Annual safety campaign launched in Sandwell

An annual campaign to tackle a range of issues including hate crime, county lines and other issues in Sandwell has officially been launched.

Sandwell Council leader Kerrie Carmichael, Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Richard Jones, Councillor Danny Millard, Pc Martin Snape, Ant Dingley (WMFS) and Councillor Farut Shaeen
Sandwell Council leader Kerrie Carmichael, Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Richard Jones, Councillor Danny Millard, Pc Martin Snape, Ant Dingley (WMFS) and Councillor Farut Shaeen

The Safer 6 campaign will run until December 11 and will provide advice on a range of topics with events and activities taking place at each of Sandwell’s towns.

It has been pulled together by Sandwell Council along with West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and various other organisations.

Marianne Gegg from West Midlands Fire Service during a child safety seat demonstration, along with Watch Commander Adrian Spencer and Councillor Rizwan Jalil

Councillor Danny Millard, cabinet member for communities, said: “The Safer 6 campaign is simple, it’s about helping people to stay safe and stay healthy. Crime and anti-social behaviour can be hugely detrimental to people’s lives, so it’s vital we respond and do all we can to help people stay safe and get any support they may need. People deserve to feel safe where they live and work.

“My thanks go to the police as well as all the other many partner organisations and council services that help run this campaign but more importantly help to keep us all safe throughout the year. This campaign, whether online or through activities in our towns, highlights the support available, so I would strongly encourage people to get involved and find out more.”

The campaign was kick-started at Asda in Cape Hill, Smethwick, and it will remain in the town until November 6 before heading to Tipton a day later where it will remain until November 13.

It will call at Oldbury from November 14 to November 20. It will then call at Wednesbury from November 21 to November 27, then at West Bromwich from November 28 to December 4 and then at Rowley Regis from December 5 to December 11.

Topics to be discussed include hate crime, anti-social behaviour, county lines, nuisance bikes, trading standards issues, exploitation, domestic abuse, prevention of under-25s violence, substance misuse, extremism and others.

Visit sandwell.gov.uk/safer6 to find out more about activities in the towns and follow #Safer6 on Twitter and Instagram.

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