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THEFIGHT TO STOP CLOSURE OF WEDNESFIELD POLICE STATION

THE FIGHT TO STOP CLOSURE OF WEDNESFIELD POLICE STATION – I thought that Wednesfield North residents would be pleased to know that the campaign that has been waged by Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South Labour Parties, and which has been running now for several months has had some success.

First Councillor Greg Brackenridge from Wednesfield South and Councillor Mary Bateman together recently handed over to our Member of Parliament – Emma Reynolds MP, hundreds and hundreds of signatures collected from Wednesfield people in the High Street , through the foulest of winter weather.

This was evidence of the brilliant support from this Village, for the campaign to retain Wednesfield Police Station.

When Labour took to the streets – the people queued to listen to our case, to keep Wednesfield Police Station in public ownership and open for Police services. They queued to sign the petition forms!

That was the first success that we have had, the second in the campaign, was the agreement of our Member of Parliament Emma Reynolds to accept the petitions and raise them with West Midlands Police –

Emma also ran her own survey on this issue – as we did here in Wednesfield North.

This was she has had to say to me in an email recently.

Emma Reynolds ” I have shared your views with West Midlands Police and demanded that they look again at their plans. It is worrying that so few people knew what was happening and as a result were not able to have their say. In Parliament I will be challenging ministers over crime and policing policy. At every level it appears to be lacking and they need to get a better grip on the situation.”

 

Locally I have also written on behalf of Wednesfield North

Councillor Greg Brackenridge and Councillor Mary Bateman, handing over the petitions to Emma Reynolds MP surrounded by supporters.

Councillor Greg Brackenridge and Councillor Mary Bateman, handing over the petitions to Emma Reynolds MP surrounded by supporters.

, and have been in  correspondence with the Chief Constable. That  correspondence has led to some movement.

The force through their administration have asked me to meet with Chief Superintendent Mears, the senior Police Officer here in this City, which of course I will do.

Wednesfield Labour Councillors are always working hard to support the police, and make Wednesfield safer.

We continue to feel that the removal of Wednesfield Police Station will be detrimental to the future police service, we would operate going forward.

If Wednesfield Police station is closed and sold off we will be here in Wednesfield in a worse position. We are convinced that if we lose the Police Station now we will never see one open in our community again. We as individual Councillors here in our community, and together with our Party, will continue to fight this Police Station closure.

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Police – Residents Need To Be Aware!

Councillor Mary Bateman and Cllr Phil Bateman attended the Police and Community meeting held at Wednesfield High School last night in Wednesfield.

The Wednesfield Police team told us that during the month of April there had been a total of 35 crimes here in Wednesfield North. That was three crimes more than the same period in 2017.

There had been 1 burglary , 2 criminal damages incidents, Zero Robbery.2 theft of a motorcar, and 4 shop lifting offences.

The police told us that there was a large operation taking place related to vehicle crime and burglary.

They spoke of burglary hotspots around Lower Prestwood Road and Prestwood Avenue. Residents living in or near this location please keep an eye out for anything suspicious. DO not hesitate in phoning the police if you are disturbed about a persons/s behaviour. Report it.

The Police spoke about the continued pressure by the community around speed. They informed us that a speed watch was done in Peacock Ave in March resulting in one prosecution. Speed watch took place in Kitchen Lane on the 16th April. Then on the 20th April the traffic department with local police initiated a large exercise that resulted in 30 prosecutions taking place after the vehicles caught in Waddensbrook Lane were exceeding the speed limit.

Anti Social Behaviour identifies the Ashmore Park Estate as being a hot spot, here in our Ward of Wednesfield North.

The police asked the community to keep a watch on elderly and vulnerable senior citizens. Apparently they are being targeted by people, be friended and relieved of their valuables and money. This relates to issues around drugs and addictions. Residents are asked to report anything they feel is suspicious. It would be good to see more Wednesfield North residents attending these meetings…please feel free to ask questions…….

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Ticket Alert

Here in Wednesfield North and across Wolverhampton – Football has a great following. Even as I type this out there will be constituents and others finalising plans to visit Russia for the World Cup…..Please if you are, take a look at this advice and follow it if you can.

Action Fraud – The West MIdlands.

 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018.  The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:

“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that FIFA.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”

“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”

FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”.

Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.

Protect yourself:

  • Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit www.FIFA.com/tickets.
  • A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit www.fan-id.ru.
  • Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
  • For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/be-on-the-ball-world-cup-2018

What is Action Fraud Alert?

Action Fraud Alert is provided by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which is run by the City of London Police as a national service. Register to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area.

The system uses the Neighbourhood Alert Platform which is a secure, national community messaging facility used by Police, Neighbourhood and Home Watch, Crimestoppers,Fire & Rescue Services and local authorities throughout the UK.

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Be Careful & Lock Your Car Doors!

Last night on Tuesday the 17th April at about 7.39 I pulled up at the lights in my car on Broad street in Wolverhampton City Centre. I had stopped because the traffic lights leading to the ring road had turned red. I was making my way home back to Wednesfield. There was a group of young men sitting on the steps of the building (about five in total) on the left of me, right alongside the lights.

One man in a hoody and baseball cap stood up and leaned over the railings and tried my front passenger door.

Luckily I had locked it. He then went to the rear door and opened the car door. I challenged him, but he just remained focussed. At that with the door waving open. I decided that the best way was to get out of the situation as fast as I could. So I put  my foot on the accelerator, I drove away at some speed through the red light.

I was unnerved, I was concerned that he had wanted to rob my bag which was on the back seat. Or so I thought.

But I was also scared in case he was trying to get into my vehicle with the gang following him…. I was heading towards Wednesfield having attended a City Council Scrutiny Meeting at the City Council City centre offices.

I tried to contact West Midlands Police via 101 without success, and waited till I got home when I emailed the Wednesfield WMP team.

I don’t think the man stole anything from the car. I found I had put my bag with my I-Pad in the Car Boot and not on the back seat.

But the whole incident unnerved me greatly. I have obviously warned my wife and friends. But after some deep thought today I have decided to post on my site to give a wider warning. Please lock your car doors and be watchful. All this was over in about 20 seconds. But it nevertheless was very alarming.

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Wednesfield Police Station Closure- The Public Say No!

 

Wednesfield Police Station Closure- The Public Say No!

Wednesfield North Labour Party and Wednesfield South Labour Party have come together to fight the announced closure of the Wednesfield Police Station in Alfred Squire Road.

The two local parties have held three (2 hour) petition signing sessions in Wednesfield High Street

The first of these was on Good Friday 30th March. followed by Saturday the 31st March and finally on Friday 6th April.

Both Local Labour Parties have taken the campaign out on the doorsteps as well. With really strong support, and reaction from residents.

Councillor Greg Brackenridge (Labour ) Wednesfield South said “After working closely with our local police neighbourhood team over the years, I have the deepest respect for the work that they do and the value they bring to our communities. The West Midlands Police have received the largest cuts in government grant in the whole of the UK.

After losing 2000 officers in 7 years we are now losing local police stations to balance the books.

This is at a time of rising crime levels which is placing our local communities at greater risk. The people of Wednesfield have spoken clearly. They want to keep our police local and I support this wholeheartedly.

Wednesfield calls on the government to fund the police and public services properly and end the austerity we have all suffered.”

Councillor Mary Bateman (Labour) Wednesfield North added “This issue is a bit of a battle, we are not attacking the police, we know that the government are the real reason that the funds are so hard to come by. But our residents do not want this to happen and the Tory Government, need to know as the Chief Constable needs to know, Wednesfield Police Station needs to remain open.”

There has also been a campaign taking place in social media here In Wednesfield, making people aware of what is taking place and also canvassing opinion.

One social media survey taking place in Wednesfield North informs that 75% of local residents who have taken part want the police station to remain open.100% of all those that have responded also say that police response times will lengthen if it closes.

The petitions canvassed over the three days in Wednesfield High Street, by the Joint Wednesfield Labour Party is nearly 1200 strong now. That means over the six hours of collecting signatures against the Police Closure Wednesfield residents queued up and signed at more than 3 person a minute! Now that shows the strength of feeling that local residents who pay for these services think!

The plan is to present this petition and the evidence we are collecting, from our community to keep the Police Station Open in the next few weeks.

 

For further information – contact either Councillor Greg Brackenridge or Councillor Mary Bateman …..

 

 

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Please Enter Our Survey- As We Battle To Save Wednesfield Police Station!

 

Wednesfield Councillors have been out Friday and Saturday over Easter (2018) collecting signatures in the High Street in Wednesfield….opposing the proposed closure of Wednesfield Police Station.” There has been a fantastic response to our campaign” said Councillor Greg Brackenridge.

But we are now being asked if residents can place their views electronically.

Councillor Mary Bateman added “So this survey has been constructed which will allow residents that are affected or feel they are affected to give their views” Please take a few moments and let us know what you think! Click on and follow the link

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd401LgUijDWo_Xv-moEKwRwkjpEIB_8smF6A7KEchlOZF-0w/viewform

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Join Labour In The Fight To Save Wednesfield Police Station!

Wednesfield residents will know that Wednesfield Labour Party are still trying to convince the West Midlands Police to save Wednesfield Police Station from closure.

Tomorrow Friday 30th March at 10.30am Wednesfield North Labour Party and Wednesfield South Labour Party will be joining together in Wednesfield High Street,  collecting the Public’ s signatures, to endorse the case we make that the Police need to reverse their decision and save the Police Station.

Would all members of Wednesfield North Labour Party turn up and give general support for this campaign….

Your Three Labour Councillors in Wednesfield North are committed to this campaign and we will be Joining the Wednesfield South Councillors as we try hard to win  public opinion to  our side,  and yes we will fight hard to do so!

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Wednesfield Police and Community Together Meeting!

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Police Chief Makes A Plea!

I have received the following message from the Chief Constable David Thompson.

My initial reaction is that I am pleased the Chief has taken notice of the protest and the concerns that we have as Local Councillors here in Wednesfield.

We do not want to see our Police Station closed down, as we know it will be for good!

Wednesfield needs a local station, it has had one for decades, and removing them from our locality will remove police further from the public they are there to protect and serve.. We are also as a group of Councillors here in Wednesfield North concerned that Her Majesty Inspector Of Constabulary has just placed a negative inspection comment on the force, reporting that some service areas in our Police force is already ‘Inadequate’.

Your Wednesfield North Councillors want a dialogue with the Chief Constable and we will be taking up his offer to speak.

We understand the pressure on the police around  finance, We know this awful Government are the reason that the West Midlands Police are in such a dire circumstance. We  know also that  her Majesty Police Inspector of Constabulary are also highly critical of the Police current performance.

WeI blame the Government and the Prime Minister for that –  not the force locally.

But I do think it is important that we stand up for our own Local Policing here in Wednesfield and Wolverhampton. I don’t want the Wednesfield Police station to disappear because the Police have to build for Birmingham and the advent of the Commonwealth Games!

I want to see our ‘protect and serve’ police here improve, and that and our community well served and protected. It will be done better if we have Police service that cares for us here in Wednesfield.

I understand where the Chief Constable is coming from, I have huge respect for him and his force. But I do not want to see our local access to the police degenerate any further than it currently is. Goodness sake I have received enough criticism through out last year about the lack of police in my Ward of Wednesfield North, to know that the public is worried and concerned. I will be writing to the Chief Constable with all of our Councillors views on policing here in Wednesfield North.

Here is the Chief Constable Thompsons comments to your Councillors.

“Dear Colleague-As I’m sure you are aware, there has been a lot of coverage around our plans for West Midlands Police buildings in the last few weeks with the main focus being on what is being taken away from communities rather than the future vision. I understand this completely. In the current climate, communities are sensitive to police changes and are worried about how building closures will affect crime and response times.

Let me take this opportunity to reassure you that I am committed to serving our public and ensure any change to our estate will not adversely affect them.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has signed off the overall estates strategy but nothing will close immediately. The programme is expected to run over six years and individual buildings will not be signed off for release until we are satisfied thorough local engagement has taken place.

There is a lot to discuss before any of the sites close and I hope for some inspirational ideas on how we can share with partners. The majority of our buildings are underused or at the end of life. Our future strategy for the force’s buildings is driven by three main issues:

We need buildings fit for modern policing. The force is, and will be, investing heavily in technology which will create an ever more mobile organisation. The custody redesign has shown big sites are better than smaller buildings. We have a Commonwealth Games to police in four years and our command and control site is in need of development.

The second issue is cost. Some of our buildings are just not fit for purpose and there is a backlog of £20m in repairs. Some of the buildings, indeed some of the most interesting or externally attractive, are at the end of their life and hugely underused. We need modern buildings fit for purpose that enable great team work by really thinking about which teams would benefit from co-locating. The new strategy can save us around £5m a year in building costs and create more efficient buildings.

Finally we know we can share. A large number of the poor buildings that we intend to dispose of are small neighbourhood offices and this has caused a lot of concern. With 22 per cent of our police officers in local policing and just under 500 PCSOs, it remains essential they are locally based. I promise neighbourhood teams will be based in their communities.

This is why a large part of the estate plan is to look at re-provision of the neighbourhood buildings with partners.

Currently we have not worked out where these sites will be but I promise we won’t close buildings until we have engaged with our communities to look at where the alternative provision will be and identified suitable sites for officers to be based locally.

I also attach the proposed timelines for the estate changes:”

http://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/media/479287/Item-7a-SPCB-20-Mar-18-WMP-Estates-Update.pdf

 

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Robbery – Kitchen Lane Ashmore Park!