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Looking Towards Better Crime Statistics

As we approach the end of the month the latest Police UK Crime statistics should be being prepared,
the last statistics we have seen where these for June 2020.

I am hoping that we will have seen a downturn in some of the key crimes that is affecting Wednesfield.

These Police UK statistics include the crimes that have taken place in both Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South.
They also include crimes that take place in Wednesfield High Street and Bentley Bridge Retail AND Leisure Park.
The West Midlands Police manage the two Wards together, and that is why Police UK measure and publish the figures in this way.

As one of your Local City Councillors, I will be looking to see the July crime statistics going down.

Crime levels overview
Jul 2019 197 8.6%
Aug 2019 196 8.5%
Sep 2019 171 7.4%
Oct 2019 182 7.9%
Nov 2019 190 8.3%
Dec 2019 179 7.8%
Jan 2020 184 8%
Feb 2020 231 10%
Mar 2020 220 9.6%
Apr 2020 171 7.4%
May 2020 197 8.6%
Jun 2020 184 8%

Amongst those facts are the individual Crimes that they relate too.
Violence and Sexual offences are consistently standing out for me.along with Anti Social behaviour
which is also a stand-out number. With more than 16% (ASB) of these crimes making up the total.

Anti-social behaviour 30 16.3%
Burglary 11 6%
Criminal damage and arson 9 4.9%
Drugs 4 2.2%
Other theft 6 3.3%
Possession of weapons 1 0.5%
Public order 16 8.7%
Robbery 2 1.1%
Shoplifting 11 6%
Vehicle crime 10 5.4%
Violence and sexual offences 76 41.3%
Other crime 8 4.3%

Burglary is yet another horrible Crime here in Wednesfield North, and that will be a crime that will attract our attention also.

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Simon Foster Calls “Let’s Prevent Knife Crime”

Here on my Blog – I often like to raise the big issues. There is not many bigger than the increase in Knife Crime across the UK.

Recently I have been in conversation with Simon Foster Labours Candidate for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, about the concerns we all have, when we read or hear about Knife Crime and the dangers it poses to our young people.

Simon is rightly concerned about the regional impact of knife Crime. Its a potential problem for every Ward in the West Midlands County. So I support very much what Simon is attempting to do. Though its important here to say that when I ask about Knife Crime here in Wednesfield North the statistics are very low, something I am so very grateful for.

But I remain keen to be part of the drive to Prevent Knife Crime.

Simon told me that “It is the first duty of government to keep its people safe and secure. However, when it comes to knife crime the Tory government has failed in its duty to keep our young people safe and secure. This is having a catastrophic and devastating effect on young people, their families and communities.

In England and Wales, between 2014/15 and 2018/19, there has been an increase in Police recorded knife crime committed by someone of age 24 or under of 80%.

The causes of knife crime are complex. Not every case is the same. However, the Tory government is well aware of the urgent action needed to prevent knife crime but the action taken has been far too fragmented and small scale. There has been a lack of political will and an abject failure to do what is needed.

We can prevent knife crime if we take the following action: strengthen community policing; restore high quality youth services; reduce exclusions from school; invest in the violence reduction unit, focusing on prevention, early intervention and the underlying causes; and ensure a joint approach bringing together communities and local agencies – health, education, local authorities, police, youth justice and the third sector to prevent knife crime.

Together, we can take the steps necessary to prevent knife crime, protect our young people and save lives.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added ” I like those issues that Simon raises, as I am sure every Parent in Wednesfield North would echo many of those sentiments.”

I am of course interested in receiving your comments.

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A Question Framed About Speed!

This is the question that I have asked relating to the constant concerns that residents in my Ward of Wednesfield North continually asked of me.

“Please can you set out what the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership is doing with regards to tackling speedsters operating after 8.00pm at night in Wards like my own in Wednesfield North?

Can you explain what the Police Strategy is in Wolverhampton with the Traffic Police to deal with this increasing issue?

We have a speed camera in Lichfield Road and Linthouse Lane? When will they Be brought back into use?

My residents are asking this question and others. They see the increase in speed activity, after 8.00pm.

They quite rightly want to know what is being done to deal with the problem.”

The matter is being addressed by West Midlands Police, and I am hoping for a response soon….I will of course make it public.

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Wednesfield Crime Statistics to June 2020

These are the crime statistics that relate to Wednesfield. These statistics make up the
Wednesfield Police Beat – which includes our Ward of Wednesfield North. The Police administrative
area includes the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park. So when you are looking at issues relating to for instance
Shop Lifting. Those statistics in the Wednesfield Police Beat relates to Bentley Bridge, as well as in other shops and stores across the area.

Crime levels overview
Jul 2019 197 8.6%
Aug 2019 196 8.5%
Sep 2019 171 7.4%
Oct 2019 182 7.9%
Nov 2019 190 8.3%
Dec 2019 179 7.8%
Jan 2020 184 8%
Feb 2020 231 10%
Mar 2020 220 9.6%
Apr 2020 171 7.4%
May 2020 197 8.6%
Jun 2020 184 8%

Amongst those facts are the individual Crimes that they relate too.
Violence and Sexual offences are consistently standing out for me.along with Anti Social behaviour
which is also a stand-out number. With more than 16% (ASB) of these crimes making up the total.

Anti-social behaviour 30 16.3%
Burglary 11 6%
Criminal damage and arson 9 4.9%
Drugs 4 2.2%
Other theft 6 3.3%
Possession of weapons 1 0.5%
Public order 16 8.7%
Robbery 2 1.1%
Shoplifting 11 6%
Vehicle crime 10 5.4%
Violence and sexual offences 76 41.3%
Other crime 8 4.3%

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Urgent Please Help Wolverhampton Police.

Murder enquiry launched after man killed in street stabbing
UPDATED:
13TH JULY 2020

We’ve launched a murder enquiry after a man was stabbed in a Wolverhampton street today (13 July).

We received a 999 call just after 5.20pm reporting a man having been attached with a machete in Chervil Rise, Wolverhampton.

The victim – who is believed to be in his 20s – was pronounced dead at the scene and we’ve cordoned off the area for a full forensic examination.

It’s understood the offender ran off on foot and we’re now appealing for witnesses to get in touch.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed what happened, or who saw a man running away, is asked to message us on Live Chat via our website or call 101 quoting log 3707 from 13 July.

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Police Actions In Wednesfield

Just a few of the police actions that have taken place here – over the last week or so.

Residents who were concerned about a big black car that was frequently seen in Kitchen Lane. Pat on the back for being alert. Can’t say too much at the moment. But your instincts were correct and I am glad we made the information known to the Police. Read between the lines folks! You haven’t seen it for a week…

The Police picked up in the last 48 hours or so on a stolen Van in Ashmore Park,it had stolen parts inside. Good spotting!

Finally I reported following further reports at 3.15 on motor bikes on the Wyrley and Essington canal racing a long the towpath. Not sure of the outcome, but the Police were informed and were going to take a look.

Well done Wednesfield Police .

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Funeral Arrangements – Former PC – Gary Matthews

Former Police Constable Gary Matthews Family have been in touch with an up dated plan for his funeral. Here is the information that they have supplied me with

“Just an update for Gary and his Funeral Arrangements,

Information for Family and Friends.

On 23rd June 2020, arrangements have been authorised for Gary to be police escorted from our home address. Leaving at 11.45am via the main A41 Holyhead, Wergs, Tettenhall Road to Chapel Ash Wolverhampton Ring Road around to Waterloo Road whereby we will stop on the concourse outside the Wolves Molineux football ground, ETA 12 noon.

This will be outside the main reception doors of the Billy Wright Stand, we have permission to stop there for a few moments so anyone wishing to pay respects can do at this point in or around the concourse area or along pavement.

Arrangements for parking have been granted free to use along the right of the BW stand along Molineux Alley up the hill only of which the WW club are allowing for anyone to use.

PLEASE REMEMBER Social distancing is paramount whilst at the Molineux

The funeral cortege will then continue along Stafford Road, Bushbury lane to Underhill Lane then the crematorium which is still as today not allowing anyone onto the grounds ( it may or may not change).

Due to time constraints we are unable to factor in G2 Wednesfield Police Station unfortunately.

Persons can also attend Underhill Lane outside the Crematorium, and are allowed to line the pavement so a few options for those wishing to pay respects to our beloved Gary.
Thank you

On and behalf of the Family of Gary Matthews.

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Rest In Peace – “You Made a Great Contribution”

Today I learned that former PC Gary Matthews has passed away last night, after a difficult time in New Cross hospital. Many of my constituents will know Gary Matthews. He was a long time Officer here in Wednesfield. Born locally he was a well known figure on the Beat and delivering Community Policing.

Gary was born in November 1962 .

He joined the Police in 1981 which coincided with my own 1981 election to West Midlands County Council, which was at the time the Policing Authority.
Gary retired from the Police Force in 2011, having completed 30 years of public service in the West Midlands Police.

Gary was married to Elaine and leaves a son and daughter.

I am sure there will be many Ashmore Parkers and Wednesfield residents who will remember Gary, as a guy who always had a grin and a smile. I know I very much appreciated Gary’s humour, and his professionalism, he was a good Policeman and did much for Wednesfield North.He was the Community Policeman who made a great contribution to our neighbourhoods and wider community. Always popping into Clubs like the’Good Companions’ the Old Tenants and Residents Association meetings. He was a popular and recognisable figure on Ashmore Park.

Both Mary and I offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Gary’s family and friends.

Rest in Peace – you made a great contribution to our community and the law and order in which we all want, and indeed need, to make happy contented lives.

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Wolverhampton Health & Police Chiefs Warn!

Health and police chiefs in Wolverhampton have thanked residents for continuing to stay home and save lives during the coronavirus emergency.

Councillor Phil Bateman say’s ” There is a clear concern being expressed in this Press Release, that there is too much movement taking place in and around Wolverhampton and Wednesfield. We neeto honour the advice being offered or we are likely to prolong the Pandemic. Please Wednesfield North.Read what is being said. Take the advice,and limit the activities that you are undertaking, to fall in line with the guidance.”

The Government has ordered that everyone stays at home unless absolutely essential to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Public Health John Denley said: “Preventing the spread of coronavirus is a national effort which we are all responsible for, and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who is adhering to the social distancing measures, remaining at home unless absolutely essential and keeping at least two metres away from others when they are out and about.

“However, we’ve seen a steady increase in traffic on local roads over the last fortnight, along with reports of people congregating in open spaces including shopping precincts, and I would like to remind residents not to take any unnecessary trips out of the home at this time.

“Coronavirus will not change its rules – and number of infections, and sadly deaths, could easily spike if we lift the lockdown too soon.”

Chief Superintendent Andy Beard from Wolverhampton Police said: “I would like to thank the vast majority of people in Wolverhampton who continue to act responsibly in line with government restrictions.

“Our officers are patrolling across our city engaging with people, explaining the restrictions and encouraging people to comply, with enforcement being a last resort.”
People must stay at home as much as possible and only leave the house:

• To shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, as infrequently as possible.
• For one form of exercise a day, for instance a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of their household.
• For any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
• To travel to and from work, but only where work cannot be done from home, or to take children to and from school if parents are classed as ‘critical workers’.

When out in public, people must stay two metres – or six feet – away from other people at all times, unless they are members of the same household.

These measures should be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for people or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.

Wolverhampton’s parks remain open for exercise, and cemeteries reopened to the public on Sunday. Strict social distancing measures are in place at both locations, and visitors are generally adhering well to the guidelines.

Schools are closed to all pupils except the most vulnerable children and those of ‘critical’ workers, as do all non-essential businesses and public spaces. Public gatherings of more than two people are banned, except where they are from the same household or where the gathering is essential for work purposes. All social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies, have been stopped. Funerals continue, but should only be attended by immediate family members.

Meanwhile, to enable shoppers to keep their distance, retailers which have been permitted to remain open – including supermarkets and corner shops – have been encouraged to place limits on how many people can be in-store at any one time and to ask customers to stand two metres apart when in-store and whilst queuing. In addition customers are encouraged to pay using contactless to reduce the amount of cash being handled by staff.

Mr Denley added: “Although it is very hard for everyone to keep going with the lockdown rules, we simply must do all we can to stay home – because the more we do this right now, the quicker we can all get back to normal.”

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/stay-safe-be-kind.

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