Officers from the Handsworth Wood neighborhood policing team have been granted a dispersal order to help tackle anti-social behaviour in Handsworth.
The order covers parts of Handsworth including Rookery Road, Friary Road, College Road as well as Oxhill Road and was granted after officers received complaints from the community.
The section 30 dispersal order will run for six months, with powers coming into place from midnight on Monday 7 April 2014.
Officers will have the power to disperse groups of two or more people from the area if they are suspected of causing anti-social behaviour.
Those found to be repeatedly breaking the order may face further civil interventions.
The policing team will be conducting patrols in the area to ensure that troublemakers are dealt with robustly and that the dispersal order is enforced.
If you are affected by anti-social behavior then you can call your local neighborhood team on 101.
DAY of action carried out yesterday (13 August) by police officers tackling issues identified by the community of Handsworth has seen seven people arrested
The day began with three drugs warrants in Newcombe Road, College Road and Herbert Road where drugs and paraphernalia were seized and recovered.
Fines warrants in partnership with Her Majesty’s Court Tribunal Service (HMCTS) were next on the agenda with more than 40 premises visited leading to the arrest of seven people who were taken directly to Magistrates Court.
Four on-the-spot payments were also made leading to the recovery of over £3,000 of outstanding payments.
The afternoon was devoted to speedwatch where officers, working with members of the community, stopped 18 vehicles on the Walsall Road and Queslett Road, which resulted in six speeding tickets and 12 warnings issued.
As a persistent problem in the area, anti-social behaviour patrols were carried out throughout the day at identified hot spot locations.
Various licensed premises were also visited by officers, checked and given advice when selling alcohol, to ensure that underage drinkers were not served.
Inspector David Keen who organised the day of action said: “The day has proved to be a success, bringing perpetrators in the area to justice and making sure that the people in Handsworth continue to enjoy to live here in safety.
“Whilst we are doing these activities on a daily basis, we really wanted to show the community some of the activity that we carry out to tackle local concerns and I think that this action-packed day has done this.”
For further information on the day’s activities, please visit our social media pages on www.facebook.com/brumpoliceand www.twitter.com/brumpolice
Come along to the East Handsworth Police Community Meeting, at Golden Croft Handsworth, on Saturday July 6th 2013 at 18:00pm. Bring any concerns or issues you would like to raise with your local Police Officers. This is a great opportunity to offer any suggestions to make this community safer! So don't forget.
With the New Year comes new powers to help police reduce problems with street drinking in Birmingham. Large parts of the city are now classed as alcohol – restricted areas (ARAs), meaning that drinking alcohol in public areas could now be classed as a criminal offence. Handsworth Wood is one of the wards covered by the new order.
A unanimous vote by police and Birmingham City Council’s licensing committee voted in favour of the new powers. Inspector Karen Geddes, responsible for policing across the Perry Barr constituency said : “It will now be an offence for any person to fail to comply with an officer’s request to stop drinking when in Handsworth Wood. This order is in place to ensure Handsworth remains a safe place for people to live and go about their business without being affected by alcohol – fuelled crime and anti-social beahviour. Issues such as people hanging around drinking in shop doorways or in open areas can cause real upset for communities not to mention having a damaging impact upon businesses.”
If someone, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with the officer’s request they are committing an offence and further action can be taken including issuing a penalty notice for disorder, or arrest and prosecution with a maximum fine of £500.
Councillor Barbara Dring, Chair of Birmingham’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee said: ” Local authorities have the power to deisgnate areas as alcohol – restricted zones to enable the police to take action against those who are, through their drinking, causing a public nuisance or likely to do so.”
Birmingham City Council will be displaying signs to raise awareness of the alcohol restricted areas.