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AUGUST 2017 NO MEETING
JUNE 2017 NO MEETING
Longbridge Neighbourhood Watch
A Community Focused on Reducing Crime
Minutes of the Police Tasking and Neighbourhood Watch held Thursday 18th May 2017 at St. Stephen’s Church, Edgwood Road, Redna
Chair: Gemma Cartwright and Sgt Lee Howard
Apologies: Ian Cruise, Karen Nichols, Sas & Marty Taylor, Ian Bruckshaw, Jim & Mary Killeen, Linna Sheridan
Gemma said that Lee was attending the meeting later so it was decided to have the Neighbourhood Watch part of the meeting first, followed by the Tasking meeting.
Minutes of the Previous Meeting
The website for Longbrid ge Neighbourhood Watch has been updated and the menu is more user friendly (www.longbridgenhw.wordpress.com)
B31 Voices has also advertised our meetings on their website (www.B31.org.uk)
Accounts & Funding
£600 has been received by Frankley Parish Council to buy target hardening items such as dummy CCTV’s, locks etc, but only for Frankley residents.
Bruce and PCSO Sharon Hadley have had regular wanders around Frankley and Cock Hill Lane estates. Bruce said it certainly gave him a completely different perspective on these areas and gave him insight to how police see these places from a crime point of view. Karen is going to give some Street Watch kit to Lickey Road and Heron’s Wood area of Longbridge.
Bruce confirmed some of the legal points about the use of CCTV. He had spoken to Tony Quigley, from Birmingham City Council, who said that there are very strict rules around the installation and viewing of any CCTV which is installed by any public body. But it is perfectly legal for residents to install CCTV on their own homes. It is expensive to for householders to buy CCTV, costing around £300 to £400. One way around this is for Frankley Parish Council to purchase a ‘user friendly’ portable CCTV system which could be moved around the district as needed. The images could then be viewed by the police. Bruce is finding out more about this.
-CCTV footage of opportunist criminals trying car doors in Longbridge was posted on Facebook. I t would have been better to have emailed it to the police or Andy or Carole first.
-Masked bikers have been seen riding in an antisocial manner on Lickey Road and have also been seen going into Cofton Park. Gemma asked residents to report incidents to 101 so that the police have a record of these bikers and if anyone has any evidence such as photos, or even know addresses where bikes are located, to email Lee as well. A section 59 notice can be issued to those addresses and if they are council tenants, this can put the tenancy at risk.
-Youths pulled down a brick wall at the scout hut in Heron Road and Leach Green Lane. Residents cleared away the rubble but it’s going to cost £800 to rebuild the wall.
-Discussion took place on ways to prevent antisocial behaviour. Government funding cuts are beginning to bite as the police do not have enough manpower and Longbridge also has no youth workers either to tackle antisocial behaviour. Youngsters need to be engaged in more suitable activities. Balaam’s Wood school have a school council to stop pupils getting into trouble. Councillors Andy Cartwright and Peter McDonald are getting together to find ways as well.
-Police from other areas cover Longbridge when the neighbourhood team are not on duty. A plea was made by Gemma for us to send emails to Lee, as well as reporting via 101 or to Crime Stoppers if you want to remain anonymous.
-‘Eat Well, Move Well’ activities, such as basketball, are being planned for youngsters over the summer, to prevent them getting into trouble, particularly in known trouble ‘hotspots. More volunteers are needed to help in the community, especially those who are willing to volunteer at different times such as evenings and weekends. Volunteers working with young people will need DVS checks.
-Gemma and Andy recently met with the police crime commissioner and police chiefs to discuss ways to tackle knife crime and gangs. As Longbridge does not receive funding like Aston or Handsworth, they asked for more resources and skills to be brought to the Longbridge community by August.
Longbridge Neighbourhood Watch
A Community Focused on Reducing Crime
Minutes of the Police Tasking and Neighbourhood Watch held Wednesday 12th April 2017
Chaired by Gemma Cartwright and Sgt Lee Howard
In Attendance: 24
Apologies: Karen Nicholls, Cllr Carole Griffiths, Richard Burden MP
Chair’s Comments: Gemma thanked everyone for attending & thanked the church for the venue. It was decided to hold the Neighbourhood Watch part of the meeting first as Lee could not attend until later.
Minutes of the last Meeting:
Deb is emailing these out to every one at a later date
Twitter & Facebook doing well. Durham Fraud Police, via Twitter(@DurhamFraud) helped & gave guidance when Deb’s Dad was a victim of a serious fraud scam.
Sas, from B31 Voices, has a page on the website for advertising local events and we can advertise our meetings on there.
Accounts & Funding
There is £600 in the account for target hardening equipment. Gemma met with Lee to discuss the use of funds from the police. Street Watch and Neighbourhood Watch need to renew insurance policies, but need quotes first.
If anyone would like to set up a Street Watch, please let Karen know. PCSO Sharon Hadley and Bruce have been on Street Watch on the Cock Hill Estate. Bruce found it very enlightening. Sharon has set up a working group with Grisdale Sheltered Scheme.
There was a Facebook group, B31 Bike Watch, where members could post incidents and photos of bikes and riders, but this has been shut down. Police have recovered three off-road bikes from a house in Frankley. Bruce and Ian are going to meet with PC Sherry Lee on the 27th April to discuss off-road bikes being ridden in an antisocial manner in the area. Bruce suggested using housing liaison board funding to put in physical preventative measures (gates, bollards, barriers etc.) to deter bikers in the area. Frankley Street Champions use tree branches to act as barriers on paths to deter off-road bikes. Cllr Andy Cartwright and Cllr Peter McDonald ( Cllr for Bromsgrove side of Rubery) are to meet to discuss this off road bike issues as well.
Deelands Road bikers have not reappeared. Police have been door knocking in the area to put across the message about the legal requirements of owning such bikes, such as being road worthy, having a licence and MOT, as well as having number plates and wearing helmets. The police have powers, under Section 59, to seize bikes.
Items of Local Interest
• Good Friday Event with Hot Cross Buns, 11am to 2pm, Hollymoor Church
• Easter Egg Hunt, Friday 14th April, 11am at Balaam’s Wood Orchard, Frankley
• Pride of Longbridge Event, Saturday 15th April, 10am to 4pm, Cofton Park, Rednal.
• Longbridge Life Crafters Event, Saturday 15th April, Longbridge High Street.
• Gemma has been on ‘Made in Brum TV’ talking about Longbridge Heritage.
• Bruce and Linda have been filming with the BBC, with Frankley Street Champions for “Dom on the Spot”.
• Dementia Volunteers
Matters Arising Linda’s neighbour in Bourlay Close, Frankley, had their car window smashed with a hammer, on 11th April, between 8pm & 8.30pm. A large amount of soil has also been dumped from the bridge into the stream in Frankley. In Sedgbourne Way, Great Park, a pellet gun was fired and hit a bathroom window whilst a baby was in the bath. Deelands Road Hall is to reopen on the 25th April
AOB It was pointed out that to dial 101 is not free.
Thursday 18th May 2017 from 6pm to 8pm, at St. Stephens Church, Edgewood Road, Rednal, B45 9SG
Longbridge Police Tasking Meeting
Chair : Sergeant Lee Howard
Updates on Previous Meeting:
Lee gave us the good news that the lady who was sleeping in her lounge, had now gone back to her bedroom to sleep. She had been given plenty of police support and the crime issues had now been sorted. From information given at the last meeting, the police have since seized a car.
The police are unable to give the number of arrests made in the Longbridge area due to privacy issues.
The Longbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team has 1 sergeant, 4 police officers and 5 PCSOS on duty at any one time, with 2 police officers currently on restricted duties. Police are allocated on demand and resources. West Midlands Police are recruiting at the moment.
From April 2016 to April 2017, there had been 56 more offences reported than from the same time period 2015 to 2016 . Burglaries are up by 3; theft from cars up by 3, stealing from cars up by 2; and robbery up by 2.
The drug squad has been superseded by the Cannabis Disposal Team. Longbridge Police can deal with most drug crimes but more serious incidents are passed onto a higher level such as the Serious Organised Crime Team. There have been no incidents on the use of ‘Black Mamba’ detected in Longbridge.
Although the figures are up, three people have been arrested of which one is in prison on remand.
Police are able to put PNC markers on suspect cars. Please pass on any information to Lee.
Police have received photos of incidents in Birch Avenue, where there had been reports of suspicious men trying car doors. Lee advised all of us that when we remotely lock our cars, we must double check that the doors are actually locked.
Credit cards, stolen from broken-into cars, were found to have been used in supermarkets. A capture van has been placed into the Longbridge area but with no results yet.
Lee said that just seizing bikes alone will not solve the problem of antisocial bikers; offenders can easily buy another motorbike from internet web sites such as Gumtree for minimal cost. So instead, police and housing associations will investigate the addresses and occupants of offenders, especially persistent repeat offenders. They will be given advice on breaches of tenancy and antisocial behaviour contracts may be issued. Information will also been sent to insurance companies by the police. Occupants at these addresses may possibly be involved in other criminal activity, which again may be a breach of their tenancy, and so the possibility of eviction. Hopefully this will make them think twice about their behaviour.
Where vulnerabilities are identified, the police will offer support and diversion opportunities to encourage families to behave more responsibly.
The police need more information to identify the addresses of these off road bike offenders. Lee said that even small pieces of intelligence can be put together like a jigsaw, to obtain a bigger picture, so he asked for people to continue to send in any info such as names, addresses, descriptions, photos or videos, that can all help to identify offenders.
Several people commented on how difficult it is to contact the police on 101 and even if they do, they feel they are getting a poor response. So Lee suggested that members use email to contact him :-
How to Contact Longbridge Police:
If any members do not have email, they can contact Frankley Parish Council to pass on messages or contact Andy Cartwright or Gemma Cartwright.
Or phone Longbridge Police Station direct.
Lee also advised using Crime Stoppers ( phone 0800 555 111 ) to pass on crime information anonymously. The details and the person reporting information are not released and there are procedures are in place to thoroughly protect the privacy of the person reporting.
Off Road Bikes & ASB
Police are aware of the issue with bikes riding in the Frankley fields and have been liaising with West Mercia Police who cover that area. Lee explained that the police are not authorised to chase the bikes (in the interests of the safety of riders and the general public), so again information such as descriptions, addresses and locations of where bikes are coming to and going from, or even stored, are needed from us, so the police can then investigate these people and places.
Because the police need us to give them good evidence that they can act on, Bruce stated that this was a very good reason to get a very good CCTV camera that can be moved around the area as required. Tim Jarvis from Hollymoor Church was recommended as someone who could give good advice on CCTV cameras and possibly give us training in their use.
Gangs in Longbridge
There has been one assault in Holly Hill Road and there were gunshots fired in Tarragon Gardens. Witnesses are coming forward and enquiries are ongoing.
A woman had approached Frankley Parish Council with concerns for her son’s safety.
We would like to encourage more younger people to become involved in Neighbourhood Watch and to channel others away from crime.
There is not much for young people, especially those from low income families, to do for free in Hollymoor. Eastside Birmingham do a lot to engage youngsters in activities, which helps to steer them away from criminal activities. Ideas were discussed on what we could do to help, but we need to ask the youngsters themselves what they would like to do. Ideas were suggested such as using a minibus to take youngsters to Frankley Youth Centre, fishing, setting
up a Mending Café ( items are mended by youngsters) and asking the Military College for support. We could ask school councillors to attend our meetings. James runs ‘Focus through Sport’ but costs £6 per day. Bruce suggested that funding could come from the Community Chest so that young people could access these things for free.
Lee said that PCSOs are allocated to primary schools as needed and act as a point of contact, but he pointed out that generally it’s a small group of the same individuals causing trouble and tend to come from difficult, challenging backgrounds.
It was decided to set up a Steering Group to find activities for young children, five years and up, and one for older children.
Waste Rubbish Collections
There have been serious problems with waste not being collected on time due to unresolved staffing issues at Lane Depot. Last Year recycling bins in Frankley were deliberately set on fire when waste was not collected.
Police Crime Commissioner
Cllr Andy Cartwright and Cllr Carole Griffiths are going to meet with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, on the 21st April. They are concerned about how much Longbridge has changed in the last few years and how it has increased it’s residential population since police numbers were initially allocated to the area. Police numbers and resources need to be increased to reflect this change.
They would like us to come up with three structured questions to ask the Commissioner. Please email your questions to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thursday 18th May 2017 from 6pm to 8pm, at St. Stephens Church, Edgewood Road, Rednal, B45 9SG.
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.