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Several Positive Results in Selly Oak and Selly Park

Alert message sent 03/08/2020 18:57:00

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Good Afternoon,

It's been a busy weekend for West Midlands Police on Selly Oak Ward, with officers from a number of different teams achieving some very positive results. Details as follows:

On 1st August at around 0900hrs, officers including some from Selly Oak Neighbourhood Team responded to a burglary in progress on MANILLA ROAD. A female offender was arrested from the location. The offender was searched, and a quantity of cannabis was found in a bag that she admitted was hers. The offender was further arrested for this offence, as well as the assault of a Police Officer.

Also on 1st August, officers from the Neighbourhood Task Force executed a warrant on MILNER ROAD, under the Misuse of Drugs Act. The premises was set up to produce various controlled drugs. Large quantities of Class B drugs were recovered from the address, including cannabis and cannabis derivatives (butane hash oil).

A Selly Oak NHT officer on foot patrol recovered a vehicle on cloned plates from OAKFIELD ROAD on 2nd August. These vehicles are often used by criminals to escape detection whilst committing other crimes.

Officers from various departments responded to a report of a missing child in the SELLY OAK area (2nd August). The child was located within 15 minutes.

A walk around was conducted with one of our Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators in SELLY OAK. This revealed a number of new locations to be added to patrols, including hidden alleyways. It also highlighted some areas for improvement around home security at a number of premises, which will be addressed with the local community. If there are any locations you feel we should be checking on a regular basis, please do let us know.

You will notice us conducting a number of weapons sweeps at locations across the ward. We carry out these activities to keep our area safe, and will be looking for any dangerous items that may have been discarded or hidden. The locations chosen may be guided by local intelligence e.g. reports of frequent Anti-Social Behaviour. Please visit the West Midlands Police website for guidance on what to do if you find any dangerous items.

Short journeys on public transport have been conducted during patrols by PCSOs. The majority of passengers were complying with guidance around face coverings. Only a few needed to be educated around how to wear masks correctly. Please remember that people may have a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask.

PCSOs conducted engagement work in Cotteridge Park, which is frequented by young people from across the constituency. An organisation called Youth Work Europe were providing a number of free activities, and will be continuing to do so throughout the summer break. It was great to hear that a large number of our young residents have been returning to the location regularly because of the Youth Workers being present, and we have also received feedback that parents feel safe letting their children attend the location to participate. If you have time to visit, there is a newly-opened cafe building providing refreshments.

It has been refreshing to have so much positive feedback from our local school children, who are now frequently recognising officers who have visited their school in the last academic year. It is a morale-boost for officers, but more importantly shows that children are comfortable approaching and interacting with us. Building rapport with young people from an early age is so important in enabling us to address issues as they grow older, and they will be more receptive to any advice given. If you have any activities, clubs or school events that you would like officers to attend, please get in touch.

Our StreetWatch volunteers from Selly Park South conducted a 1.5 hour patrol in the roads around Pershore Road, and reported positive engagement with the public in the park. They are doing an amazing job in litter picking on each of their patrols, always returning with at least one black bag of litter. If you want to make the most of the sunny weather whilst helping to keep your community safe, e-mail s.odell@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk to enquire about Street Watch.
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Sarah Savage (Police, PCSO, Birmingham West, Selly Oak)

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