters say the fire started before the strike action had begun.

  • Incidents 6pm-7am:
  • 1801 Perry Barr, fire involving food on grill
  • 1812 Dudley, saucepan on cooker
  • 1837 Kings Norton, controlled burning
  • 1851 Cradley Heath, conifers ignited by firework
  • 1859 Coventry, road traffic collision, car and motorbike, one man released using small tools
  • 1911 Wednesbury, fatal fire: sadly, an eldery man appears to have been overcome by smoke from a slow-burning accidental fire involving smoking materials. The fire, in the kitchen of a terraced house, was out when we arrived. We believe this fire occurred several hours earlier.
  • 1945 Wombourne, Staffs, fire in a stable
  • 1950 Bordesley, small fire at disused factory
  • 1956 Sutton, false alarm
  • 1957 Shirley, bin fire
  • 2006 Birmingham, bin fire
  • 2017 Birmingham, fire in car engine
  • 2026 Edgbaston, false alarm
  • 2034 Kings Heath, food on cooker, fire out on arrival
  • 2056 Birmingham, greenhouse fire, possibly started by firework
  • 2115 Harborne, false alarm
  • 2120 Edgbaston, false alarm
  • 2127 Birmingham, firework through letterbox, out on our arrival
  • 2140 Oldbury, false alarm
  • 2149 Birmingham, small fire on cooker
  • 2155 Balsall Heath, false alarm
  • 2205 Wolverhampton, domestic lock-out
  • 2214 Birmingham, recycling bin fire
  • 2245 Coventry, false alarm
  • 2300 Birmingham, recycling bin fire
  • 2345 Birmingham, two vehicles on fire
  • 2359 Birmingham, bin fire
  • 0119 Hockley, false alarm
  • 0138 Stretchford, lamppost on fire
  • 0142 Birmingham, recycling bins on fire
  • 0212 Great Bridge, false alarm
  • 0234 Edgbaston, false alarm
  • 0235 Tipton, car fire
  • 0239 West Heath, Birmingham, recycling bin fire
  • 0245 Dudley, false alarm
  • 0309 Palfrey, false alarm
  • 0310 Tipton, road traffic collision/police incident. Our personnel treated two casualties at scene
  • 0312 Walsall, factory fire in three-storey building measuring 90m x 90m. Crews were there for approximately three hours
  • 0316 Lozells, false alarm
  • 0329 Wolverhampton, false alarm
  • 0403 Cradley, chip pan fire in flat
  • 0527 Ladywood, false alarm
  • 0553 Sutton Coldfield, alarms
  • 0607 Birmingham, false alarm equipment
  • 0611 Birmingham, car fire
  • 0631 Wolverhampton, fire in the open

Man dies in house fire during strike by firefighters

A man has died in a house fire in Wednesbury during the firefighters' strike.

West Midlands Fire Service said when crews arrived at the property in Wednesbury, the fire was out.

Area Commander Simon Shilton said:

“Sadly, we attended one incident in which an elderly man had died. It appears that he had been overcome by smoke from a slow-burning fire in his kitchen. The fire was out when we got there and had occurred several hours earlier."

Crews attended more than 40 incidents in the region last night with 17 appliances available to respond.

The strike action by members of the Fire Brigades Union started at 6pm last night and will end on Tuesday at 6pm.

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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