Category Archives: Police
Just a quick update to say I have been briefed by the West Midlands Police this morning on the arrests at Adderley School. At this stage, its important to note two things:
(1) The arrests relate to events specific to Adderley school and
(2) they are arrests – no-one has yet been charged for anything and the full investigation has to run its course. So I hope we’ll all give the police the space to their job – and not engage in a trial by media.
I’ll post more news when I can
Hodge Hill Ward
Crime figures and detail
Date range: 27th Feb – 6th March 2014
There has been one burglary and one attempt this week. Both were in the same block of flats on Washwood Heath Raod. We will be linking in with the housing trust about the security issues there.
Advice – Please ensure you secure your property at night and when you are not present. Lock patio and porch doors and do not leave the keys in them or near them – as this provides an easy escape route once the thieves are inside.
One vehicle was stolen this week – a new transit van where the owner had dropped the keys and the suspect picked them up and took the van. This was on Drews Lane. Two vehicles have had number plates stolen and a drill was taken from a van.
Advice – Please be aware of your surroundings when locking your vehicle. Park in well lit areas.
There have been two robberies one was a business robbery where a motorbike was stolen from near to the Hunters Moon – a male is in custody for this. The other relates to a suspect pretending to want to buy a phone from someone on Gumtree – who has then had the phone and other items stolen. There are lines of enquiry with this and arrests will be made soon.
Advice – Please remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Try not to make yourself vulnerable to being targeted.
The team have been concentrating their patrols around Bromford Drive and the tower blocks this week and we have conducted a letter and leaflet drop to every flat in WarstoneTower. We have been doing regular walk throughs to combat anti-social behaviour from the local youths.
There have been a number of meetings in relation to other civil interventions – joint visits and meetings with youths in relation to anti-social behaviour issues.
We are working with BCC in relation to a group of travellers who have moved on to Berrandale Road.
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Earlier this week I secured an adjournment debate in Parliament to discuss Legal Aid for the families of those found dead in police custody.
It appears to be usual practice that the families of those who have died whilst in police custody are required to make a financial contribution to the costs of the Inquest into their relative’s death.
In modern Britain this is an affront to justice.
- You can find the official copy of my speech to the House of Commons here.
- The Birmingham Mail did a piece on my adjournment debate which you can access here.
- The brilliant charity Inquest, which provides support to those bereaved families facing an inquest, are an invaluable source of expertise and assistance on this issue. You can access their website here.