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COVID-19 Week 4

Alert message sent 26/04/2020 20:51:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Good Evening Citizen,

We are again at the finishing line of week 4 under COVID-19 and week 5 overall since the PM first announced the measures to tackle this virus which has no doubt affected us in some capacity whether it has been a relative, friend or someone we know. If you have been affected by COVID-19 our deepest sympathies are with you during these difficult times.

This week we have again continued with our COVID-19 patrols in key areas where we have begun to see cracks in people relaxing their own safety in social distancing which we have continued to remind people through the use of the 4 E’s (Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce). We understand that whilst we may all be feeling the pressure and frustration of the restrictions that are in place it is more important to remember the severity of this virus as we have this week reached the milestone of over 20,000 deaths. With that number each death was an individual person who had a family and had a life which is now sadly no longer the case and each death to this virus has impacted all those around. It is a subject that for some which is hard to bare and for others a cold reminder that all of us can make a difference in beating this by following the government advice which we all need to continue to do. 

Today PCSO’s Moloney & Snookes encountered an elderly gentleman who was barely able to walk on the Rookery Road, due to him having recently had a stroke. Fortunately a social worker who had dealings with this gentleman stopped to provide information to PCSO’s and that she was looking to get him additional support and food parcels as he should not be going out alone. PCSO’s took him home and spoke with this gentleman for some time. He has no family or local support and since being brought to our attention we will be working with local authorities and agencies to get him that additional support. This is a reminder that now more than ever we need to be looking out for one another during these times. If you know someone who needs support or have concerns you can get in touch with the team with our e-mail or contact us via 101/ webchat.

As well as dealing with the hardship of our current situation the neighbourhood team have still been dealing with our day-to-day crime. You may or may not be aware that we had a serious incident at the beginning of this week involving a group of males who fired a firearm at another group on the Rookery Road. This incident has had the joint effort of several departments and arrests have been made and investigations are still being progressed in to the matter. The neighbourhood team have been conducting reassurance and hi-visibility patrols in the area and will continue to do so. We are still reaching out to anyone who may have information or may have witnessed this incident to get in touch. If you do have information please contact 101 or webchat and reference the crime number 20BW/ 94010D/20.

Yesterday with our patrols in the Rookery Road area officers from the team encountered suspicious activity and stopped a male in a vehicle who was subsequently arrested for possession of offensive weapon and possession of cannabis. We will continue to target those who wish to do harm in the community.

We would also like to make you aware of a number of incidents in the Handsworth Wood area involving Theft of Motor Vehicles and the area affected a WMNOW message has already been sent out alerting them to this. We have stepped up our patrols in the evening and would like to remind those who received the message if you see any suspicious activity to contact 101 or webchat in a non-emergency or 999 in an emergency but this applies to everyone should you need us we are there and please do not feel you should not report anything.

Before finishing again with this weekly update, I want to ask for your continued support in following the guidelines and in doing so you are saving lives and protecting the NHS (please check regularly on NHS and GOV website for up-to-date information). If you know someone who needs support get in touch with the team e-mail: handsworthwood@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk. As before thank you for your continued support, stay safe and please promote that we are utilising WMNOW to reach out to you in the community.

Kind Regards,

PCSO 31409 Moloney
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Jakob Moloney (Police, PCSO, Handsworth Wood)

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