City Centre police joins forces with local agencies to tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour

Birmingham City Centre police joined forces with local agencies to tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour yesterday (23/07), issues which businesses, local residents and visitors to the city have raised as concerns.

The day of action saw officers from the neighbourhood team along with British Transport Police patrolling areas by foot and bicycle where drug users had been using needles leaving unsightly and dangerous rubbish.

Birmingham City Council cleared areas off New Street, Navigation Street, Five Ways Island and Pagoda Island whilst weapon sweeps were conducted in Eastside Park, Jubilee Park and on the canal network. Local car parks were also patrolled where vehicle crime has been an issue.

Four people were arrested,  one for shoplifting and three wanted for previous assault offences. Officers used dispersal powers where begging had been highlighted and three-stop and search checks were conducted. Three Fixed Penalty Notices were issued and two cars were seized.

Neighbourhood Policing Manager Inspector Suraya Latif said: “Historically we have seen an increase in crime, anti-social behaviour and calls for service during the summer period and in particular the school holidays.

“We work closely with partner agencies as well as local businesses and organisations to reduce offending, while offering support and sign-posting to tackle the longer term solution.

“We spoke to many businesses and members of the public yesterday and the feedback was very positive. We are aiming to continue our ‘All out Days’ throughout the summer.”