Goosemoor Lane Crime
(The unofficial crime news for Goosemoor Lane, Short Heath, Erdington, Birmingham, B23, United Kingdom)
Monday 17th February 2014 Edition
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It is easy to drop any weapons into it through the gap in the gate even when the church and its gates are closed.
Erdington New Testament Church Of God, Goosemoor Lane, www.newlife.org.uk
Police Raids In The Area
Police in Birmingham have arrested 36 people following three days of dawn raids targeting suspected drug dealers following raids at 10 homes in Newtown, Erdington, Stockland Green, Witton and Handsworth - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/video-police-arrest-36-birmingham-6693630
BT Box Busted Open - Goosemoor Lane
(This might not be crime - the weather etc) A utility box on the pavement marked "BT" outside Cookes furniture store on Goosemoor Lane has been busted open - reported
Enquiry reference number: 140217-013859
Virgin Cable Box Busted Open - Fixed - Goosemoor Lane
(This might not be crime - the weather etc) By the alley which leads to Gravelly Lane - was reported - fixed
Enfield Close Name-Plate Pushed Over
(This might not be crime - the weather etc) At the Gravelly Lane junction one of them is down - reported.
'Most Wanted' Criminal Who Stole Car With Two
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.
More - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-25229921
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 - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/retired-lecturer-jailed-after-arranging-6297428
(Obviously that story was already widely carried both on that website and in hard-copy form in the Birmingham Mail newspaper)
Unsolved Hare And Hounds Murder - Marsh Hill - Another Appeal
The police have made a fresh appeal over this local unsolved murder. From the Birmingham Mail website at www.birminghammail.net
`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 justice.
An inquest jury ruled on Wednesday (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."'
West Midlands Police - www.west-midlands.police.uk
Crime Stoppers - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
In Case You Wonder Why "Don't Get Involved" Has Become A
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 murdered him!
(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 crime)
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.
More - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/former-birmingham-deacon-alfred-woodhall-6290218
Attempted murder charge after Stockland Green double stabbing
Read more: www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/Attempted-murder-charge-Stockland-Green-double/story-19984264-detail/story.html#ixzz2jnWqBJtN
Arson - a Birmingham military veterans group's former home has been destroyed in a blaze. The Sons of Rest building, in Brookvale Park, off George Road, Erdington, was engulfed by fire in the early hours of Wednesday October 30th - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/erdington-sons-rest-veterans-club-6254716
(I assume that somewhere it has been shown that arson increases during school-holidays?)
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.
From Erdington Conservatives - Tackling dumped cars on Short Heath Park - www.erdingtonconservatives.org.uk/news/tackling-dumped-cars-short-heath-park
Left Signs Update
(Some of this damage may be accidental/high winds, not vandalism). One on the Bend has been uprooted - I'll report it.
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 Games Page.
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 political proverb.
Actually though, 65 million years ago, giant reptiles -
dinosaurs - DID roam this planet.
Our MP Jack Dromey becomes Shadow Police Minister in Ed Miliband reshuffle - www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/local-news/jack-dromey-shadow-police-minister-6154635
Burglar Carl Anderson
jailed for crushing PC Peter McGinn in Erdington
A 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.
More - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-24302292
Alleged speeding on Jarvis Road. From a resident;
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
An allegation has come in of people going through pavement bin-bags on Sundays looking for Bank Statements and Gas Bills etc in order to commit Identity Theft. Put your bags out as late as possible and shred or pulp finance documents etc - www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-reduction/theft-fraud/identity-theft.asp
ARMED police sent to Edwards Road in Erdington following a fracas - Sunday August 4th - www.suttoncoldfield-people.co.uk/Armed-police-called-street-fracas/story-19638747-detail/story.html
Online Bullying And Trolling etc
There's a lot to be said about this issue of course, most of which has already been said in the media! For what it's worth, I routinely collect all the relevant websites for young people in Erdington, in at least an attempt to prevent them from resorting to using websites in Latvia etc.
Anyway, in order to prevent the Latvian Justice Minister in Riga etc becoming involved in the mainstream education of UK children, here is that LONG list of Midland and national websites for young people, normally kept on the Links Page of course.
At least they'll be quick and easy comeback in the event of any problems using them - www.goosemoor-lane.com/links.htm#thingToJumpTo334
Cyber Mentors (cyber-bullying), www.cybermentors.org.uk
Cyber Smile Foundation (the victims of cyberbullying and hate campaigns), www.cybersmile.org
Note a lesson the country generally has not learnt there post-9/11. I distinctly remember Tony Blair promising to sort out every issue on the entire planet just after that happened. In the end he only thing he sorted out was his own bank-balance of course. How many £10 notes with a woman on them does Tony Blair now have?
(Prediction - all those big buildings that are collapsing in Bangladesh killing hundreds at a time because we like to buy cheap clothes from Primark etc. How much mass resentment at us is secretly building up amongst all those people - or am I the only one noticing such things until suddenly one of OUR big buildings collapses for rather a different technical reason? At which stage whoever our leader is will no doubt then promise us all the earth and deliver damn all real change again - like last time).
Meanwhile a note to anyone thinking of campaigning on anything ever - the minute The Sun newspaper says we should all do something, the ENTIRE population of Liverpool deliberately does the exact OPPOSITE thing - they are probably all now learning Latvian as we speak.
Gravelly Lane Arsonist Jailed
A woman who set fire to her home in Gravelly Lane and threatened to slit her ex-partner’s throat has been jailed for four and half years. Judge William Davis QC told Chanel Allen: “You are certainly somebody who presents a danger to the public for some time to come.” - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/woman-who-set-fire-erdington-5314325
Burnt Out Car In Short Heath Park - Gone
Turned upside down and left more or less in the centre of the park. Has now gone.
Twitter Abuse Row - List of general websites for women
Paul Mason was an absolute clown on Newsnight on this issue (Jeremy Paxman famously announced on Newsnight in the year 2000 that the law had finally caught up with The Internet etc and so everything was now hunky-dory etc. So what happened to that assertion?)
I routinely collect all the Midland and national websites relating to women - www.goosemoor-lane.com/links.htm#thingToJumpTo126
Print the giant list out ladies, and give it all your friends etc - let's see Trolls stop THAT process (it is free ladies so you won't need any bank-notes whoever is on them) - and leave the sex stuff to the dopey Paul Mason.
Allow me to go all "David Maxted" on you - `Newsnight editor Paul Mason up for Bad Sex book award - BBC Newsnight's economics editor Paul Mason has been shortlisted for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Awards 2012 for his debut novel' - www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9690629/Newsnight-editor-Paul-Mason-up-for-Bad-Sex-book-award.html
Sometimes I despair - well in fact I always do these days it seems.
Some good things which might come out of the latest Twitter row - but I doubt it;
1. The realisation that Arthur C Clarke etc sold us a pup with predictions about a `Global Village' leading to a great brotherhood of man etc once we all became interconnected via Technology - I wager that today more people online query what Kim Kardassian HAD for breakfast than query that starving African children had NO breakfast. Forcing that realisation would force PRESENT Technology writers and current Technology creators to force a situation that didn't then damn THEM to history too.
i.e. they'd go all out to create a Technological future we can be proud of instead of the pup Arthur C Clarke etc predicted and got totally wrong.
(Arthur C Clarke invented the telecommunications satellite and wrote 2001 A Space Odyssey - but in the year 2001 itself when it actually came around all we actually got was those dreadful Kilshaws shouting back and forth at that equally dreadful Yank couple via a satellite on TV - remember that bizarre adoption case?)
2. The realisation that the REAL world is infinitely more important than the cyber world. We should try to `barge' cyberspace into the real world rather than barge the real world into cyberspace.
3. Gesture Politics is Dead End Politics. If arguing the toss about who is on a bank-note is such a great endeavour - then how come Labour lost FOUR General Elections in a row when it forever did things like that, and why when Labour did actually win did Tony Blair forever sideline the likes of Harriet Harman, Ken Livingstone, Frank Dobson and Clare Short etc?
4. Reasons why the MTV Generation couldn't win the war in Afghanistan - Number 367 - they turned the non-entity village of Woootton Bassett into the front-line on matters instead of always making sure that Afghanistan itself was the front line in every respect.(Let me get this straight - the idea with the dreadful whining harridan Stella Creasey MP is to make us vote Labour? Or is she David Cameron's secret weapon? To think that some of us were once totally convinced that we'd go to our graves as Labour voters. Hearing Stella Creasey does make you wish you were dead I suppose).
CCTV Images Of Man Wanted For Shoplifting In Erdington
A suspected shoplifter walked into a shop and casually started
to put several items, including chocolate and alcohol into his pockets. He then
threw a bottle of wine at the shopkeeper before running off. The incident
happened in the Holly Lane Newsagent shop in Erdington at around 8.10 pm on
Sunday 26th May. The suspect had entered the shop with two friends.
Anyone who recognises the man in the image should call police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Murder In Gravelly Hill - Guilty Verdict - www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/Life-sentence-killer-Erdington-s-Steven-Downes/story-19509244-detail/story.html
Anthony Brown murder: Erdington man jailed for life - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-23325655
Birmingham Community Safety Partnership Victims Commission Consultation - http://birminghamcsp.org.uk/victims-commission-consultation/
Police Release CCTV To Trace Marsh Lane Gun Attack Suspects
Monday 17/6/2013 - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-23073698
Man Charged In Gravelly Hill Crash Remanded In Custody
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident between the Fiat Brava car and a transit van at around 1.30am to call the collision investigations unit on 101 - www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/Man-charged-Gravelly-Hill-crash-remanded-custody/story-19409572-detail/story.html
Gravelly Hill residents told the Sutton Observer that there had been plans in the past to widen the A5127, where the incident occurred. A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council confirmed that in 2010, residents had been consulted with over whether or not to widen a junction on the road. But the scheme was "withdrawn following the introduction of the current government's austerity measures", they claimed - www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/Witness-appeal-fatal-late-night-crash/story-19419664-detail/story.html
(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
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 - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/rspca-search-man-who-threw-4729873
Newman Road sealed off by cops after dad staged rooftop protest over housing row (Thu 13/6/2013) - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/birmingham-road-sealed-cops-after-4311456
Thugs smashed the back window of a Honda Civic parked on Wood End Road at 12.30am (morning of Thu 13/6/2013) and set it alight - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/arsonists-set-fire-erdington-car-4308058
Man Charged With Attempted Murder Of Police Officer Hit By Car In
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 shed break-in.
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.
Electricity Substation Broken Into Again - Goosemoor Lane
The door is ajar, reported.
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.
More - www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamnorth/news/newsitem.asp?id=13003
Letzgo Hunting - Paedophile Trackers
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.
Website - http://letzgohunting.com
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)
Cannabis Raid - Baldmoor Lane Road
Cops sniff out cannabis plants during operation. Click the link for the details.
Do YOU Understand
THIS Method Of Predicting Moslem Community Trouble? (The Dopey Police Don't)
You must have heard all of the conspiracy-theories, 9/11 and 7/7 were concocted by The Yanks so they could invade Iraq and nick its oil etc - THAT is total nonsense of course - Al Qaeda truly exist and are a very serious threat indeed. However;
Moslem community trouble IS being deliberately concocted by some senior figures at Westminster though, and here I explain how - and as proof I'll even predict in advance WHEN and WHERE they'll do it. The dopey police DON'T understand it when it is explained to them - do YOU understand the method though? Read below and see.
(I'll give an example concerning The Labour Party - but The Tory Party times can be predicted too)
With the departure of David Miliband, we've got
war-criminal Blair looking to find a new "standard-bearer" for his faction of
the Labour Party.
We can wait to see who gets thrown up as the Blairite "standard-bearer", but just some principles about how it can predict the AREA where Moslem trouble gets triggered and WHEN it will be triggered;
Let's imagine that Caroline Flint (Constituency - Don Valley in Sheffield) rejects the idea of being the new `leader' of that Blairite faction, but Liam Byrne (Constituency - Hodge Hill in Birmingham) accepts the role.
Now, e.g. something called Psephology says that a Blairite "standard-bearer" (if wanting to undermine factional rival Ed Miliband) should concoct a BIG row with our Moslems on the next quiet News Day just after the same (current Labour leader) Ed Miliband has already been damaged by something - because doing THAT at THAT time would weaken Ed Miliband FURTHER (whereby he can then be forced out and be replaced by a Blairite as Labour leader instead).
The mechanics of that;
Ed Miliband would be driven DOWN in subsequent opinion-polls by whatever has just damaged him, the Blairite meanwhile is driven UP because ranting at our Moslems favours the Labour/Tory swing-voter (and opinion-polls deliberately reflect that bias rather than giving a result based merely on how many voters make a particular choice).
i.e. the NEXT opinion poll would show the Blairite ranter doing better against Tory David Cameron than Ed Miliband is doing against the same Tory opponent.
(At which point the Blairite can slyly request a swap of leader to the Labour Party at large "In order to beat Tory Cameron" but in reality of course to make THEMSELVES Labour Party leader - simply achieved by provoking our Moslems at the CORRECT time).
So see how our Moslems can be used as "proxies" in such Westminster factional power games?
(An example of a "WRONG" time for a Blairite to
start a BIG argument with our Moslems if wanting to get rid of factional Labour
Party rival Ed Miliband - imagine The Tories start arguing amongst themselves
about Europe. On that occurring, BBC News, ITN, and Sky News etc would start
showing that big division in The Tory Party - which would be GOOD for Labour of
course. However - if The Tories were arguing about Europe, and a Blairite
started a BIG argument with our Moslems TOO, then BBC News, ITN, and Sky News
would start focusing on THAT Moslem row instead and NOT on the Tories damaging
themselves over Europe as much if at all. So it would be like the Blairite was
"helping" The Tories instead of helping Labour. The Labour Party at large would
NOT like the Blairite faction doing that of course, and so would NOT then accept
any recommendation from them over changing the Party leader either - so
obviously for that reason Blairites in The Labour Party DON'T start BIG
arguments with our Moslems whenever The Tories are arguing about Europe).
The dopey police DON'T understand that overall concept even when explained to them and given examples (the dopey police just think that deliberately starting an argument with Moslems before a General Election etc might be what Labour or The Tories do - the idea that the method can be used to get the better of factional rivals within the SAME Party as yourself and that THAT is what Labour and Tory are often doing is beyond the dopey police's understanding).
Note crucially how WHAT might somehow damage Ed Miliband (prompting Blairite factional rivals to suddenly start a BIG argument with our Moslems) may NOT necessarily be an issue revolving around our Moslems themselves - it could be all sorts of things which could weaken Ed Miliband - e.g. some Unions all saying he is their best friend and then all going on strike at the same time etc.
So, if Liam Byrne then rants (at "Moslems in MY Constituency") on that cue;
1. It is possible to predict WHEN he will rant and trigger inevitable community trouble (that time being the next quiet News Day after Ed Miliband has been badly damaged by something).
2. The place which will duly erupt into community trouble is Hodge Hill (MERELY by dint of Byrne NAMING his own Constituency to the fawning Mark Easton at the BBC etc when ranting - Easton and others from ITN etc will make a beeline for THAT named placed, and as a result of the national spotlight being suddenly put on it, it would then become the "epicentre" of resulting community trouble).
3. The place that erupts into community trouble (being Hodge Hill and NOT Don Valley) will have been dictated MERELY by Westminster machinations re Caroline Flint and Liam Byrne (i.e. NOT outright dictated by the actual behaviour of Moslems IN both Hodge Hill and Don Valley)
4. The dopey police (who are always observing ONLY Moslems beforehand remember) will be caught out over both the time AND place of the community trouble.
5. Labour leader Ed Miliband (always claiming that he is a PM-in-waiting etc) WON'T warn the police about factional Labour rival Liam Byrne (despite it being clear from Jo Moore and Damian McBride etc that HOW Psephology works is completely transparent knowledge at the higher echelons of Politics) - which is enough to knock Ed Miliband OUT of mainstream politics IF either proved beforehand OR if the resulting trouble causes major injury/death to a surprised police officer or Moslem and it is THEN subsequently proved
6. Present PM David Cameron WON'T warn the police either - so ditto.
(The Rules Of Evidence prevented me from dragging a Professor Of Politics etc into Court as an Expert Witness to explain how Psephology works - my Solicitors explained that the Harassment Law says that EVEN if you give the police USEFUL information about looming community trouble etc it makes NO difference as to whether it is Harassment to give it to them - so any expert professor etc would simply be ruled as Inadmissible Evidence. A stupid law of course but idiots at Westminster passed that law)
7. The dopey police won't warn the dopey police too (due to failing to understand the abstract concept when repeatedly told) - so even more havoc there, ESPECIALLY if say The West Midlands Police have now foiled a way of warning say The Metropolitan Police.
Do you understand all of that? (And what does it say about the dopey West Midlands Police that THEY don't understand it at all? Certainly their fitness to police multi-ethnic Birmingham is fundamentally questioned by that situation).
Erdington Petrol Station Raiders
CCTV of armed thugs who held up forecourt in Erdington released by detectives. The men walked into the Midland Link garage on Tyburn Road at around 12.20am on Monday, March 18.
Man Found Guilty Of Murdering A Woman In Erdington In Frenzied Knife
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.
More - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/pensioner-found-guilty-murdering-gillian-1763242
Two Arrested Following Drugs Raids In Erdington
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 for distribution.
A second warrant was executed by the team later in the afternoon in Welland Grove where eight plants were found.
More - www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamnorth/news/newsitem.asp?id=12491
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.
More - www.suttoncoldfield-people.co.uk/Man-56-fought-cash-machine-attackers/story-18423269-detail/story.html
Drugs Raid -
POLICE in Erdington have conducted two warrants as they launch a month long crackdown on drugs and drug dealing. The second drugs warrant was conducted at an address in Jarvis Road, Erdington - www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamnorth/news/newsitem.asp?id=11925
Children Dumped By Carjackers - Stockland Green - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-21292358
Four Arrested In Copyright Piracy Crackdown - Perry Common Road - www.fact-uk.org.uk/four-arrested-in-uk-piracy-crackdown/
Glendon Road Teenager Jailed After Tamworth House Raid - www.thisistamworth.co.uk/Teenagers-jailed-Tamworth-house-raid/story-17959034-detail/story.html
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).
More - www.suttoncoldfield-people.co.uk/Raiders-attack-betting-shop-staff/story-17893254-detail/story.html
Erdington Resident Seriously Attacked In Wales "For Being English"
Two Members Of Gun And Machete Gang Jailed For 15 Years
Four men burst into an address in Tyburn Road in Erdington, brandishing the weapons at adults and children before making off with a car worth £15,000 - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/two-members-of-erdington-gun-and-machete-804123
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).
More - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/thieves-steal-erdington-boys-new-389228
Update - After reading about the theft in the Birmingham Mail, several people came forward offering to pay for a new one - www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/erdington-lad-who-had-bike-stolen-390828
Man Charged In Erdington Murder Investigation - Kingsbury Road - Second Man Sought
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.
His condition is described as stable and he is expected to make a full recovery. Police are now appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw the argument before to come forward - www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamnorth/news/newsitem.asp?id=11092
Unsolved Hare And Hounds 2008 Murder - Marsh Hill -
Yet Another Appeal
The police and relatives have made a fresh appeal over this local unsolved murder. From the Birmingham Mail website at www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/the-sister-of-erdington-murder-victim-david-321363
West Midlands Police And Crime Commissioner Results
Bob Jones from the Labour Party has been elected police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands
|Turnout: 238,384 (12.0%)|
|Ayoub Khan||Liberal Democrat||15,413||6.5|
Stabbing In Coton Lane - Erdington - Man Charged
From West Midlands Police;
`A BIRMINGHAM man has appeared in court accused of stabbing an associate in the neck and chest with a knife during an argument. The 48-year-old appeared before Birmingham magistrates on Saturday (Nov 10) charged with attempted murder.
It’s claimed he knifed a 33-year-old man - who remains seriously ill in hospital having suffered a punctured lung - following a row at the victim’s home in Coton Lane, Erdington'- more - www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamnorth/news/newsitem.asp?id=10730
Locals Up Before The Beak
Michelle Ruddock, aged 32, Tedbury Crescent, stole clothing worth £65 from New Look. Fined £110, £85 costs, surcharge £20.
More Than 4,000 Homes Without A Phone-Line After Metal Thieves Strike In
BT engineers working flat out as vandals strip copper off four telephone cables at BT’s Erdington exchange - http://www.birminghammail.net/news/local-news/more-than-4000-homes-without-a-phoneline-283098
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 phone.
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."
Locals Up Before The Beak
Letisha Horton, aged 25, Bromford Close (off Court Lane), stole health products and cosmetics worth £275 from Asda. 12 month community order, £145 costs.
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 near future.
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.
Read More - www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2012/09/25/bus-mugger-gouged-teenager-s-eye-in-erdington-attack-97319-31903082/#ixzz2848PF6x1
Lane Substation Burgled Yet 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 last week (September 2012) the door was open again - is closed now though.
This is part of a national epidemic of course, demand in India and China rocketing the price.
Erdington Man Praised By Police
AN Erdington man who tracked down a violent robber has been hailed as "extremely brave and courageous" by a police superintendent.
Yasser Hussain, aged 30, witnessed a man violently grab a woman from behind, wrenching a handbag from her grip.
And when the crook ran away, brave Yasser took it upon himself to pursue him, which led to the robber dropping the bag and running away;
More - www.suttoncoldfield-people.co.uk/hero-chased-robber-earns-bravery-award/story-16999951-detail/story.html
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, Erdington
More - www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2012/09/24/erdington-man-in-appeal-for-stolen-mini-97319-31892334/
Locals Up Before The Beak
Paul Raymond Whibley, Abbeyfield Road, assault by beating, assault police constable, committed to prison for 9 weeks, suspended for 18 months, £50 compensation, £105 costs
Violent Pype Hayes Burglar Jailed
A FORMER Walsall footballer has been jailed for a violent burglary in which a mother and her two young children were threatened with a hammer.
Shylo Thomas was among three men who kicked their way into an Erdington home before smashing down a bedroom door behind which the young mum was hiding with her children, aged just four and six.
Read More - http://www.birminghammail.net/news/black-country/black-country-news/2012/09/04/former-walsall-fc-player-jailed-for-his-part-in-violent-raid-on-birmingham-home-97319-31763594/#ixzz265EmvMPJ
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 - thank you."
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.
Now - Deep Breath Everyone;
One's reputation is a funny thing, once lost it is considered an absolute downfall - but in fact it can be a rather liberating experience (as an eventual mental-patient who completely lost it in a secondary school attended by around 1500 pupils and 100 fellow members of staff my loss of reputation very many years ago was rather dramatic and very public - but as I say some later advantages did become apparent).
So for around the last week or so (since January when all this started in fact) all sorts of people have been asking and advising me about the following.
To me it is has never really been in doubt though - I've named other local people on the website when convicted in court, and so;
Locals Up Before The Beak
Gary O'Brien, Goosemoor Lane, Harassment Without Violence (against a serving female police officer). Conditional Discharge for 3 years, £250 costs, Restraining Order issued.
Yes, you aren't seeing things - that is me, yours truly, the Webmaster of this very website.
Just to be clear first, the policewoman (whom as a courtesy I won't name here and whom I met at a community group which we both regularly attended for several years) was in tears more than once when in the Witness Box giving evidence, and I am satisfied that I (unwittingly) frightened her even when she was alone in her own dwelling - though the court did accept that my actions were completely unwitting and not deliberate.
(I'd hardly deliberately do such a thing to a policewoman of course. It does rather undo the purpose of this website).
There's an argument that I should have changed my plea to Guilty once she started crying as a Prosecution witness, in order to then spare her cross-examination by the Defence - but I was unsure if that might not make things worse, possibly make it look like I was caring about her a little TOO much - and that was already one strand of the Prosecution case against me.
(The Defence had been loading me up with instructions over what to say and what not to say - and that prevented me doing anything which might turn out to be rash later - even when she started crying at the start of the trial).
It was not my finest hour.
She was very fair with her evidence, I was convinced that she'd stick the knife in - but she didn't. So that was one reason for the lenient sentence surely.
There's an argument too of course that by crying over me scaring her etc she hardly showed herself capable of dealing with rioters and murderers etc as a policewoman, but that's a conclusion I leave others to draw.
Of course I do have to justify things now, or at least attempt to, there are 3 main planks to it;
Explanation Part 1. Much of it stems from the murder of a police officer's parents over in Handsworth Wood earlier in the year, when police themselves then said that someone tracking officers to their homes was a line of inquiry (it turned out later not to be that though).
I'd much earlier been Googling a small number of police officers in order to gain websites for the Links Page (Googling police officers can often bring up community projects which they are involved in - it isn't the main method I use to collect weblinks but it is one of them).
When I Googled her though, her unofficial Facebook page came up as the 2nd result or roundabout. On it (still unwisely I say) she had stated the area where she lived, and her surname is very rare.
In January 2012, the police officer's parents were murdered, and one line of inquiry was that someone was tracking officers to their houses etc.
So I warned her (saying by email and using my established email address with her) saying about the details she had put on Facebook, but she got the wrong end of the stick, and thought I was saying something like "You are next" etc.
(That may sound utterly far-fetched of course since we'd known each other for 4 or 5 years and had met regularly and I've run this this community website warning locals about crime for more than 10 years of course, it did seem very far-fetched to me initially when eventually told by other police that I had frightened her, but this is a very abridged account of overall events - when confronted in court with all of the events which had occurred between us it became clear to me that although my actions were unwitting, several very serious errors of judgement by me had somewhat justified her fear of me in a theoretical sense. A fear which in truth was unwarranted of course - but she didn't see it like that - and she still doesn't in fact. Hence the ongoing Restraining Order - not that I'll try to contact her again anyway of course).
I think she still reckons that I know her address etc, whereas in truth I only know what she herself put on Facebook about where she lives, which was much vaguer.
One stage of the trial was high-farce;
She had blocked me on Facebook without telling me, when the murder occurred I tried to bring her page up to see if her area details were still on there, in order to then warn her to remove them. The page didn't display of course, but I didn't know why.
So I (somewhat frantically) used the Google "cache" facility to bring up the earlier (non-privacy) version of her Facebook page, and from that figured that she was still at risk all along - and so told her by email.
She meanwhile (having herself heard about the murders etc of course) had changed her Facebook privacy settings anyway.
When telling all of this to the District Judge in court though, he then just assumed that I was VERY determined indeed to find out about her personal life etc by resorting to the Google cache facility when blocked by her on Facebook - rather than in fact being determined to find out what the theoretical risk to her was!
Talk about digging yourself into a hole!
Explanation Part 2 - this concerns abstract Politics;
Yesterday (Monday 2/7/2012) the leading Tory Eurosceptic Liam Fox started majorly wittering about Europe, having indicated for a day or so that he was going to do that.
Now - how did or would you respond to that?
1. Go on to state your OWN views about Europe etc once Liam Fox started on about it? (Which is the mere linear response followed by nearly everyone involved subsequently).
Or did you spot this more abstract possibility presented;
2. Conclude that Jack Straw of The Labour Party (who seeing The Tories helpfully tearing themselves apart over Europe in front of the widely reporting media) WOULDN'T want to distract that widespread media reporting by suddenly start a big argument with our Moslems over Veils again etc?
See the simplistic linear option (arguing about Europe once Liam Fox brings it up) compared to the non-linear and less obvious option available (somehow using to your decisive advantage the fact that Jack Straw WON'T then start a big sudden argument with our Moslems)?
e.g. If you have police officers permanently stationed on "stand by" in Sparkbrook etc in case something kicks off with our Moslems due to some Westminster big-mouth, you can temporarily divert some of them to the airport etc.
After all, Jack Straw won't trigger anything in Sparkbrook, but Al Qaeda STILL might at the airport - so you'd then have more security in place to prevent it.
(Also - big rows with Moslems triggered by sudden Westminster outbursts tend to lead to Moslems THEMSELVES then being attacked and requiring police assistance in protecting them and their property - and so working out additional but abstract ways which say when Jack Straw etc WILL and WON'T cause big arguments with them is in theory useful knowledge for the police).
It was THOSE sorts of abstract concepts and possibilities which I was constantly pointing out to the police (including that female officer and others) - but neither they (nor the district judgee in the court case in fact) understood - it was just TOO abstract a concept.>
They just considered it pestering Harassment whenever such abstract possibilities arose due to Westminster power-struggle politics and were then pointed out by me.
(And before you get all conspiratorial over that point - they clearly DON'T understand and aren't just involved in some Political cover-up etc on the issue. When I explain the concept I bait certain `traps' which can catch out a mere denier who does understand the concept really - and I listened VERY intently to the evidence given by the policewoman and also to the comments of the district judge on the topic when that issue arose in court).
e.g. one such trap;
When England start progressing in a Football tournament, The Labour Party quickly starts moving RIGHT, but then snaps back LEFT once England get knocked out - ESPECIALLY if the tournament is when Thhe Tories rule.
Check past World Cups and European Championships etc and you'll see.
(It is to do with complex machinations over certain Voters).
e.g. Labour leader Ed Miliband SUDDENLY attacking Poles who live here last week, but then SUDDENLY turning on Bankers the next week.
It is amazing what losing on Penalties to Italy can achieve - isn't it?
Check the dates.
i.e. WHETHER he rants at our Poles, or not, is ACTUALLY dictated by a Penalty shoot-out and NOT by the ACTUAL issues raised by the existence of Poles in the country at the time.
So hardly a sensible way to debate the issue of Poles in the country of course - but it is the bizarre way in which Westminster chooses to do it.
Now, imagine you DISPUTE that assertion (and The Labour Party does if you put it to them - which I have), and you claim that Ed Miliband is NOT being dictated to by Football outcomes in terms of whether he attacks Bankers or Poles etc at a particular time.
Well I'll predict just this then - assuming England qualify for the 2014 World Cup but DON'T actually then win it (which are both likely scenarios), The Labour Party will suddenly turn on Moslems and Poles etc if England qualify out of the Group stage - but then will turn on Bankers and Aristocrats etc once England get knocked out later.
And the Labour Party Party will do that irrespective of what Moslems, Poles, Bankers, or Aristocrats are actually doing at the time of the 2014 World Cup.
(Similar types of cynical abstract predictions can be made about The Tory Party).
If you DISPUTE that assertion about The Labour Party, well we can just sit back and wait until 2014 can't we? If I'm vindicated then YOU look stupid.
So see once such trap with the concept? The district judge and the police would SEE that trap if they understood the concept - so in theory they CAN now be both trapped by it since they did NOT understand.
(With most such abstract predictions the time-scale is much shorter than 2 years)
Explanation Part 3 - I'm intrigued by organisations like The Rand Corporation - www.rand.org - which effectively say that Right-wing Politics follows innate Human Nature, and that Left-wing Politics goes "against the grain" of Human Nature, and so therefore is doomed to fail.
IS that cynical view of Humanity ultimately true though?
I don't think that it is (and every Jumbo Jet which flies over my head and every Email which I can send and receive via that global Internet malarky etc strongly suggests that it isn't - collectively and ultimately we are FAR more than just a group of self-interested beings I say. We have been around rather a long on this planet shaping it in all sorts of ways - I don't think that can be explained just by cynical self-interest over centuries which would include prehistoric ones).
So something else is going on, and always has been gone on throughout Human history - and I think it is because us men aren't as black as we're sometimes painted.
But can my more noble views of Humanity be PROVED outright against the innately cynical view about Humans?
I am totally driven by that search - I don't like the way Michael Howard acted with the bereaved Bulgers all those years back - I didn't like that at all.
And I liked even less the fact that no-one was able to decisively stop him doing it.
Right-wing ideology does have its place - but not as the governing force of the whole of Humanity all of the time - that's what I say anyway.
It is email number 1407 (from the year 2008) from the Goosemoor Lane E-group which is relevant here - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/goosemoorlane
To understand a key motivation you have to look at things like the Garry Newlove murder;
(He was beaten to death by thugs who had long been causing havoc in the area unchecked)
The detectives who solved the case. Were THEY then promoted?
If they WERE - note what signal THAT then sends to police officers;
i.e. Don't bother trying to deter crime - let it occur, then solve it. The way the job works, THAT'S the easier option from a policing point of view anyway.
Some of us know from bitter personal experience that merely endlessly
wandering around in a uniform as a deterrent who might also catch a criminal in
the act won't beat a detective who solves committed crimes but after the fact -
you won't match the detective over catching criminals nor in front of the
Promotion Board etc.
(Trying to stop the crime by uniformed deterrence does NOT pay dividends in a career sense - whereas becoming a detective and solving crimes AFTER the fact DOES pay career dividends over those crimes like murder where it is the more viable career strategy).
So the actual Public Interest (preventing murder beforehand via Policing) doesn't match the best career prospects in Policing (solve murders after the fact and leave the arguments about deterrence to The Courts - although NO punishment by which can ever bring the dead person back of course).
So the concept I began to explore was this;
If a uniformed police officer was somehow "turbo-charged" by community contacts she made, COULD she then routinely defeat detectives in a career sense?
The police officer I chose for the "experiment" turned out of course to be the one who then did me for Harassment (not helped of course by me attempting to then become romantically interested in her anyway and due to various other errors of judgement I made - like not telling her about the experiment).
I still stand by the basic premise of my actions though;
UNLESS and until the rewards of Policing in career-terms automatically match the Public Interest, then you'll always have an uphill battle trying to get police to comply with the community's interests.
(i.e. if a police officer who turns up at community meetings is then PROPELLED in the job ahead of other officers who don't attend such meetings directly via the community contacts she makes there, it automatically incentivises attendance at such meetings by ALL subsequent police officers).
That was the experiment I was conducting - but a series of misunderstandings by both parties and serious errors of judgement by me (and her) put paid to it.
I do have still the emails she sent me where I thought she was giving me the "come on" - though it wouldn't be fair to print them here so that you can make your own mind up whether she was or wasn't.
(The district judge read them and said that she wasn't giving me the "come on" - though that view wasn't shared by all the female solicitors I showed the emails to. I only know now that she was very distressed in court about what I'd subsequently done - so she certainly isn't interested in me now whatever she thought before).
So there you are - although I ought to point out one final criticism of me which the district judge made - I do tend to state rather long and very detailed explanations for my actions.
Well he did get that bit right I suppose - I think that was caused by that breakdown at the school where I worked.
So full circle.
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!)
Two In Custody For Attempted Burglary -
Witton Lodge Road
Red more - www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamnorth/news/newsitem.asp?id=8633
Tributes Paid To Erdington Mum-Of-Two Lynda Jackson Who Was Found
Strangled At Her Home - Court Lane
From the Birmingham Mail at www.birminghammail.net;
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 time.”
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 School.”
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 incident.
Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder After Erdington House Fire - Church
Road (Off The High Street)
Read More - www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2012/05/05/man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-murder-after-erdington-house-fire-97319-30904775/#ixzz1ur7Vq9jm
Dead Body Found In Burned-Out Car In Scrapyard - Gravelly Lane
- Foul Play Ruled Out
More Locals Up Before the Beak
Barry Reginald Kenneth Wright - Dovedale Road - produced a quantity of cannabis. 12-month community order, £85 costs.
Jamie Lee Exhall - Gravelly Lane - unlawful damage to the cost of £50. 2-year conditional discharge, £50 compensation, £105 costs.
Another Of The Barnett
Clan Erstwhile Of Goosemoor Lane Jailed
This time for armed-robbery - www.itv.com/news/central/2012-03-30/seven-men-jailed-for-52-years-for-conspiracy-to-commit-armed-robbery/
Locals Up Before The
(Only those convicted are added - e.g. those on Remand in prison aren't added unless and until found Guilty)
Man Sentenced To Six Years
Following Goosemoor Lane Robbery
From West Midlands Police at www.west-midlands.police.uk
`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 injuries.
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."'
Birmingham Man's Eight-Year
Sentence For Hammer Attack On Friend - Johnson Road
`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
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 insurance.
"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."
Murder - Croydon Road
We've had a murder in Croydon Road in Erdington (by Wheelwright Road) with a charged suspect now remanded in custody;
5 Days In August - The Riots In 2011
"Our remit 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."
Four Erdington Men Jailed For Life - Murder Of Kingstanding
Read More - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-16136111
Recent Goosemoor Lane Resident Guilty Of Armed Robberies
- Long Sentences
From the West Midlands Police at www.west-midlands.police.uk
`Three men have today (Friday 2/12/2011) been sentenced to a total of 41 years following a series of robberies in Sutton Coldfield and Pheasey.
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 firearm.
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 firearm officers.
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 bullet-proof vests.
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 Goosemoor Lane).
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.
On Monday 24 October 2011 a man had property stolen from him in the Hairy Lemon Public House on Erdington High Street - www.themissinglist.co.uk/police-appeal/man-robbed-in-the-hairy-lemon-cctv-issued-erdington
Latest Locals Up Before The Beak
Courtesy of the Birmingham Mail;
Matthew Hilton Phipps, aged 38, Chipstead Road. Assault. Sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months. Compensation of £120 and £105 costs.
Nathaniel Augustus Notice, aged 27, Jarvis Road. Assault by beating. Sentenced to a Community Order for 6 months and 100 hours unpaid work. Restraining Order issued and £250 compensation.
More Details Re A Recent Local Assault
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 this in;
"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 - www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamsouth/news/newsitem.asp?id=5136
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 incident."
Two Quizzed Over Assault
- Six Ways
From the Birmingham Mail;
`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
"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 alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
"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 business.
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 Business.
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 panic.
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".
email - Robert.Alden@birmingham.gov.uk
Perry Common Community Watch - email@example.com
Local Streetwatch schemes (Calthorpe, Cannon Hill, Highgate, Wake Green), www.kedgeweb.co.uk/streetwatch/schedules/westmidlands/
Street Pastors - www.streetpastors.org.uk
Relevant TV shows;
Tonight Special: Taking Back the Streets, ITV 1, 7.30pm, Wednesday - www.itv.com/news/tonight/
Why Are They Rioting? - Sky News, 8pm, Thursday - http://news.sky.com/home/topic-pages/uk-riots/live-debate
Question Time - BBC 1, 10.35pm, Thursday, - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/question_time/
"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 imitation firearm.
Daniel Broderick, 17 years-old and also from Erdington, was handed a three and a half year sentence for his involvement in the attempted robbery.
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 arrested.
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 officers."
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."
Events In Norway Last Week
That atrocity has been widely reported in the mainstream media already, some relevant websites;
Royal Norwegian Embassy in London - www.norway.org.uk
BBC News - www.bbc.co.uk/news
ITV News - www.itv.com/news
Sky News, http://news.sky.com/skynews
Fash Watch (anti-Fascist), www.fashwatch.org
Searchlight Magazine (against Racism and Fascism), www.searchlightmagazine.com
Unite Against Fascism, www.uaf.org.uk
More Locals Up Before The Beak (July 2011)
Tony Dhalai, aged 41, of Gravelly Lane, Erdington, admitted causing £200 of criminal damage to a Ford Fiesta and failing to surrender to court bail. He was ordered to pay £200 compensation and £105 costs.
Tyrel Lewis-Hill, aged 20, of Witton Lodge Road, Erdington, admitted possession of cannabis and possession of a black sheath knife in a public place without lawful authority. He was given an attendance centre order and must attend for 36 hours. In addition he was ordered to pay £105 costs.
Shaun Ellis, aged 25, of Gravelly Lane, Erdington, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply. He was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work and pay £50 costs.
Aiden Hawkeswood, aged 23, of Gravelly Lane, Erdington, admitted possession of herbal cannabis. He was fined £65 and ordered to pay £160 costs.
Wayne Payne, aged 28, of Somerset Road, Erdington, admitted possession of cannabis. He was remanded on unconditional bail until August 5 at Birmingham Magistrates' Court to tie up with other cases.
Michael Hayton, aged 23, of Gretton Road, Erdington, admitted assaulting a female by beating her on two occasions. He was remanded on conditional bail until July 7 at Birmingham Magistrates' Court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and must not contact his victim.
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 cyclist.
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 canal.
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
From the Birmingham Mail at www.birminghammail.net
`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 with her,
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 permanent scar."
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’ imprisonment.
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;
Read More http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2011/06/22/erdington-teacher-matthew-fludgate-says-life-has-been-destroyed-by-rape-claims-97319-28918283/#ixzz1QVItu9lb
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.
Latest Locals Up Before The Beak
Scon Cutler, aged 24, of Sheddington Road, Erdington. Admitted using racially-aggravated threatening behaviour with intent to cause a belief that immediate unlawful violence would be used against a police community support officer. He was fined £65 and ordered to pay £70 costs.
Richard Whetton, aged 23, of The Hurstway, Erdington. Admitted assaulting a police constable in the execution of her duty, assaulting a police sergeant in the execution of his duty and possession of cocaine. He was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £145 costs.
Mark Reeves, aged 19, of Dovedale Road, Erdington. Admitted possession of cannabis and failing to surrender to court bail. He was fined £115 and ordered to pay £120 costs.
Keith Suckling, aged 46, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington. Admitted committing fraud by dishonestly making a false representation, by attending a pharmacy with a fraudulent prescription with a dishonest request for diazepam on seven occasions and Nitrazapam, Flucloxacillin and Warfarin on one occasion and handling stolen goods, namely a Good Hope Hospital prescription. He was committed to Birmingham Crown Court for sentence on July 5.
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!
Latest Locals Up Before The Beak
Matthew Thrupp - aged 33, of Turfpits Lane, Erdington, admitted assaulting a female by beating her. He was remanded on conditional bail until June 9 at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates' Court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and must not contact his victim.
Joseph Slattery - aged 26, of South Road, Erdington, admitted assaulting a female by beating her. He was given an 18-month supervision order and is required to participate in a alcohol treatment programme for 14 days. He was also given a two-year restraining order and must not contact his victim and must pay £50 compensation and £105 costs.
Sean Kinsella - aged 23, of Perry Common Road, Erdington, admitted taking a vehicle without consent, driving while disqualified, drink-driving when he was found to be over twice the limit, driving without insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, causing £100 of criminal damage to a vehicle, interfering with two vehicles with intent to steal, causing £30 of criminal damage to a fence panel and committing further offences during the operational period of a suspended sentence order. He was jailed for 16 weeks and disqualified from driving for 22 months.
Daniel Murphy - aged 23, of Nescliffe Grove, Erdington, admitted causing criminal damage by destroying one lock and a window worth £250 belonging to Oscott Social Club. He was remanded on bail until June 24 at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates' Court to tie up with other cases
Darren Park - aged 39, of Witton Lodge Road, Erdington, admitted using threatening behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £67.50 costs.
Samantha Southern - aged 38, of Witton Lodge Road, Erdington, admitted using threatening behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress. She was fined £100 and ordered to pay £67.50 costs.
Stefan Hearne - aged 20, of Tedbury Crescent, Erdington, admitted possession of cannabis and taking a motorcycle without consent. He was given an attendance centre order and must attend for 24 hours. In addition he was ordered to pay £105 costs.
Nathan Blankson - aged 36, of Green Lanes, Wylde Green, intentionally exposed his genitals intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm or distress. He must participate in a sex offender group work programme at the Probation Service for 16 sessions, pay £145 costs and notification requirement to register with the police for five years.
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 laptop computer.
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 wanted."
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 difficult time."
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 prevention work
'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 against offenders
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
More - www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/crime/baroness-newlove-report
Keep Left Signs Update
(Some of this damage may be accidental/high winds, not vandalism). Two at the Goosemoor Lane/Gravelly Lane junction have been uprooted and replaced by cones - all the ones at the Goosemoor Lane/Gravelly Lane junction were unlit - fixed. Council is aware.
Latest Locals Up Before The Beak
Tony Dhalai, aged 41, of Gravelly Lane, Erdington, admitted using racially-aggravated threatening behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress and causing £300 of criminal damage to a sweet-machine and the driver's window and front-windscreen of a Mercedes van. He was fined £115, ordered to pay £300 compensation and £15 costs.
Stefan Hearne, aged 20, of Tedbury Crescent, Erdington, admitted
taking a motorcycle without consent and possession
of cannabis. He was remanded on unconditional bail until May 16 at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates' Court, for a pre-
sentence report to be prepared.
Stephen Leonard, aged 55, of South Road, Erdington, admitted sending a message and making two telephone-calls which were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character. He received a six-week prison sentence suspended for a year and during the 12-month supervision period he must participate in a domestic abuse course for 30 days, have treatment for alcohol dependency and attend appointments with the Probation Service. He was given a restraining order, must not contact his victim and was ordered to pay £105 costs.
North Block Door Broken
The security-door to this Topcroft Road maisonette block is broken - reported.
Wolverhampton Double Murder: Police Batter Down Wrong Door On The
In trying to solve a very serious crime, it appears that police initially raided the wrong house in Erdington;
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.
3 men have now been charged with murder;
Still More Locals Up
Before The Beak
• Keith Suckling, aged 45, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, admitted committing fraud when he attended a pharmacy with a fraudulent prescription for diazepam and handled stolen goods, namely a Good Hope Hospital prescription. He was remanded on bail until May 9 at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates' Court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.
• Wayne Abbotts, aged 36, of Johnson Road, Erdington, shoplifting packaged fish worth £55 from Iceland in High Street, Erdington. He was given a 16-month conditional discharge.
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 Convictiooonn
(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 incident).
From the Birmingham Mail at www.birminghammail.net
`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 April 2011).
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 any harm.
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.'
West Midlands Fire Service,
Fire Kills, http://firekills.direct.gov.uk
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 injuries.
Still More Locals Up Before The Beak
Once again, the below court-cases have 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 those mainstream media reports verbatim here;
Mark Sheard, aged 49, of Jarvis Road, Erdington, used threatening
behaviour causing a fear of violence being used
against a female. He received a three-month prison sentence suspended for a year. During the 12-month supervision
period he must participate in a low intensity alcohol programme for 14 sessions over 28 days. In addition, he was ordered to pay £85 costs.
David Hayfield, aged 31, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, admitted
shoplifting £60 of meat from the Co-op. He was given a 12-month supervision
order and must participate in 24 sessions of a thinking skills programme. In
addition he was
ordered to pay £50 compensation.
Adam Cusack Murder In Birches Green In Erdington - Trial Verdict
From the Sutton Observer newspaper - www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk
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."
Declan Moore, aged 17, will serve a minimum of 12 years.
Yet More Locals Up Before The Beak
Once again, the below court-cases have 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 those mainstream media reports verbatim here;
• Louis Barnett, aged 18, of Goosemoor Lane, Erdington, admitted failing to comply with the requirements of a suspended sentence order when he failed to attend two supervision appointments. His suspended sentence of detention was implemented as an eight-week sentence.
• Keith Suckling, aged 45, of Goosemoor Lane, Erdington, admitted shoplifting meat worth £43.93 from the Co-op. He was required to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work and to pay compensation of £21.97 and £80 costs
• Colin Thornton, aged 29, of Jarvis Road,
Erdington, admitted failing to comply with the notification requirements
of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 when he failed to attend a police station to complete his annual registration on the
sex offenders register.
He was fined £150 and ordered to pay £100 costs.
Twitter Row Erdington Councillor Gareth Compton Stands Down
From the Birmingham Mail - www.birminghammail.net
`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 return.
And it seemed that the Conservative Party was preparing to reinstate him as candidate for Erdington, when it emerged that he had withdrawn.
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 them about.
Cable-Box Was Busted Open - Goosemoor Lane - Fixed
By the alley on Goosemoor Lane which leads to The Rose And Crown, now repaired.
Guard Hit With Crowbar In Erdington High Street Armed Robbery;
Read More www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2011/02/09/guard-hit-with-crowbar-in-erdington-armed-robbery-97319-28143271/#ixzz1DxIrcny1
Erdington Drug Racket Couple Are Put Behind Bars;
Read More www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2011/02/07/erdington-drug-racket-couple-are-put-behind-bars-97319-28127379/#ixzz1DxM5IqP5
Attempted Murder - Bowling Green
From the Birmingham Mail at www.birminghammail.net
`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 Birmingham home.
Susan Spooner, aged 53, needed emergency brain surgery after suffering a serious head injury, broken cheekbone, facial injuries and a dislocated shoulder.
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 suspicious.
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, said:
"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 hospital.
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."
Website - www.west-midlands.police.uk
Police UK Website - Local Crime Information
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 returned;
www.police.uk/overview/?q=Goosemoor Ln, Birmingham B23 5, UK
(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.
More Locals Up Before The Beak
I don't normally carry these unless we get a "bumper" week locally.
Once again the below court-cases have 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;
Thomas McAlinden, aged 26, of Abbeyfield Road, Erdington, admitted causing £96 of criminal damage to a window belonging to Birmingham City Council. He was ordered to pay £96 compensation and £85 costs.
Sean Farnell, aged 29, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, admitted failing to comply with a community order by being absent from his place of curfew on nine occasions. His original offences of theft of a purse and bank cards, theft of two Betty Boo figures worth £98.98 from Greetings 2000, theft of 12 boxes of Milk Tray worth £39 belonging to the Co-op, theft of household cleaning items worth £31.48 from Tesco Express and failing to surrender to bail were re-sentenced. He was jailed for nine weeks due to persistent offending and breach of community orders.
Leighton Hughes, aged 31, of Bowling Green Close, Erdington, admitted being concerned in the production of cannabis. He was given an 18-month supervision order, required to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £100 costs.
Samuel Hunt, aged 28, of Johnson Road, Erdington, admitted shoplifting after stealing two leather jackets worth £199.98 belonging to TK Maxx and failing to answer court bail. He was jailed for four weeks due to his previous record and his failure to comply with previous non-custodial penalties and the preparation of the report.
(An Abbeyfield Road resident jailed for robbery below)
Riyadh Farhaan, of Normandy Close, was convicted of one count of robbery at Stafford Crown Court. The 19-year-old received a 12-month suspended prison sentence and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community work.
The group of men, all aged under 20, stole gold chains from women in August last year during a crime spree in Handsworth and Aston.
Jewellery was grabbed from the neck of each victim before the offenders made off in a nearby getaway car.
A West Midlands Police CID spokesman said:
"These men specifically targeted lone female victims and snatched a number of gold necklaces in a short period of time. Thanks to a number of detailed witness reports, CCTV footage and good investigative work, we were quickly able to identify the four men involved. We hope the sentencing of these individuals sends a clear message that crime will not be tolerated in Birmingham."
Reiss Thompson, aged 18, of Northcroft Way, Erdington, admitted three counts of robbery. He received a 20-month custodial sentence.
Lamar Solmon, aged 19, of Abbeyfield Road, Erdington, also admitted three counts of robbery and was handed an 18-month sentence.
Harvey Kowa, aged 18, from Coronation Walk, Walsall, was convicted of two counts of robbery. He also received a 12-month suspended sentence.
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 that.
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.
Locals Up Before The Beak
I don't normally carry these unless we get a "jackpot" week locally.
Once again the below court-cases have 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;
Mark Wall, aged 36, of Topcroft Road, Erdington, admitted burgling Cookes Furniture Store in Goosemoor Lane, and stealing two stone candle holders worth £398 and possession of methadone, a Class A controlled drug. He was jailed for 18 weeks due to his prolific offending and non-compliance with community orders.
David Hayfield, aged 31, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, admitted assaulting a police constable in the execution of his duty and using threatening behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress. He was fined £100, ordered to pay £50 compensation and £120 costs.
Kenneth Hill, aged 56, of Cecil Road, Erdington, admitted failing to comply with the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act when he failed to notify the police of his address within three days of being released from prison and commission of a further offence before serving his sentence in full. He was jailed for 26 weeks (a further 18 weeks in addition to the eight weeks left to serve on his original sentence).
'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.
Read more - www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2010/12/22/lazy-erdington-postman-kept-9-000-letters-97319-27870249/
He lives on Witton Lodge Road but it doesn't say where he supposed to be delivering to.
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 elderly lady.
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, said:
"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 police."
Woman Sent To Secure Psychiatric Hospital After Killing Daughter -
(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).
From the Birmingham Mail website at - www.birminghammail.net
`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 verdict.
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 floor.
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."
Car Chase - Summer Road/Short Heath
From the Sutton News newspaper - http://icsuttoncoldfield.icnetwork.co.uk
`TWO suspects are on the run after failing to stop in a police chase in Erdington on Monday 2/8/2010.
An eye-witness said three police cars pursued a blue Vauxhall Vectra along Summer Road, before the two male occupants abandoned it in Short Heath Road.
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 exercises."
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 lives.
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 www.birminghammail.net
`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 violence.
"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.
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2 Men Attacked In Separate Incidents
- Witton Lodge Road/The Yenton
"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).
Locals Up Before The Beak
Court convictions like these are normally routinely reported in various media, so I tend not to list them here.
However, occasionally I relent - especially if we get a "jackpot" week concerning people who are very local, and who if spotted outside might be in breach of their Licence;
■ Nathan Smith, aged 23, of Gravelly Lane, Erdington, pleaded guilty to vehicle interference, with the intention of theft and failing to surrender to court bail. He was remanded in custody until July 2 at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates' Court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. Bail was not granted as he has been at large for 18 months.
■ Errol McLean, aged 40, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders register by failing to attend his annual registration. He was fined £100 and ordered £15 costs, with one days detention deemed served.
(That one has already been widely and fully reported in the area - in The Sutton Observer etc - so I feel justified in listing it here).
■ Luke Harvey, aged 20, of Court Lane, Erdington, pleaded guilty to the to the theft of items worth £360, including a sat nav, from a motor vehicle.
He was handed a community order, with a six-month curfew from 10pm until 7am, which will be monitored electronically and received the same sentence and order to pay costs.
He must also undertake 40 hours of unpaid work.
Update - Luke Harvey , aged 20, of Court Lane, Errddington, admitted failing to comply with the community requirements of a suspended sentence when he failed to attend two appointments. He received a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for 18 months.
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 the park."
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 drug-raids etc;
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 Somerton Drive.
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 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, Erdington, Birmingham.
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 5000."
Locals Up Before The Beak
Court convictions like these are normally routinely reported in various media, so I tend not to list them here.
However, occasionally I relent - especially if we get a "jackpot" week concerning people who are very local, and who if spotted outside might be in breach of their Licence;
■ Reece Ames, aged 18, of Turfpits Lane, Erdington, pleaded guilty to the theft of items worth £360, including a sat nav, from a motor vehicle.
He was handed a community order, with a six-month curfew from 10pm until 7am, which will be monitored electronically.
He was also ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work and pay £50 costs.
■ Louis Barnett, aged 18, of Goosemoor Lane, Erdington, pleaded guilty to the same offence.
He was given a 12-week sentence of detention, suspended for 18 months.
Barnett was also placed under a six-month curfew from 10pm until 7am, which will be monitored electronically, and ordered to pay £50 costs.
■ Daniel Wright, aged 21, of Dunslade Road, Erdington, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence.
He was ordered to remain under curfew from 9pm until 6am for six months, which will be monitored electronically.
He was told to pay £50 costs.
Linda Burt - Trident Close. Police Face Civil-Trial Into Custody Death
From the Birmingham Mail website at www.birminghammail.net
`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 Trident Close."
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 family’s solicitors.'
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."
Crime Stoppers if you prefer - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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 11-12/5/2010.
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;
Gravelly Lane Youth Jailed For Bus-Stop Robbery
From the Birmingham Mail website at - www.birminghammail.net
"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 ground.
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
From the Birmingham Mail website at www.birminghammail.net;
`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 attempted carjacking.
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, Erdington.
The victim suffered serious facial injuries and continues to undergo reconstructive surgery.
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 forensically examined.'
From the Sutton Observer website at www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk
"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 forensically examined."
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;
In July 2006, Justin Murphy's life was taken by a hit and run driver off his head on drugs and who also was a disqualified driver.
Facebook campaign - www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=367004381517&ref=mf&v=info#!
More details about the case;
Two Men Jailed For Life For The Murder Of Antony Ames Outside The Place 2b
From the Birmingham Mail website at www.birminghammail.net
`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 years.
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 him again
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.
From the BBC - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8560720.stm
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary website - www.hmic.gov.uk
Court Lane Death - Foul Play Now Ruled Out
It was initially thought to be be murder - but that has now been ruled out. The latest report is now on the News Page
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 actually injured.
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 house;
`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 in.
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 them off."
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 abroad.
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
At the junction with Court Lane, by the 7/65 to-city bus stop. Fixed
West Midlands Police Authority Listening Campaign - North Birmingham
Monday 22 February 2010, Hollyfields Centre, Woodacre Road, Erdington, 7pm - 9pm.
For more info;
Gay Abuse Erdington Man (Cranleigh House) Handed Birmingham's First ASBI
From the Birmingham Mail website at www.birminghammail.net
`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 nuisance tenants.
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 hallway.
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’ complaints.
Coun Ayoub Khan, cabinet member for community safety said:
"This is a landmark case for the city and I am pleased with the outcome."'
Court Lane Burglary - 7/12/2009
From the Sutton Observer newspaper at www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk
`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 they arrived."
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.
The Crime Map
Enter your postcode, it tells you the level of reported crime etc.
Four Years Jail For 999 Crash Burglar - The Yenton
From the Sutton News website at http://icsuttoncoldfield.icnetwork.co.uk
`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 brick wall."
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 injuries.
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 injuries."'
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 (Wednesday) 11/2/2009.
More on this, from the Birmingham Mail website at www.birminghammail.net
`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 accident happened.
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 daughter, Siobhaun.
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 the collision.
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 her name.
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.
(If and when the project starts in Birmingham, I'll put it on the Links Page)
The Station Road Sign Is Snapped In Half Again
(This might've been an accident) By the bridge, has been reported here - www.fixmystreet.com/report/75734
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.
TV's Ashley Jailed - The Place 2B - Chester Road - Update
From The Sutton Observer website at www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk
<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 for life.
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 well."
The incident in January came amid 18th birthday party celebrations at the venue.
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 television ahead'.
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 Make Arrest In Connection To Double Shooting-Erdington
From West Midlands Police website at www.west-midlands.police.uk
`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.'
(Northcroft Way is in Stockland Green).
Programme Paragon - West Midlands Police Public Consultation Project
Murder - Court Lane/Chester Road Junction - More
From the BBC website at www.bbc.co.uk
`Two men have appeared in court charged with murdering a man who died when a car mounted a footpath.
Antony Ames, 21, died after being hit by a car on Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield, early on Saturday. Two other people were injured.
Anthony Terry Stuart, 30, of Erdington, and Brett David Cole, 32, from Perry Common, have been charged with murder and attempted murder.
They were remanded in custody and are due at Crown Court on 6 August.
Mr Stuart, of Broomhill Road, Erdington, and Mr Cole, of Weycroft Road, Perry Common, appeared at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.
They are due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court.
Mr Ames was pronounced dead in hospital.
In a statement released by West Midlands Police, his mother, Michelle Ames, described him as "a character" and said he had "a loud personality".
She said: "Antony was my eldest son, he was only 21 years old and popular with all of his friends.
"He was just one of the crowd who liked going out with his mates and had just started to settle down with his girlfriend, Shaunie.
"Our house was never quiet when Antony was at home and things will never be the same again.
"Antony had his whole life ahead of him and our family and friends are devastated and distraught by his death. We will all miss him very much."'
Action - Community Priorities
From West Midlands Police website at www.west-midlands.police.uk
0845 113 5000 ext 7851 6252 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The priorities for Erdington neighbourhood are:
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||Neighbourhood Tasking||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 detailed above.|
|Wed 26 Aug 2009 6pm||Neighbourhood Tasking||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 detailed above.|
|Fri 28 Aug 2009 6pm||Police Surgery||1 Alnwick House, Jarvis Road, Erdington.|
|Wed 16 Sept 2009 6pm||Police Surgery||1 Alnwick House, Jarvis Road, Erdington.|
|Wed 23 Sept 2009 6pm||Neighbourhood Tasking||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 detailed above.|
|Tues 6 Oct 2009 6pm||Police Surgery||1 Alnwick House, Jarvis Road, Erdington.|
|Wed 21 Oct 2009 6pm||Neighbourhood Tasking|
|Mon 26 Oct 2009 6pm||Police Surgery||1 Alnwick House, Jarvis Road, Erdington.|
|Wed 18 Nov 2009 6pm||Neighbourhood Tasking|
|Mon 23 Nov 2009 6pm||Police Surgery||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 report;
"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, needs fixing.
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."'
Home Office Reducing Violence Against Women Page
Community Payback (Making Criminals
Wear Orange etc)
Cable Box Busted Open - Witton Lodge Road - Fixed
By the to-city 7 and 65 bus stop. Fixed.
Man Jailed For Life For Murder Of Lee Wellard -
From the Birmingham Mail website at http://www.birminghammail.net/
`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 neck.
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;
Crime Above Is For 2009
Man Found In Erdington With Fatal Stab Wounds
More havoc in Gravelly Hill. From http://www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk/
`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 113 5000.'
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 Lavintine’s property.
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 and down."
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 http://www.birminghammail.net/
`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 Green.
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 come forward."
"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 uprooted.
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 better idea.
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 too.
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 situation?
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.
Top Croft Paedophile Jailed
From the Birmingham Mail at http://www.birminghammail.net/
"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 police.
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."
West Midlands Police Sat Nav Advice Page;
CCTV In Police Base - Jarvis Road
The cameras in Jarvis Road only cover a limited area. Maybe a good idea for the Police to have a camera in their office at Arundel House?
"APPEAL FOLLOWING ROBBERY AND ASSAULT IN ERDINGTON, BIRMINGHAM
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.
West Midlands Police YouTube Site
West Midlands Police shorts films on crime prevention etc - www.youtube.com/westmidlandspolice
Erdington MP Joins Police On Front Line
From the Sutton Observer website at http://www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk/
`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 Simon.
"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 http://www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk/
`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' plans.
"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 incident.
"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.
All three incidents were reported to the police and they finally came out on the third time.
S.o.c.o (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 was,
`Oh well, if it happens again we will try to get to you'!
After 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.
So 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.'
Police Plea Over Erdington High Street Church Arson
From Birmingham Mail at http://www.birminghammail.net/
`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 responsible."
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 fire."
* Detectives at Queens Road CID can be contacted on 0845 113 5000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.'
Latest From West Midlands Police on www.west-midlands.police.uk/suttoncoldfield/erdington.shtml
"Anti-social behaviour (updated 20/03/08):
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 informed.
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.
Contact the team:
Telephone: 0845 113 5000 ext 7851 6252
Email: email@example.com "
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
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 Sought Ideas On Tackling Crime
From Sutton Observer http://www.thisissuttoncoldfield.co.uk/
`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."
Anyone wishing to add their views is asked to visit www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/crime or write to Freepost, PO Box 1748, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 4XR.'
Child Abduction - Sutton New Road - Erdington - E-Fit Of Offender
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An extremely serious incident has occurred at the junction of Station Road and Sutton New Road. This from West Midlands Police;
"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 Erdington.
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 Nechells area.
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 Nechells.
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 incident.
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
By the first 7/65 bus stop. Fixed - Again!
Crime Above Is For 2008
Local crime for 2001 - 2007
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