Baptist Church Meet & Greet Jan '11
Members of Northfield Neighbourhood Policing Team with Town Centre Manager Liz Newton at a ‘Meet and Greet’, Jan ’11.Image courtesy of Visit Northfield.

Received from Sgt Sarah Burton, with thanks:

Northfield Neighbourhood team have completed a variety of tasks and investigations throughout March.

We have executed a warrant issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act on the ward and recovered a quantity of herbal cannabis. The offender was arrested and charged with the offence of possession of cannabis and is currently on bail to attend Birmingham Magistrates Court.

We have also been working with the Safer Travel Team and National Express Inspectors conducting bus operations in Northfield Town Centre. The purpose of these operations is engage with and reassure members of the community travelling on the bus network and identify offenders that travel on the buses without paying their fares or are acting in an anti social manner. During our last operation over 30 individuals were travelling on the buses without a valid ticket.

During the month we have also looked at our plans for the half term / Easter Period and have arranged a number of activities on the ward. We have a range of activities taking place in Northfield Town Centre between 9th and 23rd April. We also have a meet and greet in Fairfax Road on the 7th April and the MOVE bus will be in Fairfax Road on the 10th April. The MOVE bus is an excellent facility for young people to come and use.

This month I have also met with Northfield Town Centre manager Liz Newton regarding the launch of the Retail Crime Operation in Northfield Town Centre on the 6th April . The Retail Crime Operation is a business led scheme. Through Safer Northfield Partnership, funding of £2,000 was secured for 15 businesses on the high street to join the RCO for one year. In future years, businesses will either have to each pay for themselves, or the cost may be covered by a Business Improvement District (BID) if Northfield is successful in achieving this.

Northfield Shopping Centre is already a member, and our grant will allow the following businesses to join:

  • Tesco
  • Cool Trader
  • Farmfoods
  • Aldi
  • Sainsburys
  • Argos
  • Home Bargains
  • B&M
  • Store Twenty One
  • Burtons
  • Boots
  • Just for Pets
  • Debra
  • Black Horse
  • Northfield Town Centre Partnership

Participating businesses submit a report every time there is an incident (eg attempted theft, theft, antisocial behaviour, criminal damage) or they exclude someone, and through the scheme offenders can be excluded from all participating stores. Each month the businesses will receive the RCO’s monthly bulletin of high interest offenders, plus an extra bulletin of offenders likely to operate in Northfield. The RCO will identify these offenders, although the police/our businesses can suggest people that should appear in the bulletin if they’re of particular interest and as long as they’re already on the RCO’s database.

Our tasking meetings took place on the 17th and 24th of March and our new priorities can be found on the Northfield neighbourhood website at www.west-midlands.police.uk .

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