Posts Tagged ‘West Midlands Police’

New Alcohol Restriction Area in Handsworth Wood

Posted on 30th January 2013 by

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.

Lozells & East Handsworth Ward Gives A Warm Welcome to New Police Sergeant

Posted on 20th November 2012 by

Police in Lozells & East Handsworth have welcomed a new sergeant to the team as the hard work continues to fight crime. Sergeant Kin Devi is now responsible for policing across Lozells & East Handsworth, and will be working with partner agencies and community members to tackle local concerns. Kin has moved to Birmingham from nearby Sandwell where she spent several years in a similar role.

Late night patrols to deter both burglary and anti-social behaviour have stepped up following Kin’s arrival and her team will also be working to reduce drug related crime in the area. Outgoing Sergeant Lucy Bird will continue to support the team and Perry Barr constituency until January when she move onto another role.

Sergeant Devi said: ” I am delighted to be the new police sergeant for Lozells & East Handsworth and look forward to continuing the great work started by Sergeant Bird. Lozells & East Handsworth has a vibrant community and I look forward to working alongside local people to tackle the things that matter most to them. I am fully committed to the principles of neighbourhood policing and want to ensure that people living, visiting or working in Lozells and East Handsworth can do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.”

If you need to speak with a member of the Lozells and East Handsworth neighbourhood policing team please call the non – emergency telephone number 101.

You can also stay up to date with the latest news and events across the area by following @brumpolice on twitter at www.twitter.com/brumpolice< http://twitter.com/brumpolice>

Vehicle Crime Safety

Posted on 2nd November 2012 by

Residents of Handsworth, there has been 5 vehicle offences, mainly vehicles getting broken into due to items left on display, for example electrical items and car cd players.

Please ensure you remove all valuables from display and take off faceplates from your cd players. Hotspot areas include – Whateley Road, Montague Road, Mostyn Road and Holly Road. So please take care and ensure your vehicle is safe!

As you may also know that it is getting very dark quick, here is a small list of things you can do to be more safe:

  •  Leave a light on when your out
  •  Ensure all doors and windows are locked
  • Activate an alarm or Install one
  • Fit motion sensor lights
  • Monitor your children whilst playing outside
  • Ensure when you are walking home that you pay full attention to what is happening all around you

BE SAFE. BE PROTECTED.

Police Crime Commissioner Youth Consultation

Posted on 8th October 2012 by

 

Just a few weeks back, I attended a youth conference for the Police Crime Commissioner. The event was very inspiring with over 100 young people from all diverse youth groups (United Kingdom Youth Parliament, Young Disabled Champions and Voice Is Power). Also in attendance was a great mix of current and ex police officers; some including Sir Bishop Welbley and some Police Crime Commissioner candidates.

All the young people that took part in the debate bought their passion and their voice! Some of the key ideas that young people bought up where:

  • A strong relationship and bond their Police Crime Commissioner needs to have with them and their communities
  • Many want a commissioner with a passion for their job, and a good understanding of community needs
  • A leader that is a true representative of the community and a leader who listens to the people

Coming out from that event, it made me want to vote! I wanted to get involved and choose who will represent me and my community. If you ARE eligible and registered to vote. On November 15th who will you vote to be your Police Crime Commissioner?

Before you cast your vote, if you have any questions for candidates that are running, make sure you attend:

‘The Big Debate: Your Chance To Question Our Future Police and Crime Commissioner’.

When: 18 Oct 2012 – 18:30 to 20:00
Where: Handsworth Community Fire Safety Centre,  41 Rookery Road Handsworth,  Birmingham B21 9QU
Come along, have your say and find out what your Crime Commissioner will do to help you!
 The event is FREE so don’t miss out!

Local community action at its best in Handsworth

Posted on 21st May 2011 by

I attended a community event this morning which I was invited to held in Brunswick Gardens in Handsworth.

Local residents have been working for months with West Midlands Police, Midlands Heart, Groundwork and Birmingham City council to claim back the alleyways that run between Albert Rd and Herbert Rd.

Through neighbourhood management we were able to get some funding to clean up the area and put in new fences and get an alcohol restriction sign up.  

At the end of neighbourhood management local residents led by Sonia Hymen, Marlene Graham and Selwyn Clarke were keen to keep on with their plans to transform this area.

They have been working with Wilkes Green Infants School and Groundwork to create some mosaics which have just been fitted on site this week.

In the next few weeks the iron art panels will be fitted along the metal fence to really help change the feel of the alleyway when you walk through. The designs have been chosen by local people and represent the diversity and culture of Handsworth; Handsworth park, Handsworth carnival, Vaisakhi, cricket & music etc.  

These will be painted once they go up lovely bright colours.

Slowly but surely residents plans to improve this area are beginning to take real shape. Sometimes it is these small things that make a big difference to local people so it was great to see how wonderful the mosaics look. It was also great to see so many kids enjoying the games provided by Groundwork Street games team.

Next steps for the residents is to try and get agreements in place to keep the alleyways clean and  to take over management of the small piece of land adjacent to the alleyway. Good to see the residents supported by the new councillor for Lozells and East Handsworth Waseem Zaffer and Srg Dan Wickenden & PCSO Stacie Muir from West Midlands Police.

#Handsworth Carnival Could be set to return

Posted on 31st March 2011 by

Story today in the Birmingham Mail speculating about the possible return of the carnival to Handsworth?

The carnival was held in Handsworth Park from 1984 until 1994 when it moved to Perry Park.

Some great images of the carnival available online; Digital Handsworth photos by Brigitte Winsor like the one below. Larrie Teirnan on flickr has some wonderful vibrant images of the carnival.

Interesting clip on You Tube from West Midlands Police video from 2009 featuring Professor Black who helps local people make the wondeful costumes. Also views from police from their perspective of policing the event.

What do people think should the carnival come back to Handsworth?

Rookery Rd Street Operation #RRAD in #Handsworth today with #WMPolice

Posted on 2nd February 2011 by

Today is the first time West Midlands Police, Handsworth Wood Neighbourhood Police Team in partnership with local agencies and residents have carried out an operation on Rookery Rd. Over the last few months agancies have received a high numbers of complaints from local residents on a range of issues e.g. speeding, litter. The operation started at 10 and will continue today until 3pm.

The aim of the operation is to provide a high visablity operation in the area to respond proactively to local issues and promoted partnership working.

Thorugh neighbourhood management the focus today has been on cleaning up the area of land at the top of Rookery Rd by Trafalgar Rd.

Fleet & Waste Management, local environmental wardens Deb Parsons & Arfan Khan and future jobs fund trainees got involved today in cleaning up the area.

Just to make sure everyone was doing there job for the local area local resident & street champion Sonia Hyman also got involved with the litter pick and walk down Rookery Rd to spot any other problem areas.

For more information on the progress of the day looking at the WM Police West & Central teams news page or follow them on twitter

Handsworth highly commended in Homes & Communities Awards 2010

Posted on 24th September 2010 by

Last night I attended the Homes & Communties Awards 2010 in London. Earlier this year Urban Living’s Sense of Place Project was shortlist as a finalist for Leadership of Place category. This project was a partnership between a consortium of partners, local community researchers and Birmingham City Council. The area of focus for the project was Dudley & Soho Rds and used partcipatory arts activties and digital recording to enage with local residents. The aim of the project was to empower local residents to make a difference to improving the local neighbourhoods.

We were delighted on the night to receive a Highly Commended award for the Sense of Place Project, this is great for Soho Ward and handsworth to receive recogition for some of the important work that is going on within these neighbouhoods to bring about improvements.

It was also great too see so many projects from Birmingham, I think that we had more nominations in the finalist stage than any other area.

Aston Hall won Flourishing Places

Balsall Health Forum won Stronger Communties

Urban Living highly recommended Leadership of Place

With the New Oscott Retirement Village & Midland Hearts Raleigh Close (handsworth) work also finalists in two categories.

Nick Corbert & Peter Latchford Urban Living

Adnan Saif, Urban Living, Noha Nasser, Cudos & Tracey Thorne, Birmingham City Council

Supporting the Midland Heart nomination Cllr Paulette Hamilton attend along with Paul Street & Jason Chapman from West Midlands Police. They were delighted that the work at Raleigh Close had been recoginsed by the H&C Awards .

Community Meeting West Midlands Police

Posted on 13th September 2010 by

West Midlands Police hold regular meetings with key local partners to give residents the chance to come along and raise local issues of concern. The next community meeting for East Handsworth will be on:

Wednesday 20th October at 6.30 to be held in the community room at Golden Croft, Off Grove Lane. For more information contact the East Handsworth Team on 0345 113 5000

Street Action Day Success In Handsworth

Posted on 26th April 2010 by

Last Saturday following concerns raised by local residents and Wilkes Green Residents Association we held a mini street action day. These days are very useful in engaging with local residents to discuss local issues and start to take action.

The photos taken at the start of the day highlight some of the issues that local residents would like changed:

  • Litter
  • Dumped rubbish
  • Street drinking and anti social behaviour

The day was organised by Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager for Handsworth and supported by West Midlands Police, Fleet & Waste Management and Birmingham Youth Service.

Brendan Duffy from Fleet & Waste Management was able to arrange for his team to come and give the avenue a cleaning blitz. Residents were delighted with how clean it looked after. It was wonderful seeing so many kids and residents getting involved with the litter picking.

West Midlands Police also spent time listening to residents  issues and are committed to helping people feel safer.

A big thank you for all the agencies that came out and made it a success and to local residents for their support

Useful contacts:

Any residents with bulk items should call 0121 303 1112 to arrange free collection.

Residents that are concerned about street drinking should contact Handsworth Wood Neighbourhood Police Team on 0845 113 5000 ext 7812 6555