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Wednesfield Police – Please Residents This is For You!

Councillor Phil Bateman said Today I have received this message from Wednesfield Police, who are looking for residents to help them kill speed in their local streets,and roads. Please if you feel ou can help read then make contact via email, to the Police email address at the end of the message.”

Good morning.
If you care about speeding in your local area and would like to participate in a “Community Speedwatch Operation” with the team from Wednesfield, please contact me on the below email address.

I will be setting up very informal training sessions at Wednesfield police station in the near future for anyone wishing to take part.

Community speedwatch will involve members of the team and the public (maximum of 5 at any one time) to use the uncalibrated speed gun and to send out advisory letters to anyone breaking the recommended limit. No vehicles will be stopped and drivers spoken to on these particular operations.

Many Thanks

Carl, Wednesfield NHT
carl.smith@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Fly Tippers Face City Legal Action

Back in May, a witness watched a Lorry and loaded with rubbish and its driver dumping Garbage near the boundary with Staffordshire. She was sharp enough to take the details and photos, even a short video clip.


I reported the matter to City of Wolverhampton Environment officials. They gave the offending Wolverhampton company a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400. I understand that this penalty has not been paid, so the Council will now be instigating legal proceedings.
My very grateful thanks go, to the resident who has performed a civic duty, to allow the case to be developed. Your witness statements are the difference. We really do need to ensure that we capture these individuals who cause so much damage to our environments, and loads Counciltax payers and others with the cost of removal of their garbage.


This Isn’t a Message- Its Plain Vandalism

I deal with vandalism issues almost every week. But it is sad to see this message, that has been daubed on Kitchen Lane . I will report this to the Authorities this morning.

Most people I know fully understand that this anti vax stuff is a nonsense. Let me say from the outset I condemn it totally, and the comment is a nonsense.

Please no more, there is better ways we can spend our tax pounds than cleaning up vandalism like this.

Could Wednesfield Police Station Be Saved from Closure!

With Wednesfield Police Station hitting the news as it
is once again facing a review. I thought it was a good time to remind our local neighbourhoods, of the work that took place to keep it open.
Looking back with this article Wednesfield Labour Councillors were successful when the closure was first announced. Back in 2018 – Then we took to the streets with our community, to delay and then to halt its original closure programme.

Todays news is good – as the new Police Commissioner Simon Foster, has asked West Midlands Police Chief Constable to review the forces estate provisions.

Which he is going to do.

This article was originally posted in April 2018….As you can see Wednesfield Labour Councillors have been in this for the long game. We remain hopeful that we can pull off what the Public wants.

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 …..






Phil Bateman
Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council… read more

Shocking Police Information – When will Gov Learn ?

It doesn’t surprise me that West Midlands Police, is being reported as missing crime calls. The fact is that this Government has been warned for years that the cuts that they have inflicted on the force, was causing huge damage.

It is now being reported that ” The force answered just two in five calls to its 101 service within the target time of three minutes in June, according to a report to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s strategic board.”

It means the force was given a poor grading for service standards in its citizen charter, although its response to 999 emergency calls over the same period was rated “good”.

Anyone of our residents here in Wednesfield North who tried to contact the Police using that number will have a very live memory of that very same action, that the report criticises.

We need more Government money for our Police. The legacy of the years of former Tory Prime Minister May, first as Home Secretary and her ‘war; with the Police, and latterly with this Government started this. Wednesfield residents need more Police not less.

The fact is that without the current PCSO’s and the several Student Police, we would be down to just two or three full time Neighbourhood constables to protect and secure the Laws here in this part of the City of Wolverhampton, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is nothing short of a disgrace.

West Midlands Police Want You To Know About a New Weapons Law -Now in Force



Ban on wide range of knives, weapons, and firearms now in force

Last year we supported a Home Office weapons surrender scheme ahead of new Government legislation which came into effect on Wednesday (14 July).

The legislation – under the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 – means some weapons which were previously legal to own within the home are now illegal.

It’s all part of our ongoing efforts to tackle violent crime.

All weapons banned in public by the Criminal Justice Act 1988, including zombie knives, shuriken or death stars and knuckledusters, will now also be banned in private, meaning people can no longer keep them at home.

Anyone unlawfully possessing a firearm covered by the ban will face up to 10 years in prison and those possessing one of the other weapons can be sentenced to up to six months imprisonment or a fine or both.

Superintendent Gareth Morris, from our dedicated violence reduction team, Project Guardian, said: “We continue our work with local communities and a wide range of partners to combine our efforts to warn people, particularly youngsters, of the dangers of carrying weapons.”

“It’s great that this legislation is now effective, it will help us take more dangerous weapons off our streets and better deal with those who choose to carry them. It’s also going to help prevent young people from getting hold of them in the first place.”

Read more about the changes here. https://news.npcc.police.uk/releases/offensive-weapons-act-2019-bans-the-possession-of-dangerous-items-in-private

Please report crime via 101 or 999 in an emergency not through WMNOW


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Police- Action Taken

Wednesfield Neighbourhood Policing Team are continuing to put on extra patrols in and around Wednesfield High Street, after recent complaints regarding ASB and street drinking.

Yesterday (12/07/2021), our PCSOs challenged a male who they found intoxicated on the high street, behaving antisocially and drinking out of an open container which is in breach of a Public Space Protection Order.

The male assaulted one of the attending PCSOs and he was subsequently arrested by the team.

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” The PCSO’s do a good job here in Wednesfield. Please readers take note of the actions of our Neighbourhood team. They are working hard to keep the Village safe and secure.”

Cycle Thefts at Bentley Bridge

Wednesfield Police say “If any of you own a cycle, or know anyone that uses one, particularly in the area of Bentley Bridge, can we please ensure that an adequate lock is used to secure the cycle, in a well lit, highly visible area to something that is solid (i:e a lampost).

The majority of bikes that have been stolen are either secured with cheap, weak locks, or not secured at all.

There has been a significant spike in the theft of cycles, so we all need to do as much as we can to stop these sticky fingered individuals.” Please if you know who are stealing the cycles tell the Police…Also please if you can follow this advice.

Wednesfield Police – Pulled 7 Vehicles for Speeding in BLN

I am informed by Wednesfield Police that they held a speedwatch in Broad Lane North, following requests from residents. This is what Wednesfield Police have informed me of.

“Yesterday the team spent an hour on Broad Lane North at the junction with Peach Road.
7 Vehicles were pulled over and dealt with accordingly by officers for breaking the 30 mph limit, with speeds varying from 46 mph to 36 mph.
It was very noticeable, that just our presence there had an affect on the driving standards of road users as the majority of vehicles were barely doing 30mph, no doubt having been warned by other drivers of our presence, so we’re happy that maybe, just maybe it makes people think a little more about their speed for the future.
Operations will continue in varying locations in the near future.”


Wednesfield Police are Active!

Wednesfield Police have informed me that they have been busy today! This is what they say –
“Good afternoon everybody, first day back off our 3 rest days and the team have recovered several stolen vehicles, the one pictured was found dumped in an alley off Olinthus Avenue by local residents, the team also recovered a stolen Fiat Panda that had been racing around Ashmore Park on Friday night (11th) and also a brand new BMW 1 series that had been stolen off the back of a transporter.

Officers have also been busy deterring shoplifters over Bentley Bridge and also conducting regular standard patrols all around Wednesfield.”

The information is being widely distributed by Wednesfield Police – which is pleasing to see. All to often there is little information that gets back out on the streets. Well Done Wednesfield Police Neighbourhood Team….