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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.

" You made a great Contribution"

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 and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at

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



Police Urged to Act!

Good Morning Wednesfield -Its Saturday 11th April 2020- The weather is fine again today,but the last 24 hours has been a nightmare for Wednesfield North, with youths riding Mopeds and Scramblers, according to witnesses, and having no care for the Corona Virus laws, relating to staying at home.

Yesterday afternoon I had numerous residents contacting me, all very annoyed, some very angry.

There was anger raised at the guys who were flouting the law, and there was calls for the Police to patrol and capture some of the perpetrators.
I contacted Wednesfield Police station and I also received a crime log from Birmingham later in the night. I will again raise the matter with the Police, and I have been passed some intelligence that I have lodged with the Police.

Turning to the vandalism that has sprung up around the Ashmore park Shops and other sites in Ashmore.
I despair, this is just yet another issue that has raised its head. Its not good news and it drags down the area we live in. If anyone knows who is behind this, please tell the Police or me.

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Crime Information – Could This Be Yours?

Councillor Phil Bateman today said ” I have had a note from West Midlands Police. They are asking if this Concrete Breaker is your property? Read the full article here”

Wolverhampton’s vehicle initiative team have recovered this industrial concrete breaker from a stolen car, but cannot identify the owner of this item, if you recognise the below item please could you reply to

Kind Regards The Partnerships Team


Message From West Mids – Chief Constable

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “Here is a Message addressed to me, that I wanted to share with you, from the Chief Constable. I think you will appreciate his message as I do.It looks like the police are all for persuasion, and the enforcement follows if they do not get a response from the public, when it comes to operating Corona Virus rules and new legislation. Here is what he says”.

“Good Afternoon Councillor Phil Bateman,

Message from the Chief Constable – What you can expect from the Force

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday introduced significant social restrictions, which touch on everyone’s lives across the West Midlands.

These are unprecedented in peacetime and I know will be hard on you and your families.
I want to assure you that my officers and staff will continue to work every hour of every day to keep you safe. We will protect you.

That is our duty and that is my promise to you.

But this is my ask of you. I urge the people of the West Midlands to follow the new instructions. They are essential and it will save lives.

Nothing is more important.

Officers and PCSOs will be visible in our communities and I have asked them all to engage positively but safely with anyone we suspect is in breach of the new regulations. Officers will explain what the new restrictions are and what we expect of everyone.

If we have to talk to you we will:
• Make it clear we are dealing with a national health emergency
• Reinforce the importance of complying with these new measures
• Strongly encourage people to adhere to them at all times
• Reinforce that the measures are there to protect our country and in particular the vulnerable
• Ask that you do not buy more food than you need. We need to look after each other.

If people do not listen to our advice then we will move to enforcement.

We are already receiving many calls on potential breaches of these arrangements. People can advise us if there are large scale breaches with large numbers of people congregating via webchat or 101. We would ask you to trust that we will target the most problematic behaviour.

This will only work if people make sensible choices and observe what they are being told.

You can keep in touch with West Midlands Police by following @WMPolice on Twitter, on Facebook as well as signing up for community messaging where you live via WMNow.

The country is facing a challenging period when helping each other and being good neighbours and friends has never been so vital.

As Chief Constable I know our communities will rise to the challenge and we will all work together to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Councillor Bateman added ” I am sure that all of us in Wednesfield North will do all that we can to follow the guidance as it is without doubt aimed at saving lives within our community.”


Police Meeting 24th March Wednesfield Library – Cancelled!

Councillor Phil Bateman said today. “We have now been informed that due to the Covid -19 virus issues
I have news that informs that Due to the current situation, The Wednesfield PACT meeting on the 24th March has been cancelled.

If you could let your friends and other Wednesfield residents who are not on email know, I would appreciate it.
If you have any pressing issues, please report them to the relevant Police team.”

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In an emergency, always call 999

ASB Team on 01902 551188/556789 or email

You also have Councillors who are happy to support you, please see the links below.

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Wednesfield Police Were Active on Wednesday!

Councillor Phil Bateman today said “Today I received this message from Wednesfield Police.”

Wednesfield Police “As requested we have been continuing with the speed watch operations, This week Planetary Road and Fitzmaurice Road have been covered, only 1 vehicle was clocked doing over 30 mph in Fitzmaurice, but on Planetary Road there were 9 vehicles clocked doing between 35 and 43 mph.

In addition to this a lot of our time has been taken up with the floods and also Bentley Bridge retail park with all the anti social behaviour with youths on bikes, a “Section 35″ dispersal order has been in place and several warnings have been issued with 2 arrests as the warnings were breached, the bikes have been seized and will be returned in due course.

There have also been several arrests for theft and several vehicles removed from the roads for varying offences, all in all it has been a very busy week.”

Councillor Bateman further added ” I want to thank Wednesfield Police for their activity. I note that only 1 vehicle was observed breaking the speed limit on Fitzmaurice Road, this is to be something that is welcomed. But the activity also showed that roads where there are reports of speed taking place do get checked. That is also to be welcomed.”

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Police -Urged to Act!

On very busy roads outside of schools we have men and women who give their time to protect school children crossing to get, to and from School. We have a particularly busy road where a Lollipop Lady helps the children cross to school here in Wednesfield North. In November of last year an incident occurred.

I am very aware of the unhappiness of parents who witnessed a car and driver ignoring a ‘Lollipop’ Lady going about her business protecting pupils, when a car barged through, striking the ‘lollipop sign’ she was holding.

I am going to raise the issue with the Police, as I understand that there is now a petition of several hundred names supporting and requesting action being taken against the offending car driver.

In Britain a ‘lollipop lady’, is a person who stops traffic by holding up a circular sign on a pole to allow children to cross a road safely. Official name: school crossing patrol.

I will of course keep everyone informed via my web site.