Our policing patrols have been stepped up as we prepare for the arrival of the  Frankfurt Christmas Market, which opens on 16th November.

Starting this afternoon (10/11) our officers will carry out vehicle-based and foot-based stop checks at a number of locations throughout Birmingham city centre.

This is part of our pre-planned operation, in conjunction with partners, and is aimed at increasing public safety. It is not as a result of any specific threat or intelligence.

Supt Andy Parsons said: “These checks are to offer reassurance to our communities and those who plan to attend our world famous Christmas market.

“Officers will be stopping vehicles and pedestrians during the afternoon and evening, this will continue throughout the festive season. There will be a mixture of armed, unarmed and plain clothes officers patrolling the city. If you see them, please feel free to talk to them and say hello –this is your police service and they are here to keep you safe.

Armed patrols

“We remain hugely grateful for the overwhelming public support shown to our officers and their mission to prevent crime.

“It is really important that we tackle all crime together so if you see something or hear anything suspicious, we need to know so we can try to do something about it.”

There are many ways you can report – through local police on 101 or in an emergency 999. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. If it is terror related you can call the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321.