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Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

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1035 Property Fires – But It Is Getting Better!

The Fire Service Is one of those public protection services that we often only think about when we require them! They are without doubt a great asset to all of us. There are some really big changes coming in the way that the Fire Service will be overseen and delivered soon.

I wanted to get a feel for how we here in Wolverhampton and Wednesfield North have been served by our Fire Service over the last three years.

Wolverhampton Statistics

  • There have been 1035 property fires in Wolverhampton over the last three years (2015-2016-2017)
  • We have seen a 5.01% decrease in property fires in Wolverhampton from 2015-2016
  • Followed by a further fall in the year 2016-2017 of 1.76%
  • In three years there has been four tragic deaths from fires in the City, three disastrously in 2016 but the good news is that only 1 death occurred in 2017, a 66.67% decrease.
  • There have been 31 Injury’s  in the City of Wolverhampton from property fires in this three year period.
  • An increase of 18.18% from 2015 to 2016 during this period was disappointing to record.
  • But during 2016 to 2017 the injuries reduced from 13 in 2016 to 7 in 2017. This is a reduction of 46.15% in property fire injuries.

Wednesfield North – When we look closely at property fires in Wednesfield North we find that we have had 27 fires in total , with no injuries from fires in any of the three years (2015-2016-2017). With no deaths at all in in any of those years, the statistics have been kind to Wednesfield North.

Here are the statistics for you to see –


2015 Wolverhampton Wednesfield North ward
Number of property fires 359 9
Injuries from property fires 11 0
Deaths from property fires 0 0
2016 Wolverhampton Wednesfield North ward
Number of property fires 341 9
Injuries from property fires 13 0
Deaths from property fires 3 0
2017 Wolverhampton Wednesfield North ward
Number of property fires 335 9
Injuries from property fires 7 0
Deaths from property fires 1 0

We do need to be forever alert to the dangers of fire, we need to ensure that our family’s  have smoke alarms fitted in their properties. That we teach young children the dangers of fire, and warn them of the consequences of playing with fire.

Your Local Councillor’s are however very pleased to see these statistics, but we want them to be even lower in 2018!

We are very fortunate that we have a Fire Service that is well trained and highly professional.

I know that they are under huge financial pressures because the Government has taken more money from them and are forcing further resource reductions from them for the coming financial year.

I know we value our Fire Service here in Wednesfield North, and I will be producing some further commentary during the course of 2018.

In the mean time please let me know your views on our Fire Service!

West Midlands Police

We have had a Police Station In Wednesfield For Many Years!

West Midlands Police wrote to your Councillors in February about the closure of Wednesfield Police station… This is the response I wrote.

“Thanks for the information. But I remain very unhappy about the conclusion. We have had a Police station in Wednesfield for many years. I was unhappy when the original decision to close the Police station was made to the Public.

I remain of the same opinion now, following the latest news.

I think the removal of the Police station will take the Police even further away from the public.

Less and less physical built Police environment, with the public getting even less personal contact with the police is a nonsense. The big losers will be the police. Both in terms of the public connections, and having to travel further distances all the while, for custody suites.

I know that the Police are making these decisions based upon the need to save money….but please, do not tell me it is a better way to deliver service, because it is not!”

Those are the feelings that Cllr Mary Bateman and I have, with regards to the latest information being sent out by WMP- We have not had a response yet.

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Flight Ticket Fraud Alert!

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More Money for Police? – “Raise your own Counciltax!”

This is a note to the residents and constituents of Wednesfield North.

Recently I received a newsletter from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Mr David Jamieson . I have reproduced it here for you. It is an explanation as to why your Counciltax  for Policing in the West Midlands will rise. Please read the statement.

From the Police and Crime Commissioner Mr David Jamieson –  “After the Policing Minister had opened the newly refurbished Lloyd House in November last year he set off back to London by train.

During his visit Nick Hurd had given me a very strong reason to be optimistic. Without committing to any figures, the impression he gave was that, after years of cuts, more money was finally on its way to our force.

“Would 2018 be the first year in almost a decade that the force doesn’t have to reduce the number of coppers?” I thought to myself.

This looked like very good news. Since 2010 we have seen our spending power reduced by £145 million and we have 2000 fewer officers keeping you safe in the region. With the problem of terrorism an increasing threat, our force is becoming seriously stretched.

There are fewer officers able to patrol the beat. Fewer officers who can make sure your family is kept safe.

So you can imagine how disappointed I was to learn, less than one month later, that West Midlands Police would not be given any extra money by the government.  Instead, the buck for raising funds was passed to you.

If you want more money for policing, we were told, you’ll have to raise your own council tax.

So here is my choice. Reluctantly raise council tax and reduce the speed at which the force shrinks or leave the local tax unchanged and watch crime rise.

I am extremely proud of the brave officers at West Midlands Police. The organisation is made up of thousands of hard working individuals. They put their lives on the line 365 days a year to keep us safe. For that I am extremely grateful. But their job is becoming increasingly challenging. Your safety, and the safety of your families, is precious and I will not see it taken for granted.

So here is my proposal. In line with the government’s plans, we should raise council tax for a typical household by £12 a year. That’s £1 per month. This will reduce the impact of central government cuts. If we do this, I can protect around 190 officers at West Midlands Police. Any one of those 190 officers could be the officer who prevents your home from being burgled or your son or daughter from being mugged as they travel home on the bus.

At a time when families are working harder than ever for smaller and smaller pay packets, the thought of raising taxes, even by a small amount, goes against my instinct. The people of the West Midlands are being squeezed enough. But on this occasion I hope you’ll understand that your safety and that of your family must not be compromised.”

If any Wednesfield North resident would like to make a comment on this statement and the information it contains…perhaps you can email me on –

Blue Light

Wednesfield Be On Guard! Report Anything Suspicious To The Police.

Good Morning Councillor Phil BATEMAN


West Midlands Police has released images of people they want to trace in connection with a series of rush robberies in which victims have been attacked in their own homes in Wolverhampton.

The individuals pictured are suspected of being involved in house raids that have seen victims threatened with weapons before jewellery and cash was stolen.

Thieves struck at five homes spread across Bradley, Chapel Ash, Bescot, Pleck, West Bromwich, and Wednesbury between the 13 and 18 January. A further three raids took place last night, all in Wolverhampton.

Up to five Eastern European suspects are understood to have burst into homes and on some occasions used bleach and cleaning fluids on the hands of victims in a sub-standard attempt to clean DNA evidence.

West Midlands Police Force CID Inspector Ade George said: We are currently investigating five crimes across Wolverhampton, and a further three on Sandwell and Walsall. Force has been used on a number of occasions and victims left traumatised by the experience.”

We believe these criminals scope areas for homes that could be potential targets, I ask people to be aware of individuals or vehicles in their area acting suspiciously. If you are in any doubt, call police.

People who behave in this way deserve no protection, we need people to come forward and tell us who they suspect is involved so we can take action, identify and bring those responsible for these burglaries to justice.”

also like to ask for residents who are reading this in the news or on social media, to help us inform the wider community by sharing this information with neighbours, friends and family members.”

Information on how to protect your home can be found on our website:

We are also issuing this advice for jewellery owners:

Keep the jewellery in a safe place and locked up if possible
Consider installing a safe at home which is securely fixed to the floor or wall. Speak to your insurance company and ensure you have a safe that offers the correct level of protection
Ensure that the jewellery is insured
Consider storing high valuable items elsewhere such as in a bank or safety deposit box; contact your bank for details
Make a list of all jewellery stored in your house with a description of each item
Photograph all pieces of jewellery against a plain background with the ruler next to them to give an idea of size
Make sure your home is kept secure at all times: keep windows and doors locked, switch lights on when going out to make your home look occupied, use burglar alarms and install dusk till dawn security lights on the outside of your property
If you are buying jewellery as a gift, dont leave it or its packaging on display. Follow as much of the above advice as possible to keep it safe.

For approved and tested products visit

Anyone with information, or who has been offered Asian or high value gold for sale, is asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

Alternatively information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Next Police & Community Together Meeting Announced!



‘Partners and Community Together’


10.30 am Tuesday 16th  January 2018


The Hub, Ashmore Park, Griffiths Drive, Wednesfield.

Sergeant Danher together with other agency partners, invite you to attend the next meeting of the Wednesfield North PACT open meeting.  You can influence the policing priorities in your Neighbourhood at the

Open meeting starting at 10.30 am

 You will also receive information on how crime & Anti social Behaviour are being tackled in this Neighbourhood.

Blue Light

Fake News- Be Aware Wednesfield!

West Midlands Police are warning –

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.

To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.

Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.

Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.

Pre-paid credit cards

Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid credit card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme.

Fraudsters will then contact victims on the phone or are emailed and asked for the details of their pre-paid credit card and copies of statements to in order for them to add the grant funds.

Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded by the victim onto the card is stolen.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to us. We’ve already taken down one website fraudsters have been using to commit this fraud and are working with Companies House to combat this issue.


How to Protect yourself:

Be wary of unsolicited callers implying that you can apply for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid credit card. The government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.

What to do if you’re a victim:

If you think your bank or personal 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.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040

Kind Regards The Partnership Team


Lets Keep Fires Out of Wednesfield!

Fire can swiftly turn into a tragedy when it breaks out in our communities.

Over the last few years your three City Councillors have tried to alert our community of Wednesfield North of the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted in our homes and property. We have shared information on social media sites that show our residents have been in contact with the Fire Service and have taken advantage of the free service they offer to have smoke alarms fitted.

This is an important service offered by the Fire Service. Please use it.

Statistics I have requested under Freedom of Information legislation.  Tells me that the West Midlands Fire Service has been called out 700 times over a two year period (2015 & 2016) here in our City of Wolverhampton.

During the 700 times that the fires service turned out here in our city, there were 24 persons who were injured by fire, and there were 3 people who lost their lives.

Looking a little closer at Wednesfield North we have been grateful to the fire service as they attended to 9 property fires in 2015 and 9 property fires in 2016. The calls in Wednesfield North as an average of the fires in Wolverhampton are just over 2.5%.

We should always  be on our guard against the threat of fire in our homes. Plus we should all be good neighbours and ensure that our family and friends have a working fire alarm.

Luckily for all of us here in Wednesfield North the actual call out to property fires has not increased at all in the two year period (2015 & 2016). Staying stable at 9 call outs for 2015 and 9 call outs for 2016. But that is still 18 call outs too many!

The fact that we have had no injuries and no fatalities here in our Ward of Wednesfield North during this period, is something to be thankful for.

As we start a New Year 2018, I would urge you to ask your family, your friends and your neighbours – “Do you have an active smoke alarm?” If they haven’t – ask them to contact the local fire station to fit a free one.

Lets do all we can to keep fires out of Wednesfield North.