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Did You Know – Most Knife Crime is Predominantly Kitchen Knives?

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.

17 Police LampNow 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.

Warning signs

  1. Has your child withdrawn from the family and/or school?
  2. Is your child’s school or college reporting worrying changes in behaviour, academic achievement or attendance?
  3. Has he or she lost interest in positive activities such as sports clubs?
  4. Does he or she stay out unusually late without giving a reason and is vague about his/her whereabouts?
  5. Has he or she stopped seeing old friends and started hanging out with a new group?
  6. Are they secretive about the contents of their bag?
  7. Are they defensive if you ask what is in their possession or if they’re hiding anything?
  8. Has their attitude changed about carrying knives/weapons? For example, justifying it by saying people carry them for self-defence?
  9. Have any items gone missing from the kitchen, tool box or garage?
  10. 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’.


Beggars In Wednesfield

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.

17 Police LampWe are advising people to donate money to local homeless charities; who will ensure that any donations go appropriately to services and support for the homeless directly.

Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police Team
West Midlands Police

Tell The Police If You Have A Concern About Crime!

Lots of things happen in the course of a day! Some good and some bad.
Some like the dastardly terrorist attack on the House of Commons and those poor visitors to London mown down whilst going about their daily business shock us to the core.
We have as citizens to always be on our guard!
Even in quiet places like Wednesfield and Wolverhampton we have to be aware of what is taking place around us.
The Local Police are the first call for any criminal intelligence that you may have, or fears that there is a crime issue being developed. You can make your concerns known by ringing 101and passing those concerns on to the Police in that way.
If you are not confident of that route you can always pass the information to your Councillor who will pass it onto the Authority’s on your behalf.
Safety in our community is all about us as individuals, whether it is low level crime or a worry about something else more sinister. We all have a part to play.
I am constantly placing issues of concerns through the course of the year from constituents  to our Local Police.
Lets continue to be a safe and confident community , with low crime statistics and a great community in which we can all fulfil our lives in peace and confidence. Have a crime concern? Tell some one!17 Police Lamp.

Criminal’s Eye Up Goggles!

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 r17 Police Lampeducing 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!

Latest Police News on Wednesfield North.

IMG_1771Feb 2017 Crime stats for Wednesfield NorthWednesfield 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.

PACT Meeting 13th March – Question for Our Police?

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!

Burglary – CORPUS Christi School – Report Any Info To Police.

Corpus Christi is  This further news will be seen to be a ‘body-blow’ to the staff and pupils.  If any local residents have any information can they please contact the Police 17 Police Lamp immediately.

Message sent by
 (Police,PCSO,WV Wednesfield North/South (WVLX, WVLY))

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
The police are also reminding residents to vigilant and report any suspicious activity around schools and businesses, particularly during the early hours.
Kind Regards
Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police Team
West Midlands Police

Wednesfield North Police Team- Sets Out Their Priorities!

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.


Wednesfield Police Report January 2017

Wednesfield Police have published their January Newsletter 2017 – It is in the link below. Click on and see what they say about crime in our Ward of Wednesfield North.

Please contact me if you require any reaction to the report. It covers a wide area of crime in both Wednesfield North & South. This is the new Police and Community forum. Wednesfield North and South Wards have been amalgamated together for public consultation going forwards.





Wednesfield North School Burglaries

Wednesfield North School Burglaries – Here is an update of the information Wednesfield Police have given me for the start of this week.

Wednesfield Police “The main offender we believe responsible for the Burglaries on Wednesfield North has been charged with, the Burglary at Coppice on 14th November and possession of stolen goods from the Burglary at Coppice on 16th November.

He and another have also been charged with two more Burglaries at other schools within the West Midlands, the offences were very wide and Ashmore Park wasn’t the only area to be targeted.”west-midlands-police

There are still on-going enquiries by West Midlands Police.