SAFER 6: CLEAN-UPS AND CRIME PREVENTION IN WEST BROMWICH

Clean-ups saw 2.3 tonnes of waste cleared and more than 100 bags of litter collected as Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign hit the streets of West Bromwich.

Hundreds of people received safety, crime prevention and health advice during a week of activities in the town.

Each of Sandwell’s six towns has a focus week during the six-week Safer 6 campaign.

To launch the town’s focus week, West Bromwich Local office held an information roadshow opposite Poundland, which saw a wide range of Safer Sandwell partner organisations promoting the services and support they offer.

Among the many activities across West Bromwich during the week:

* Offenders carrying out unpaid Community Payback put in 167.5 hours to clear 2.08 tonnes of waste and overgrown bushes and paths at the access road behind Price Street and at the Claypit Lane to Carden Close walkway. Local councillors had put forward the walkway for a tidy and joined in the clean-up.

* West Bromwich Local, Litter Watch, Serco and councillors held skip days at Kesteven Green Space with Hateley Cross Big Local, collecting 18 bags of waste, and Westminster Road, collecting 20 bags.

A skip day and litter pick were also held in Allen Close, Spruce Road and Brackendale Drive.

* Litter Watch volunteers led litter picks in Beaconview Road and the Claypit Lane/Turner Street areas, collecting a total of 54 bags of waste.

Fly-tipping was reported to council environmental protection officers who got dumped items removed.

* Litter Watch took the Eco Bus to West Bromwich town centre, near to the Farley Fountain, speaking to 30 people and collecting 22 bags of waste.

* The council’s estate maintenance team tidied up the pathway from Hopkins Drive to Wilkes Street, clearing 0.3 tonnes.

* Around 50 young people attended Staying Safe workshops run by the council’s young people’s services team – at Beverley Road, Gads Lane, High Street, Lodge Road Community Centre and Tanhouse Community Centre – which covered anything from personal safety and fitness to anti-social behaviour and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

* Firefighters carried out ‘Safe & Well’ checks at 39 homes across the town to advise residents on smoke alarms, fire safety and general wellbeing.

* Firefighters also held winter road safety roadshows at New Square and Kings Square shopping centres, sharing advice with more than 150 people a day and using virtual reality goggles to show what it's like to be trapped and cut out of a car involved in a collision.

* West Bromwich Local, anti-social behaviour officers and councillors spoke to residents and distributed “Weed ‘em out” leaflets about the risks of cannabis factories to more than 200 homes in Berkshire Close, Denbigh Drive and Monmouth Drive; Campville Crescent; Kynaston House; and Caldwell Street and Princess Grove.

They also took the cannabis information trailer to Denbigh Crescent Green Space, Greets Green, Charlemont and Newton.

* Police ran road safety and parking operations at schools to crack down on dangerous parking, and speed operations across the town, including in Newton Road, issuing speeding tickets to several motorists.

* Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel volunteers gave advice to more than 200 people at the main town centre roadshow event.

They also joined the police and councillors for Beat the Burglar roadshows in Charlemont and Newton, Great Barr and Yew Tree, handing out property marking packs, purse bells, personal alarms, shed alarms and locks and card protector sleeves.

* Neighbourhood officers, police, West Bromwich BID, Cranstoun and environmental protection officers held an early morning town centre walkabout to engage with rough sleepers.

* Domestic abuse officers visited 30 businesses in the town centre, including local hairdressing salons, to raise awareness of abuse and the support available.

They also distributed more than 100 leaflets.

* Trading standards, neighbourhood officers, firefighters and the illegal money lending team distributed 100 letters and advised more than 30 residents on white goods safety, scams and loan sharks at Beaconview flats and Kenrick Estate.

* A drop-in session for residents was held at Yew Tree Community Centre by neighbourhood officers, the anti-fraud team, anti-social behaviour officers, rent and welfare rights officers, electoral services, Serco and Cranstoun.

* Police, council neighbourhood officers and councillors held walkabouts and chatted to residents in Sunnydale Walk and on Yew Tree estate.

* More than 50 children enjoyed Go Play sessions held at Central Library, Stone Cross Library and YMCA.

* Police recovered an abandoned vehicle recovered in Leicester Place, Hateley Heath.

* Police, adult social care and neighbourhood services staff, care workers, councillors and contractors all attended a community event at Goldfield Court to welcome new residents from the Oxford Road estate and celebrate the new scheme.

* Neighbourhood officers, anti-social behaviour officers, police and Go Play held a drop-in surgery at Hamstead House. Officers also arranged a deep clean of external areas at Allen House, Great Barr. Councillor Shirley Hosell, West Bromwich town chair, said: "These are excellent results for the town achieved by everyone working together, responding to issues that residents and businesses have told us are important to them.

I would like to thank all the organisations and volunteers for taking part and look forward to continuing our partnership approach to making West Bromwich a safer, cleaner town for everyone." The West Bromwich Safer 6 week ran from 22-28 October.

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