Category Archives: Police and Crime Page

Police Make Arrest Early This Morning

Police Information relating to an arrest in the early hours of this morning on Ashmore Park.

I know that many of you locally in Kitchen Lane and Millbank Street and were awakened by the Police dealing with an incident in the very early hours of this morning.
I have spoken with the Police and I can inform you that it related to a traffic incident which started in Staffordshire. The vehicle was eventually stopped and the driver arrested in Kitchen Lane.

I am sorry if the police activity woke you.

The Police had a number of Officers attend to conduct an area search. This incident in no way relates to the recent events that the Police were involved with regards to the stabbings, on Ashmore Park.

I hope this clarifies the situation..

Police Make Appeal for Help

Investigation after three Wolverhampton men injured in fight
We’re investigating after three men were seriously injured in Ashmore, Wolverhampton last night (Friday 24 June).

At around 10.55pm we started to receive multiple 999 calls reporting a fight between a group of people with weapons, on Southall Road.

Photo of an ambulance
We immediately sent lots of officers and medics, supported by firearms teams.

Three men, aged 26, 37 and 39, were taken to hospitals across the West Midlands with multiple serious injuries. They continue to be treated for their life-changing injuries, today.

The three injured men, who are all from Wolverhampton, had just left a nearby pub when they were attacked by two men armed with knives. At this time, we believe that all of the men know each other.

We have spoken to people who saw the crime happen, have started downloading CCTV and have looked at footage recorded on mobile phones. We have also had forensic teams in the area searching for evidence.

We are actively searching for two men – dressed in black – who are suspected are being involved. Searches have taken place at multiple addresses in the city.

If you can help our detectives, send them a message via Live Chat on the right of your screen quoting reference number 4513-240622.

Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information but do not want to give your name. You may be entitled to a reward and the charity will never trace your call.

Wolverhampton’s Great Drain Robbery!

We have a problem in this City of Wolverhampton and also here in Wednesfield North. There is a bunch of crooks on the rampage, stealing drain and gulley covers. At a cost £63,000 in replacement costs city wide. Rampaging drain robbers are the cause of 260 reported incidents of drain and gulley covers stolen.

These criminal gangs need stopping because they are putting people and property at risk as they raid this safety ironwork for their own greed.

In my mind this is also a Police matter, and I do not agree in a City Council policy that does not report these stolen items as a crime. I have spoken with Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police, and they inform me that they are visiting Scrap Yards and metal reclamation sites. I am pleased about that.

I got interested in this issue when it seemed that residents here in Wednesfield North were reporting these crimes to me with depressing regularity. There have been 21 individual reports of incidents here in Wednesfield North during 2020-2021-2022 , and 27 items of ironwork have been lifted. That is a £6,300 replacement cost to the Counciltax payer in my Ward alone.

Sadly, tonight as I type this information for my blog, a resident reported to me yet another drain stolen in Kitchen Lane! Here in Wednesfield North that means in the last 28 days in my Ward alone- Drain crime that I know of is 6 drains lost in 28 days!

I asked if there is another substance that can be used as a drain that would be less valuable and less costly to be replaced.

City Council informed me “whilst there is a desire to find alternative materials, the market is dominated by cast iron products.”

So the Great Drain Robbery will continue until the Police are able to act and arrest the drain robbers. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Crime Concerns in Wednesfield as PACT Meeting Looms!

As we approach the very first PACT meeting in person! for a very long time due to Covid-19. I thought that I would set out the latest’s crime figures I have for the Wednesfield North and South neighbourhood district. They are West Midlands Police own statistics,as reported through Police UK.

I have been in contact with the West Midlands Crime and Police Commissioner throughout. I am unhappy about a number of issues. I have made that very plain to him. Crime in Wednesfield whilst no where near the worst in the City by a large margin. Nevertheless is seen by these stats to continue to rise. The trend from April 2021 seems to be continued line upwards. I have also written to City of Wolverhampton Chief Executive and the City Leader Cllr Ian Brookfield, as well as the Police with my concerns. Basically we need more Police in Wednesfield.

Here is the statistics that lead me to make this statement. I hope we get some time at the Wednesfield PACT Meeting on the 17th May 2022 at The Hub at Ashmore Park at 6.30pm, to discuss on the night.

View as a list
Crime levels overview Wednesfield North and South
Apr 2021 219 7.7%
May 2021 254 8.9%
Jun 2021 281 9.9%
Jul 2021 293 10.3%
Aug 2021 240 8.4%
Sep 2021 280 9.9%
Oct 2021 231 8.1%
Nov 2021 255 9%
Dec 2021 238 8.4%
Jan 2022 252 8.9%
Feb 2022 298 10.5%

These are the last full month statistics that are publicly available.

I know local people will have other issues of crime of a personal nature, that they are most likely to want to air on the night, direct with the Local Neighbourhood Police team. In the meantime I continue to keep in touch with the City Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, The Leader of the Council and the WMPCC.

Police in Attendance 17th May at 6.30pm The Hub at Ashmore Park

The Wednesfield PACT meeting is to start again- Here is what the secretariat has written to me. “I am writing to let you know about the next Wednesfield community meeting. This will be taking place on Tuesday 17th May 2022 at 6.30pm. The venue will be Ashmore Park Community Hub, 82 Griffiths Dr, Wolverhampton WV11 2LH.

This is a meeting staged between our Community here in Wednesfield, and the Wednesfield Police team.

Please if you have any questions or comments that relate to the way that our Neighbourhood Police team police our community. Then this the place to air your views. Leave a thumbs up if you are going to attend.

Burglary in Gandy Road- Stay Alert Folks!

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” This is a Message from the Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police Team. If you can help the police please do so.

There has been a Burglary in the location of Gandy Road, Wolverhampton.

The time that this crime happened was on the 1st February at 02.00 hours.

Offenders have tried to gain access to the property via an insecure porch door causing damage but were unable to gain access.

If you have any knowledge of this incident that you think could help with the investigation of this crime please call us on 101 or please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 in confidence.

You can also report crime on line now by following this link www.west-midlands.police.uk/incident-report
Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need.
If it’s not 999, search WMP Online

Please take some time to check out our crime prevention advice to help prevent and deter burglaries
https://west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/residential-burglary/#prevention

Your Views on Policing In Wednesfield North Ward

I am really interested in what you think of Policing here in Wednesfield North.

Is it responsive?
Do You see Local Police Patrols?
If you have had a crime committed was it solved/detected?
Were you satisfied with the Police service given to you?
If there was a Police station or Police ‘Drop-in’ within our Ward would you use it?

If you want to give a response to any of these issues confidentially contact me on email@philbateman.com

Wednesfield High Street Drivers Prosecuted

There is a current restriction on vehicles entering Wednesfield High Street which is aimed to deliver safety measures for pedestrians and shoppers . The traffic signs warn drivers of the restricted access to the High Street.

Private vehicles are excluded to reduce the fear of pedestrians and shoppers from being involved in accidents. The latest statistics inform that in the High Street in Wednesfield had – 13,730 drivers prosecuted over the last three years. Having been caught on camera breaking the highways law.

Well Done Wednesfield Police- £200,000!

Wednesfield Police
@WednesfieldWMP


Our team today executed a warrant at an address which was a substantial cannabis farm.Plants inside estimated to have a street value of £200,000 pounds. Two males were found hiding in the loft and were arrested.

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” Good work by Wednesfield Police, more information will become known as the investigation continues. But for me it is pleasing to see the Police discovering such a huge haul, and taking action.”

Police Recover £14,000 of Property – Vehicle Crime

Wednesfield Police inform me that – ,

“It is always nice to share a good news story when we can so here we go.

Last week property to the value of £14K was recovered from the site of a chop shop. Investigations identified that the recovered tools were stolen as part of a theft from vehicle.
Two victims were identified through initial reports made, they were contacted and it was confirmed that the items belonged to their respective businesses.
Arrangements were made for the property to be returned to their rightful owners.

Prevention.



We try to give out as much Crime Prevention as we can and we hope people know there is always advice available on our website
For now here are some simple tips incase you do happen to fall victim to these thieves.
1. Mark your tools / equipment with SelectaDNA and keep a note of serial numbers.
2. Remove tools / equipment from your vehicle on a night if possible.
3. Park your vehicle in a well lit area or in view of CCTV.
4. Better still, park your vehicle in a secured garage.
5. If you do have items stolen, ensure you give us a full description at the time of reporting including:
• Make, model and colour of items
• Distinctive markings, e.g. scratches, paint splatter
• Serial numbers
• If the tools are hired / owned and if so, who by.

Don’t forget we are always available if you need our help or advice.
LiveChat and 101 for all non emergency calls and advice.
999 always in an emergency.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added “I do hope that Wednesfield Residents will continue to report crime and suspicious behaviour. If you have any information with regards to gangs that are out robbing vehicles. please tell the Police.”

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