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Local patrols increased following violence in Smethwick

Reassurance patrols have been stepped up in Smethwick after a series of violent incidents over the past few days.

Detectives are investigating a shooting on Mallin Street near to the junction of Highbury Road just before 9pm on Tuesday (8 October). 

A 21-year-old man was taken to hospital with a serious injury to his eye.

Officers are also investigating after shots were fired from a car in Newmans Close just before 9.30pm last night (9 October), where up to three shots were heard and the windows of a Vauxhall Corsa were damaged. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.

Detectives are keeping an open mind as to whether these incidents are linked and enquiries are ongoing.

In addition, officers have arrested two people following reports of disorder and stabbing in Cape Hill yesterday afternoon (9 October).

A disorder broke out in Rosebery Road at 3.30pm following an alleged robbery only minutes earlier. 

A 24-year-old man tried to intervene before being stabbed. He was taken to hospital, where he remains with injuries which are not believed to be life-changing. 

When officers arrived at the scene, a man believed to be in his 20s was found with head injuries after being hit with a baton. 

A 15-year-old boy and 24-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder; they remain in police custody. 

CCTV is being reviewed and investigations continue.

Chief Inspector Keeley Bevington from Sandwell police, said: “I understand the shock and concern of residents in the area. I’d like to reassure you that incidents like this are rare and we’re doing all we can to find those responsible.

“We’ve increased patrols in the area to support and reassure the community through what I realise may be a worrying time for them.

“My officers are working closely with other force colleagues to conduct a thorough and timely investigation. If anyone has any concerns or comments about policing in the area, they can talk to the officers who will be on patrol or get in touch via Live Chat or 101."
Sandwell Council cabinet member Councillor Wasim Ali said: “Incidents like this are always a concern and the council will continue to work with the police and our partners to tackle crime and improve community safety.

“We support the police in their inquiries and I would encourage members of the public to report any information they may have on these incidents.”

Anyone who witnessed any of these incidents, or has information that could help enquiries, is asked to call West Midlands Police immediately on 101 or Live Chat at WMP Online between 8am and midnight. Alternatively, people can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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