"Paedophile" caught - Erdington railway station Some online vigilante group (who from their accents don't seem local)
tracked down some `groomer' they had alleged (they pose as kids online to see
who gets in touch etc) - anyway they caught up with him at Erdington railway
station I think on Wednesday (13/9/2017) - he doesn't work there etc - was just
on the to-city ramp. I think he has been charged now, he has been remanded in
custody anyway - lives in Stockland Green it seems
Update - police admit they may have to work with "paedophile hunters" after
figures revealed a rise in their evidence being used in court. The vigilantes
pose online as children then film the people they meet. Police have admitted
that persuading them to stop is proving difficult -
Stabbing - Royal Oak Pub A man was stabbed during a late-night mass brawl outside an Erdington pub.
The 31-year-old man was knifed in the back after trouble flared outside the
Royal Oak pub on Marsh Lane. A large police cordon was in place following the
incident at around 11pm on Saturday (16/9/2017) which also left a 30-year-old woman with a
laceration to her arm -
Man shot in leg in Dovedale Road A POLICE investigation is underway after a man was shot in Perry Common. The 27-year-old victim was shot in the leg in Dovedale Road just after 7pm on
Thursday (August 31st 2017).
Fireworks In The Area A big set of loud fireworks (I think about 4 or 5 at once or maybe
just one very big firework) was set off on Goosemoor Lane at the Topcroft Road
junction (blocking the junction for about a minute with massive smoke and a
small fire which burnt the road surface) - Tuesday night 5/9/2017 at around
We'll probably have to put up with more of them in the area until November
5th (and beyond) - but try to keep me updated anyway.
Police appeal for help after bicycle gang causes mayhem in
POLICE are appealing for help in their "battle" to put the brakes on problem
gangs of young cyclists following a spate of incidents in Erdington.
A MAN convicted for his part in a fight at an Erdington pub is wanted by
police for a ‘recall to prison’. Lemahl Innis-Thomas from Erdington has been wanted after he breached his
licensing conditions following a conviction for affray last September following
an incident at the Cross Keys pub in High Street.
Warning after schoolgirl approached by man by North Birmingham Academy
A 13-year-old schoolgirl was heading away from North Birmingham Academy
in College Road on Tuesday (July 18) at around 3.15pm when she was approached by
a man who beckoned her to get in his car (she didn't). The man is described as
Asian, mid 20s, with short black hair and facial stubble and was wearing a black
and white tracksuit. He was driving a brown car with a distinctive 'H' logo on
the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was parked in Perry Common Road, between
Dovedale Road and Wilson Stuart School, before moving down to the corner of
Dovedale Road at Perry Common Road.
Anecdotal reports of a wrecking spree against parked cars on Gravelly Lane
- nothing certain received though
Public Meeting to discuss traffic issues on Goosemoor Lane after recent
pedestrian death and ongoing issues. The cllrs have agreed an action plan to approach thepolice and council with - the plan is to meet again in about3 months
to discuss progress - the little church has kindlyagreed to
that.I'll send out the date a couple of weekbefore, and let me know if you are willing to leaflet thearea for me.
From Erdington Conservatives;
Fatal Road Accident - Goosemoor Lane - 3 Arrested
"Our officers are appealing for witnesses following a
fatal road traffic collision in Erdington in the early hoursof this morning (Sunday 9/7/2017).A red Mercedes B 220 Sport car was in collision with astationary mini bus taxi parked in Goosemore Lane at thejunction with Kirkwood Avenue.The car was also in
collision with a male pedestrian, whowas believed to be
behind the mini bus at the time of thecollision.
The man, aged in his forties, sadly died at the scene.
are investigating the circumstances of what happened andwould
like to appeal for anyone who saw the red Mercedes in
Goosemore Road immediately before the collision took placeto
contact us. Specialist officers are currently supportingthe
Three people who were in the Mercedes car have been arrested
in connection with the collision and are helping with
(I have mentioned speeding cars on Goosemoor Lane before - a
Gravelly Lane - gunman opens fire from BMW car in terrifying drive-by
shooting Police cordoned off the area after the attack at 8.40pm (Wed
5/7/2017) when a number of shots were fired at two men. Witnesses said a BMW had
driven down the street past shops with a man hanging out of the window shooting.
Then the car turned around, came back, and the gunman opened fire again. No-one
is believe to have been injured - but a car received bullet holes -
Pub raiders jailed for
stealing £30k from fruit machines in massive crime spree Richard Palmer and
Matthew Sadler caused £20,000-worth of damage and netted around £33,000 as they
broke in to 56 premises across the Midlands.
The pubs and businesses targeted
in this area and the dates they took place were:
15 – The Village Green PH, Marsh
17 – Lad in the Lane PH,
Bromford Lane, Erdington and Digby PH, Chester Road, Erdington
19 – Charlie Hall PH, Barnabus
Road, Erdington and Armada, Slade Road, Erdington
20 – The Village Green, Marsh
22 – The Digby PH, Chester Road,
23 – The Charlie Hall PH,
Barnabus Road, Erdington
29 – The New Inns, Summer Road,
4 – The Cross Keys PH, High
9 – The Village Green, Marsh
15 – The Armada, Slade Road,
17 – The Cross Keys PH, High
20 – The Lad in the Lane PH,
Bromford Lane, Erdington
1 – Village Green, Marsh Hill,
Erdington and Bagot Arms, Chester Road, Erdington
Robbery suspects hunted after vicious assault at Chester Road station in
Officers have released CCTV images of two men they would to speak to after a
20-year-old was hit on the head and had his phone stolen at Chester Road
station. At around 5.50pm on April 27, the victim was asked for a cigarette by
two men who he did not know. A short while later, he made a phone call on the
ramp by the platforms at the railway station. During the call, the same two men
approached him. One of them hit him on the head which caused him to fall to the
ground. During the fall he dropped his phone as the two men took it before
running away. The man sustained injuries to his face, including to his eyes and
nose, which left him requiring hospital treatment.
If you know them, or have any other information about the incident, please
call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 448
Boy racers doing timed laps in the area on Sundays? It seems that on Sunday evenings that a car will speed along Gravelly
Lane, onto Goosemoor Lane and go from one end to the other, then onto Witton
Lodge Rd and down the hill - then about 10 minutes later another one does it -
then another one 10 minutes later etc - again at high speed and in the same
direction and following the same path
(So it isn't like that is just part of the overall normal traffic for the area
on a Sunday evening)
Does that fit what others have seen - they are racing against the clock and are
following some sort of wider timed route in the Erdington area on Sunday
Other comments on this topic;
"It happens on Moor End Lane and surrounding roads in the small hours often as
"It's not new, foot down after Six Ways!"
Burnt Out Car In Park There was a Fiat car in the park that had been burnt out - the
thieves took out the iron bollard in the small carpark to get it in there.
Vandalised phone box Junction of Court Lane and Madehurst Road - reported.
Gang attacked 86-year-old man in wheelchair at New Oscott Village in
Erdington Police are appealing for information after an 86-year-old man in a
wheelchair was attacked by a gang at an Erdington retirement village. The
grandfather was out smoking his pipe at New Oscott Village, on the Chester Road
side of the home, at around 10.30pm on Tuesday March 21, when four “lads” pulled
up in a vehicle, got out and unsuccessfully tried to open the automated gates.
OAP John Place jailed for killing Poppy-Arabella
Clarke in Chester Road collision, Sutton Coldfield
(This case has been reported nationally)
A PENSIONER with failing vision from Sutton Coldfield has been jailed
after hitting a three-year-old as she was walking on a pedestrian crossing with
her mum. John Place, 72, has been sentenced to four years in prison after
knocking down and killing Poppy-Arabella Clarke as she walked over the
light-controlled crossing in Chester Road in Boldmere last summer.
toddler was killed on Wednesday July 6th 2016.
Shocking CCTV has been released showing the moment a drunken thug crippled
his girlfriend by repeatedly throwing her down the stairs at his Birmingham home
in Frances Road (off Slade Road). The footage has been released by police on the
request of the victim - who wants people to she what she endured. She hopes that
it might encourage other victims of domestic violence to break the cycle of
abuse.Mark Power, 37, also kicked, punched and dragged the stricken victim by
her hair during 10 minutes of sickening violence, which was caught on camera.
The thug threw his girlfriend down the stairs THREE times in a horror attack
carried out just weeks after he was released from a prison sentence, for
attacking the same victim. Power has now been jailed for 10 and a half years
after he previously admitted a charge of wounding with intent.
Erdington Man convicted of child sex charges A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed for 13 years. Ralph Clarke from
Erdington committed a string of sex offences against three victims in the 1970's
and early 1980's.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 19-year-old who died
from head and chest injuries in Birmingham
Kaydel Williams, from Tipton, was discovered in Hunton Road, Erdington, at
around 8.55pm on October 7. The 19 year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation was
launched into the circumstances after reports he had been bundled into a car at
The Gardens, also in Erdington.
Anyone with information should call Sgt Alan Wood at West Midlands Police’s
collision investigation unit on 101, or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800
Unsolved Hare And Hounds Murder - Marsh Hill - Another Appeal The police have made a fresh
appeal over this local unsolved murder.
`THE family of a "loving and wonderful" man beaten to death outside a
Birmingham pub renewed their appeal for help to finally bring his killers to
An inquest jury ruled on 20/4/2011 that David Weaver was
unlawfully killed following a function in memory of murder victim Lee Wellard,
held at the Hare and Hounds pub in Marsh Hill, Stockland Green, on November 22,
The 45-year-old dad, from Erdington, was found with severe head injuries
opposite the pub following a mass brawl. He underwent emergency brain surgery
that night but never recovered and died in hospital five months later.
No-one has been brought to justice over the death of Mr Weaver. Police are
still treating it as a potential murder investigation.
Det Chief Insp Nicholas Walton, from West Midlands Police, said:
"This was the right verdict, it is just unfortunate it was in the coroner’s
court and not the crown court. There are people who know who is responsible and
we again appeal for them to come forward."'
"Someone keeps fly-tipping mattresses on the pavement outside on the corner of
Amber Court and Goosemoor Lane - I feel that it is someone that recently moved
to the area/street as it has occurred at least 3 times in the last 3 months
..... I almost caught the individual red-handed on Friday 11 November 2016 - At
a distance whilst walking home I saw a white male that appeared to be wearing a
black cap throw something beside the tree. I was too far away to see whether the
man went into a nearby house or awaiting vehicle. Can all occupants of Goosemoor
Lane please keep their eyes open for these fly-tippers."
Station Road POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in an altercation
in Erdington (Friday October 7). Officers were alerted at 4.30pm to the assault
in Station Road. An altercation took place between two men. One of them ran into
a nearby shop, armed himself with a knife, and struck out at the victim.
Stabbing - Chester Road A man was stabbed in a McDonalds restaurant. The victim was knifed in the
fast food giant’s Chester Road branch, near the Yenton pub, at the Wylde
Green/Erdington border, at around 8.15pm on Saturday (22/10/2016). The
20-year-old was rushed to hospital but his injuries were not said to be
Please be aware that car thieves are entering homes to take car keys.
I got this- "My father-in-law's VW Golf was stolen from our driveway in
Goosemoor Lane at 6.30
this morning (Mon 26/9/2016). Our front door was closed but unlocked - I was
outside with our dog, my father-in-law was in the bathroom, my husband upstairs
in the bedroom - when the car keys were taken from the dining room. The theft
took literally seconds. Nothing else was taken (handbags, wallets, my car keys),
they had targeted us specifically for his car."
That was down by Cookes and on that side of the road
CCTV appeal after gun attack in Erdington at Wheelwright News in
West Midlands Police are appealing for help to identify this man after a
member of staff at Wheelwright News in Erdington was threatened with a
gun. The terrifying incident happened at Wheelwright News newsagents, in
Wheelwright Road, at around 8.30pm on Wednesday, September 7
Man stabbed in Orphanage Road, Erdington and ‘left for dead’ by teenage
biker A GOOD Samaritan was stabbed in Erdington and 'left for dead' by a member of
a 'teenage' bike gang. The victim, aged 25, intervened after a teenage girl was
slapped in the face before being stabbed in the leg and arm in Orphanage Road
shortly after 5pm on Sunday (September 18).
Cross Keys pub stabbing: Station Road - Man convicted of attempted murder A THUG who slashed a drinker's throat at an Erdington pub during a brawl
leaving him fighting for his life has been jailed for 10 years. James Lee lashed
out with a craft knife at The Cross Keys pub in High Street on June 3 severing
his 41-year-old victim's carotid artery and leading to "catastrophic" blood
Erdington drug addict jailed for trying to 'hang' former lover AN evil Erdington thug has been jailed for one of the 'worst cases of
domestic violence' police have ever seen – after he subjected his partner to a
horrific THREE DAY attack. Twisted David Cookson, 47, poured boiling water over
his 65-year-old lover and beat her with a hammer.
‘Terrified’ Goosemoor Lane homeowner fears Erdington ‘shooting’ incident is
part of spree A 'TERRIFIED' homeowner in Erdington who believes her house was shot at has
demanded more police action as she fears other homes are being targeted. The
woman who lives in Goosemoor Lane believes her lounge window was shot at on
Friday (July 29) at around 10.15pm by a hoodlum using a pellet gun.
(I don't know which part of the road that occurred on)
Illegal Erdington ‘pet shop’ owner banned
from selling animals AN ERDINGTON woman has been disqualified from trading for two
years after admitting to selling dogs from her home at Birmingham Magistrates
Court (July 6). Jadwiga Ewa Grum, 37, of Johnson Road, Erdington, pleaded guilty
to one offence under the Pet Animals Act 1951, keeping the premises as a pet
shop without a licence.
Thomas Gill from
Erdington who sent his ex 184 abusive messages loses appeal A THUG from Erdington who left his Sutton
Coldfield ex "scared of her own shadow" after leaving bizarre objects at her
home loses his breach appeal but has his jail sentence cut. Thomas Gill of
Baldmoor Lake Road had been hounding his ex-partner relentlessly since they
split in 2008, London's Civil Appeal Court heard. The fixated 28-year-old was
hit with an anti-social behaviour injunction (ASBI) after Birmingham City
Council took him to court in 2012.
Arundel House tower block
blaze in Jarvis Road was ‘started deliberately’
(Arundel House is the second block down from the Court Lane
end of Jarvis Road)
A SEVERE fire at an Erdington tower block is being investigated as an arson
incident. The blaze occurred at Arundel House in Jarvis Road in the early hours
with fire crews receiving a 999 call at 3.18am (Monday morning June 13).
Erdington paedophiles Robert Bailey and Kevan Tudor convicted of multiple
child sex offences Bailey, 27, of Watt Road and Tudor, 55, of Springthorpe Road have been
convicted of historical sexual offences against two young men who were exploited
in their teens. One of the victims was aged 15 at the time of the offences in
2002 and 2003, the second was between 14 and 15 at the time of the offences in
2009 and 2010.
Electricity Substation Broken Into Again - Goosemoor Lane The
Thursday 27/3/16 - was
That door is shut now.
Convicted Over Murder Melee
Tobijah Thompson, of no fixed address, but previously
of Blakesley Way, Bordesley Green killed teenager Daniel Kirkwood who was
celebrating a pal’s birthday at Society nightclub, Tower Street, Coventry, on
March 15th 2015
Three other men, Hasham Ali, of Amberley Green, Birmingham; Ezra Scott, of
Hawkesyard Road, Erdington, and Ramez Murtaza, of Bordesley Green East,
Bordesley Green, all pleaded guilty to being involved in the violent disorder
that resulted in Daniel’s death.
Ezra Scott pleaded guilty to being involved in the violent
disorder that resulted in Daniel Kirkwoods death
Loutish behaviour in Erdington to be tackled as
police granted new powers
NEW powers for police to crackdown on groups persistently causing anti-social
behaviour in the busy Erdington High Street area have come in to force.
Electricity Substation Broken Into Again - Goosemoor Lane The
Thursday 18/2/16 - was
reported. That door is shut now.
CCTV appeal following assault on Erdington-bound bus
POLICE are appealing for help to
trace this man following an assault on an
A 29-year-old woman was travelling on the number 905 bus
on Wednesday, December 16 when an unknown man sat next
to her and punched her arm at around 6.50pm.The man
caught the bus from Corporation Street in Birmingham
city centre and got off at Gravelly Lane in Erdington.
Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Jennifer
Groves at Bournville police
Polish Shop On Station Road Selling Dodgy Cigarettes A SHOP in Erdington has been banned from selling alcohol after a hoard of
illicit cigarettes was found on its premises. A total of 238 packets of illegal
cigarettes were found behind a concealed drawer, following a police raid on the
Alisha Polski Sklep shop, in Station Road, Erdington.
THE DOPEY POLICE (yet again) - Bijan Ebrahimi: PC and PCSO guilty of
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-35130753 And if you THINK these types of cases are rare they are NOT - I know of
HUNDREDS of such cases nationwide EVERY year (where police are summoned to deal
with low-life and SIDE with the low-life and AGAINST the person who summoned
I may start a separate webpage listing the nationwide cases actually - there are
HUNDREDS of them
At LEAST the balloon seems to have FINALLY gone up with many other agencies
(Home Office/Crown Prosecution Service etc) re just HOW dopey the police
The jury is still out re where The Tories are on the issue - ISIS attacking a
European capital city shouldn't shove them about on this separate policing issue
- but clearly it does
(The last straw with many agencies being due to Phone Hacking I think - the
police sent their CHIEF officer to The Guardian telling them it WASN'T occurring
and so that newspaper should STOP investigating - when of course it WAS
occurring AND on an industrial scale too. I think that really WAS it for police
to a LOT of different agencies across the country. It was either him being
UTTERLY stupid or UTTERLY crooked - one or the other)
Can Jeremy Kyle please ring the police to sort out his guests - so that the
police then arrest HIM.
Erdington Rapist Jailed A sex fiend from Erdington, who remained at large for more than 28 years,
has been jailed for the ‘opportunist’ rape of a teenager after advances in DNA
evidence helped to convict him. Steven Hearl, 63, of Hunters Walk (behind Oscott
College), was sentenced to six years and four months in prison after admitting
the rape of the 16-year-old girl in Alvechurch in 1987.
Shootings - Pype Hayes THREE people have been injured in what is believed to be a targeted shooting
in Birmingham. A man and a woman suffered gun shot wounds to their legs
following the incident in Erdington in the early hours of Sunday (1/11/2015). A
second man was left injured after being hit over the head during the “disorder”
in Windfall Court (off Paget Road) at around 1.45am.
Attempted Burglary - Kirkwood Avenue
This unconfirmed report was on Street Life about the alley on Chester Road at
the back of Kirkwood Avenue;
Chester Road backing onto Kirkwood Avenue. Tuesday night 13th October at 21:20
hrs, a van drove down behind
houses on Chester Road, removed some step-ladders from
vehicle and it was highly likely
he was going to attempt to get over into the Kirkwood Avenue back gardens there,
luckily parts of this were on CCTV and monitored as it happened - hence police
a police dog came and a police helicopter was hovering overhead, police
recovered the van & steps but unfortunately not him, so please all be aware now
it's dark and Christmas is coming. www.streetlife.com
Increased Burglaries - Dwellings/Sheds
This has been reported in the area both on Street Life, and by the police
themselves. Regan Crescent is one place cited.
More than 100 weapons handed in at Erdington knife bin
Knife bins were dotted around Birmingham, including at New Testament Church of
God in Erdington, in February
2014, and to date more than 400 weapons have been
handed in and taken off the street, including fire arms.
More than one quarter of the 406 weapons handed in were deposited in the
Goosemoor Lane church in Erdington, which had 105 knives, and weapons including
bin can be found at the New Testament Church of God, Goosemoor Lane, Erdington.
It is easy to drop any weapons into it through the gap in the gate even when
the church and its gates are closed.
St Barnabas school head teacher suspended A head teacher has been suspended as part of an inquiry into
allegations of financial irregularities at a school. Heather Powell was
suspended as head of St Barnabas Church of England (CofE) primary school in
Tony Foley pudding and pie Dumped his wife for one from Russi-a When the police then made him pay Tony Foley was taken away
Drug dealing suspects in Erdington rammed police - Oliver Road A SUSPECTED drugs deal in Erdington resulted in an unmarked police
vehicle being rammed as its occupiers attempted to evade arrest.
Officers were on patrol in Oliver Road when they spotted a suspected drug deal
involving the occupants of a green Toyota Avensis just before midday on July 30.
The Toyota vehicle began to reverse and was driven in an ‘erratic manner’ and
then accelerated forwards and collided with the front of the unmarked police
vehicle. The front seat passenger made off on foot but was later detained. The
remaining three occupants were also later brought to custody. All four males,
were arrested on suspicion for drugs supply offences.
A CON ARTIST from Erdington who burgled a woman in her 90's on New Year’s
Day and another in Great Barr - has been jailed for more than six years Kelly Ford, aged 33 of Gravelly Lane, pretended to be a policewoman
in order to get into the 95-year-old woman’s house in Castle Vale on January 1
this year. Nothing was stolen but Ford searched the rooms in the house – much to
the pensioner’s distress
- Fentham Road - Conviction A boyfriend has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his student girlfriend
– whose body was found in a burning pink Audi in Erdington. Unemployed Damien
Dinobewei, 34, had denied the murder of mum-of-one Tia Kounota, 27, and had been
due to stand trial.
But he admitted the manslaughter of the social work university student before
the trial could begin, a plea accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Dinobewei, of Pershore Road, Stirchley, will now be sentenced later this month
at Birmingham Crown Court after further psychiatric reports.
Erdington thug threatens terrified woman driver with gun in road rage
A gun-wielding thug threatened a terrified motorist in a shocking
early-morning road rage attack. The 43-year-old woman was making her way to work
along Jaffray Crescent, Erdington, at around 8.30am Friday 22/5/2015, when she
was involved in a confrontation with the driver of an oncoming dark blue Astra
over the right of way.
He refused to allow her through and gestured for the woman to let him to pass
but she was blocked by cars behind her. The angry thug continued to shout abuse
at the petrified woman and suddenly produced a black handgun from inside his car
when she gesticulated that she could not move.
Fearing for her safety she quickly placed her car in reverse and pulled away
as stunned drivers behind her also fled the scene.
The offender is described as a black man, around 6ft tall, of medium build,
in his 20's, wearing a dark top.
People with information to assist the police investigation should call the
violent crime team at Chelmsley Wood police station by dialling 101 or speak to
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Jimmy Savile malarkey - I think this needs a wider audience, so I've stuck it
on the Crime Page
Nudge and wink jokes about Jimmy Savile by people on TV and radio (made between
1978 - 2007) - see all the famous people who seemed to know, but didn't do
anything about it;
"Jokes and references to Jimmy Savile's crimes and abuses on TV and radio prior
to his death. It's interesting, I think, that the majority of people speaking
publicly about what he was doing were comedians."
(Remember that former BBC employee Philip Schofield famously tried to take the
moral high ground against PM David Cameron on this issue - and unfortunately our
slow-witted Prime Minister never thought to immediately ask Schofield on-air
what HE therefore knew or had heard about Savile whilst working at the BBC with
Gordon the Gopher etc)
(See a potential cultural problem there which might explain why So-Vile got away
with it for ages - Hislop from the media attacks The Daily Mail from the media
in response, and Janet Street-Porter from the media openly states that it only
ever occurred to her to report So-Vile to the BBC media. So the media culture
seems to be to keep everything "in house" within the media itself - rather than
running off to the police or social services etc like you or I probably would)
Logically, Hislop should've reported The Daily Mail to The PCC and So-Vile to
the police - but he did neither of those things
- which is telling I think.
Meanwhile has Diane Abbot been questioned about it re Jimmy So-vile? She is in
the above HIGNFY clip if you notice.
(Obviously if taken straight, So-Vile is merely joking about being a weak
wrestler - and being charitable Abbott might have seen the joke
merely in that context at the time in the studio - but NO-ONE then explained the
`in' joke to her later which even So-vile himself seemed to be making
deliberate? That show gets about 6 million viewers and NO-ONE explained it to
her afterwards? She needs to be asked).
As far as the police and what they knew about rumours etc, as a former
officer I can only say that there were NO rumours at all widely circulating in
the West Midlands Police about him when I served in the 1980's, I do know that.
It seemed common knowledge in broadcasting at the time, but not within the
police - and there were sometimes social sessions with Metropolitan Police
officers from London before or after their regular business in the city
(collecting prisoners to transfer to the capital etc) and they never said
anything in conversations either. So the police denial of knowledge seems
genuine to me.
Did rumours constantly circulate within the police about known childrens'
homes and orphanages etc and how it was frustratingly difficult to prove or
disprove on a case by case basis what was clearly going on in such places with
some of the adults who worked there? Yes - that sort of talk WAS constant in the
job when I served (such cases were called "a bag of rats" by police - meaning
interminable - like watching ferrets in sack - you know something is going on
inside but how to prove what?) There was nothing said about Jimmy Savile though
- he was something of a hero of mine so I would have remembered - it was a shock
when I found out when everyone else did.
Electricity Substation Broken Into Again - Goosemoor Lane The door
BRAVE is the Birmingham Residents Anti-Social Behaviour Victim Empowerment
project. It is specifically funded by the Lottery to support people living
in Birmingham who experience persistent anti-social behaviour. The service is
independent, free and confidential -
Gravelly Hill bedsit block extension after police reveal appalling levels of
The converted detached homes in Gravelly Hill, Erdington
A bedsit block with an appalling record of violence has been refused
permission to expand. A planning application to add four rooms to a pair of
converted detached homes in Gravelly Hill, Erdington, was refused following
police objections. In a report to the planning committee, police said they had
been called to the property 20 times in the last five years - half of them to
deal with assaults or fighting between residents.
Assault (?) - Beech Road
The police were out knocking doors on Beech Road, Sycamore Road and Goosemoor
Lane etc trying to find out more about a serious assault in Beech Road on
Tuesday morning (10/2/2015) at 1.15am. The assailant's car apparently drove off
into Sycamore Rd, and then onto Goosemoor Lane heading towards Gravelly Lane
There has been nothing in the local or on the police website about it though.
Drugs Found - Johnson Road POLICE officers discovered a cannabis set up and a quantity of dried
cannabis bud at a property in Erdington (on Tuesday February 10). The drugs were
found in two bedrooms in Johnson Road
Blind Erdington man traumatised after guide dog he relies on gets attacked
- Station Road
The lady is believed to be the owner of the dog involved in
A BLIND man from Erdington has said he is ‘shocked and angry’ after his guide
dog was attacked and left with puncture wounds to her leg.
Ricky Brennan, 32, was left saddened after his five-year-old German Shepherd
Carla, who he relies on to help him carry out his daily daily routines, was
attacked by what is believed to be a Staffie Cross in Station Road
There is CCTV coverage of the attack on Carla, which happened on Monday
November 10 between 11am and 12 noon. Anyone who can help police with their
enquirers are asked to contact WPC 1072 Nicola Williams at Sutton Coldfield
Police Station Volume Crime Team on 0345 113 5000.
Local Drug Dealers Jailed
Twenty nine people have been handed jail sentences totalling nearly 100 years
following a major operation earlier this year to target drug dealing in
Faheem Ul-Islam, aged 36 and from Wheelwright Road, Erdington - three years
and eight months.
Ryan Phipps, aged 25 from Fentham Road, Erdington − three years.
Orville Vendryes, aged 47 and from Orchard Road, Erdington - 18 months.
Shaquille Brown, aged 29 and from Station Road, Erdington - 18 months.
Anthony Harris, aged 54 and from Wood End Road, Erdington - 18 months.
Mark Phipps, aged 29 and from Kings Road, Erdington - 18 months.
Lee Puffett, aged 35 and from Faukners Farm Drive, Erdington - 16 months.
Craig Collins, aged 39 and from Avenue Road, Erdington
- 18 months sentence suspended for 21 montths.
Erdington Dispersal Order
TROUBLEMAKERS in Erdington are being targeted after police were granted new
powers to clamp down on anti-social behaviour. Officers in the area (just the
other side of the railway line) will be able to act after a dispersal order was
granted and came in force this month covering the area bordered by Chester Road,
Sutton New Road, Wood End Road, Kingsbury Road and Holly Lane.
Police will now be able to move groups of two or more people from the area if
they are suspected of causing anti-social behaviour, and the power to return
under 16s to their home between 9pm and 6am.
Burglaries on Kingsbury Road - "Within
a space of 15 months 3 houses in a row including mine have been burgled we need
cameras put up and more police presence the burglaries have taken place in broad
Erdington getaway driver jailed for possessing stun-gun
disguised as mobile-phone
Police found the weapon in the foot well of a VW Golf belonging to Marvin
Forbes when they stopped the vehicle on Queens Road, Aston, in March after it
was suspected of being involved in the burglary a day before in Solihull.
Youngster Killed In Road Accident - Court Lane.
For Causing Death By Dangerous
A driver who killed a five-year-old boy when he hit him with his car in
Birmingham has been jailed for five years. Cameron Marshall Ward was struck by a
blue Vauxhall Vectra on Court Lane in Erdington shortly after 21:10 BST on
Easter Monday, 1 April 2013.
Wayne Payne was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. The
31-year-old, of Somerset Road, Erdington, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown
Pype Hayes Murder A mum found dead at her
Birmingham home died as a result of strangulation-type injuries, a post mortem
has confirmed. Police were called to a house in Woodlands Farm
Road, Pype Hayes, at 7.25am on Sunday (29/6/2014) by the
ambulance service where Luan Leigh, 42, was pronounced dead.
Police have been granted more time to question her estranged husband Andrew
Leigh, 42, on suspicion of murder.
Burglary warning after spate of Erdington break-ins A WARNING has been issued to householders in
Erdington after a number of burglaries in recent weeks. Police confirmed that in
total there have been five house break-ins in Erdington, one on the Pitts Farm
site which is undergoing development, another on a similar plot on the Lyndhurst
Estate, two in the Holly Lane/Moor End Lane area and a final incident in
Motorbike Havoc On Jarvis Road/Court Lane Got this from a
resident - "I saw three moped type
motorbikes doing wheelies up Jarvis Road today (Sunday 15 June) between 6.30pm
and 6.50pm, a lot of noise over the past two days of bikes speeding about on
Jarvis Road and Court Lane so I presume it was the same, unable to catch reg
plates as yet, but all have L plates. One of them had ginger hair."
LOLA - Grey Blue Colour - Mainly With A White Patch Underneath.
Female Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Age: Young Adult). Missing from Slade Road,
Erdington on Sunday 18th May 2014
Stolen by 3 men in a Ford Fiesta. She was wearing a black collar
(no details on the collar).
CONTACT: 07743 692 868
Man Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries Following Stabbing In Slade Road -
Erdington - Charges
Slade Road stab victim Kurt Homer fights for life as
teenager is charged with GBH.
AN investigation has been launched following a
stabbing in Erdington last night (Monday April 14)
which has left a man critically ill in hospital.
Emergency services were called to a report of a
disturbance in Slade Road, near the junction with St
Thomas' Road, at around 10.50pm
Up Goosemoor Lane
A ‘MINDLESS’ vandal from Erdington who went on a
one-man drunken car-wrecking spree has been jailed. Ben O’Neill from Slade Road was charged with three attempted thefts
from cars, vandalising nine cars with hammer and a vehicle interference offence,
in relation to cars parked in Goosemoor Lane, Erdington.
The 24-year-old was arrested by officers shortly after 4am on Monday (March
31) as residents dialled 999 to report a man smashing the windows of parked
cars. He appeared at court on Tuesday (April 1) and was sentenced to 16
weeks in custody, with a previous suspended sentence of six weeks to also be
Attempted Child Abduction - Short Heath Road - Man Arrested Wednesday afternoon 5/3/2014. There was an attempt to grab a child from a
local nursery as they were walking home with mum. Detectives investigating
suspicious activity near to a nursery in Erdington have arrested a man on
suspicion of abduction, immigration offences and assault. Officers have been
investigating reports of suspicious activity near to Osbourne Nursery School
since March 5.
Erdington Burglars Jailed Two burglars who were snared after a 13-year-old girl rang 999 while
cowering under her bed have been jailed. Marcus Speirs and Richard Ansah, 29,
broke into the youngster's house in Erdington last May (2013).
Bus Set On Fire - Perry Common Road (A from-city Number 7 bus by the Witton Lodge Road junction)
Firefighters have extinguished a fire on a bus in Erdington. Firefighters
from Perry Barr fire station were called to Perry Common Road at around 1:30pm
(Saturday 7/12/2013) to reports of a fire on the top deck of the Number 7 bus.
Police officers assisted with traffic as the fire was extinguished. No injuries
reported. Watch Commander Ade Caulwell, said: “The incident was started
Call West Midlands Police on 101 if you have ANY information.
AN illegal weapons dealer from Erdington caught attempting to import firearms
and offensive weapons has been jailed. Daruisz Jedrzjczyk from Edwards Road
pleaded guilty to importing prohibited weapons, possessing a disguised firearm
and two counts of fraudulent evasion of a restriction.
'Most Wanted' Criminal Who Stole Car With Two
Children Jailed A man who dragged a mother out of her car and drove off with her two children
still inside the vehicle, has been jailed for five years. Cedric Brown, 46,
threatened the woman with a knife and stole her Ford Focus while fleeing police
in Birmingham on 3 April 2012.
After dumping his own getaway car, he pulled the 26-year-old mother out of
her vehicle on Somerset Road in Erdington and threatened her with a knife. He
sped off with the two toddlers strapped into their seats in the back, police
said. He was cornered behind a block of flats off Short Heath Road a short time
later and wrestled to the ground by officers.
Online Groomer Convicted - 12 Months - Wylde Green A PERVERTED pensioner from Harman Road (Wylde Green) Sutton Coldfield turned
up at a park expecting to meet a 15-year-old girl to take part in a sex act with
him – only to be confronted by two men with a video camera, a court has heard.
Maurice Ingram fled from the scene in his car, but was traced by the police and
pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted sexual grooming -
(Obviously that story was already widely carried both on that
website and in hard-copy form in the Birmingham Mail newspaper)
In Case You Wonder Why "Don't Get Involved" Has Become A
National Mantra Some toe-rag Under Class rubbish were vandalising a man's plants, he called
the (dopey) police - who arrested HIM. The toe-rag Under Class rubbish then
(No doubt the police detectives who `solved' the murder then got
promoted - so were rewarded directly on the back of failures by the Uniform
branch . I'd have a rule with the police - if Uniform screws up, the CID don't
get promoted on the backs of any murders which directly result. Promoting CID
officers in such circumstances risks heightening Uniform indifference to initial
And the "great" Shadow Police Minister (our own Jack Dromey MP)
on the topic? Tumble-weed.
Child Abuser Jailed - Turfpits Lane A former Birmingham church deacon has been jailed for a second time for
child abuse. Alfred Woodhall was sentenced to 12 years after a court was told he
assaulted his victim, a young girl, in a van after choir practice. At Birmingham
Crown Court, the 71-year-old, of Turfpits Lane in Erdington, admitted four
charges of indecent assault and four of attempted rape.
(I assume that somewhere it has been shown that arson increases
Missing/Stolen Dog BEBE - Black/White
Female Jack Russell Cross (Age: Adult) Missing from Erdington, Birmingham, B23 area, on Sunday 29th September 2013.
Bebe was taken from outside the house. She was taken by 2 men driving a scrap
van. It was a white cab, open backed but caged. It stopped outside the property,
the passenger got out picked up Bebe and it drove off. She is 3 years old and
was wearing a red leather collar and a tag.
Arson Attack On Car -
There was an explosion at midnight on Wednesday night 16/10/2013, a car on fire
on Jarvis Road, fire brigade were called - no reports of any injuries.
I think it may have been connected to a domestic disturbance at one of the
nearby tower blocks as there did seem to be some sort of commotion after.
Nuisance Kids Whilst Playing Truant, During School Strikes -
And Now With Half-Term Looming
We've a small number of children being a general nuisance whilst playing truant,
during school strikes - and we've half-term looming too. For what it is worth
I'll keep adding stuff to the
I've asked local schools how often they raise the matter with police - maybe
that doesn't happen enough.
One (idiot) local head teacher has been categoric with me in the
past - kids from schools DON'T cause trouble outside of the catchment area of
the school they attend! When challenged to then put that absurd assertion in
writing for me to stick on here etc, obviously he didn't - we are sometimes up
against that logic though it seems.
(As a bargaining chip with Teaching Unions in negotiations I'd
threaten that Ofsted will now ask security guards in local shopping malls and
local bus drivers what the kids are like - no amount of deliberately sending
troublesome kids on holidays during the inspection etc would sort that one out)
"Neo Conservatives are just Liberals who got mugged" - US
Actually though, 65 million years ago, giant reptiles -
dinosaurs - DID roam this planet.
Burglar Carl Anderson
jailed for crushing PC Peter McGinn in Erdington
burglar who crushed a police officer as he tried to stop him driving off after a
break-in has been jailed. PC Peter McGinn, 44, suffered leg and hip injuries and
needed surgery after hitting a lamppost in Birmingham at about 35mph.
Carl Anderson, 50, of Aston, admitted wounding with intent and was jailed for 12
years at Birmingham Crown Court. Anderson also admitted 12 burglaries, dangerous
driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance. West Midlands Police
said PC McGinn had been called to a shed break-in in Compton Road in Erdington
in June 2013.
9th of September I had my car parked at Jarvis Rd, sometime in the evening a car
crashed into my front wing and caused a lot of damage and drove off, I did not
realise until the following day. I reported it to the Police but they did not
really seem interested and did not take any information from me.
I have noticed cars speeding up and down Jarvis Rd a lot and I guess there must
be others who have damaged cars on a regular basis. Only a matter of time before
somebody gets hurt I guess."
Identity Theft Attempts In The Area Via Going Through Bin Bags
(I myself have raised that issue before - and have suggested closing
right-turns into Kingsbury Road to from-city traffic and opening up right-turns
into Wheelwright Road instead which then leads to Kingsbury Road. That way
drivers wouldn't be confused nor held up)
Thug Who Threw Cat Into Bleak Hill Recreation Ground Stream Hunted By
RSPCA A Good Samaritan rescued the cat after watching in horror as a man got out
of his car and hurled it into the water in Bleak Hill Road, Erdington. The
incident happened at about 9pm on June 19, and the RSPCA is appealing for help
to trace the man who was driving a black Vauxhall Astra -
Man Charged With Attempted Murder Of Police Officer Hit By Car In
Erdington The 44-year-old police officer injured in the incident is in a serious but
stable condition in hospital after suffering multiple fractures in the collision
in Oval Road, Erdington, on Friday (7/6/2013). Officers were originally called
to Compton Road in Erdington at about 3pm on Friday, following a report of a
Cayton Grove Chase (Topcroft Estate) Police with a dog were chasing suspects on foot into Short Heath Park, the
Court Lane Allotments and nearby front and back gardens in a chase spotted going
on in the cul-de-sac Cayton Grove around 2am on Tuesday morning 4/6/2013. Where
the chase started from or if they caught them I've no idea, nor what it was
about either I'm afraid.
Guthrum Close (Off Court Lane) Now Gated I don't know of any current crime or anti-social behaviour etc there (the
cul-de-sac by The Greyhound pub) but it is now gated.
65 Bus Attacked - Slade Road A to-city 65 bus was parked by the railway bridge on Slade Road with 2
smashed windows - Saturday 18/5/2013 around 6.20pm. Looked like it had been
vandalised rather than it had been involved in an accident. The passengers had
all got off and were waiting for the next one. So if you were waiting somewhere
along the route expecting that damaged one to arrive, that was the story.
Appeal For Witnesses After Pensioner Robbed - Wylde Green The 73-year-old woman was targeted on Little Green Lanes in Wylde Green at
around 10am on Monday 15 April. A man snatched her bag as she got into her car
next to the Spar and Post Office car park, pulling so hard that the strap broke.
He then ran off to a waiting car parked on Little Green Lanes, before driving
off on to Birmingham Road, mounting the pavement to get away.
Letzgo Hunting is a new dedicated
group of individuals who make it their business to flush out devious and
unscrupulous individuals like paedophiles and child molesters, or anyone who may
be a threat to children. They insist they work within the constraints of the law
to expose and publicise such people and bring them to justice using the power of
the Internet and video cameras.
I was deliberating about whether to place them here and on the
Links etc, but Sky News
and The Sutton Observer newspaper then prominently mentioned them anyway -
making inclusion a moot point.
(Remember - actively creating temptation WILL be cited by the Defence barrister
in Mitigation of any crime then committed - i.e. capturing them using THAT
method will automatically result in a LESSER sentence in Court).
And stating arguments about forcing Westminster to do stuff to counter that
situation in Court etc ignores the reality of wider power-machinations at
Westminster which govern all sorts of things.
(e.g. David Blunkett saying that he'd categorically sort Date Rape knowing that
saying that WOULD be widely reported when his subsequent inevitable failure
would NOT be reported at all - and Jack Straw also saying he'd sort Death By
Dangerous Driving again knowing that saying that WOULD again be widely reported
when his subsequent inevitable failure would NOT be reported too - etc etc etc.
Each reckoning that once Labour were dumped out you'll have forgotten those
failed pledges after 5 years of Tory Cameron anyway - Cameron figuring the same
the other way around when HE now makes pledges too of course)
Man Found Guilty Of Murdering A Woman In Erdington In Frenzied Knife
Attack The mum-of-four died after being stabbed 37 times by crazed Brian
Mason. Her body then lay undiscovered for four days at his home in Croydon Road,
Erdington. Mason was charged with murder but the case was delayed due to mental
health examinations. Psychiatrists concluded he was suffering from a disorder
called schizotypal and that he was fit to stand trial.
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of cannabis has been seized after two
warrants were executed in Erdington (Tuesday 19 March). Acting on information
from the public, Birmingham Police’s Priorities Team raided the first house at
just after 6am in Short Heath Road where 39 mature plants were discovered, along
with a large quantity of cannabis in the process of drying out and almost ready
A second warrant was executed by the team later in the afternoon
in Welland Grove where eight plants were found.
Man Fought Off Cash Machine Attackers - Stockland Green
CCTV images of two men suspected of attacking a man in Erdington have
been released by police. The 56-year-old man fought off two robbers as they
attacked him after he had used a cash machine outside the post office in Slade
Road on Monday, January 14.
An Armed Robbery Occurred
In The Bookmakers On Station Road
TWO members of staff were assaulted and threatened with a "hand gun" during a
terrifying armed robbery in Erdington on Sunday evening (January 13th 2013).
If you have any information about the incident which
you think could help the police, they want to hear
from you. Officers are appealing for witnesses to
contact them using the non-emergency 101 number.
Thieves Steal BMX Bike Christmas Present On Christmas Day - Trident Close
Heartless thieves have been branded
‘scumbags’ after stealing a seven-year-old boy’s new bike on Christmas Day. Ryan
Rose had only ridden the BMX once before it was snatched from a communal area at
his Trident Close home in Erdington (off Gravelly Lane).
Teenager Stabbed -
Wood End Lane (By Six Ways) - Tuesday 4th December POLICE have launched an investigation after a teenager was
stabbed in the stomach in Erdington. A 14-year-old boy was
stabbed just before 4pm on Wood End Lane, he was rushed to
hospital and received treatment for the wound.
Park Incident - Man Hands Himself In To Police From West Midlands Police;
"A MAN whose photo was issued by detectives
investigating a suspicious incident in an Erdington park, has handed himself
into police. The 42-year-old local man saw his photo in a local newspaper after
officers appealed to the public for help identifying the man.
The appeal followed an allegation made by two 12-year-olds that a man had
approached them while playing on Bleakhill Recreation Ground on Streetly Road
and asked them inappropriate questions. Concerned by the nature of the
conversation, one of the pair discreetly took the man’s photograph on his mobile
Following the incident, patrols in the area were increased and significant
work was undertaken to trace the man captured on camera. The suspicious incident
is alleged to have happened at around 7.30pm on Monday 6 August.
The man, who was arrested on Tuesday 16 October, has since been released on
police bail - with strict conditions attached - while enquiries continue."
Unconfirmed Report - We Had A Burglary On Goosemoor Lane Recently At a house between the Kirkwood Avenue junction and the Bend
and on that side. Burglars got in the back and out the same way.
Recent Spate Of Burglaries - Beech Road/Sycamore Road I got this from a resident;
"I live on Beech Road and was burgled last Thursday
(4/10/2012), 3pm-ish. Since then others from down Beech Road have told me how
they and another person on Sycamore Rd have been burgled within last week or
two. I don't know if you could warn anyone Goosemoor Lane way or in general on
your website but with Sunday's chase I am assuming there may well be more in the
They got into to my garden despite having a large German shepherd dog who is
not entirely friendly with strangers! Being at that time when there are people
on their way to pick up/bring children home it seems extremely blatant. Luckily
for me due to a kindly neighbour seeing the burglar enter my property called the
police, who were there very quickly but sadly not quick enough."
(If you live by Beech Road etc check any CCTV you have for that date and time
- Sunday's chase refers to the below storrryy).
Police Were All Over Hardintone Court - Sunday 7/10/2012 A police helicopter was hovering over the area and lots of
police cars were in Hardintone Court (the half-built housing development on The
Bend). Sunday 7/10/2012 around 5.20pm. I don't know if the place was being
burgled or if a police chase ended there etc.
Bus Mugger Gouged Teenager's Eye In Erdington Attack
DETECTIVES are hunting a teenage bus mugger who gouged a 15-year-old’s eye
when he refused to hand over his phone. The suspect is wanted for the vicious
robbery, which happened on the 905 bus as it travelled from the city centre
through Gravelly Hill in Erdington between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on September 9.
Erdington Man In Appeal For Stolen Mini - Short Heath Road/Norfolk Road DRIVER Mark Appleby’s Mini love affair
turned into a major trauma – when thieves made off with his beloved car. The
22-year-old spent £2,000 transforming his 1989 motor into his dream set of
wheels – only for crooks to steal it from outside his home in Short Heath Road,
Stolen From New Oscott Cemetery - Sunday 19th August 2012
From a notice placed locally;
"Beige leather handbag. Containing HTC phone and items
of sentimental value including engraved Rosary beads. If any items are found
please call 07947 045 639 - no questions asked. We just want their safe return -
Court Farm Day Centre Burgled
The small hall on Tedbury Crescent next to the school, between Sunday
afternoon 8/7/2012 and Monday morning 9/7/2012 the secure enclosed compound was
entered and one of the wooden outer sheds had its wooden door broken down. Only
odds and ends etc were in there, so little if anything was taken from inside.
Police have been informed.
Goosemoor Lane Substation Burgled Again Once again the substation opposite Bowling Green Close has been
raided for metal etc, I don't know if anything was taken from inside though.
As of today (Thursday) the door is still open.
This is part of a national epidemic of course, demand in India and China
rocketing the price.
(Sorry to sound like Chairman Mao - but if everyone in the country and Europe
etc dug, turned, and raked our back gardens and recycled all the found metal
would it dip the metal prices at least for a few months/years to deter thieves
nicking it from elsewhere whilst any new measures were then brought in? I find
enough old metal in my garden doing that and put it out for recycling. I believe
the global price of copper dipped in early 2003 when all the copper phone-lines
in Baghdad were looted!)
A BIRMINGHAM head teacher has paid tribute to a member of staff
who was strangled at her home in Erdington. Lynda Jackson, aged
56, was found at her house in Court Lane on Tuesday morning
(8/5/2012) after police were called in by the ambulance service.
The mum-of-two was pronounced dead at the scene and a
60-year-old man, who was found with injuries at the address,
remains in a critical condition in hospital. A murder
investigation has been launched, although police said they were
not looking for anyone else at this stage.
A post mortem examination revealed that Mrs Jackson, who
worked as a teaching assistant at Hodge Hill Sports and
Enterprise College, died as a result of strangulation. Marie
McMahon, head teacher at Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise
College, said: “Lynda was a talented and well respected
colleague. She was loved by staff and pupils alike and she will
be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with her family at this
Police forced down the door of the family home but nothing
could be done to save Mrs Jackson. A friend, who did not want to
be named, said: “Lynda was a lovely kind lady, whose eyes
sparkled when she chatted to you.
“She always enjoyed a laugh and a joke. She was full of fun
and very kind to others. She was adored by pupils at Hodge Hill
A former neighbour, calling himself Stuart, posted a message
to the Birmingham Mail website. He said:
“Shocking news. Stephen and Lynda were our next door
neighbours for more 20 years before we moved to Devon. It’s very
hard to believe what has happened. They were an ideal family
with a son and daughter. Total shock.”
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I didn’t
know her, but I did see her about. As a family they kept
themselves to themselves.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said officers will
remain in the vicinity for the foreseeable future and will be on
hand to offer reassurance to any residents affected by the
`A 32 year-old man has been sentenced to six
years imprisonment after pleading guilty to robbery at Birmingham
Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 24 January). Wayne Weir, of no fixed
abode, was arrested by officers investigating a street robbery which
occurred in Erdington last year. On Tuesday 25 October 2011 an
elderly man was attacked and had cash stolen from him on Goosemoor
Lane shortly after 7pm.
The victim was repeatedly kicked to the head, face and chest, before
having £300 in cash stolen, savings that he had withdrawn earlier
that day. This unprovoked attack was committed with such ferocity
that the victim was hospitalised for several days as a result of his
Investigating officers were able to secure CCTV footage that showed
Weir leaving a pub behind the victim, and a short time later
witnesses to the attack on Goosemoor Lane provided descriptions of a
man fitting his appearance. Weir was arrested soon after and charged
with robbery. On Tuesday 24 January 2012 he appeared at Birmingham
Crown Court where he was sentenced to six years.
Detective Constable Emma Howes from the CID at Sutton Coldfield
police station said:
"Thankfully the man has since made a full recovery and the six years
handed to his attacker will hopefully come as some comfort to him.
We'd like to thank the witnesses whose evidence helped us bring the
offender for this crime to justice."'
`A DRUG addict who carried out a
“horrific” hammer attack against a friend at his Birmingham home has
been sent to detention for eight years. Jake Bird repeatedly struck
Terrance Dale with the weapon, leaving the victim with multiple
injuries including a fractured skull. Judge Michael Cullum said the
victim, who was hit 15 to 20 times, spent 12 days in hospital as a
result of his injuries.
Bird, 20, of Johnson Road, Erdington, had previously admitted
wounding with intent, possessing an offensive weapon, taking a
vehicle without consent and two charges of burglary. He asked for
six other burglaries to be taken into consideration.
Claire Harris, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said Mr Dale
was attacked last August outside his home in Station Road,
Erdington. While he was speaking with a neighbour three men
including the defendant, who Mr Dale knew, “charged” towards him.
One of the group demanded money and when Mr Dale refused Bird came
at him with the hammer. The attack lasted for about two minutes. As
well as the skull fracture the victim suffered fractures to his
nose, eye socket and finger.
Jessica Clarke, defending, said of the attack on Mr Dale, that it
was a toxic mixture of a slight personality disorder and use of
drugs that had created a ‘perfect storm’.
Driver Jailed After Fatal
Ridgeway Crash A DISQUALIFIED driver who was behind the wheel in a fatal
Erdington crash has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail.
Levi Joseph Melbourne, aged 23 of Caversham Road, Kingstanding, was
driving a white Subaru Impreza on The Ridgeway in February last year
when he lost control and the vehicle overturned.
His passenger, Leon Williams, 27, from Kingstanding, was declared
dead at the scene. Melbourne was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court
on Monday (January 23) after being charged with causing death by
dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no
"Following his arrest Melbourne denied that he was the driver of the
vehicle at the time of the accident," Sergeant David Lawrence, from
Force Traffic said. "But with forensic evidence proving that he was
driving he eventually pleaded guilty. We hope today's result comes
as some comfort to the friends and family of Leon Williams who was
killed in such tragic circumstances."
More Prowlers/Burglars At Night -
We had this last January too in the same place (see further down the
Crime Page). This time only attempts. Operating very late at
night from the alleyway at the back of the houses on the even-side
which stretch from the Top Croft junction up to about number 160
Goosemoor Lane. That rear alley is gated but is not absolutely
Murder - Croydon Road
We've had a murder in Croydon Road in
Erdington (by Wheelwright Road) with a charged suspect now remanded
5 Days In August - The Riots In 2011
was to listen to views of communities and victims about the riots.
We launched a call for evidence on 16 September 2011. Since then, we
have visited 21 areas and spoken with thousands of people who were
affected by the riots and some who were not.
We have sought views via radio phone-ins,
Twitter, newspaper articles, our website and blog and in public
meetings in some of the worst affected areas."
men have today (Friday 2/12/2011) been sentenced to a total of 41
years following a series of robberies in Sutton Coldfield and
Larry Barnett, aged 25, of Goosemoor Lane;
Ashley Atkins, aged 25, from Hastings Road; and 19-year-old Luke
Dawes, of Blyth Grove; were convicted of conspiracy to commit armed
robberies, possession of a shotgun, possession of a firearm,
possession of a prohibited article, namely a Taser gun, and
possession of a firearm with the intention of causing fear or alarm.
The decision followed a nine-day trial at Wolverhampton Crown
Court which ended on October 7.
Atkins and Barnett were sentenced to 15 years and five years to
run concurrently for possession of a firearm. Dawes was sentenced to
11 years and five years to run concurrently for possession of a
On 21 February the three had broken into a house in College Road,
Sutton Coldfield, threatened the occupant with a Taser and made off
with the car.
Half an hour later they committed a similar robbery at an address
in Doe Bank Lane, Pheasey, this time stealing a BMW.
The following morning, officers traced one of the cars to where
the group had left it in Kingstanding Road.
When the offenders returned around lunchtime on 22 February in a
taxi, police pounced to stop them, following an operation involving
Dawes was immediately arrested in the vehicle whilst the other
two fled. After a foot chase Barnett was arrested. Atkins was
arrested later that week after being identified and having DNA
linked to him.
The three had a sawn-off shotgun and were all wearing
Acting Det Insp Steve Walters who has been investigating said:
"The three were clearly about to commit a crime of some
description, but some really fast detective work allowed us not only
stop them but arrest them and bring them to justice."'
(Note - various members of the Barnett family were forever
mentioned on the Crime Page but the family is no longer resident in
Robbery - Hairy Lemon Pub - Erdington High Street
Detectives in north Birmingham
have released CCTV images of a man they would like to trace as part
of an investigation into a robbery.
A man and his partner were attacked by a
group of youths in Short Heath Park - Wednesday 5/10/2011 around
7pm. Police were alerted.
(An unconfirmed report says police made several arrests).
The victims have preferred to remain anonymous but one has sent
"I and my wife were criminally assaulted by a gang of youths on
the park as we walked our two Staffordshire Bull terriers. My wife
was punched in the face prompting me to approach the gang anxious
for the safety of my partner. They then leapt on me, punching and
kicking me about the body and face.
So badly was I hurt that I spend several hours until the early
morning, at Good Hope Hospital having my face scanned. Both I and
the duty doctor believed my jaw had been broken. Thankfully, it
wasn't, just very severely bruised.
Both the police officers who attended the incident - whom I
cannot praise enough for their quick response, true professionalism
and empathy - and my friends have described the attack as totally
unprovoked and an example of sheer mindless thuggery.
I apologise for not passing on my personal name and details but I
feel publicizing such would increase pressure on both of us and make
us more nervous about the repercussions.
With every best wish,
An anonymous reader."
Gravelly Lane Chef Jailed For Robbery
From the Birmingham Mail;
"AN OUT of work chef who robbed a woman of
her handbag on the campus of Birmingham University has been jailed
for three years.
Angus Knight, who had worked in three and four star hotels, lost his
last job after falling out with his employer.
The 34-year-old attacked the woman on September 1 as his victim made
her way across a car park in the middle of the day.
Knight, of Gravelly Lane, Erdington, admitted a charge of robbery.
Shenaz Muzaffer, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said Jill
Gallivan had parked at the rear of the student's union, when she was
pushed from behind.
She fell to her hands and knees and her bag was ripped from her. She and a witness then chased after
Knight but lost sight of him.
She reported the incident to security staff and one of them found
Knight, who tried to escape by climbing over a wall, dropping a
plastic bag containing the victim's purse.
Knight was later detained and Miss Gallivan's handbag was discovered
in men's toilets."
Robbery - Tyburn Road DETECTIVES are
appealing for information after a robbery at a betting shop in
Erdington last month. Two offenders entered Ladbrokes on Tyburn Road
at around 8:50pm on Saturday 10 September -
Recent But Unconfirmed
Account Of A Local Assault
"Just to let you know a member of
the public was assaulted at 4pm today (Friday 7 October 2011) on a
northbound cross-city line train. The assailant ran off the train
and turned right onto Station Road. The police are aware of the
Two Quizzed Over Assault
- Six Ways From the
`POLICE in Birmingham are continuing to
investigate how a man suffered life-threatening head injuries at an
address in Erdington yesterday morning (Sunday 2/10/2011).
Officers were called to Summer Road at 10.40am after the man was
discovered on the pavement in a pool of blood.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault and continue
to be questioned by police.
The casualty, who has not been named, was still critically ill in
hospital last night after he was taken by paramedics to hospital
with serious head injuries.
Officers placed a cordon around several homes in Summer Road,
near to the junction with Sutton New Road, while they investigated
and conducted door-to-door inquiries.
Inspector Jason Bonser said:
"We were called to an address in Summer Road where a man was
found with a serious head injury described as life-threatening.
Investigations are ongoing."
Witnesses are asked to call police on 0345
113 5000, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.'
Grass Burnt Between The
Top Croft And Jarvis Road Estates An annual problem, a
patch of the tall dry grass covering that area has been set on fire
again.Rioting - Statement
From Cllr Robert Alden (Erdington) - Deputy Leader Of Birmingham
Conservative Group "The
trouble that started in London at the weekend and has spiralled out
in copy-cat cases across the country is completely and utterly
unacceptable. We must be clear that the people responsible for this
have carried out quite deliberate and serious crimes against society
and there must be brought to justice. The Police have now appealed
for information and I strongly urge any resident of Birmingham who
knows anything about the people involved to come forward to the
Police on the details they have provided on their Website:-"
Anyone who recognises any of the individuals in the images is urged
to ring free phone number 0800 096 0095 or local rate 0207 158 0125
"We owe a debt of gratitude to every single Police officer who is
out on our streets working to protect residents and Businesses while
this trouble occurs. They are putting their safety on the line to
protect us and we should never forget that. We should also be very
thankful for the quick work done by the City Council staff through
the night and this morning to get the city cleaned up and open for
It was and is vital that Birmingham stays open for business to
protect residents jobs and livelihoods and to show these mindless
thugs that this kind of behaviour cannot and will not win or bring
this great city to its knees. Thanks should also go to the vast
majority of Birmingham's residents who not only condemn the actions
taken by this small minority, but also for all the work they have
done helping clean up the mess left on Birmingham's Streets.
I have spoken with the Council Leader Mike Whitby and the Deputy
Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley earlier today and they have agreed to
arrange a meeting of all Councillors with the Police to ensure that
the Council and the Police continue to do all that they can do to
protect local residents and show that Birmingham is open for
I urge all Councillors to be out in their Communities reassuring
residents. I know many have I like I was today on Erdington High
Street, been out talking to residents, Constituency Engineers and
shop-keepers as well as Local Police ensuring that there is no
Finally let me be clear the behaviour of these thugs in Birmingham
and the Country as a whole is totally and utter unacceptable. When
the dust settles I fully expect them to be caught and punished for
their mindless acts of violence and theft".
Two Sentenced For Attempted Shop Robbery - Gravelly
From West Midlands Police;
"TWO MEN were jailed for nine years at Birmingham Crown Court
yesterday following a failed armed robbery in Erdington.
Fabian Edwards, 18 year-old and from Erdington, was sentenced to
five and a half years for attempt robbery and possession of an
Daniel Broderick, 17 years-old and also from Erdington, was
handed a three and a half year sentence for his involvement in the
Shortly after 1.30pm on Friday 1 April, the pair entered a shop
on Gravelly Lane, Erdington with the intention of stealing money.
Both had disguised their identity with scarves and hooded tops, and
Edwards was carrying an imitation handgun.
While inside the shop Edwards threatened a female customer and
hit the shopkeeper around the head with the handgun as he demanded
cash from him. However the shopkeeper bravely fought back and the
struggle spilled out onto the street.
At the same time PC Alan Reeves and PC Len Kelly from Sutton
Coldfield police station were driving by the shop in an unmarked
police car. On seeing the struggle the officers jumped out of the
car and after a struggle PC Reeves arrested Broderick.
Edwards fled the scene in possession of the handgun. Despite
knowing he was armed PC Kelly gave chase through nearby gardens as
colleagues rushed to the scene to secure the area. Edwards was soon
Officers were able to recover the firearm and items of clothing
he had tried to discard.
Both men pleaded guilty their involvement in the offence at
Birmingham Crown Court on Monday 27 June.
Detective Constable Phil Caldwell from the force's CID
department, who led the investigation, said: "The sentences handed
out by the court today reflect the serious nature of this incident.
"These two men tried to use fear, violence and intimidation for
financial gain. However what they had not taken into account that
day was the bravery shown by the shopkeeper and the arresting
Commenting on the sentences Acting Superintendent Richard Youds
from Birmingham North local policing unit said:
"Putting the safety of a member of public before their own, PC
Kelly and PC Reeves showed great bravery and determination to catch
two violent individuals. Officers nearby assisted by containing a
large area which not only led to an arrest but the recovery of vital
evidence. Detectives were then able to use this evidence to secure
today's result, concluding some great work by a number of police
departments. I would also like to pay tribute to the actions of the
shop keeper. His bravery matched that of our officers and I hope
today's result comes as some comfort to him. The message following
this result is simple. Officers and those living in or working in
the area we police will not tolerate those individuals who try to
engage in criminal activity. Those ignoring this message will be
caught and can expect similar sentences."
Sex Attack - Erdington - Police Appeal For Witnesses
Police investigating a sexual-assault are appealing for a
passer-by to come forward and help with the investigation. Whilst cycling along
a canal towpath somewhere between Wood Lane and Holly Lane in Erdington at
around 6.30pm on Tuesday 21 June, a 36 year-old woman was approached by a male
The man pushed the woman over into some nettles and assaulted her.
When the woman shouted that there was somebody else coming, the offender
stopped and made his escape.
The passer-by stopped and helped the woman up before carrying on along the
Officers from the Public Protection Unit at Sutton Coldfield are keen to
trace both the helpful passer-by, as well as the offender.
Det Sgt Paul Edge from the Public Protection Unit said:
"The man who helped the victim is very likely to have seen the attacker, and
so we would like to talk to him to see if there is any information that he has
that might help us identify the offender. There were also some men fishing
nearby who may have seen the attacker. I would ask them, and anybody else who
may have seen the offender on the canal to get in touch with us."
The offender is described as:
An Asian or mixed race male, aged 17 to 19, five feet seven inches tall, slim
build, short brown hair, which is curly on the top, facial spots and a pointy
chin, riding a silver bike.
Anybody with information is asked to contact the Public Protection Unit at
Sutton Coldfield Police Station on 0345 113 5000.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
(That area is by the Tyburn Oil Depot and that big Chinese restaurant on
Bromford Lane - around about there. That stretch of canal).
Woman Jailed For Biting Hole In Victim's Cheek During Violent Attack -
Cross Keys Pub - Station Road
`A WOMAN has been jailed for five years after she bit a
hole in another female’s cheek when she attacked her at a Birmingham pub. Kerry
Wickson, aged 32, attacked the woman outside the Cross Keys Pub, in High Street,
Erdington, in the early hours of November 26 last year.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that a dispute took place
outside the venue between several pub-goers. The victim of the attack went
outside to see what was going on and was confronted by Wickson who began arguing
Madhu Rai, Crown Advocate for West Midlands Crown
Prosecution Service, said:
"She was then punched in the face and arms which made
her fall to the ground. At this stage, Ms Wickson climbed on top of the victim
and deliberately lent forward and bit off a piece of her cheek."
She added: "This was an extremely violent and unprovoked
assault on a woman who was simply enjoying a night out with her friends. The
attack has left the victim extremely traumatised, and due to the extent of her
injuries, a skin graft was needed on her cheek, but she is still left with a
Wickson was arrested at the scene of the attack and was
later charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. She
pleaded guilty to the offence on May 18 and was sentenced to five-years’
Madhu Rai added:
"We hope that the five year sentence imposed on Ms
Wickson acts as a deterrent to others from committing such vicious and mindless
acts. In this case, alcohol clearly played a part in the attack and has had
devastating consequences for both the victim and the defendant."
Edmund Campion School Rape
Allegation - Erdington - Not Guilty Verdict
Erdington teacher Matthew Fludgate says life has been destroyed by
rape claims. A BIRMINGHAM PE teacher cleared of raping a girl following a party
has spoken of how the allegations have destroyed his life;
Anstey Brick Wall Hit AGAIN - The 5th Time Now
I Reckon (June 2011) Another day, another car-crash on The Bend. This time it hit a
tree on the pavement actually. It looks from skid-marks etc like the car came
down from the Kirkwood Avenue direction and lost control on The Bend and hit the
1st tree on the Odd-side grass verge once just around the corner. Lots of
headlight broken glass etc there.
More Nicked Manhole Covers - Bowling Green Close
A national crime problem this of
course, large iron man-hole covers etc being stolen for their scrap value (India
and China gobbling it all up). 2 more large man-hole covers are missing in
Bowling Green Close, near the Goosemoor Lane junction (to go with the two other
nicked from the same location on the other side of that road recently). The
Council will replaced them - with ones not made of metal!
Teen Found Guilty Of Murder Of Student Yajay Sudra - Marsh Lane
From the Birmingham Mail;
`A TEENAGE killer will be locked up for life for leaving
a "gentle" shop worker to die in his mother’s arms after stabbing him through
the heart. Lamah Prince went out to buy some chips but ended up knifing
21-year-old Yajay Sudra as he tried to grab the victim’s bag, which contained a
Mr Sudra staggered the short distance to his home but
collapsed and died on the doorstep in his mother Varsha’s arms.
Judge Mr Justice Flaux lifted a ban on naming
16-year-old Prince after a Birmingham Crown Court jury found him guilty of
murder following more than six hours of deliberations.
Adjourning sentence, he described Mr Sudra’s death as a
"completely mindless killing". He said Prince would be locked up for life but he
had yet to decide how long he would serve before being considered for parole.
After the verdict, Mr Sudra’s mother said: "I will never
see my baby Jay again but now I know he will rest in peace."
And his sister, Sonya Sudra-Abbotts, spoke of her
heartbreak at losing her brother, who also had another older sister. She said:
"He was just a beautiful person, a free soul, such a
gentle guy, happy-go-lucky, just the best. We were just overjoyed at the jury’s
verdict. We could not have got a better result. Since his death it has been
tough on us all. Every day has been a struggle. We have no answers as to why
this happened to somebody as innocent as Jay. It’s not going to bring him back
but we can move on with our lives knowing we have got justice, which is what we
The court heard Mr Sudra, a Wolverhampton University
graphic design student, was fatally wounded near his home in Marsh Lane,
Erdington, on July 9 last year.
He had just finished a late shift at WH Smith’s
Birmingham Airport branch, where he had recently started working.
James Curtis QC, prosecuting, said Prince, of Crowther
Road, Erdington, "crossed the road, fell in step with the victim, closed in on
him from behind and pounced, knife in hand".
Det Insp Paul Joyce said: "The family have been through
a terrible ordeal. The murder was horrific, although these kind of cases are
extremely rare. It was an extremely challenging case because we did not have any
eyewitnesses. What it does demonstrate is that, through working with the
community, offenders will be brought to justice. The response we had from the
community and the wider public was really positive and I would like to thank
everyone for their efforts.Our thoughts are now with the family during this
Baroness Newlove's Report: Our Vision for Safe and Active Communities
The government’s Champion for Active Safer Communities, Baroness
Newlove, has detailed what residents, businesses, local agencies and central
government can do to begin a generational shift in the country’s approach to
activism and tackling neighbourhood crime.
The report, ‘Our Vision for Safe and Active Communities’, calls for a change
of culture so neighbourhoods no longer see crime, antisocial behaviour (ASB) and
disorder as ‘someone else’s problem’; and for services to go beyond simply
asking communities what their problems are and see them as equal partners in
resolving those issues.
Recommendations - Baroness Newlove’s recommendations for local areas
to take forward include:
'Community Reward' – where information provided by the community
leads to a conviction the community is given a reward to spend on crime
'Bling Back' – where money made from selling local drug dealers’
assets is handed back to the neighbourhood they blighted
Letting communities set their own local speed limits
Taking crime maps to the next level so people can use them to report
crime and ASB and agencies can publish details of what action was taken
Giving the public a single point of contact through the roll out of
the 101 number to report ASB
Providing council tax rebates, or vouchers for local businesses and
services, for people who take part in activism
Asking Police and Crime Commissioners to commit at least one per cent
of their budget to grass roots community groups to use or have a say on
Another arrest was then made nearby - the police themselves will already be
aware that raiding the WRONG house in such circumstances risks alerting
occupants of the RIGHT house if they are nearby at the time.
Attempted Theft Of Copper Wire - Electricity Substation - Goosemoor Lane
The one opposite the
Bowling Green Close junction. The interior door at the front was left ajar by
intruders when it's normally locked shut of course. I don't know how they got
in, the door seen open on Easter Saturday, but the padlocked-gate on the outer
iron fence was still intact. Central Networks etc were made aware. Nothing was
taken (apparently no copper wire is in there). Apparently not a unique case
either, police may want to contact Central Networks to find out how widespread
this issue is.
Back in around December 2010 the door at the back was left open
too, the issue was placed on the
News Page then, looks more like a crime now though.
Certainly any intruder going into there risks death as well as
blacking out the area - utterly brainless.
Pensioner Set Perry Common OAP Home On Fire
- Christmas 2009 - Recent Arson Convictionn (A recent fatal fire at the same housing
complex on Tuesday 5th April
2011 is being treated as an accident - see the News Page for more on that
`A PENSIONER set an old people’s home ablaze when she used a lighter to burn
through the cable on a fibre-optic Christmas tree to put its lights out -
because she thought the plug did not work. Five residents at Sycamore Court, in
Buxton Road, Erdington, had to be treated for smoke inhalation at hospital as a
result of Georgina Hathaway’s actions.
Firefighters’ lives were also put in danger when they called out to rescue
the residents during Christmas in 2009.
The 73-year-old, who was among those taken to hospital, caused £112,000 worth
of damage to the residential home.
Hathaway admitted a charge of reckless arson at Birmingham Crown Court (in
She was sentenced to a two-year community order with a requirement that she
reside at an address in Reddicap Heath Road, in Sutton Coldfield, yesterday.
Judge Roderick Henderson told the pensioner:
"You have never been in trouble with the courts before. On the night of
Boxing Day, or shortly after that, you did something very foolish in the sense
that you put a lighter to some part of a Christmas tree and decorations."
He said that what she did was "immensely dangerous" because there were a
number of "vulnerable" people living at the home, with both physical and mental
problems, and that she had put fire-fighters’ lives at risk as well.
The judge warned the pensioner that if she ever did anything like this again
she would receive a "severe sentence".
But he accepted that she had not intended to cause serious damage or anyone
Christopher Lester, prosecuting, said that Hathaway was captured on CCTV
going to one of the Christmas trees in the Sycamore Court on December 27 and
then returning half an hour later.
The blaze then broke out and three fire engines attended at the premises.
"A number of firemen wearing breathing apparatus went into the property to
assist people and get them out. In total five people had to be taken to hospital
for smoke inhalation including Mrs Hathaway. Fortunately no-one suffered
anything worse than that," he said.
Hathaway was arrested and interviewed and said she had tried to turn the
lights off of the fibre-optic tree by pulling out a plug.
She said she later returned and because she thought all the lights had not
gone out she used a lighter to burn through the Christmas lights cable before
going back to her room.
Mr Lester said that the residents had been warned about a problem with the
fire-alarm system on December 23.
Mr Lester said it meant doors that were designed to shut if there was a fire
could not do so properly and that those living at the home had been warned to be
especially vigilant at that time.
He said Christmas decorations had been put up and there were two trees in the
lobby areas of the ground and first floor.
Saleema Mahmood, defending, said Hathaway had not foreseen the consequences
of her actions.'
Armed Robbery Thwarted By Police - Gravelly
From the Birmingham Mail;
"UNARMED officers thwarted a gunpoint-robbery after spotting the raid
happening. The bobbies were on patrol in Gravelly Lane, in Erdington, shortly
before 2pm yesterday (Friday 1/4/2011) when they stumbled upon the attack.
Police said three men burst into an antiques-store and pistol-whipped a
member of staff.
Despite being unarmed, the officers chased after the gang as they fled the
store on foot and arrested a 17-year-old youth. Armed-officers were dispatched
to the scene along with sniffer-dogs and a short while later a man was stopped
by police marksmen and arrested.
A force spokesman said a weapon was recovered.
Acting Supt Richard Youds, from Birmingham North police, praised the bravery
of the officers and described their actions as "outstanding work".
"Officers were passing and saw the offence happening, intervening even though
they were unarmed themselves," he wrote on social-networking site Twitter.
The member of staff was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment to his
Adam Cusack Murder In Birches Green In Erdington - Trial Verdict
`A TEENAGE murderer from Erdington was
jailed for a minimum of 12 years this week at Birmingham Crown
Court for his part in the stabbing of a 21-year-old last summer.
Declan Moore, aged 17, of Firtree Road and 18-year-old Jordan
Subhan, of Eyestone Road, Tipton, were convicted of murdering
Adam Cusack in Kingsbury Road, Erdington.
Adam died following a single stab wound to the heart in the
early hours of Saturday, July 21 last year (2010).
Despite the best efforts of ambulance-crews, Mr Cusack was
pronounced dead at the scene.
The pair were also convicted of violent disorder, with Subhan
further convicted of section 18 wounding and jailed for a
minimum of 14 years. They were sentenced on Monday.
Ross Hinton, aged 18, of Wincanton Croft, in Bromford, was
cleared of murder but convicted of violent disorder and was
sentenced to three years detention with half of the sentence to
be served at a young offenders' institute and half on licence.
Inspector Buck Rogers, from Force CID, said:
"This was a tragic incident where a young man lost his life
through the criminal use of a knife. Although those sentenced
today will be able to reflect on their actions while serving
lengthy custodial sentences for this, it must be remembered a
family have lost a loved one and have to live with the
consequences of this crime for the rest of their lives - in
their eyes, justice will never be served. The sentences given by
the court send a clear message that this type of violence will
not be tolerated in the city. West Midlands Police are committed
to bringing to justice the minority of individuals who
mistakenly believe they can act with impunity."
Jordan Subhan was jailed for a minimum of 14 years.
Declan Moore, aged 17, will serve a minimum of 12 years.
Ross Hinton, aged 18, was cleared of murder but
convicted of violent disorder.
`The Conservative councillor on Birmingham City Council
who was suspended after calling for a Muslim-journalist be stoned to death in an
ill-conceived joke on social-networking site Twitter will stand down.
The Conservative Party has confirmed that Erdington
councillor Gareth Compton, a barrister who lives in Harborne, has decided not to
stand in May’s local elections.
It follows the controversial comment Coun Compton made
on the social-media site last November, which read:
"Can someone please stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to death?
I shan’t tell Amnesty if you don’t. It would be a blessing, really."
Despite his swift apology and withdrawal of the comment
from the website, he was arrested for the offensive remark and suspended from
the Tory Party.
The Crown Prosecution Service investigated but dropped
the case in January due to insufficient evidence and Coun Compton took his seat
at the city council meeting on February 1, appearing to herald his comeback.
It was a move which split the Birmingham Conservative
group, with a number suggesting that he should just go and others backing his
And it seemed that the Conservative Party was preparing
to reinstate him as candidate for Erdington, when it emerged that he had
A senior Conservative source said:
"Gareth had high level Cabinet support. He is widely
respected as one of the most talented councillors in the West Midlands. He made
a foolish mistake and he paid a very heavy price for that in terms of personal
publicity, and it is not surprising that he has decided to stand down. There are
many people in the Conservative Party who know him well and hope he will return
before too long."
A party spokesman said Coun Compton’s suspension is
likely to be officially lifted and he is expected to continue helping with the
party’s campaigning activities.
Coun Compton has, since his arrest, refused to talk to
the press. But one senior party member said:
"A few people advised him to stand down, keep his nose
clean for a couple years and maybe then consider a comeback."
It is also thought that with the Conservatives flagging
in the polls they face a stiff challenge to hold on to Erdington, where Labour
last won in 2004.
His replacement has been swift with local candidate
Gareth Moore, who stood in Aston last year, stepping in.
Coun Compton’s frontline political career is not the
only casualty of the social media revolution and highlights the pitfalls of
blogging, tweeting and posting without careful thought.
Last week Tory group leader on Hull City Council John
Fareham faced calls to resign after calling people protesting against cuts
"retards" in a Twitter rant.
Social media expert Paul Bradshaw, visiting Professor at
City University London and senior lecturer in online journalism at Birmingham
City University, said politicians needed to understand that comments made using
social media services were public.
"The fundamental issue is saying something stupid in
public. It’s not whether it’s said on Twitter or any other public platform such
as on television. I don’t think social-media changes things fundamentally in
that sense. But politicians could be in danger of making unwise comments on
social-media because they forget that anything they say is almost certainly
recorded for posterity and can be viewed by the public. Sometimes people have
the illusion of intimacy in these media, and they forget that what they are
saying can be seen by thousands or millions of people. It can also be taken out
of context sometimes."
Pit-Bull Dogs In The Area
I had some idiot owner playing silly beggars with me over on the
land between the Jarvis Road and Top Croft Estates recently, and another such
dog is a regular nuisance on Cayton Grove. Is this issue being dealt with at
all, or are all the dogs somehow known to be legal anyway? There are lots of
Cable-Box Was Busted Open - Goosemoor Lane - Fixed
`A MUM is today fighting for her life after her worried
father found her badly battered and close to death in the bedroom of her
Susan Spooner, aged 53, needed emergency brain surgery
after suffering a serious head injury, broken cheekbone, facial injuries and a
Police said she was "lucky" to have survived.
But detectives remained baffled by the attack, which is
thought to have happened sometime over the weekend.
There was no sign of a violent struggle or forced entry
at her Erdington home and neighbours said they did not hear or see anything
Police are working on the assumption Mrs Spooner knew
her attacker but they have not ruled out the possibility that she was battered
elsewhere and collapsed when she got home.
Det Insp Paul Joyce, who is leading the investigation,
"We can’t say with absolute certainty quite when she
suffered the injuries, but there’s a possibility she was attacked up to 12 hours
before she was found. She was extremely poorly and lucky to still be alive."
Officers have spent the past two days conducting a
forensic examination of the scene in Bowling Green Close in the hunt for crucial
clues to the incident.
The alarm was raised on Sunday morning when Mrs Spooner
failed to turn up for work at a nearby Tesco’s supermarket.
When worried relatives failed to make contact during the
day, her elderly father visited the house where he made the shocking discovery
at about 8pm on Sunday.
She was last night still in a critical condition in
Police are treating the incident as attempted murder.
Det Insp Joyce said very little was known about Susan or
her lifestyle and urged anyone who knew her or who may have seen her over the
last few days to contact police.
He added: "We’re working on the basis that she knew the
attacker or was at least comfortable enough to let them into the house. However,
we still can’t rule out the possibility she sustained the injuries elsewhere and
then either collapsed in the house or was taken there by her attacker. No-one
we’ve spoken to so far saw or heard anything suspicious and we’re not aware of
any clear motive for this attack."
"We can’t say with absolute certainty quite when she
suffered the injuries, but there’s a possibility she was attacked up to 12 hours
before she was found. Very little is known about the victim or who she
associates with. We’d like to hear from anyone who may be able to shed light on
her movements over the weekend of February 5 and 6."
The website provides you with helpful information about crime and
policing in your area. Simply enter your postcode or street etc into the
search-box, and get instant access to street-level crime maps and data, as well
as details of your local policing team and beat meetings etc.
I have entered Goosemoor Lane, and this is the specific page which is
(Somehow that url allows gaps between the characters and commas too etc - but
that is the correct and complete url).
The various issues surrounding the website have been widely reported and
debated in the mainstream-media, and I won't duplicate that here - except to
make one point;
If the police keep arresting persistent-offenders in the area and putting
them before Courts which DON'T then hand out deterrent sentences, how does the
crime-data then make the police accountable and culpable? In those cases the
blame wouldn't lie with the police and it would be unfair to try and blame the
police too - they've done their job to the best of their abilities.
(An Abbeyfield Road resident
jailed for robbery below)
A PERRY Barr man
was among four
the necks of
was convicted of
one count of
sentence and was
ordered to carry
out 200 hours of
The group of
men, all aged
under 20, stole
gold chains from
women in August
last year during
a crime spree in
grabbed from the
neck of each
made off in a
and snatched a
number of gold
necklaces in a
short period of
time. Thanks to
a number of
footage and good
work, we were
quickly able to
sends a clear
crime will not
be tolerated in
19, of Abbeyfield Road,
robbery and was
aged 18, from
convicted of two
robbery. He also
Prowlers/Burglars - Goosemoor
It seems we've a set of regular night
prowlers/burglars operating in Goosemoor Lane at the moment. Operating from the
alleyway at the back of the houses on the even-side which stretch from the Top
Croft junction up to about number 160 Goosemoor Lane. That rear alley is gated
but not absolutely secure.
On recent nights a back-garden
garage at the Kirkwood Avenue junction area on the even-side of Goosemoor Lane
was a target, and then on Saturday night/Sunday morning 22-23/1/2011 it seems
they were disturbed by a resident at the rear of a property whilst in the alley
near the Top Croft junction around 1am, and then actually managed to enter
another house via back gardens from the alley (at the Kirkwood Avenue junction
area on the Goosemoor Lane even-side) around 3am.
Were eventually disturbed by a
resident there too, and fled with very little. Fled into the back garden and
then back into the alley at the rear from there, but unknown to where after
Police were called and searched the
area, including with a police-dog, but no trace, although fingerprint and DNA
leads etc continue.
Any CCTV which can be passed to the
police would be useful.
One offender was seen well -
description; Male, white, 5' 8" tall, slim build, aged 18-22, medium-length
black hair, wearing a black top, no glasses, no facial hair, carried a torch.
Two Arrested Over Erdington High Street Stabbing - Saturday 22/1/2011;
CCTV On Court Lane A
CCTV camera has been placed on a lamp-post opposite the Rutherford Road
junction, I'm not aware of a specific problem there though.
'Lazy' Erdington Postman (Witton Lodge Road) Kept 9000 Letters
A “LAZY” postman who failed to deliver almost 9,000 postal
items which were found at his home in Birmingham has escaped jail in the run up
to Christmas as millions awaited parcels and cards.
He lives on Witton Lodge Road but it doesn't say where he supposed to be
However he said he had failed to deliver the letters, some of which related
to the General Election, “out of laziness and habit” and that he realised he had
been “getting deeper and deeper into the mire”.
He also said the Election material was on behalf of the Conservative Party
and that he did not really like that party!
So Jack Dromey MP explained?
Charity Box Nicked
S + D News on Goosemoor Lane had their Pakistan Flood appeal
charity-box stolen - unconfirmed report.
Serious Sexual Assault - Pype Hayes Park
Detectives from West Midlands Police are appealing
for the public's help after a serious sexual assault at the Bonfire Celebrations
at Pype Hayes Park on Friday 5 November;
Pub Raiders Strike Four Times In Five Days In Yardley, Erdington And
From the Birmingham Mail at www.birminghammail.net
`POLICE are hunting armed-raiders who left staff and
customers cowering in fear at five Birmingham pubs in five days.
Hooded crooks armed with guns, knives, machetes and
crowbars stripped out cash tills, demanded money from staff carrying takings and
even took treasured valuables from drinkers - including a wedding ring from an
All five raids happened in the space of just five days
and detectives are investigating whether they are linked.
Detective Chief Inspector Shaun Edwards, from Force CID,
"We are looking at possible links between these
robberies, but are keeping an open mind at this stage about whether it is a gang
or a series of individuals. There are differences, but there also obvious
similarities. Thankfully, there has been no serious injuries at the moment, but
we would urge anyone with information to come forward."
Six hooded robbers first targeted the Dovecote pub, in
Cockshut Hill, Yardley, at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 9 (2010).
After emptying the till, they targeted customers, going
round tables and stealing jewellery from about half a dozen of the 20 drinkers
inside, including the woman who was made to hand over her ring.
Police also revealed there was a botched attempt to
steal cash from the safe three days earlier.
The next day four robbers armed with a gun, a machete
and a crowbar struck at the Farmer Johns Pub, in Aldridge Road, Streetly near
Sutton Coldfield, between 11.25pm and 11.35pm.
They were all wearing dark clothing and balaclava-style
helmets. They threatened two members of staff as they were locking up and stole
an amount of cash from the safe before escaping.
The next day - Monday, October 11 - two men wearing
hoodies approached a worker at the Yenton Pub, in Erdington, who was taking cash
to the bank and was leaving the back of the Sutton Road premises. The victim was
threatened with a knife between 9:05am and 9:15am and the pair made off with
what police described as "a large amount of cash".
Just 40 minutes later a man wearing a motorcycle helmet
threatened a member of staff from Sutton Coldfield’s Horse and Jockey pub, in
Jockey Road. The victim, who was approached between 9.50am and 10am near a Post
Office on Boldmere Road, was locked inside his own
vehicle after he handed over the keys and a large amount of cash.
Two days later, at 11.30pm on Wednesday, October 13,
staff at TGI Friday’s, in Newhall Walk/Lower Queen Street, in the centre of
Sutton Coldfield, were forced back into the bar after they had closed up and
started walking across the car park at Newhall Walk. A male member of staff was
forced to lie on the floor with a weapon pressed against his back and a woman
worker was told to open the safe. The offenders made off with more cash.
DCI Edwards added:
"We work closely with the licensed industry and have
urged them to vary routines and to remain vigilant. There is a possibility that
reconnaissance has taken place and we would ask people to report suspicious
activity near to pubs. If something does not look right they should call the
Woman Sent To Secure Psychiatric Hospital After Killing Daughter -
Erdington (Be aware this case has gained National prominence in the media
- worth pointing out that it's rare
exact nature merits that. Milverton Road is off Reservoir Road and
joins with Marsh Lane).
`A schizophrenic mother who stabbed her three-year-old daughter to death
before dousing her body in acid in Birmingham must stay in a secure
psychiatric-hospital for the public's protection, a judge has ruled.
Iman Omar Yousef, 25, was sentenced by Mr Justice Flaux after a jury ruled
she unlawfully killed Alia Ahmed Jama at their home in Erdington.
Yousef, an asylum-seeker from Somalia, was initially charged with Alia's
murder but after psychiatric assessment she was ruled unfit to plead to the
charge and jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were instructed to consider whether
she committed the act of unlawfully killing her daughter.
The panel of seven men and four women took just under two hours to reach a
The judge said: "This has not been an easy case for any of us".
During the two-day trial, conducted in the defendant's absence, the court
heard that Alia's body was found partly covered with bin-liners on a bedroom
Prosecutor James Burbidge, QC, said Yousef may have applied the acid to her
daughter's body in a bid to "dissolve her away".
The prosecutor told the jury that two officers from West Midlands Police
forced entry to Yousef's home in Milverton Road on February 13 after concerns
for Alia's well-being were raised by Yousef's mother.
The court heard the child had been stabbed repeatedly and acid had corroded
her skin, bones and internal organs.'
Inspectorate Of Constabulary Anti-Social Behaviour Report
In Spring 2010, HMIC carried out
a review of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in England and Wales. This included an
Ipsos MORI survey in which ASB victims were asked about their experiences and
what happened when they called the police. HMIC also inspected the quality of
the processes that forces use to tackle and respond to the problem;
Hit And Run Car Accident - Goosemoor Lane No-one was hurt, amazingly. Up by the Bowling Green
Close junction. Saturday 4/9/2010 around 12.30pm. An empty car was parked in the
road next to the pavement on the even-side, when another car raced at
considerable speed up towards the Court Lane junction and hit it. The parked car
was rammed into a telegraph-pole (which somehow remained upright), and the other
car came to rest in the middle of the road!
The speeding car was abandoned and it's occupants ran up to The Spinney and
jumped on a bus (so will be on it's CCTV presumably).
Jarvis Road Nameplates Defaced
- Fixed Now Some vandalising genius had whitewashed the two
Jarvis Road nameplates at the Gravelly Lane junction, repaired.
Darren Bardsley Released From Prison
Darren Bardsley has been released from jail just halfway through an
8-year sentence for the killing of schoolboy Justin Murphy in Kingstanding;
I've been asked if he's been tagged - does anyone know?
Wooden Gate Stolen On Jarvis Road! I've heard of iron gates being nicked these days, but
wooden ones being nicked now? The vanishing Brazilian rain-forest is causing a
wood shortage on top of the metal one?
From a resident;
"A wooden gate was stolen from the back garden of one of the bungalows on
Jarvis Road on Friday (13/8/2010), it has been reported. It must have been
difficult to conceal this theft.
I wonder if anyone saw someone carrying a well weathered and worn gate up the
road? The gate was not really in very good condition - so they must have been
desperate to take this."
suspects are on the run after failing to stop in a police chase in Erdington on
An eye-witness said three police cars pursued a blue Vauxhall
Vectra along Summer Road, before the two male occupants abandoned it in Short
They were last seen running towards Sutton New Road and the
police helicopter was used to search for them a witness said.
The vehicle is thought to be stolen and used to supply drugs.
Another car was damaged in the incident.
A police spokesman said:
"A police pursuit started around 4pm on August 2 after a blue
Vauxhall Vectra failed to stop in Erdington. The two male occupants remain
outstanding and inquiries are ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident or with
information is urged to call force traffic on 0345 113 5000."'
Abandoned Van/Motorbikes In Park From Erdington Conservatives;
Residents will recall that there has been a red ford transit van
abandoned on Goosemoor Lane outside 106 for a number of weeks. We have
reported this to the police who have promised to take action. We will
monitor it ensure something is done.
Mini motos and motorbikes
Following concerns from residents about antisocial behaviour and mini
motos on the Topcroft estate and surrounding roads we have contacted the
police and asked that they increases patrols in the local area. This has led
to police force traffic units patrolling the area, police scrambler bikes
being sent to patrol and chase bikes and a number of operations being
carried out. This has led to 5 bikes being seized and destroyed from the
Local Paedophile Up Before The Beak - Jarvis Road Once again the below court-case has already been widely reported in the
area legally (e.g. in the free Sutton Coldfield Observer newspaper in it's
general report of local court-cases), so I merely repeat that mainstream media
report verbatim here;
"Walter Bagley, aged 64, of Jarvis Road, Erdington, was convicted of making
hundreds of indecent images of children from December 2007 to September 2008. He
was jailed for 12 weeks due to previous similar convictions, no empathy for the
victims and due to not being rehabilitated by an offender management programme.
His computer equipment was ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.
Bagley must not have in his possession:
1. Any WAP or Internet enabled multi-media device capable of accessing the
Internet, taking pictures or video images or transferring images.
2. Any computer capable of using the Internet without the prior permission of
the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Force or the police force where he
3 Any photograph or pseudo photograph of a child under the age of 18 unless
it is with the permission of the child's parent or guardian.
He is further barred from:
4. Associating with or befriending anyone under the age
of 18 without the Chief Constable's permission.
5. Engaging or seeking any form of communication with an
unsupervised child or young person under the age of 18 without the Chief
Constable's permission, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.
6. Undertaking any activity which by it nature will
bring him into contact with under-18s, without the Chief Constable's permission.
7. Staying in any private dwelling with the exception of his own children,
without the Chief Constable's permission.
Aiding, abetting or inciting others to engage in any of the acts listed 1 - 7
above. He must further register with the police for seven years."
House Alarms Sounding Two alarms were sounding at the Goosemoor Lane/Kirkwood Avenue
junction area - around 8.50pm on Saturday 17/7/2010 and on Sunday night past
midnight at 1am on 18/7/2010. See if we hear more on those.
Residents' Fury Over Rubbish Mountain Left By Travellers - Perry Common From the Birmingham Mail website at
`GYPSIES who fled their camp on a pub car-park dumped a mountain of rubbish
which has left residents seething.
Felled trees, piles of turf and bags of rotting household waste were piled
high outside the Crossway Court pub, in Kingstanding.
Furious locals contacted the Birmingham Mail to complain that they had left
the front of the empty pub looking an eyesore when they left for their latest
camp near to nearby Witton Lakes.
A Mail reporter went to speak to the travelling families in the beauty spot
where they have set up their new temporary home - but was threatened with
"We don’t want to talk to you," said one of the men. "Either go away, or
we’ll throw you in the river."
The man confirmed that he had been one of those living outside the pub, which
is due to be sold at auction next week.
It is believed the group, who are staying in four caravans and have several
pick-up trucks, moved to Witton Lakes earlier this week.
Retired Betty Barnhurst, aged 73, said:
"It’s a real disgrace. They’ve just left all sorts of rubbish at the pub and
gone off. There’s a lot of garden rubbish including trees that they had
obviously taken down and been paid to get rid of. Instead they’ve just dumped it
at the pub leaving it looking a real mess. We’ve been having so many problems
here over the last week and this is just adding to it."
One park-warden told the Mail yesterday that two colleagues were spending
their day clearing gas canisters, rubble and bags of waste from Cherry Orchard
playing fields in Hamstead.
The rubbish at the Crossway Court will be the responsibility of the private
landowners, said Birmingham City Council.
A council spokesman said:
"We are out there now assessing the site and speaking to the Travellers. If
there is an indication that they are not willing to move, we will issue them
with an eviction notice. We have an encampment site at Tameside Drive, in
Tyburn, and they should be using that."
Bomb Hoax - City Centre - 7 Bus Service Diverted An area of Birmingham city centre was cordoned off after reports of a
suspicious package being put through the postbox of the Refugee Council. The
morning of Tuesday 13 July 2010.
The Council's building in Lionel Street was evacuated along with several
others nearby and some train services at Snow Hill station were suspended.
As a precaution police said they had closed Lionel Street, Constitution Hill
and Livery Street.
The 7 bus service was temporarily diverted. About 300 people were asked to
leave offices and buildings, police said.
"TWO men were injured in unconnected assaults in Erdington leaving them both
with serious facial injuries.
The first assault occurred between 11:45pm on Saturday 19 and 12:15am on
Sunday 20 June on Witton Lodge Road, Erdington. The victim, a 43 year-old man
was chased out of Oscott Social Club onto a grass bank opposite.
He was subjected to a serious assault by three or four men. He was taken to
hospital with injuries to his face and bruises. He was treated in hospital and
has since been released.
The second incident occurred between 11:30pm on Wednesday 23 and midnight on
Thursday 24 June. The victim, a 35 year-old man left The Yenton public house in
Sutton Road, Erdington, after watching the England v Slovenia game.
He was subjected to serious assault on Sutton Road and received injuries to
his face as well being knocked unconscious. Offenders (one of which was a black
male), was seen running down Douay Road onto Sutton Road. The offenders are
believed to have used a glass bottle as a weapon. The victim was treated in
hospital and released.
Anyone with information about either of the assaults is urged to call Force
CID on 0345 113 5000 and ask to speak to DC 0109 Steve Smith. Alternatively,
witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
(That second guy was in The Yenton a long time of course if he left it at
around 11.30pm having watched the England v Slovenia game which started at 3pm -
but that is what the police website says).
Police And Community Together -
Upcoming Local Public Meetings
From the West Midlands Police;
Issues and resolutions from previous meetings;
ASB on Gravelly Lane
Police Officers have increased robust patrols in the area on foot and on
cycles. A covert operation involving officers in plain clothes has also been
executed to combat anti social behaviour.
Speeding on and around Flackwell Rd, Court Lane and Goosemoor Lane
West Midlands Police Force Traffic Unit has been tasked with conducting speed
initiatives in this area with the help of the Erdington North Neighbourhood
Team. Future operations involving Prolaser and Speedwatch have been organised.
Drugs and ASB around Jarvis Rd and Topcroft.
Targeted patrols have been implemented successfully resulting in arrests for
possession and cultivation of drugs. In one particular example, with the help of
the local community, officers recovered a quantity of cannabis worth in excess
of £10,000 from one address.
Lack of activities/facilities for all age, in particular around the Pitts
Farm and Topcroft estates
We are looking to replicate initiatives that have proved successful in other
parts of Erdington. Discussions with the Private Finance Initiative fund
relating to future plans are underway.
Illegal use of quad bikes and scramblers on Short Heath Park
This issue has been highlighted as a high priority in the area. Officers have
utilized a covert vehicle, which has allowed them to successfully target persons
using vehicles in the park, resulting in the seizure of several vehicles. Any
information about this is important to our future success. Residents are
encouraged to contact police on 0345 113 5000 if they encounter any vehicles in
Crime Watch Roadshow Is About Birmingham This Week Crimewatch Roadshow (BBC 1 at 9.15am) all this week is about The
West Midlands Police and has reports about crime on Birmingham buses and
Incident On Gravelly Lane - Friday 11/6/2010 A bloodied man was found lying in the alley on Gravelly Lane by the
Station Road junction (by the Satellite TV shop etc). Around 9.15pm on
Friday 11/6/2010. For whatever reason HE
was later arrested by the police. All seemed a bit curious, but then I don't
have all the details.
Car Chase Ends On Enfield Close A speeding car was closely being pursued by a police
motorcyclist (with blue-lights flashing and siren blaring) along Gravelly Lane
towards Chester Road. Friday 11/6/2010 around 2.15pm.
The car suddenly turned hard right at speed across oncoming traffic and into
Enfield Close (opposite the Jarvis Road junction), which is a cul-de-sac of
course. (Just as well no-one was crossing that road at the time too). The police
motorcycle immediately followed the car into Enfield Close.
The car-chase ended there, but the car occupants got out and fled on foot
over/through a wooden fence (damaging it) and into the adjacent Somerton Drive -
the police motorcyclist pursued them on foot over/through the wooden fence too.
However, some other police cars came racing up Gravelly Lane with blue-lights
flashing and sirens blaring etc, but went up to Chester Road itself instead of
into Enfield Close!
After a few minutes they all came racing back down Gravelly Lane and into
Not easy to escape from there of course, as Somerton Drive is merely a
crescent with both ends coming out onto Gravelly Lane, unless you run across the
railway line and onto The Lyndhurst Estate etc - and I don't know whether the
police caught them or not.
Police Appeal For Information To Trace
Suspected Burglar - Madehurst Road From the West
Midlands Police website at
"POLICE in north Birmingham have released an image of a man they would like
to speak to in connection with an investigation into a number of burglaries.
Michael Rennie, aged 26 has gone missing from his address in Madehurst Road,
Police would like to speak to him as part an inquiry into two burglaries
which took place in Erdington in 2008.
Michael is described as white male, 5ft 8ins tall, medium to slim build,
short brown hair with a Midlands accent.
Anybody who has seen Michael, or who knows of his whereabouts is asked to
contact DC Curt Wilkins in CID at Sutton Coldfield police station on 0345 113
Linda Burt - Trident Close. Police Face Civil-Trial Into Custody Death From the Birmingham Mail website at
`THE family of a Birmingham woman who died in police custody have started
civil proceedings against West Midlands Police (WMP).
Linda Burt, aged 49, was arrested for an alleged breach of the peace
following an argument at her mother’s flat in Trident Close, Erdington.
The teaching assistant suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to Good Hope
Hospital where she died, on September 27, 2003.
Last October, an inquest jury at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall concluded that a
catalogue of police failings combined with an undiagnosed heart condition led to
Ms Burt’s death.
They found that the arresting officer was not justified in arresting Ms Burt
who suffered pain while being restrained. In addition, police officers failed to
act quickly enough once Ms Burt began experiencing breathing difficulties.
Only one officer recognised she was in trouble while another officer believed
she was "faking" the collapse.
The jury’s report said: "At this point medical attention should have
commenced. [But] there was no evidence to suggest an ambulance was called at
There were further failings once Ms Burt’s condition had been acknowledged.
Police officers performing life-saving treatment allowed a member of the public
to help, which resulted in a towel being placed underneath Ms Burt’s head,
blocking her airway. The policeman who advised that Ms Burt be placed in the
recovery position did not have an up-to-date first-aid certificate.
The jury’s findings contradicted those of the Independent Police Complaints
Commission which ruled that no officers should face disciplinary action as a
result of the incident.
Solicitor Iftikhar Manzoor, representing Ms Burt’s family, said today that he
had started civil proceedings against the force.
"I have received a defence from WMP," he said. "They deny any wrongdoing. It
seems that another trial is on the horizon."
A police spokesman would only confirm that notice had been received from the
The Human Rights Act It gets a bad Press re Crime of course, here's the rather
complicated Act though;
Recent Fight On Goosemoor Lane From the Sutton News;
"Police are appealing for witnesses to a fight in Goosemoor Lane, Erdington,
on May 3 (Bank Holiday Monday). Officers were called at about 5.30pm to reports
of a small group of men fighting. Two of them were taken to hospital with
serious injuries to their faces.
A police spokesman said rumours of a stabbing, said to have occurred at the
same time, were untrue.
Anyone with information should ring 0845 113 5000 and ask for officers at
Sutton Coldfield police station."
Alarm Sounding - Beech Road We had a burglar-alarm sounding on a house in Beech Road near
the junction with Chester Road. Thursday 20/5/2010 around midday. See if we get
more on that.
Car Burnt Out - Short Heath Park Police were aware of the stolen hatchback, registration number S
299 MAB, dumped burnt out in Short Heath Park. Appears to have been dumped on
Has now been removed.
Cars can still get into the Park despite all the new railings because by the
small car-park STILL hasn't been fenced off properly.
Graffiti In Rutherford Road/The Pollards - Gone Just off Court Lane, there was a load of graffiti suddenly, on
house/garden walls etc - I couldn't report it for removal without the owners
consent for it to be removed - someone did report it though since it's now gone;
"A YOUTH who joined in the robbery of a young woman as she was walking to a
bus-stop near her Midland home has been jailed for 27 months.
Lewis Tynan, 18, of Gravelly Lane, Erdington, pleaded guilty to robbery at
Warwick Crown Court.
Prosecutor Tom Schofield said that in November last year Lisa Stevenson was
attacked after she left her Smiths Wood home to catch a bus. She passed a group
of people, which included Tynan and a female accomplice, who pushed her to the
The female robber then tried to pull her bag, containing a laptop computer
and mobile phone, from her arm. She resisted until Tynan put his arm round her
neck and squeezed, forcing her to release her grip.
Mr Schofield added that Tynan had previous convictions for common assault and
assault with intent to rob."
Thugs Hunted By Police After Crime Rampage In Sutton - Were In Goosemoor
Lane Too From the Birmingham Mail website at
`THREE violent thugs are being hunted by police after going on a
three-hour crime rampage in Birmingham. The gang left one of their victims so
badly injured, he has had to have facial surgery. They first struck in Monmouth
Drive, Sutton Coldfield, at around 5am on April 7 (2010) when they broke into a
house and stole the keys to an Audi parked outside.
Just under three hours later at around 7.45am the vehicle was used in an
The thugs pounced on a 46-year-old woman who was waiting at traffic lights in
Lichfield Road but she managed to escape as they ordered her out of her car.
About 15 minutes later a 40-year-old man was punched to the ground and robbed
of his mobile phone in an attack outside Bill Wickets butchers in Gravelly Lane,
The victim suffered serious facial injuries and continues to undergo
The gang were all white and in their late teens or early 20s. The first was
about 6ft, stocky and wearing a balaclava. The second was aged 16 to 20, with
brown hair and a cream baseball cap. Their accomplice was in his early 20s, 5ft
7ins and skinny with short dark hair.
The car was recovered in Goosemore Lane (sic), in Erdington, and is now being
"The car believed to have been used was later recovered by police in
Goosemore Lane at the junction of Gravelly Lane, in Erdington, and is now being
Theft - Church Of God A couple of lads stole a handbag from the backroom at the church
on Goosemoor Lane on Saturday morning (17 April 2010). There is at least one
witness who has given a statement to the police. I will give you more info as
soon as I can.
(Er, no - even churches aren't safe today. In case you were wondering).
Please Help - Let's Stop Justin's Killer Walking Free - Kingstanding This issue was recently reported on Midlands Today (BBC 1 at
6.30pm, Wednesday 7/4/2010) and I the site Webmaster, Gary O'Brien, was shown
accompanying relatives of Justin Murphy to Downing Street to hand in a petition
to the Prime Minister from Kingstanding residents - having been asked to make
the arrangements with Downing Street;
Two Men Jailed For Life For The Murder Of Antony Ames Outside The Place 2b
Pub From the Birmingham Mail website at
`TWO men who deliberately ploughed a car into a group of people outside a
Birmingham pub after one had been glassed have been jailed for life.
Brett Cole twice ran over Antony Ames near to the Place 2B in Chester Road,
New Oscott, before driving off and then trying to cover up what he had done.
Cole, 33, of Weycross Road, Perry Common, who had previously admitted
murdering the 21-year-old victim must serve a minimum of 18 years in jail before
being considered for release.
A passenger in the car, Antony Stuart, was also convicted of murder by a jury
at Birmingham Crown Court following a trial.
Stuart, 30, of Broomhill Road, Erdington was also sentenced to life
imprisonment by Judge William Davis QC, who ruled that he serve a minimum of 18
The Judge said to Cole:
"It is perfectly plain that somebody shoved a glass into your face. That is
what sparked it off. But what followed was you, in drink and affected by drugs,
behaved grossly disproportionately encouraged, as the jury have found, by you
Stuart. What you did Cole was to get your car and drive it deliberately at a
group of people."
He said that after hitting Mr Ames, who had been a completely innocent party
in what had gone on before, he drove off, did a handbrake turn and then struck
The judge said there were a number of aggravating features including the fact
that Cole had used his car as a "deadly weapon."
And he went on:
"You did not aim particularly at Mr Ames. You drove at a group of people, any
one of whom could have been killed."
After the judge had passed sentence, friends and family of the victim, many
of whom wore T-shirts bearing his photo and who had packed the public gallery,
shouted abuse at the two defendants as they were led from the dock.
Peter Grieves-Smith prosecuting had told the jury there had been a birthday
celebration at the Place 2B in July last year (2009). When trouble broke out in
the early hours of the morning Cole was glassed.
He and Stuart drove off to a nearby address but returned shortly afterwards
with Cole driving at some speed onto the grass verge and into the group, hitting
Mr Ames, who was thrown into the air, and catching others glancing blows as they
tried to dive out of the way.
Cole went off but returned again running over the stricken Mr Ames as he lay
on the ground.
Mr Grieves-Smith said that Cole, who had previous convictions for dangerous
driving, later burned his car.
Adrian Redgrave QC, for Cole, said when he was glassed he received
significant injuries around his eyes.
"What he did, he accepts, was gravely wrong. He accepts, although he had no
clear recollection of it, that he must have intended to cause serious injury to
Antony Ames albeit he did not realise who he had struck."'
Police Accused Of National Failures Over Anti-Social Behaviour This Inspectorate of Constabulary report has been widely reported
in the media.
Bus Attacked - Court Lane/Witton Lodge Road Sunday 14/2/2010 - around 9.50pm. A 7 bus was parked at the
Spinney terminus on the from-city side. Several hooded youths either forced
their way onto it via the front door, or were already on it as it parked at the
terminus and took some time to get off.
Whatever, after they all got off it via the front door, they quickly attacked
the outside of the parked bus with several nearby stones, bottles and sticks -
causing unknown damage.
It seems the driver was NOT attacked.
The laughing offenders made off on foot, walking towards Chipstead Road. It's
unknown too if it was reported to the police or Travel WM etc.
(The bus CCTV is some use on this?)
Hit And Run - Chester Road - Update From a resident;
"There was a road traffic accident at the junction of Chester Road and Beech
Road at approximately 7.30pm tonight (Sunday 31st January). 2 cars were involved
and the occupants of one car fled the scene (car abandoned on the Chester Road
near the junction with Lakehouse Road). A third car hastily reversed into
Sycamore Road before accelerating, tyres screeching, down Chester Road back in
the direction of Beech Road. Both the police, paramedics and the fire service
attended the scene."
A letter appeared last Friday (12/2/1010) in both the Sutton News and Sutton
Observer about the accident - thanking the police and emergency services etc,
and the man who allowed the people involved to use his mobile phone, and the
woman who offered them tea.
Anstey Brick Wall Hit AGAIN - The 4th Time Now At the junction with Hawthorn Close this time. It's a miracle
that no pedestrian walking on the odd-side of Goosemoor Lane on it's bend hasn't
been hit yet. Remember, officially it's only a "road accident" if someone IS
So although we've now had 4 separate occasions where a vehicle has mounted
the pavement with enough force to obviously demolish a brick wall, officially NO
accidents have occurred there!
Erdington Couple Terrorised In Home By
Burglar Hunting For Their Car Keys Ray Woods is a fellow Erdington community activist, and so of
course he's a friend of mine. He has suffered a serious incident in his own
`A BIRMINGHAM man has told of his terror as he and his a wife battled to keep
a violent masked burglar at bay at their bedroom door.
Businessman Ray Woods woke in the early hours to find his frightened wife
Elaine braced against the door as the aggressive intruder tried to barge his way
The balaclava-clad crook was screaming for the keys to Mr Woods’ Skoda Fabia
turbo - a replacement for an identical car stolen from the driveway in a
break-in six months earlier.
Mr Woods leapt from his bed to barricade the door shut while Elaine, 60,
yelled for help from the bedroom window of their Erdington home last Thursday
(4/2/2010). A neighbour, alerted by the noise, called the police and the
burglar, believed to be one of a gang of four, fled empty-handed.
Mr Woods, 59, said:
"It was terrifying - to wake and see your wife with her face inches away from
a guy in a balaclava trying to break into our bedroom was our worst nightmare.
The invasion of our space and threat to my nearest and dearest was awful. We
were met with such ferocity. Only our sheer physical obstinacy managed to hold
The break-in was the latest in an increasing trend for violence by car
thieves. Thwarted by advances in modern vehicle security which prevent them
hot-wiring cars, thieves need the keys and are now breaking into homes, often
terrorising householders, in the hunt for them.
Last August a thief broke into the house and took the keys to Mr Woods’ car
which was stolen from the driveway. Police believe it was probably shipped
Despite the fright, Mr Woods, who helps people buy property in Malta, said he
would not replace the vehicle.
"The first time our car was stolen from under the window. That was nothing
compared to having our home invaded" he said.
"For someone to smash their way in at night knowing they could end up
confronting the people inside is pretty ruthless. It does leave you feeling
vulnerable. We ramped up security at the house after the first break-in. We’re
going to have to do the same again."
Scenes of crime investigators spent a day at the house searching for crucial
clues to the identity of the gang, who were last seen running off in the
direction of Grange Road.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said detectives from Queen’s Road CID were
investigating the incident and appealed for anyone with information to contact
them on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.'
Shocking incident - no doubt I'll see Ray at some local meetings again soon,
will pass on my regards then.
Cable-Box Was Busted Open - Witton Lodge Road
- Fixed At the junction with Court Lane, by the 7/65 to-city bus
West Midlands Police Authority Listening Campaign - North Birmingham
Public Meeting Monday 22 February 2010, Hollyfields Centre, Woodacre Road,
Erdington, 7pm - 9pm.
Gay Abuse Erdington Man (Cranleigh House) Handed Birmingham's First ASBI From the Birmingham Mail website at
`A COUNCIL tenant who harassed neighbours and damaged their homes will be
banned from his house in a landmark ruling.
Richard Leonard, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, was especially aggressive
towards a gay man who lived near to him.
Now Birmingham County Court has granted the city council a possession order
for the 57-year-old’s home as part of an Anti Social Behaviour Injunction, a
so-called Asbi, served against Leonard for two years from the new year.
He is the first person in Birmingham to be served such a punishment and other
local authorities are now expected to follow Birmingham’s lead in dealing with
As well as kicking him out of his house the order bars him from harassing or
intimidating residents and damaging their homes and vehicles.
The court heard that Leonard, who had lived at the address for more than 25
years, was verbally and physically abusive towards residents.
Leonard was particularly abusive to one resident whom he is alleged to have
viciously attacked earlier this year, costing the victim 18 of his teeth.
He had also caused serious damage to his own home, which had fallen into a
state of disrepair, and repeatedly allowed his dog to defecate in the communal
His accomplice, 42-year-old Brian Sible, of Portland Road, Erdington, who
would often visit Leonard’s home and who was also handed an Asbi.
His lasts for 18 months and bars him from assaulting, verbally abusing,
harassing or intimidating residents at Leonard’s building in Baldmoor Lake Road.
Leonard’s main victim, who did not want to be named, said:
"My advice to anyone suffering from homophobic bullying is that you don’t
have to put up with it and you shouldn’t. I would like to thank everyone who has
supported me and helped to bring this spiteful bullying to an end".
The ruling was a result of the efforts by Erdington housing officers, who
worked in partnership with West Midlands police to address residents’
Coun Ayoub Khan, cabinet member for community safety said:
"This is a landmark case for the city and I am pleased with the outcome."'
`A SINGLE mum and her three-year-old daughter were left waiting for almost an
hour-and-a-half for police to arrive after making an emergency call to report a
burglary at their Erdington home.
Debbie Regan arrived at her Court Lane home with her daughter at 5.45pm on
Monday, December 7, but discovered the door had been bolted from the inside.
Debbie said: "I could see the dining room door was open and the back gate was
open so I knew something had happened. I thought someone may still be inside, I
called the police, explained what had happened and said I was on my own with a
three-year-old and had no credit on my phone to call anyone. I asked if they
could get here immediately."
But police officers did not arrive until just after 7.30pm.
"My partner phoned me to say he was home from work and I asked him to come
round because I was too scared to go round the back of the house. He went in and
had a look round. They had smashed the house to bits, every room had been
disturbed. My daughter's Christmas presents had been unwrapped and stolen and
those they didn't take were scattered around the living room. They took the TV,
jewellery, everything. I was devastated, especially because my daughter had
walked in and seen it all. This is the first Christmas she really understands,
and the plan was to stay in the house Christmas Eve, but I don't think we will
be able to now."
She described the action taken by Sutton police as 'unacceptable'.
"I phoned for police assistance, I was there on my own with a three-year-old,
and I expected them to come straight away. I had called them three times before
The Burgled House In Question
(From the Sutton Coldfield Observer)
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Keasey from Sutton Coldfield Police Station
said: "We received an emergency call at 6.13pm on December 7, from a lady who
had returned home to find her house had been burgled.
"The 23-year-old reported that her front door had been bolted shut from the
inside, and that there were a lot of footprints inside the house. Unfortunately,
the call handler was not aware that the victim had no other means of entering
the house. Officers were despatched to the scene and arrived at 7.34pm. Scenes
of crime officers also attended the following morning. West Midlands Police is
aware of the concerns raised by the victim and we are talking to her to iron out
any issues over our initial response to her call. We recognise the lady's
concerns and we will work to enhance the service we provide to victims of crime
in the future.
Meanwhile, we continue to investigate the burglary and urge anyone who saw
suspicious behaviour around Court Lane on Monday evening to call Sutton police
on 0845 113 5000."'
New CCTV - Flackwell Road/Jerry's Lane Junction It seems we've got a new CCTV system there, on a lamp-post,
opposite The Leopard pub.
`A BURGLAR who ploughed into an ambulance leaving a paramedic with
life-threatening injuries has been jailed for four years. Daniel Lawlor, 20, was
at the wheel of a van when it skipped a red light, and smashed into the
ambulance, on the Chester Road, in Erdington.
Lawlor, who lives in Marston Green, and is a former national champion boxer,
was also part of an armed burglary gang which targeted homes, and terrorised
residents, in south Birmingham.
He was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court this week to four years in a young
offenders’ institution, after admitting conspiracy to burgle, as well as a
separate charge of burglary and dangerous driving.
Reacting to the sentences, paramedic Emma Baxter who suffered a brain injury
and several fractures and fellow paramedic Lea Griffiths, who was also inside
the ambulance during the collision, said:
"We are both very pleased, and also relieved, it is all over and we can now
continue with our lives. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the
last six months."
Kevin Hegarty, prosecuting, said that on March 31 this year Lawlor and others
had broken into an address, in Kingstanding, and neighbours who heard the
disturbance called the police. Officers travelling to the scene saw Lawlor, who
was on bail at the time, at the wheel of a van travelling very fast along
Chester Road in the opposite direction. He said Lawlor got to a junction with
Birmingham Road where the lights were on red, but failed to stop.
"He immediately collided with the ambulance side-on. The force of the
collision caused the ambulance to veer to the left, and smash head-on into a
Mr Hegarty said the paramedics had to be cut free, and Miss Baxter was rushed
to intensive care after suffering what were believed to be life-threatening
She was treated for a tear to the brain, as well as damage to her lungs, a
snapped vertebrae, and a pelvis which was fractured in two places.
Mr Hegarty said she was initially wheelchair-bound, suffered memory loss, and
her pelvis had still not properly healed.
Judge Amjad Nawaz also banned Lawlor from the roads for two years and passed
consecutive sentences of 18 months for the conspiracy charge, 15 for the
dangerous driving and 15 for the burglary.
After the hearing Barry Thurston, director of service delivery at West
Midlands Ambulance Service said:
"The Trust is extremely pleased with the outcome of this court case. Emma and
Lea are public servants who were carrying out their everyday role when they were
seriously injured by the recklessness of this individual’s driving. Staff join
this emergency service to help people who are injured or in distress, but do not
expect to be involved in a crash and suffer potentially life threatening
Fatal Road Accident - Chester Road - Conviction (It turned out to be a driving offence indeed. so moved to
this Crime Page from the News Page where placed in February). A fatal accident
occurred at the junction of Beech Road and Chester Road at around 9.45pm on
`A BIRMINGHAM man who was killed in a road accident had been celebrating his
48th birthday, it emerged today. David Fogarty and his girlfriend Susan Grimshaw
were just returning from The Bishop Vesey pub, in Sutton Coldfield, when the
The father of one known to his friends as ‘Dancing Dave’ was crossing the
Chester Road, near his home in Erdington, at around 9.45pm on Wednesday,
February 11, when he was in collision with a car.
Mr Fogarty was taken to Good Hope Hospital with severe head and internal
injuries and died a few hours later.
David’s younger brother Mark, of College Road, Perry Barr, was by his bedside
when he died.
"He was a wonderful, wonderful man," said former fireman Mark, aged 46. "He
had no enemies, everybody loved him.
"We’re all just devastated. He was the life and soul of everything people
called him Dancing Dave because he was always dancing. He had no great
aspirations. He was just a smashing guy." The eldest of four, David leaves
behind brothers Mark and Nick, 49, and sister Linda Fogarty, 45, as well as a
He was well known throughout the community for his work as a gardener.
A Polish man was driving too fast in a vehicle which had under-inflated tyres
when he caused the death.
Judge Peter Ross said: The consequences were horrendous. A man has lost his
life and other lives have been shattered.
He said, though, he accepted the driver had tried to help Mr Fogarty after
Piotr Urbanik, 38, of Friary Road, Handsworth, who admitted causing death by
careless driving, was given a one-year community order and ordered to do 200
hours’ unpaid work.
He was also banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £400 costs.
Peter Grieves-Smith, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said on February
11 Urbanik, who was due to start work at 10pm, had been driving a people carrier
and had previously picked up three people from Luton Airport.
He said Mr Fogarty’s partner crossed the road ahead of him and heard him call
She turned and saw the deceased being struck by the defendant’s car, almost
landing on the roof. He flew into the air and landed in the middle of the road.
Mr Fogarty, from Littlecotes Drive, Erdington, died from multiple injuries.
Mr Grieves-Smith said Urbanik’s minimum speed had been 39mph in a 30mph
limit. All the vehicle’s tyres were under-inflated, one only half the pressure
it should have been.'
Internet Eyes - Pilot CCTV Monitoring Project This project allows online monitoring of CCTV cameras by the public
(such cameras are not always live monitored and are merely recorded from). So
far, CCTV cameras in Birmingham are not part of the project (though Internet
users in Birmingham CAN monitor the cameras in other places that are presently
part of the project).
A facility exists where such public online monitors can then alert about
crimes they've just witnessed online (though it costs you money to do that - to
stop malicious false-alarms). If the report is genuine, you get a reward more
than enough to recoup the alerting cost.
Burglar Alarm Activated - Witton Lodge Road On a house at the junction with Court Lane, Thu 24/9/2009 around
midday. See if we get more about this.
Bus Shelter Damaged - 7 And 65 Terminus To-City (This might not have been vandalism - but the way kids going past
forever whack it I doubt it!) Part of the perspex has now been knocked out.
Reported to Centro.
Burnt Out Car In The Park Police were made aware of the burnt out car at the back of the
Substation on Goosemoor Lane (seemingly dumped overnight on 1-2/9/2009), has
been removed. No confirmation on whether it was stolen.
<SACKED BBC presenter Ashley Blake is a 'ruined man' this week after being
jailed for two years following his 'serious' attack on a teenager.
The former Midlands Today presenter whom the judge branded a 'repeat' liar
was sentenced on Tuesday following his conviction last month for unlawful
wounding and perverting the course of justice.
Sutton man Blake was at his former Chester Road bar, The Place 2B, when he
struck the teenage customer in the face with a patio umbrella pole, scarring him
Telling Blake that his TV career was over and he had only himself to blame,
Judge Peter Carr quashed suggestions that the victim, Greg Jones, had acted like
an 'inebriated hooligan'.
The judge said there was no evidence of it, but plenty to show that Blake's
attack was deliberate and that he had 'repeatedly lied'.
During the trial, the jury had heard that Blake, 40, initially denied to
police in interview that he had handled the pole at all. In addition, they heard
that Blake who also presented consumer affairs show Watchdog had attempted to
hide the weapon, leading to the conviction for perverting the course of justice.
For that offence, Blake was sentenced to six months in prison, to run
concurrently to the two-year sentence for unlawful wounding.
As he was led away from court, Blake mouthed the words 'I love you' to his
girlfriend Jessica Hayes with whom he used to run The Place 2B. She was escorted
from the court room after becoming distraught.
Sutton Police said they welcomed Tuesday's outcome.
Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Peter Carr said: "Mr Blake,
your career is over. You have no-one to blame for that but yourself. While I
appreciate all you have lost, I bear in mind that a young man was injured,
leaving a permanent scar. I also of course bear in mind the lies you told to the
police. You could have chosen to co-operate fully with the police and told them
the truth about what happened. You did not."
He told Blake:
"You deliberately and repeatedly lied to police about what you had done, and
it was obvious to anyone watching the trial that you repeatedly lied then as
The incident in January came amid 18th birthday party celebrations at the
Customer Stephen Sproule, aged 38, of Booths Farm Road, Great Barr, punched
one of the teenage revellers, knocking him unconscious. Greg Jones, then 17,
stepped in as peacemaker, the judge said, but Blake 'got the pole out' and
deliberately 'hit out with the weapon'. Jones sustained a 'serious and
unpleasant' facial injury which required ten stitches.
The court heard last month that between 1986 and 1993, Blake was convicted of
a string of offences including theft and handling stolen goods.
Mitigating, Nigel Rumfitt QC said that Blake had a 'promising career in
He said of his client:
"He had achieved all of that despite a modest start. Although he had some
minor brushes with the law as a young man, he had put all that behind him and
was living a blameless and useful life. He stands before the court today in
effect a ruined man. He has lost his job at the BBC. He was very successful. His
career is in tatters. He will have to start all over again. Here is someone who
had worked hard all his life, who has overcome a background which has caused
many young men to lead a life of crime."
Blake was sacked by the BBC following last month's conviction.
Welcoming the sentence, DC Dave Bebb of Sutton Police said outside court:
"Greg Jones was a young man studying for his A-levels. He received a scar that
has wounded him for the rest of his life."
Sproule was sentenced to 13 months in prison
for actual bodily harm.'
Resident's Appeal For Info - South
From a local resident;
"I am having a great deal of
trouble defining an incident in the Stockland Green area last year (2008) in
which the police sealed off South Road and Reservoir Road and most others
adjacent as they chased a suspect across the gardens and alleyways surrounding
my house. In giving chase, they broke down my rear fence.
Because of my job, I have spent long periods away from the UK and have only
now had the opportunity to start putting in an official claim against the police
for damage to my property.
Unfortunately, the police have no record and will not respond unless I can
give them an exact date for the incident!
I'm therefore hoping that you or any one of those people from the area who
contribute to this site, might be able to pin-point the date.
From my own vague memory and that of friends
from the area, it was in the June/July 2008 time, but I cannot be more specific
and it's the exact date I need. Can anybody help, please? I would be extremely
grateful for any assistance in pinning down the date."
Contact the Webmaster and I
will pass the info on;
`Police have arrested a man in connection to a double shooting incident which
occurred in the early hours of Sunday 9 August in Erdington.
A 26 year-old man from Erdington was arrested earlier today (Tuesday 11) on
suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. He remains in custody helping police
with their inquiries.
Police were called to an address in Northcroft Way, Erdington at 0059 hours
on Sunday. Two men aged 32 and 27 were found with gunshot injuries outside the
address. They remain in hospital in a stable condition.
Anyone with information should contact CID at Queens Road on 0845 113 5000.'
Anti-social behaviour in Jarvis Road. Identified as a priority
through police surgeries and neighbourhood tasking meetings in May 2009.
Anti-Social Behaviour in Chipstead Road. Identified as a priority
through police surgeries and neighbourhood tasking meetings in May 2009.
Obstruction to resident access at junction between Dare Road and
Robin Road. Identified as a priority through police surgeries and
neighbourhood tasking meetings in June 2009.
Highways defects in Jarvis Road. Identified as a priority through
police surgeries and neighbourhood tasking meetings in April 2009.
Answers - feedback and solutions
The following are the issues raised from our last neighbourhood meeting and
what we are doing to tackle them:
Anti-social Behaviour in Jarvis Road. Update June 9th - PCSOs are
conducting 'walk-throughs' in all flat buildings in Jarvis Road with a
view to setting up agreed behaviour contracts for ASB offenders. These
will be actioned in conjunction with local authority partners.
Update July 7th- PCSOs have conducted 'walk throughs' in all the
flats in Jarvis Road and have reported fewer youths in this area that
were causing Anti-social Behaviour. Officers from this team are working
in partnership with Birmingham City Council (BCC) to evict tenants that
are anti-social and using drugs at this location. A recent injunction
has been obtained by BCC to prevent an anti-social ex-tenant returning
to this neighbourhood.
Anti-social Behaviour in Chipstead Road. Update June 9th - Officers
are working with the Birmingham Anti Social Behaviour Unit (BASBU) and
Birmingham City Housing to deal with the issues, and letters are being
sent out to parents of the ASB offenders.
Update July 7th - Officers are continuing to work with BASBU and
Birmingham City Housing to deal with the issues of Anti-social Behaviour
in this street. We have not received as many calls from the community,
and are now looking at improving local residents' rear fencing and gates
at properties local youths have been climbing over to cause ASB. This
will be done in partnership with the housing department.
Obstruction to resident access at junction between Dare Road and
Robin Road. Update June 15th - Following a site inspection, the skip at
the above location has been removed and a letter has been sent to the
owner/occupier requesting them to remove building materials from the
footpath. The Planning Department is also currently investigating this
issue and appropriate action will be taken.
Update July 7th - Following a site inspection in June 2009, the skip
at this location has been removed and a letter has been sent to the
owner/occupier requesting them to remove building materials from the
footpath. Highways have been requested by your local neighbourhood team
to re-attend this location to carry out further site inspections to
improve access to pavements.
Highway defects in Jarvis Road. Update June 9th - Residents have
reported a number of holes which have appeared in Jarvis Road. This is
to be addressed by the Highways department.
Update July 7th- This matter is still ongoing with Highways and will
be raised at the next Erdington tasking meeting in August.
Influence - over policing priorities
Your next neighbourhood tasking meeting will be held on:
Wed 29 July 2009 6pm
These are not public meetings, but if you
have any issues you would like raised at the next neighbourhood tasking
please contact the team on the telephone number or email address
Wed 26 Aug 2009 6pm
These are not public meetings, but if you
have any issues you would like raised at the next neighbourhood tasking
please contact the team on the telephone number or email address
Fri 28 Aug 2009 6pm
1 Alnwick House, Jarvis Road, Erdington.
Wed 16 Sept 2009 6pm
1 Alnwick House, Jarvis Road, Erdington.
Wed 23 Sept 2009 6pm
These are not public meetings, but if you
have any issues you would like raised at the next neighbourhood tasking
please contact the team on the telephone number or email address
Tues 6 Oct 2009 6pm
1 Alnwick House, Jarvis Road, Erdington.
Wed 21 Oct 2009 6pm
These are not public meetings, but if you
have any issues you would like raised at the next neighbourhood tasking
please contact the team on the telephone number or email address
Mon 26 Oct 2009 6pm
1 Alnwick House, Jarvis Road, Erdington.
Wed 18 Nov 2009 6pm
These are not public meetings, but if you
have any issues you would like raised at the next neighbourhood tasking
please contact the team on the telephone number or email address
Mon 23 Nov 2009 6pm
1 Alnwick House, Jarvis Road, Erdington.
The issues highlighted during the police surgeries will be addressed at the
monthly Neighbourhood Tasking meetings."
Burglary - Chester Road From a resident;
"There was a break in at a house on Chester Road between 10am and 2pm today
(8th July 2009). The thieves got in by climbing on the rear extension roof and
breaking a window. The house is located on the row of houses between Sycamore
Road and Beech Road, Erdington. The police are aware but would appreciate any
information regarding unfamiliar vehicles or people loitering in this area
around the time of the break in."
Erdington Bus Onboard Robberies A man has now been charged
with several offences.
Court Lane Paedophile Jailed Another one I'm afraid -
bear in mind though these crimes were in the 1970's and the offender is now
locked up - so no immediate danger in the area now. From a Birmingham Mail
"A former officer in the Sutton Coldfield
Boys Brigade who serially sexually abused a boy ..... has been jailed for 3
years. Martyn Park, aged 57, of Court Lane, Erdington ........ had previously
admitted 17 charges of indecent assault and six of indecency with a child.
Detective Inspector Shaun Edwards from
Sutton Coldfield CID said it might act as a `trigger' for anyone to come forward
who might have been the victim of similar offences by Park - who had held a
senior position at the Sutton Sea Scouts.
Robert Price, prosecuting ............ said
the abuse went on for five years between 1973 and 1978."
Park Play Area Fence Damaged - News The iron fence that encloses the
play-area in Short Heath Park has been knocked down in places and strewn about,
From Erdington Tories;
`We reported it to the Parks department and
were told there was not enough budget for it's repair. Cllr Gareth Compton said;
"This was clearly unacceptable and we have
not let the matter drop, we are demanding it is fixed at the start of the new
financial year and have reported the graffiti for removal."'
`A MAN was today starting a life sentence for murdering a father-of-two by
plunging a knife into his neck at a party in Birmingham. Kevin O’Keefe, attacked
Lee Wellard at a party on the Wyrley Birch estate, near Erdington, in revenge
for being taunted about being a paedophile, the city’s Crown Court heard.
O’Keefe, 47, of Lakes Road, Erdington, denied murder.
When the jury returned its guilty verdict, it was greeted with clapping and
cheering from a public gallery packed with friends and family of the victim, who
had been described as a "larger than life" character.
Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told O’Keefe: "I am quite satisfied when you
went back to the flat, although you had been insulted and taunted to some
extent, you intended to kill Lee Wellard.
"I base that conclusion on the weapon you selected, and the force you
applied, and the part of the body that you struck. Your response afterwards,
simply by leaving the hapless Mr Wellard in the state he was in, leads me to the
conclusion that the appropriate number of years before you can be considered for
release is 15."
During the week-long trial, there had been a substantial police presence
following disturbances at previous court hearings.
David Williams QC, prosecuting, said there had been a "background" between
the two men, and that Mr Wellard, aged 34, was known to have made disparaging
remarks about the defendant because of his supposed interest in young girls.
This was based on the fact that O’Keefe had been accused of sexual activity
with a 13-year-old girl, although he was later acquitted following a trial.
On August 2 last year, O’Keefe and Mr Wellard had gone to a party being held
in Faulkners Farm Drive, Wyrley Birch.
At one point during the evening, after O’Keefe had suggested going to another
party, Mr Wellard had called the defendant a paedophile and a nonce.
O’Keefe went home, brooded about what had happened, and returned to the party
about 10 minutes later, rushing up to the victim and stabbing him twice in the
Mr Williams said O’Keefe was later caught on CCTV in Erdington High Street
going to an off-licence serving hatch and re-enacting what he had done.'
Police Website - Keep It Safe Police are warning young
people about showing off Christmas presents in public;
`Part of an Erdington street remained cordoned off on Christmas Eve following
the discovery of a man with fatal head wounds. A 47-year-old man has been
arrested on suspicion of murder.
Around 4.30pm on December 23, a 59-year-old man - believed to have been
assaulted - was found lying in Prince William Close. He was taken to hospital
where he later died. A post-mortem was due to be carried out on Christmas Eve.
A police cordon was set up to allow forensic investigations. Anyone with
information is asked to phone officers at Queen's Road Police Station on 0845
Top Croft Fence Vandalised The new wooden one enclosing the Large Island, someone has knocked
large holes in it.
Man Charged Over Erdington Stabbing - Landsdowne Road Not that far from us, just off Gravelly Hill.
`A MAN was due to appear in court today charged with attempted murder after a
father-of-two was stabbed outside his Birmingham home.
The victim, named locally as Lee Lavintine, remained critically ill in
hospital after being attacked in Landsdowne Road, Erdington.
Neighbours today described Mr Lavintine, aged 39, as a "very caring, helpful
man" and added that he doted on his children.
He was taken to Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, after being stabbed in
the neck and back at 5pm on Friday.
Mr Lavintine’s neighbour Alan Bean was in the victim’s third-floor flat
shortly before he was stabbed and said he was hurt after a fight.
Mr Bean said: "I went in to stop a fight between Lee and another man."
He said Mr Lavintine then appeared at the door holding his hand to his neck,
claiming he had been stabbed.
"I hadn’t heard any shouting or screams but when I came outside there was
blood everywhere," Mr Bean said.
Police cordoned off the road on Friday evening and erected a tent outside Mr
Another neighbour Lily Pyke, aged 66, said she knew Mr Lavintine well.
She said: "He could be a very caring, helpful man who would be the first
person on your doorstep if you needed anything."
She said he was a former van driver who doted on his children.
"I was shocked when I heard he’d been stabbed," Ms Pyke said. "It was
absolutely chaotic on the road on Friday with police stopping people going up
Taxi driver Tahir Ahmed, who has lived in Lansdowne Road for 30 years, said
the area was normally quite peaceful.
West Midlands Police would not formally name the victim but said a man, also
aged 39, was arrested on Saturday night in connection with the incident.
Anyone with information should call West Midlands Police on 0845 113 5000.'
Man Fighting For Life After Huge Birmingham City Brawl (Stockland Green) -
Police Appeal For Information From the Birmingham Mail website at
`A man was fighting for life today after being beaten up during a huge brawl
in a Birmingham street. Up to 50 people were involved in the fight which spilled
into the road after starting in the Hare & Hound pub, Marsh Hill, in Stockland
Motorists driving past were forced to stop as the men clashed on the busy
dual carriageway. The victim, said to be in his 40s, was found on the ground
with head injuries, police said.
It is thought that he may have been chased across the road before being
attacked on a pavement outside a row of residential homes shortly before
midnight on Saturday (22/11/2008).
He has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot and today remained critically
ill in hospital.
Police are treating the attack as attempted murder.
Acting Det Chief Insp Nick Walton, from Queen’s Road CID, said:
"This was a very serious incident and a man is still critically ill in
hospital. The incident started inside the pub and spilled out into the road.
Motorists driving through the area had to stop as the fighting continued across
the street. We would like to speak with those motorists who were passing at the
time of the original disorder and saw what happened. I would appeal to them to
"There were about 40 to 50 people involved and there were pockets of fighting
going on. Witnesses said the victim had been chased across the road."
The fight, broke out at the pub which had been hosting a private party.
A blue tent erected on the pavement on the opposite side of the road to the
pub marked the spot where the man was found.
The Hare & Hound was temporarily closed while detectives and forensics
experts examined the scene but it has since been allowed to re-open.
Detectives were also looking to examine footage from closed circuit security
cameras in the area in the hope of identifying those behind the trouble. No
arrests have been made.'
Tyre Tracks In The Park A vehicle has been clearly been racing round the Park again. Entered and
left via the car-park in the far corner where two of the wooden posts have been
We seem to be simply painting the Forth Bridge with those wooden perimeter
posts which are designed to keep vehicles out - as quickly damaged again to let
vehicles in as repaired. Finding those actually racing round the Park might be a
Reports are already coming in of Trick or Treat havoc by kids on Goosemoor Lane
- e.g. a car wing mirror ripped off, fronnnttt garden fences damaged, etc.
(Residents may want to check outside just in case).
I'm no spoilsport of course and I don't yet support an outright ban, but we
can't have this each year.
Mini Wrecking Spree - The Woodyard We often get drunken people attacking front gardens etc on weekend
nights, this time the front of The Woodyard (Travis Perkins) got it. From the
pavement, lots of it's signs were damaged or ripped down and strewn about.
Friday 10/10/2008 - Saturday 11/10/2008.
Park Graffiti - On The Court Lane Substation Wall This graffiti has been reported for removal.
Kids Hanging Around The Road Causing Problems Goosemoor Lane is of course more than 1/2 mile long - so lots of
scope to shift one problem just to another part of it - so not much use in that.
So we've got problems at night at the Top Croft junction and other places.
The alley by the Rose And Crown was cut back recently (see News Page) and the
entrance into the car-park of the new apartments from there is now padlocked,
still stuff being thrown into the compound from that alley though.
Meanwhile we had kids wandering into the alley between 65 and 69 causing
problems, it's now been gated, however they are now simply causing problems in
OTHER alleys (like the one more or less opposite it). That one can't easily be
gated - though it might be at some point.
Further, the land behind the Woodyard is ANOTHER gathering places, plans now
afoot to trim it's areas
Basically though, there are just TOO many gathering places and they CAN'T all
be gated and shrubbery trimmed back (street corners at all the junctions of the
side roads? How can THEY be gated?)
If the people causing problems here are doing so simply because they've been
shifted here by police crackdowns in other parts of Erdington, then police have
NOT solved the overall problem - and that needs to be made clear to them.
Police need to identify who is causing the problems for a start off - then
takes things from there.
I'll keep adding stuff to the
Games/Fun Page, and I
suggest those in contact with young people in the area make them aware of it
Are there official tie-ups between local leisure centres and sports clubs etc
with local schools? Or do schools just let young people find out about local
sports facilities etc by themselves? And if they do, is THAT a satisfactory
We could rant on about National Service etc or expect Gordon Brown to give
over 15 proverbial minutes to some gimmick, courtesy of the fawning Andy Marr -
but that wouldn't get us very far.
"A PERVERT who sexually abused a young boy over a two-year spell was today
starting a 14-year jail sentence.
John Reeves, aged 59, of Topcroft Road, Erdington, molested and raped the
vulnerable young boy, now aged 24, during karate lessons which the victim’s
parents had asked him to take him to to bolster the youngster’s self-esteem.
John Attwood, prosecuting, said Reeves became violent towards the 12-year-old
victim when the abuse started, after he told Reeves he was not gay. The victim’s
family were so trusting of Reeves that they allowed their son to stay overnight
at his home where many of the sex acts took place, Mr Attwood said. Reeves was
arrested in January 2007 after the victim plucked up the courage to approach the
At Birmingham Crown Court Reeves was found guilty of six counts of indecent
assault and four of rape.
He was placed on the sex offender’s register for life and is subject to an
indefinite sexual offences prevention order."
Phone Cleared Of Graffiti -
Court Lane/Jerrys Lane Junction Photos were being taken of it first, in case
the culprit can be traced later
Car Broken Into - Jarvis Road From a resident;
"I had my car broke into between 7 Sept 7pm and 8 Sept 11am. Side passenger
window smashed, glove compartment contents strewn across car along with glass.
Car parked in parking spaces alongside Arundel House, Jarvis Road. Police came
but nothing they could do, although very courteous.
Presume that Sat Nav suction marks on windscreen indicated to them that I had
Sat Nav and they looked in glove compartment for it. Paid £60 excess on
Insurance, not able to afford but what can you do?
Thought this area was getting better. I have got rid of Sat Nav now, never
used it anyway much."
Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a robbery
assault on a taxi driver in Erdington, Birmingham.
The incident occurred last night (Sunday 31) around 10:40pm. A taxi driver,
aged 29, picked up two men from outside Star Private Members Club in Sutton New
Road, Erdington around 10:30pm.
He drove them to Yenton Grove in Pitts Farm, arriving around 10:42pm. As the
car came to a stop, the two men assaulted the driver causing small wounds to the
back of his head.
The victim managed to escape from the vehicle and the two offenders drove off
in his car.
The vehicle, a silver Peugeot 408 with ‘Regency Cars’ sticker on side of car
and registration number SB51 DHK remains outstanding.
Both offenders are described as black, aged around 28, between 5ft 11ins and
6ft 3ins tall, both slim build with cropped black hair, wearing black tracksuit
and black gloves.
The victim, aged 29 was treated at hospital for minor injury to his head and
knee. He has since been released.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with information is urged to call
CID at Sutton Coldfield police station on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111. "
Two Alarms To Note We had burglar alarms going off on the odd
side at the junction with Kirkwood Avenue around 8pm, Friday 22/8/2008. Then
another in roughly the same area at around 3am Sunday morning 24/8/2008. See if
we get more about these.
`Erdington MP Sion Simon will be on the front line of policing over the next
few weeks ahead of a government review into law and order.
This week he has been talking to police officers in Erdington about their
views on law enforcement, and is due to spend time with the community watch in
Perry Barr next week. Mr Simon, who is chair of the government's law and order
manifesto group, has been asked to draw up a crime and order review, which is
due to be published later this year, and information from these fact-finding
sessions will form part of the draft.
"I was very much looking forward to getting the views of the people on the
front line of law enforcement, it is a very difficult job and I wanted to know
what they thought we should be doing centrally to make it easier," said Mr
"Some of the issues discussed included the courts system, the important role
of Police Community Support Officers, how to deal with youth offenders and the
huge impact alcohol and drug related crime has on our communities. We know that
great work has been done in Erdington by the police and local residents which
has seen a consistent fall in levels of crime over recent years. However, we
must also face up to the fact that much more still needs to be done, especially
to reassure the public."
Sion has also met with neighbourhood watch schemes and various other
organisations over recent weeks to discuss the future of law and order.'
Youth Pod Set On Fire - Short Heath Park It'll probably survive since made of metal, but a motor-bike of some kind
full of fuel was set on fire underneath it on Monday 16/6/2008 around 2pm.
Police and Fire Service attended.
Court Lane Allotments Havoc - Yet More The area bounded by the Park, Court Lane, Jarvis Road and the Top Croft
Estate. They are having major problems. This from the Sutton Observer (which got
the name wrong) at
`It was supposed to be a community project that would bring people together.
But this week the mindless acts of vandals have halted that dream. Allotment
holders on Crown Lane (actually Court Lane - Webmaster) in Erdington had spent
hundreds of pounds transforming a scrubby bit of wasteland into a wildlife and
educational garden that the public could enjoy.
Complete with a bird garden, picnic area and plots for local school children
to grow their own vegetables, and an old portable cabin as an education centre,
the project was all set to be launched this week.
But on Tuesday night (June 10) vandals put a stop to the allotment holders'
"They're nothing but mean, low-life scum," said Julie Trahearn, allotment
holder and project member, who was faced with ringing the schools to break the
bad news to disappointed children.
"How can they just attack all the work we've done? They've got wire cutters
and taken out the whole window to gain access to the cabin," she said.
"But because there's nothing to steal in there they've just vandalised the
lot. They've set a fire extinguisher off, smashed up the security cameras and
made a complete mess.
"We haven't been inside the cabin yet because the police are going to take
prints, so we can't see the full extent of the damage, but it looks pretty bad.
It's got to the stage where we're thinking, 'is it worth it'?
But we'll carry on because we don't want to let anyone beat us."
Another project member, Shirley Hughes, said she was "gutted" by the
"We've worked hard to make something out of nothing - it was a complete
eyesore before," she said.
"It makes you wonder if someone out there doesn't want us here. It's done
with such vengeance and bitterness. I don't know what sort of people they are."
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Erdington police on
0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.'
More on this from an actual Allotment holder;
"This time it was
really bad. The area in question is for the local school children to come along
and grow things. The portacabin is the target at the moment. 2 weeks ago it was
broken into and everything was stolen, on Monday night this week they tried and
failed to get in but caused loads of damage which we repaired, then on Tuesday
night they came back armed with wire cutters and got in by cutting the guards
off the windows, and because there was nothing to steal they trashed the place.
three incidents were reported to the police and they finally came out on the
(Scenes Of Crime Officers) were supposed to come out the same day and guess
what? They didn't, so we started to clean up the following day, and then we got
a phone call from them saying they could come today so I had to explain that it
was to late as they were supposed to have come the previous day and the response
`Oh well, if
it happens again we will try to get to you'!
the second incident we put up ...... CCTV ....... but this was no deterrent as
they smashed them off. There were people on the site until 10pm that night and
some back on at am next morning.
if anyone seen anything please let me know - my number is 07748 152 957.'
Meanwhile - More havoc there;
`The vandals were in again last Friday night (13/6/2008) and set on fire 2
scarecrows, also they decided to have a "party" in one of the sheds making a
mess but luckily for us they left some empty beer cans which s.o.c.o have
finger-printed so with any luck they might find out who it was.'
`THE church arsonist who destroyed the "jewel in the heart of Erdington"
could escape scot-free unless the public come forward with information, police
warned today. Detectives investigating the blaze which destroyed the historic St
Barnabas Church, last October, have now exhausted all possible leads.
But officers are convinced someone in the community knows the identity of who
started the blaze which tore through the 18th century listed building. Today Det
Con Laura Burrows, from Queens Road CID, appealed directly for anyone with
information to come forward.
"The investigation is at a point where we are relying on another piece of
information from the public, no matter how small, to progress the
investigation," she said.
"Without that vital information we may not be able to find who is
The blaze was discovered at about 6am on October 4. The building was engulfed
in an inferno which gave off smoke and flames that could be seen on the city's
skyline for miles around.
All that remains of the church, famous for its stained glass windows, is the
clock tower and the partial remains of some of the walls. A forensic examination
of the scene indicated that the fire was started near the church's front door,
off Erdington High Street.
The blaze caused so much damage that it was not possible to find any evidence
of whether an accelerant was used. Church leaders have pledged the building will
rise from the ashes.
Police have investigated a number of leads including teenagers playing with
fireworks, down and outs hanging around and even if someone had a grudge.
Det Con Burrows said: "We haven't been able to determine a motive for the
* Detectives at Queens Road CID can be contacted on 0845 113 5000 or call
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.'
The neighbourhood team are working with housing and residents to identify
offenders. Pupil Watch have also been informed in cases where youths are causing
a nuisance during school hours.
Litter in Jarvis Road (ongoing):
Rubbish collection is to be monitored by residents who should feed back to
the Waste Management department at Birmingham City Council. The council has
assigned an officer to fix any broken bins and Councillor Alden has been
Looking into the possibility of underground recycling area.
Mini Motos and quad bikes (ongoing):
Reports are being monitored by the neighbourhood team in conjunction with the
Erdington Constituency and housing. Residents are urged to contact the police
each time they see anyone on these vehicles.
CCTV - Station Road CCTV has been put up on Station Road, on the
lamp-post opposite the Johnson Road junction and on the lamp-post nearest the
bridge on the same side of that bridge.
Car Vandalised/Theft - Goosemoor Lane A car parked secure overnight Wednesday 9th -
Thursday 10th of April 2008 at the Kirkwood Avenue junction of Goosemoor Lane on
the even-side had it's rear windscreen wiper ripped off. Was not found nearby
etc so possibly a theft.
Mini Wrecking Spree - Gravelly Lane - Fri 11/4/2008 Two Chavs were running down Gravelly Lane
around 10pm (from the Chester Road end) knocking down every wooden For Sale sign
in front-gardens etc.
Short Heath Park Perimeter Stumps - Were Uprooted Again
- Fixed< From Erdington Conservatives;
"In the past, cars have been dumped in the park and
burnt out, this is why the stumps were put in place in the first place. It is
also why we are quick to ensure they were mended ........... If residents spot
one out, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can get it sorted quickly."
A stretch of them opposite the Inset had
been torn out again though - fixed now again.
This seems the usual "Forth Bridge" thing -
never sorting the core problem, i.e. the people actually doing it.
`Erdington MP Sion Simon is asking the public to share ideas on tackling
crime. Mr Simon, chair of the Labour Party Manifesto Group on Law and Order,
intends to look at ways in which communities and police can work together.
"Nobody knows more about the needs of an area than the people who live there.
This review puts power back in the hands of the people by asking how police and
other organisations can work with communities to cut crime, how best to police
local neighbourhoods and how to ensure the justice system has the public's full
support by being more open and responsive."
Child Abduction - Sutton New Road - Erdington - E-Fit Of Offender
- Click Here An extremely serious incident has
occurred at the junction of Station Road and Sutton New Road. This from West
"POLICE APPEAL TO TRACE VEHICLE USED IN ABDUCTION - ERDINGTON - 3 March 2008.
Police are appealing for help in tracing a vehicle which has been involved in
an abduction and attempt abduction of children.
Police are looking at links between two incidents which have occurred today
and yesterday involving a dark green saloon 5 door vehicle.
The first incident took place at 11am on Sunday (March 2) in Fillimore Road,
Alum Rock. A nine year old girl was approached by a dark green saloon vehicle as
she walked along the road. The male driver, described as being white in his 30s
and wearing glasses tried to entice her into his vehicle, but she ran off.
The second incident took place at around 8.15 this morning (Monday 3 March)
in Sutton New Road at the junctions with Edward Road and Station Road in
A 12 year-old girl was walking along the road, when a dark green saloon
vehicle pulled up alongside her, the male driver, described as being white in
his 30s and wearing glasses, opened the passenger door and pulled her into the
vehicle and drove away. The girl escaped unharmed a short time later in the
Police are investigating both incidents and are appealing from anyone in the
Alum Rock and Erdington areas who may have seen this vehicle acting suspiciously
to contact them at Queens Road CID on 0845 113 5000.
DS Chris Vyse from Queens Road CID said:
"Enquiries are ongoing, we have been speaking to local schools in the areas and
issuing descriptions of the driver and the vehicle and offering advice to
youngsters when out walking. We are also examining CCTV in the areas and
increasing police patrols to reassure members of the communities concerned. If
anyone has any information on this or if anyone else has been approached by a
similar vehicle they should contact the CID on 0845 113 5000."'
As you can imagine with this serious (but rare) incident, it has attracted
national media attention. The media will carry more on this ongoing incident.
A Similar Incident Reported Near Goosemoor Lane - 26/2/2008 Birmingham Mail reporting this;
`A YOUNG mum told today how a man tried to snatch her daughter as she played
in the back garden of her Birmingham home.
Pennymarie Haddock said she screamed when she saw the suspected pervert with
his hand on the arm of her three-year-old daughter, Rhiannon.
She fears it could be the same man who grabbed a 12-year-old girl, near
Highclare School, on Monday.
The schoolgirl was bundled into a car and taken on a 25-minute terror ride by
the man, before escaping unharmed at the Star City entertainment complex, in
Pennymarie, who lives off Goosemoor Lane, Erdington, said the incident
involving her daughter occurred a week last Tuesday. "It all happened in
seconds," said the 25-year-old, who has two other children.
"Rhiannon was playing in the garden and I was watching her from the living
room while doing the ironing. I popped into the kitchen to get some water and
when I came back he was there.
"It was absolutely terrifying, the man was leaning into the garden and had
his hand on my daughter's arm. I just screamed.
"He ran off. But I'm sure he intended to take her. It's horrible to think
what might have happened."
The man was white and in his mid to late 20s.
No-one from West Midlands Police was immediately available for comment on the
Pennymarie's home is a short walk from Sutton New Road where the 12-year-old
girl was snatched by the man at 8.15am on Monday. Police were today continuing
to hunt the 'silent abductor' who took the schoolgirl but never spoke to her
during her ordeal. They said they had an "encouraging" response from the public.
The man is described as white, in his mid 30s and skinny with brown, short
hair. He was wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, dark trousers and black rectangular
glasses and driving a dark green saloon car.
They said they had received numerous calls from the public offering help and
were today sifting through the information.
Officers were also continuing a trawl of footage from CCTV security cameras
in the hope one may have recorded the car or registration plate of the offender.
Det Insp Nick Walton, from Queens Road CID, said: "We've had numerous calls
and not just Birmingham. It was a really encouraging response.
"We are prioritising that information and there are a number of positive
leads. There are a number of people we are looking to eliminate.
"We believe this was an isolated incident.
"We are continuing to encourage people to come forward. We hope someone will
put the description together with the car and come forward with a name."'
Cable Box Busted Open - Fixed - But Busted Open Again! Fixed. Witton
Lodge Road By the first 7/65 bus stop. Fixed -