Work in Progress
Longbridge Neighbourhood Watch
A Community Focused on Reducing Crime
Minutes of the Police Tasking and Neighbourhood Watch held Friday 9th February 2017
Chaired by Gemma Cartwright and Sgt Lee Howard
In Attendance: Gemma Cartwright, Sergeant Lee Howard, Lorraine DaCosta, Andy Grinnall, Kevin Smith, Trevor Muddyman, M.Burlinson, Councillor Carole Griffiths, John Horton, Linna Sheridan, Shaun Kearney, Carol Paul, L.Wills, L.Sumer, Darron Hartford, Amy Watson, Richard Burden MP, Roger Kenyon, Marion Kenyon, Deborah Ruston.
Apologies: Linda Coates, Bruce Pitt, Ian Cruise, Ian Bruckshaw, Karen Nicholls, Jim and Mary Killeen.
Gemma introduced and welcomed the new Sergeant for Longbridge, Sergeant Lee Howard. The meeting was very well attended and lively. It gave Sergeant Lee Howard a chance to know us and for us to know him. People raised many issues that were linked to the area to where they lived. As there were so many points raised, there will be feedback at the next meeting. Sergeant Howard was pleased to see so many people passionate about their area and having the chance to express their opinions.
Gemma introduced the new sergeant for Longbridge, Sergeant Lee Howard. He began his new post on 9th January 2017. Lee said he’s been in the police for 15 years, despite his youthful looks!
John who previously lived in Northfield Ward has moved to Bournville and asked which police Neighbourhood Team he now comes under. Lee is going to give him the contact details.
During the first transition phase of 20/20, 14 Police Community Support Officers have been allocated to Longbridge, all based on demand. Officer numbers have since increased
• Hollymoor Site: Needles have been found. A dark black, Corsa car, reg no. DA52 AVE, had been seen visiting the area between 6pm and 11.15pm, on a road opposite the park. Lee advised residents to try to get registration numbers of suspicious cars.
• Frankley: Terry would like the drug squad to visit Frankley as residents have been complaining for 4 yrs about drug dealing going on 24 hrs per day. Unfortunately the Drug Squad has been disbanded. On the 8th April, police ran drug raids across constituencies. Drugs were found.
Lickey Estate: Residents have reported joy riders and drugs dealing to the police. Many residents find dialling the police on 101 very frustrating. This frustration was agreed with by most from the floor too.
Cloned registration plates for a fiesta vehicle have been found in a drain. The car has also been seen for sale in Buckinghamshire.
Ways to Contact the Police
- Discussion took place on other ways to talk to the police such as using email, messaging on Facebook or Twitter, although in emergencies, 999 is best. Many police stations front desks are closed to the public, although Bournville Police Station is open to the public 24 hours. The Police are willing to get involved so if you see officers about, please speak to them. Park view residents said they have set up a residents Facebook page.
- Lee said that all incidents are risk assessed and prioritised
- Lee reported a slight rise in the number of crimes across all offences in the Ward.
- It was suggested that it would be good to have figures for the number of arrests made by the police
- A Capture vehicle will be deployed in high crime areas.
There has been a rise in burglaries. Small groups are usually responsible for burglaries in Longbridge. Lee is going to circulate ‘Hot spots’ map of crimes for us, to show where clusters of crime are happening.
- Longbridge has a designated neighbourhood team of 5 officers and 3 PCSOs on duty at anyone time. Hub response teams move on demand if needed.
- Colmers School: 4 arrests have been made but the police need more evidence. They can only keep people in custody for 24 hrs and then they are released on bail.
- Corriander Close: Warrants have been issued to people who were planning an assault. 12 people have been arrested and bailed
- Balaams Estate, Hollymoor: residents are being bothered by scrambler motorbikes riding antisocially with no lights, helmets or number plates. Residents would like to have more police about.
- A question was asked if crimes are committed by the same repeat offenders?
- Richard Burden said welcome to Longbridge Lee! He suggested that we need to set priorities as we all come from different areas and communities; even some of us are from the very edge of Birmingham and into Worcestershire.
Communications Before Meetings
Please send in your questions or requests for information prior to meetings.
PC Sharon Hadley & Bruce have identified alleyways on the Cock Hill Estate and in Frankley, were the installation of bollards would be most effective. Street Watch have recently recruited 6 new members.
Cofton Park Drive and Lickey Road Areas have seen car crime, damage to property, drugs, arson and environmental issues of rubbish being dumped.
• Queen Elizabeth Rd, Frankley: People have reported drug dealing going on in the car park. Reported car registrations will go through PNC.
• Sedgbourne Way: Off road bikes have been riding on pavements and by the reservoir. Cars have also been seen racing around.
• Bodenham Road: Speeding cars
• Golf Course: Plans for the golf course were discussed at the March ward community meeting
• NHW Coordinators:
It was suggested that a current list of neighbourhood Watch coordinators in Longbridge needs to be put together. Terry has an old list of names of Longbridge Coordinators. We need to encourage coordinators and the public to follow NHW accounts on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The Ourwatch website has search facilities to find your local NHW. Coordinators can register their own NHW there too.
1. Cock Hill Estate
2. Cofton Park
3. Kier Estate
The next meeting date has yet to be decided but it will be held in Hollymoor Church at the Hollymoor Centre.