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Congratulations Keith Fraser!

I am sure that Wednesfield will want to congratulate  Keith Fraser former Police Superintendent with responsibility for Wednesfield. Today he has announced his joy and ‘excitement’ at being appointed the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. He had recently retired from the Police force after 32 years of duty.

Keith was a very good Policeman, and helped me with lots of problems we have had here in Wednesfield with anti social behaviour and other crime. Always willing to offer advice and help even when I caught him at home and off  duty.

I am very pleased that the region will have Keith sitting at the national table in an area of law and order that is critical to us all.

Here is how he responded to the Secretary of States announcement. “I am so excited and pleased that The Secretary of State has announced that I have been appointed to the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.”

Congratulations Keith your experience going forward will be a very useful asset for the new organisation you are joining.

 

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Do You Know – 20% of Crime in Wednesfield North Is…….

Everyone is concerned about crime – We are no different here in Wednesfield North than other places. It is a fact that we have one of the lower crime counts in here in the City and across  the Black Country.

But we do not have no crime!

When looking back over the last 11months we have had 422 Violence and Sexual Offences reported here in our Ward. According to Crime UK.

That is a massive 20% or 1 in 5 of all crimes under-taken here in Wednesfield North has been categorised as being of Violence and Sexual Offences!

So what can we do about that? In short I am not certain. We certainly need to reduce this type of crime. I suspect that much of this will take place in peoples homes, and not out on the streets…But I maybe wrong in that assumption.

The police are the experts but we all know that their resources are stretched to near breaking point.

The Government must start soon to release the national purse strings, they must start to reinvest in the Police so that the rest of us can feel safe on the streets and in our homes.

The Governments current plans are to allow the Police and Crime Commissioners to levy increases to your own  Counciltax Bills to pay for extra police resources. I feel that the support the police should be getting should be through the national taxation we all pay to government.

Let me know what you think…… I am keen to see if you feel similar to me on these issues.

Violence and sexual offences 422 20.04%
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Crime Stats for Wednesfield North – “Shocking”.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “I have been taken a back by the fact that over this period these statistics are not getting any better.”

He went onto say -” Comparison of crime types in Wednesfield North between November 2016 and October 2017 are both shocking and frightening.

These are not my statistics they are crime statistics for Wednesfield North compiled by Police UK. The huge rise in violence and sexual offences has certainly startled me as the figures for Anti Social Behaviour, Burglary, Shoplifting, and Vehicle Crime has also.

It is these statistics and statistics like these for the whole of Wolverhampton, that led to me placing a resolution to Wolverhampton City Council this summer calling for the Government to make more Government financial resources available for the City of Wolverhampton.

Your three Labour Councillors Rita, Mary and I are committed to doing all we can, to ensure the Police and the Government recognise that your property, and your safety,  is vitally important, and will be strongly campaigned for by your three City Councillors.

Comparison of crime types in this area between November 2016 and October 2017 are here.” Let me know what you think!

Number of crimes

Crime type Total Percentage
Anti-social behaviour 402 19.09%
Bicycle theft 21 1.00%
Burglary 196 9.31%
Criminal damage and arson 162 7.69%
Drugs 16 0.76%
Other crime 20 0.95%
Other theft 196 9.31%
Possession of weapons 15 0.71%
Public order 71 3.37%
Robbery 24 1.14%
Shoplifting 350 16.62%
Theft from the person 14 0.66%
Vehicle crime 197 9.35%
Violence and sexual offences 422 20.04%

 

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Pleasingly Low Statistics for Knife Crime in Wednesfield North.

Recently I wrote to West Midlands Police about the levels of knife crime here in Wednesfield North.

I wanted to find out more about the actual knife crime situation locally. This followed some allegations made to me re an incident recently.

I have been very much reassured by the response I have received from the Police and Crime Commissioners Office and senior members of Wolverhampton Police.

I asked how many incidents involving a knife had taken place in our Ward of Wednesfield North between 2014 and 2017.

The response I have received has been very encouraging. Wolverhampton senior Police Officers tell me that

  • There have been just 7 reported offences in Wednesfield North during this period

They point out that this is less than 2 offences a year, and it covers domestic related incidents as well as those in public places. While that is seven incidents too many, it is not anywhere near  epidemic proportions.

I am very re-assured by those statistics. The Police go onto inform me that they do patrol public open space in the Ward, and those patrols have led to weapons being recovered on public open space, here in Wednesfield North. The police find and removal,  led to the police removing weapons from our local streets. I applaud them for this action.

The Police went onto explain that they work in schools and in communities to make people aware of the dangers of knives here in Wednesfield. The PCC said he had supported and ensured that surrender bins had been supported, that has helped get hundreds of knives off the streets in the West Midlands.

I want to thank  Police and Crime Commissioner Jamieson for his response, and Chief Superintendent Jane Meir and Inspector Tracey Packham for also contributing to the response letter .

 

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Crime in Wednesfield North – Not Good Stats!

These are the crime stats as produced by West Midlands Police for Wednesfield North Ward, here in Wolverhampton.

Perhaps the statistics that jumps out at you is the fact that we have 73 more crimes in the year to date.

Highlights

  • We have had 32 Burglaries up – 16 on the year to date.
  • We have had 48 Criminal damage – up16 on the year to date
  • We have had 3 Robberies – down 1on the year to date
  • We have had 47 Theft from Shops – 14 on the year to date

Interested in finding out more about crime in Wednesfield North- Wednesfield PACT meetings are designed for the public.

 

 

 

Wednesfield North

  Oct  2017 YTD DIFF Sep 2016 YTD DIFF
ALL CRIME 56 329 +73
Burglary Dwelling 10 32 +16
Burglary Other
Criminal Damage        12 48 +16
Robbery 3 3 -1
Vehicle Crime TOMV 0 4 -7
Vehicle Crime TFMV 10 29 +13
Theft from shops 7 47 +14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Government Budget – Ignores Public Anxiety Over Lack of Police Resources

Councillor Phil Bateman MBE responds to the Government budget today. ” I want to place on record my concern that the Government missed a great opportunity today to say that they cared about the safety of our communities.

I am very concerned with crime in my City of Wolverhampton and particularly in my Ward of Wednesfield North. Yet this Government takes no notice at all of our concerns and continually squeezes resources to West Midlands Police.

Recently the City of Wolverhampton Council passed a resolution demanding action from the Government….yet this Conservative Government just ignores the concerns.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner bemoaned the fact that “Having lost £145 million and 2,000 officers since 2010 our police force has diminished considerably in size.”

Today the Government had a chance to build confidence by increasing police resources and assuring citizens that they had a plan to tackle our concerns. But they didn’t, and they appear not to care a fig about protecting and serving our communities…….remember this when the Tory candidate turns up canvassing votes at the next General Election.”

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OPENING THE DOOR TO POLICE CUSTODY

Wednesfield North residents – Anyone interested in being an Independent Custody Visitor!

Please continue to read.


The Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands is looking for Volunteers
to become Independent Custody Visitors

Do you have 2-3 hours to spare each month to volunteer as an Independent Custody Visitor, visiting police custody sites to check on the health and wellbeing of people who have been detained in custody?
Can you communicate well with a diverse range of people? Do you work well in a team? Do you have a general interest in people and care about their wellbeing?
Would you be confident in raising issues or concerns if you had to?
If you can say yes with confidence to these questions, then you could be what we are looking for.
We are recruiting NOW for Independent Custody Visitors in Oldbury, Perry Barr, Coventry, and Wolverhampton.

What is in it for you?
Learn and experience something new
Do something that is out of the ordinary
Learn new skills / improve existing skills
Meet new people and share an interest
Make a positive contribution to a fair and just society for all

For more information please visit:
http://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/custodyvisiting

If you would like to speak to someone informally please call Sarah Matta on (0121) 626 6060

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Looking for A Job? -Action Fraud Has Identified Fraudsters!

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.  

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer. 

How to protect yourself: 

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

 What to do if you’re a victim: – If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.

  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
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Shed & Outbuilding Are At Risk!

Please will residents living in Wednesfield please take note of this information, and if you have any suspicions or information please  contact the Police.

This is important advice which West Midlands Police have contacted me with!

There has been a recent increase in overnight shed breaks on the Wednesfield area. We are responding to this by dedicating officers to the area working until the early hours in order to try and catch these criminals.

May I ask if anyone would like some crime prevention advice or a shed alarm, then to please get in touch with us. The alarms are in short supply. If anyone has any expensive items on display that can  be seen through a shed window, then please either remove it or cover it up.

If anyone has any information they wish to share then please get in touch or contact Crimestoppers.

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Police Sgt Danher Runs Marathon for Charity!

I am happy to support Sgt Martin Danher who is going to run a Marathon for charity. I am happy to support Martin and his charity run.

Can I ask our Wednesfield North  community to also support this Policeman who is originally from Wednesfield, and always trys so very hard for our community in his day job!

Martin tells me that he is running for a charity that “support children suffering with cancer, such as trips away and also supports parents with accommodation for those travelling long distances to be near their children in hospital or bereaved parents who have lost their children to cancer.

I have never run a marathon before as such the thought of doing it for such a worthy cause, will keep me going through the hard times!”

He further requests that ”I hope you can take the time to make a donation to My Just Giving page on the following link http://www.justgiving.com/Martin-Danher.

I am happy to share this with anyone who may want to help. Martin further tells me that “I would be even more appreciative.  If you know of any charity events that I could support or any ideas for fundraising then I am all ears. I am planning on baking a lot of cakes!! I have just started the fundraising process so I could really do with your support. “

Martin

Police Sergeant 0805 Martin Danher

Wednesfield North/South and Bilston Neighbourhood Team