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Your Vote – We Do Not Want Our Police To Be In A Perilous State!

Why I think we should have a serious think about West Midlands Police numbers.

It is a fact that we should look to be reviewing the Police and the way they function at the moment, I cannot be the only Local Politician that gets frustrated at the current situation. Here in Wednesfield North it is a fact that it is consistently amongst the lowest reported crime beats in Wolverhampton.

That is not to say that it has no crime, nor that the crime it has is any less important than high crime areas.

But we are told time and time again that we have to have police numbers to reflect the crime that is taking place.

My frustration is that there are days when my Ward of Wednesfield North does not have the Police Constable or the Police Community Support Officer on duty. I estimate that this happens a couple of days every week. It’s also hard to get a response from the Officers when you email information or make requests. So if I pass information on to my team electronically about issues, you can wait a week or longer to get a response.

Now in my mind in these dark days this is not the way forward at all.

Senior Officers are shrinking from sight, you never see anyone other than a PC and a Sgt, the link between the force and the public is getting more and more remote. The reason is clearly because the police numbers are shrinking, and shrinking.

In March 2017 Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary for Policing in England and Wales said that policing was in a “potentially perilous state” as government cuts lead to investigations being shelved, vulnerable victims being let down and tens of thousands of dangerous suspects remaining at large.”

In a report on effectiveness in policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) uncovered a range of “dangerous” and “disturbing” practices that have arisen out of police forces’ approach to dealing with budget cuts of 20%.

We have a chance now in these very dark days of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

The public has a great chance to question where our Leaders are taking us. These heinous terrorist crimes have place a spotlight on the Police and their battle to do a tough job with shrinking resources. At this time in the end days of a General Election, we voters have a perfect right to demand that whichever Party wins the #GE2017 campaign, they immediately sit down and with the public, review the Police service in their area, the resources that are available and the plans to how they are to be used.

Serving Officers are currently unhappy at the way the previous Government has axed thousands of Police Officers from the ranks. We are reading their comments in the national press, and in the social media.

I know that here in Wednesfield North residents like me will blanch at the relevation that some police staff, as reported in the HMIC report,  are deliberately downgrading emergency calls in order to justify a slower response when there is a shortage of officers, HMIC said, while others are reclassifying high-risk domestic abuse victims to a lower level of concern.

Police Officers is some forces are being assigned to investigations that they are not qualified to conduct, the HMIC found, while other forces are struggling to get to grips with the volume of wanted suspects – including murderers, rapists and violent offenders.

Around a third of domestic abuse cases across England and Wales are being shelved because the victim does not support police action – this rises to 50% in five of the 43 forces, which has led to concern at HMIC that officers are not properly discharging their responsibilities in a bid to slash their workload.

HMIC also issued a warning that a shortage of detectives and investigators amounts to a “national crisis”. I have made previous comment about the fact that the Met Police are recruiting with the proviso that new detectives no longer have to come through uniformed ranks! I have also previously made my comments known about the encouragement for the public to self report…..

Its this type of professional report (HMIC) published earlier this year (in March to be precise) that is also helping to fuel the public debate.

There is a great swell of Public Opinion that wants to see MORE police officers not less on the local beats and active in our communities. The Prime Minister who was Home Office Secretary for 6 years and who as Prime Minister has driven forward Police cuts, needs to know that we all want to be safe!

We all want to be safe from crime, we all want to see crime solved quicker, and at better rates than they currently are now here in the West Midlands. We all want to be safe from terrorism also.

I also want to see more PCSO’s not less planned for and delivered.

In my mind the PCSO’s are good value for the money, they are great additions to the Local Force, they get close to the neighbourhood. They work well with community Groups and the Community policing teams. They provide the low level intelligence for the Police teams that operate in our neighbourhoods. They are an extra pair of trained eyes for the constabulary. They also interact well with Councillors and other elected Members,when they need too. There are currently too few PCSO’s across the West Midlands in my opinion.

So as we go into the last days of the election perhaps we can air our opinions so that those seeking our votes know that Policing must change for the better, and that more ‘boots’ needs to be back on the beat, making us safer, and making us feel safer!

This HMIC report clearly placed Government austerity in the dock detailing stretched forces, downgrading calls, and leaving suspects at large. We want our Police back and in a modern force with the resources to protect us, our families, and our property!

We do not want our Police here in Wednesfield or the West Midlands to be in a perilous state.

I do hope my constituents in Wednesfield North will think about these issues when they enter the Voting Booths and vote in the ballot box#GE2017 on Thursday.

I give fair warning to my colleagues on Wolverhampton City Council. I give notice that in this Municipal year I shall be asking plenty of questions about our safety in the City, and how we are going to be influencing the Police & Crime Commissioner, and the new Government to make more resources available to make Wednesfield and Wolverhampton safer for all.

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Police Issue Warnings!

Distraction burglary and bogus callers

Burglars won’t go to the trouble of breaking in if they can just knock and be invited in. So always be on your guard when anyone you’re not expecting – a man, a woman or even a child – turns up at your door. 

Bogus ‘officials’ may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, gas board, health authority or other organisation. 

Bogus ‘dealers’ may offer to buy your antiques, furniture or jewellery, at what seems to be a good price. 

If you want to sell something, choose one or two genuine dealers to value it or ask a friend or relative for their advice. 

Bogus ‘workmen’ may say that they need to come in to check something or make urgent repairs.  You also need to be careful of callers who offer to make building repairs or tarmac your drive. Often they’ll ask for money in advance; they may even offer to drive you to the bank to withdraw money to pay them. 

If you need any building work done, get several written quotes from reputable firms, then decide which one is best. If in doubt, talk it through with a neighbour or someone in your family. 

for further advice please call 101 or visit www.west-midlands.police.uk/saferhomes

We Love Manchester Emergency Fund -Registered as a Charity.

Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross’ – We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,  has reached £5.76m bolstered by support from the football community including Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as £100,000 from Wayne Rooney’s foundation.

Following recommendations from the Charities Commission, Manchester City Council has registered the fund as a charity in order to distribute the funds, with former council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein joining the board of trustees.

My surprise is seeing the £100,000 from Wayne Rooney’s foundation and I applaud him for his actions.

Well done to everyone who has made a donation wherever you are. Terrorism is a scourge of the World, and it must not be allowed to win.Blue Light

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Ashmore Park Activity Maze Vandalised

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” This piece of play equipment has been attacked, I for the life of me cannot understand why this should happen. I reported the matter to both the City Council and the Police.

The City Councils Environmental team says “This piece of natural play equipment, fun for the children to run around and to challenge their balancing skills on the variable height wooden stumps, has unfortunately succumb to thoughtless vandalism.

This will be put right over the coming days but it’s an expense we would rather do without.”

I have also reported the matter to the Local Police team, I have asked if the nearby cctv stretched and covered this far?

I am sure Ashmore Park families are as dismayed as I am about this vandalism. Your three Councillors are always working hard looking to identify resources that can enhance the Park.

If you know who was responsible, I do hope you will inform the Police.

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Smishing – Warning From Action Fraud!

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.

The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.

Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

Protect yourself:

  • Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
  • Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
  • If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040
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Staying Alert! – If you are concerned about a safety issue? Report It!

Second bomb fears
Policer fear the Manchester suicide bomber may have built a second device which is now in the hands of fellow jihadists. Officers who raided the home of Salman Abedi discovered a working bomb factory with a large stash of explosive chemicals and other components. Security sources now believe that Abedi assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya. However the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and distributed them to other British-based extremists. “The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can’t rule that out,” an unnamed security source tells the Daily Telegraph.

Councillor Phil Bateman added ” It is important that we all stay alert, yes it is unlikely that we will be targeted. But the truth is you never know!

I would urge all constituents to be on guard, and if you have any security or safety concerns, then report the matter to the Police, using 101 if it is not urgent. Dial 999 if it is a matter of immediate direct concern. Better we remain safe than sorry!”

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West Midlands Police Issue Warnings!

Message sent by
Lara Horsley (Police Staff, Corporate Communications Officer, West Midlands)

 

Last night the national security state was raised to critical. This means that not only does an attack remain highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

The prime minister also authorised support from the military alongside the police, known as Operation Temperer.

However at this stage there are no plans to deploy military officers in the West Midlands; therefore the public are unlikely to see military personnel on the streets.

Support from the military will instead free up armed officers from certain guarding duties to release officers across the UK to support the wider national response.

As soon as the prime minister made her announcement, we implemented our locally tailored plan, including keeping officers on duty.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray, said: “We are flexing our resources and increasing our presence at key sites, such as transport and other crowded places and we continue to review key events and entertainment venues.

“At the moment, there is no plan for military personnel to be deployed in the West Midlands; however the public will notice an increase in the number of armed and unarmed officers.

“While this is a precautionary measure, these highly visible patrols will continue for as long as is needed.

“You would expect us to do everything possible to prevent further attacks and keep you safe.”

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said: “I am working with the Chief Constable to ensure that the additional armed resources are integrated into our capabilities to offer increased assurance and protection and protection to the public.

“People should continue to carry on with their lives as normal and not let those who seek to divide us to win. I ask people to continue to be vigilant and report suspicious activities to the police.

“West Midlands Police have shown their dedication and commitment in recent days and I’m sure they will continue to do so.”

Please remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, then let us know immediately, if you have suspicions about someone’s behaviour call us.

Look out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” This warning is some thing that we all must take into account, lets all follow West Midlands Police advice especially whilst the warnings remain critical” 

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A Message Sent By West Midlands Police- Terrorism.

Message sent by
Lara Horsley (Police Staff, Corporate Communications Officer, West Midlands)

We remain deeply shocked following last night’s tragic incident in Manchester and all our thoughts are with those affected.

Greater Manchester Police continue with their investigation – at this stage there are no known links between the perpetrator and the West Midlands. We continue to liaise with GMP to establish if there are any victims from our area.

Here in the West Midlands, we are focusing on providing the most appropriate policing response over the coming days. The threat level nationally remains severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Tragic events like last night’s explosion in Manchester remind us that attacks can occur at any time or place without warning.

Everyone needs to be vigilant – be alert, not alarmed. As ever, we ask the public to be our eyes and ears. If something doesn’t feel right, call us. We act on every piece of information, no click or call will be ignored, we will only take action after appropriate checks have been carried out.

As we saw last night, terrorists wait for those moments when we’re not looking – that’s why vigilance and awareness of everyone is key to combatting terrorism.

There are many ways you can report – through local police on 101 or in an emergency 999, via the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 and online you can click on the red button on the West Midlands Police website to report online terrorist and extremist material.

Locally our West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit continues to work with national security services to keep our region safe. This includes playing a key role in stopping people getting drawn into terrorism and violent extremism in all forms.

It is really important for us all to remember that acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and those people do not represent the public. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.

Looking forward to the weekend, Birmingham plays host to Pride which is a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event and we’re expecting tens of thousands of visitors to the city. This is an annual event with a parade, music and festivities which are enjoyed by many.

I appreciate that people planning to attend may feel a sense of nervousness – I would like to take this opportunity to give you some reassurance that a full policing operation is in place and is subject to ongoing reviews.

We will have a large number of police officers, specials and police staff on hand to keep the public safe – this isn’t only for the Pride event, but also for anyone visiting the city to enjoy all it has to offer.

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Wednesfield North Residents Warned!

Councillor Phil Bateman warned residents of Wednesfield North  – “Beware residents I have received a Police warning relating to ‘Cyber Crooks’ who are looking to use technology to rob you!

Read on and please warn your friends and family of this scam.” here is the warning!

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Report fraud and cyber crime to Actionfraud.police.uk

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Sympathy and Condolences To The People of Manchester Today.

The horrible news coming out of Manchester will shake every family here in Wednesfield North, as it will shake and shatter families in Manchester and World wide.

I know my constituents here in Wednesfield North in Wolverhampton, will want to join in with me and my fellow Councillors Mary and Rita, as we offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to all those individuals and bright lights of this generation who have had their life snuffed out by this diabolical act of terrorism.

Manchester will grieve for them as will every community in the UK and further. But terrorism will not destroy Manchester, nor will its actions blunt the resolve and the determination to see our laws upheld, and our life styles continue.

We must all stand strong and continue our every day lives, help the police and the front line services do their job, and stand full square with Manchester on this sad and disastrous day.