I want to ask Wednesfield residents to keep a watchful eye on your neighbour’s property.
Don’t be scared to contact the police if you think something is suspicious. Or something looks to be out of place. Criminals are active all through the day and night.
It is s being reported that during this year, more than 100 vans have been targeted by criminals in and around Bilston! I think this is an extraordinary number of crimes, clearly aimed at tradesmen and traders.
The police are warning Bilstonian’s about this outbreak and asking them to take precautions, against this type of crime.
Clearly crime takes place where there is an opportunity.
I don’t want to see Wednesfield crime stats creep up the crime tables as the heat comes on Bilston.
Its up to all of us to do what we can to make all our neighbourhoods safe. To do that we must all work together and deal with these potential incidents. Look after your neighbour, and hopefully your neighbour will look after you!
Knife Crime across the West Midlands has led to West Midlands Police offering advice to parents about what to look for in their children’s possession.
I was surprised to read that most people in possession of knives are young men aged 15 to 19.
These knives, which are predominantly kitchen knives, are then used in robbery or violence.
Now that the Police have informed that most of the knives used in these crimes are kitchen knives. Then it has got me thinking that an ‘Amnesty Bin’ should be provided where individuals or others could throw unwanted kitchen knives and the designer knives they may have, in to the bin so that the Authorities could then destroy them. Thereby taking unwanted knives potentially off the streets.
Amnesty bins should appear at least annually at a Police station or agreed local authority safe point. In that way unwanted kitchen knives could be disposed of by owners, without them being left unused in kitchens, sheds or other unacceptable places, where teenage boys, could spirit them away without parents noticing they have gone.
The West Midlands Police recently carried a campaign called ‘Either way he’s not coming home’ and appealed to mothers of young men to have a conversation with their sons about the dangers of carrying a knife.
The campaign I read showed a young man being arrested and taken away from his home, a knife crime victim in an ambulance, and a mother at her son’s funeral.
It got me thinking – – Would you know what to look for if you thought your son was carrying a knife?
The Police want Mothers of teenage boys to look out for the signs that their son may be carrying a knife and talk to them about the very real danger, that by carrying a knife, they are more likely to be stabbed themselves. The Police tell us that many victims in the West Midlands have often found their own knife has been grabbed and used against them in an attack.
The Police say that the signs to look out for are below. You can call police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.
- Has your child withdrawn from the family and/or school?
- Is your child’s school or college reporting worrying changes in behaviour, academic achievement or attendance?
- Has he or she lost interest in positive activities such as sports clubs?
- Does he or she stay out unusually late without giving a reason and is vague about his/her whereabouts?
- Has he or she stopped seeing old friends and started hanging out with a new group?
- Are they secretive about the contents of their bag?
- Are they defensive if you ask what is in their possession or if they’re hiding anything?
- Has their attitude changed about carrying knives/weapons? For example, justifying it by saying people carry them for self-defence?
- Have any items gone missing from the kitchen, tool box or garage?
- Have you found a weapon hidden amongst their possessions?
So for my own constituents here in Wednesfield North – lets recognise that Knives are dangerous and just like guns maim or kill. Let’s make sure we treat our kitchen knives with great seriousness.
I will be writing to my Local Police Team to see if they will implement an Amnesty Bin locally at Wednesfield Police Station annually or somewhere else that will be safe and secure so that Wednesfield families can dump unwanted knives safely.
I would hope that West Midlands Police would also want to ensure that a suitable publicity campaign locally would go hand in hand with the ‘Amnesty Bin’.
West Midlands Police are advising not to give beggars money in Wednesfield!
West Midlands Police are continuing to receive reports of nuisance and persistent beggars in and around Bentley Bridge Retail park and High Street areas of Wednesfield, Wolverhampton.
West Midlands Police are working with Wolverhampton Council to bring about a long term solution to the problem which will see certain repeat offenders permanently banned from the area altogether.
Whilst this work is on going we are reminding local residents and visitors in the area NOT to give money to beggars or rough sleepers, as often this money will further fund various addictions that are in fact keeping them on the streets.
Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police Team
West Midlands Police
Criminal’s Eye Up Goggles and strike at a Wednesfield Freight Yard.
40,000 pairs of swimming goggles were robbed and taken this week from a freight yard between Willenhall and Wednesfield.
If there is anyone locally that knows who is behind this robbery please tell the Police….
Clearly many people will think the crime with the Goggles is unusual if not a little bizarre!
But Freight crime is already is much too large in the UK. Evidence suggests that multi-million pounds of freight crime is taking place regularly right across the UK not just in Wednesfield.
What is required is for the Police and the freight industry to tackle what must be organised crime together. The theft of so many ‘Goggles’ must point to organised crime and that kind of makes this particular theft from Wednesfield that much more sinister if true.
The Home Office published the most recent official data on cargo theft in 2013, reporting 324,000 crimes had taken place nationwide in 2012. European statistics from Freight Watch International (FWI) now list the UK as the third worst place for cargo theft in Europe. We really have to improve on reducing crime of this sort. If anyone has any information about this particular crime I would urge them to pass that information onto the police today!
Wednesfield North Police have given a recent up date on Crime in and around the Ward. The big climb in crime is around Shop Theft where there has been 5 reported thefts in February – taking the overall figures to 61 in the year to date.
This is an increase of 22% over the figures relating to shop theft in the year up to and including December 2016.
In December the stats recorded shop theft in the month at 5 the same number as being suggested that took place in February 2017, and the year figures were being recorded at 50.
This suggests that the recorded stats show an increase of 11 shop thefts have taken place since the last PACTS report, giving Wednesfield North a 22% increase in this type of crime.
It was suggested at the meeting that the One Stop Shop at the top of the estate, and the Co-Op shop near the Ashmore Inn, were the main shops being targeted by shop lifters.
The Police would like help from residents who may know who the thieves are. So if you do know any information, perhaps you can call the Police on…101 ask for extension 872 3006 and leave your information.
The Wednesfield Police and Community Together Meeting will be taking place at The Hub on Ashmore Park on Monday 13th March –
Residents please note that a Police Meeting will be held so that you the resident can ask questions, and hear what the Police are doing to keep our community safe. Let me inform you that the Police have chosen a different time of the day for this meeting
– It is a morning meeting……10.30am
So why not come along and ask the Police what they are doing, how they are doing it, and what the reasons are!
If you have a personal question about policing or a crime that has you concerned, the Police usually speak with you privately after the meeting. One or more of your Local Councillors will also be present.
So if you are interested, come along, if you have never been in The Hub, now would be a good time to visit and see what is taking place there…they are a friendly lot the Volunteers, and you can get a very nice cup of tea from the Sunshine Café!
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Burglary alert – Corpus Christi Primary School, Ashmore Park was broken into during the early hours of this morning (23rd Febuary at 1:25am)
Several computer tablets have been stolen during the raid and damage caused internally to the school.
We are urging anybody with information regarding this incident to contact the West Midlands Police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
The police are also reminding residents to vigilant and report any suspicious activity around schools and businesses, particularly during the early hours.
Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police Team
West Midlands Police
Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” Here are the Wednesfield Police Team Priorities, as set at the last Police Meeting in January…..I thought the constituents of Wednesfield North would appreciate sight of them. They are available in the monthly report the Police team make public.”
ASB Griffiths Drive Bottom Shops
Members of the community have expressed concerns around general ASB at the bottoms shops and on occa-sion at the top shops on Griffiths Drive, Ashmore Park. The issues involve groups of school age children hanging around the shops and sometimes causing nuisance to shoppers and staff by playing football, messing around directly outside certain businesses, being disruptive in the library and generally causing annoyance. Other re-ports involve older youths in the evenings using the shops walkway to shelter, smoking cannabis and making a noise. The team routinely patrol the shops and engage with any persons of concern in order to prevent and de-ter ASB
The community expressed on going concerns over speeding cars across the neighbourhood in residential areas where vehicles are exceeding the speed limits and causing danger to the community. Numerous roads are hi-lighted and include Kitchen Lane, Linthouse lane, Griffiths Drive, Broad Lane North and South and Peacock Lane.
Ashmore Park, Park Drug taking and ASB
The community have expressed concerns about suspected drug dealing in the park and general ASB there, in-cluding rubbish and fly tipping. Cars containing individuals smoking cannabis are known to park up by the bike track and the car park can be accessed via Park Way. The team routinely patrol the park and deal with any crim-inal offences.