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Woman granted bail for mental health assessment

A 23-year-old woman has been bailed to a secure unit for a mental health assessment after she was arrested during a police investigation into Goldfield Court.

Several members of staff who live and work at Goldfield Court have been taken ill alongside residents, who have all experienced symptoms similar to food poisoning.

West Midlands Police are continuing their investigation into the exact cause of the illness.

An 23-year-old woman has been arrested and bailed to a secure unit for a mental health assessment while the police investigation continues.

Enquires are on-going and police are working with the management of the extra care unit along with health care professionals and Sandwell social services to progress the investigation.

Anyone with information in relation to the investigation should contact Sandwell Police by dialling 101, anyone with any concerns should contact the extra care unit.

– West Midlands Police


Care worker suspended over residents and staff illness

A care worker from Goldfield Court care home in Sandwell, West Bromwich has been suspended after residents and staff were taken ill with symptoms similar to food poisoning.

Housing and Care 21, which runs Goldfield Court in partnership with Sandwell Council has confirmed the suspension.

Housing and Care 21 can confirm that a care worker has been suspended from Goldfield independent living scheme in West Bromwich. We are providing information and assistance to the police and Sandwell Adult Social Care Services and will support them with any further investigation.

Our thoughts are with both residents and staff at the Goldfield community and we are ensuring they are supported during this difficult time.

– Housing and Care 21

Arrest after staff and residents fall ill at care home

The symptoms have been described as 'similar to food poisoning' Credit: Jens Kalaene/DPA/Press Association Images

An arrest has been made after residents and staff were taken ill at Goldfield Court care home in Sandwell, West Bromwich.

An individual is assisting police in their inquires after several staff and residents showed symptoms similar to food poisoning.

Further tests and inquiries are under way to determine the exact nature and cause of the illness.

Sandwell social services, management of the home and healthcare professionals are assisting West Midlands Police in their investigation.

Sandwell Council, which runs Goldfield Court in partnership with Housing and Care 21, made no statement and referred enquiries to West Midlands Police.

Blind Dave Heeley to run in Sahara desert

Blind Dave Heeley from West Bromwich plans to take on the Sahara foot race. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

The marathon runner and record breaker, Blind Dave, from West Bromwich has revealed his latest fundraising challenge which will take him to the desert.

Dave Heeley is the only blind person to have run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. He also is the only blind person to have run and cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End which is the equivalent of ten marathons in ten days.

In April 2015, the charity fundraiser will take on the Sahara Desert, one of the toughest foot races on earth with a distance of more than 150 miles and soaring temperatures to contend with.

Blind Dave during cycling challenge Credit: ITV News Central

Blind Dave will raise money for The Albion Foundation. He said: "Being an ambassador for the Albion Foundation has enabled me to see the fantastic work they do helping disable people to become involved in sport, in particular their blind football."

Drunken man seen walking down M5 motorway

Motorway police in the West Midlands are warning drivers on the M5 to be careful after a drunken male was seen wandering down the carriageway.

Officers tweeted that a male was seen walking between junction 2 for West Bromwich and 1 for Oldbury.


Quick-thinking public help save car crash victim's life

Passers-by and an off-duty trainee paramedic helped save a man's life when he went into cardiac arrest after being hit by a car in West Bromwich this evening.

He and another man were both hit at a pedestrian crossing at the corner of High Street and Trinity Road at around 5.30pm. Both roads remain closed.

One of the men had gone into cardiac arrest after the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The man had suffered a serious head injury and had gone into cardiac arrest - but quick-thinking members of the public and the trainee ambulance worker managed to keep his heart going until emergency services arrived.

They managed to re-start his heart and he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with a police escort.

The second pedestrian, in his 30s, was conscious and breathing but had suffered serious fractures to an arm and a leg. He was taken to the same hospital for further treatment.

The driver of the car was not hurt.

High Street closed after car hits two pedestrians

The High Street in West Bromwich is currently closed due to a serious incident where a car hit two pedestrians.

CCTV images of pharmacy robbery released

CCTV image Credit: West Midlands Police

Sandwell Police have released CCTV images of a man thought to be responsible for an attempted robbery in a West Bromwich pharmacy. The images were captured in Beacon View Chemist on Beacon View Road at just before 10am on Saturday 15 February.

A man wearing women’s tights over his face and armed with a knife demanded sleeping tablets and cash, but the pharmacist fought the would-be robber off with a plastic box and chased him from the store.The robber is described as a heavily built white man, 6 ft 2 ins tall and aged between 20 and 30.

CCTV image Credit: West Midlands Police

The incident is currently being linked to a robbery at PJ Ingram Pharmacy in West Bromwich High Street on Saturday 25 January shortly after 4.30pm, where a man fitting the same description demanded the same brand of sleeping tablets.

DC Thomas Cunningham-Smith, from Force CID, said: "We are linking these two incidents and we would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV or who has any information which will lead us to identify him."

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