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Average Speed Enforcement Cameras Coming!

 

Wednesfield residents please be aware of the changes that will be taking place on Wolverhampton and Black Country Roads!

Average Speed Enforcement cameras will be installed on key Black Country routes in a bid reduce casualties and tackle anti-social behaviour. 

The phased introduction of average speed enforcement across the Black Country will bolster the speed enforcement operation across the highway network and raise the profile of this important tool to assist in reducing road incidents and clamp down on careless drivers across the Black Country.

The routes under consideration are:

Area Location

  • Wolverhampton A449 Stafford Road and A4444 Black Country New Road
  • Walsall A34 Birmingham Road, A4444 Black Country New Road, A4148
  • Broadway North and A41 Black Country New Road, Moxley to

Dangerfield

  • Dudley A4123 Birmingham New Road and A458 The Hayes/Park Rd/Drews Holloway/Stourbridge Rd (Lye to Halesowen)

Across the Black Country in 2017 there were 2,105 road traffic collisions resulting in personal injury to 2,916 people; 418 of these casualties resulted in serious personal injury and 24 people lost their lives.

In Wolverhampton, there were 503 road traffic collisions resulting in personal injury to 684 people; 84 of these casualties suffered serious personal injury and one person was killed.

Additionally, across the region there has been increasing levels of anti-social behaviour such as car cruising which has adversely impacted on the community.

The new cameras aim to support the West Midlands Combined Authority Road Safety Strategy to significantly reduce killed and seriously injured casualties in the West Midlands.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “It’s shocking to see the amount of people that have been seriously injured and even lost their lives on our roads. We recognise something needs to be done to tackle this Black Country-wide issue to reduce road incidents and anti-social behaviour.

“As a council, we have a responsibility to implement a wide-range of engineering and education schemes to address road safety issues to protect our residents and visitors.

“As well as supporting the Black Country car cruising ban, average speed enforcement cameras have been successful in reducing road accidents in other areas and I’m pleased to see them coming to Wolverhampton and the rest of the Black Country to improve safety for all road users.”

This approach to enforcement is fully endorsed by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner as it improves the traffic speeds along the route and enables the future introduction of enforcing red light running and ensures a consistent approach to the delivery of speed enforcement across the West Midlands area.

Cllr Dr Lynnette Kelly, Assistant West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I have promised that I would improve road safety and do all I could to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads. That is why I am pleased that these safety cameras are being delivered. Speed is one of the biggest causes of deaths on the road and one of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on a daily basis.

“The Black Country Councils are installing the cameras and the police are supporting them by processing and enforcing the fines. This shows that we are on the side of the overwhelming majority of motorists who drive safely and sensibly and want others to do so also.”

The new cameras will be installed on a phased introduction from 11 March 2019.

Cameras are also set to be introduced in Sandwell on A34 Birmingham Rd (between Scott Arms and Walsall boundary) and A4123 Wolverhampton Road (between Hagley Road and Pound Road) subject to Sandwell Council’s Cabinet approval next month.

 

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40 Dead in Horrendous Shooting!

I am sure that Wednesfield North residents will have their sympathy and their thoughts with the people of New Zealand, and Christchurch in particular.

This mass shooting of 40 killed and 28 injured, men women and children at prayer, is just horrendous.

What a shock for this peace loving country. I hope you will all join with me and express your sympathy to the Mayor of Christchurch.Lianne Dalziel.

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Information On Scammers!

 

 

I have received this information from the Police who are acting with this charity. Residents in Wednesfield North and elsewhere may find the information useful. 

Age UK comment on landline scams

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
“Scammers will use any means possible to cheat people out of their money and we’d urge everyone to be cautious when they receive a cold-call from someone requesting personal information, no matter where they say they’re calling from. If there are any niggling doubts it is always sensible to end the call and contact the company or government department separately using a phone number taken from a piece of official correspondence or their website.
“We encourage people to feel in control of who calls them at home, for example by signing up to the Telephone Preference Service or installing a call blocking device. To find out more about how Age UK can help, including obtaining the Charity’s free information guides ‘Avoiding Scams’ and ‘Staying Safe’, people can call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 6565, visit www.ageuk.org.uk or speak to their local Age UK.”

Age UK press office contact details

Liz Fairweather: 020 3033 1718
Out of hours number: 07071 243 243.

Kind Regards The Partnerships Team

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Crime on the Rise Again – Says The Express and Star!

The constant worry I have is that this Government is so darned tied up with trying to save the Conservative Party, that they have lost the requirement to look after not only their own partisan voters, but the rest of us as well.

How long can neighbourhoods, people , families, individuals, young people ,old people vulnerable people and the down right able bodied be left to their own devices?

When crime is rising and criminals and organised crime are becoming so emboldened that the worst actions imaginable are becoming the norm?

Just look at this Crime report from the Express and Star!

Its not a one off head line. It is a head line that is becoming repeated month after month!

For Gods sake when the people of Wednesfield, Wolverhampton , and West Midlands come to finally vote…Remember this callous Tory Government who have no care for you or your family! To the Police, please never vote for this lot again! We need more Police and we need our National Government to use our tax resources to pay for them….NOW

Read the full story in the Express and Star

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I Think This Is Criminal! What Is Your View?

There is something very wrong when you can receive unsolicited mail through the internet especially when the nature of the email is to encourage you to receive a ‘Daggar’ that is apparently undetectable!

I was horrified to receive this saying that I could have it for free! I have sent the information to the Police and I thought that the Express and Star may have been interested. It seems a huge issue – knife crime, and this morning the papers are full of a very horrific murder on a train in the UK.

Am I wrong in thinking that this ‘undetectable’ knife is aimed at ‘criminal’ and subversive actions? If that is so, why are we not concerned about this type of promotion. Why would anyone want an undetectable serrated Dagger to carry around? I think this is aimed at criminal activity.

Am I wrong? I will be speaking with other agencies to get their view. But I am very interested in what my constituents think about this.

Did you see this new UNDETECTABLE DAGGER?

The Undetectable Dagger Is The Only Knife You Can Carry With You Literally Everywhere That No One Will Ever Know You Have!

Made from Griv-Ex™- the latest in fiberglass reinforced plastic – our Undetectable Dagger is UV and heat stabilized to make them incredibly durable.

And today… YOU CAN GET ONE FOR FREE!

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Eyes open! Be Vigilant….

Wolverhampton please can you remain vigilant for a silver vehicle possibly an Astra, focus or Fiesta partial registration HY12. This Vehicle is believed to have been seen at a number of offence location across the city centre.

Remember to remove all valuables, don’t park in the dark and remember to lock your vehicle and activate your alarm if you have one.

If you see anything or would like report non-emergency crime then visit www.west-midlands.police.uk you can also speak with a live chat adviser between 08:00 am and midnight.
or call 999 in an emergency.

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Your Shame Prime Minister!

The Midlands Newspaper of the Year, The Express and Star had this photo and story as its main headline last night.  MInd How You Go!

Well this morning (Wednesday) one of my constituents woke up to find that he is now another victim of crime! It is  more disturbing news that yet another van has been broken into on Ashmore Park, it’s a crime epidemic in my eyes!

I am doing all I can to press the Police. I know that they feel very anxious about the situation, these statistics in Richard Gutteridge’s  story last night made headlines in our newspaper. It underlined that our Thin Blue Line is getting thinner by the day.

But this headline also really fully exposes this rotten government for the way that they are treating Wolverhampton and the West Midlands. The Conservatives just don’t care at all for this City, or for the people. Crime is a real fear now for everyone. Roll on a General Election!

In the meantime if you have a suspicion about the people that are robbing us, please tell the Police or ring crime stoppers and tell them. Please keep an eye open for neighbours and friends. Dob these criminal  people in!

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Fear Surrounds Wednesfield Begging!

 

This post that I placed on my Councillor Phil Bateman Facebook site referring to the PACT meeting of  Friday November 23, appears to be catching a lot of peoples interest.

More than 4,000 people have been reached and there has been an awful lot of engagement (1230} , Much of which shows the incredible concern that residents have for their own safety, as well as some considerable concern about those individuals that are begging themselves.

The report from the Wednesfield Police and Community Together meeting is important.

There is also some growing concern with regards to aggressive begging by a person who approaches motorists at traffic lights at Deans Road, so much so there are some alarming comments relating to fears that motorists have. I have emailed this link to Wednesfield Police.

Here is that original comment I made on Facebook relating to that PACT Meeting..

At the recent Police and Community Together meeting held at Wednesfield Community Centre the Police spoke of the problems of persistent begging in the High street and at Bentley Bridge. They informed that the private owners at Bentley Bridge were taking actions that forced the beggars to locate to the High street. This was building problemsfor business in the High street.

They informed the meeting that 2 to 3 persistent ones had been arrested and that had led to an improvement.

The Police urged the public not to give support to directly to the beggars themselves.

There were some con men who were begging for drugs and alcohol money! Please listen to the advice Wednesfield!

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Vehicle Crime Increases in Wednesfield

On Friday 23rd November 2018 we had a Police and Community Together meeting at Wednesfield Community Association at the New Library in Well Lane.

Wednesfield North and South share the same Neighbourhood Police team. The meeting started  with the acceptance of the Minutes of the last meeting.

The Police gave a report on crime covering both Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South.

There was quite a debate about the crime statistics. What is clear is that there is a spike in the number of vehicle crime that is taking place.

In total the Police informed us that some 79 vehicle crimes had taken place in Wednesfield. This is much more than the last period that the Police reported on. In fact  it  is a massive increase of 40% in vehicle crime in Wednesfield.

I made the point that these figures were well too high.

That if the crime statistics were accurate, it points to something serious going on in our Wednesfield Wards.

I urged the Police to take a look at this issue, and requested them to consider the impact that this crime wave was having on independent tradesmen who’s own livelihood, was being threatened by loss of their vehicles, with their tools being stolen from their vehicles etc.

I warned again that the residents were losing trust and confidence in the Police. I told them that on social media in Wednesfield and surrounding areas, people were openly looking for ‘criminal suspects’ that they believed were responsible for crimes such as these.

Vigilantism was likely to spread if the Police do not deal with these issues.

I underlined to the Police that this was an issue that needed more resources and a definite will to capture those responsible for these crimes. Everyone is aware that our Wednesfield Police are under resourced. We all recognise that the team of PC’s and PCSO’s are working hard for us.

But the need is for the Government to start putting resources into the Police. Crime statistics are rising, in areas that were once lauded as being ‘low crime’. It is so frustrating for everyone…but tragic, very tragic for the victim.

West Midlands Police

The Police Remind Us!

THE POLICE REMIND US – Whilst we wish for you to enjoy Bonfire Night on Monday please be safe and remember the Firework Safety Code.

.Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
.Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
.Keep fireworks in a closed box.
.Follow the instructions on each firework.
.Light them at arms length.
.Stand well back.
.Never go near a firework that has been lit even if it doesn’t go off.
.Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
.Always supervise children around fireworks.
.Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
.Never give sparklers to a child under five.
.Keep pets indoors.
.Don’t let off noisy fireworks after 11pm.