Inspector Vanessa Eyles
Inspector Vanessa Eyles

Following the successful webchat in December with Northfield Inspector Vanessa Eyles we will be jointly hosting another, alongside West Midlands Police, today.

Worried about anti-social behaviour? Want to know what officers are doing to reduce crime near you? Want to speak to somebody about local concerns?

Inspector Eyles will be available between 6pm and 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd May 2013 to answer of your questions about policing and issues in the Northfield constituency.

On this occasion, Northfield MP Richard Burden will be joining Inspector Eyles for the webchat.

Northfield constituency consists of four wards: Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley. If you live in any of these areas and have questions you would like to ask the Inspector, simply visit this page  and submit your questions live between 6pm and 7.30pm. You don’t need to register or sign up, and you can also remain anonymous if you wish!

If you can’t watch the chat live, leave your questions in the comments section at the bottom of this page and we will present them during the session. (You’ll be able to replay the chat at a later time)

You can view the last webchat here


NB Newest updates at top – scroll down for more updates. This chat is moderated so please be patient! :)


  1. Hello. Why do we not see police in and around Frankley? Also, is there a lot of crime in the area as there seems to be lots of youths hanging around. J.

    I would appreciate a reply.

    • Reply from Inspector Vanessa Eyles: “Hi James.

      Sergeant Pierpoint and the Longbridge neighbourhood team carry out a great deal of patrols across the ward and two locations in Frankley – namely Miranda Close and Arden Road – have received greater levels of patrolling over the past few months.

      As mentioned in a previous answer by Richard, I would certainly encourage opportunities and activities in the area for young people but we have to appreciate that young people regularly ‘hang around’ but are not necessarily doing anything wrong.

      Although you may not always see our officers, I can assure you we are regularly patrolling in Frankley.”

  2. Nothing new…just the usual evasiveness.
    Mobile phones when driving was answered with the police deal with this when and where possible…well i can tell you now, you have lost the battle.
    I get the bit about telling the police when i see people taking or smoking drugs in northfield…trouble is i would need a constant direct line. How about the police doing something about it…again, lost the battle.
    The MP said about cuts in police money…well if crime is supposed to be coming down with the cuts then what were the police wasting it on before…you can’t have it both ways.
    I asked if sirens were legal after 11pm..perhaps the police don’t know as there was no answer to that. just something about response time.
    In relation to the helicopter…3 hrs to arrest one man…no doubt there were half a dozen police cars there as well…judging by the sirens wailing.
    While i’m on about police cars…dont they have to adhere to speed limits on the A38 when not in emergency…i had one tailgate me as a went at 30mph past the Woodlands without the lights or sirens…then drive past at the first opportunity. I suppose i should of chased them and reported it on crimestoppers with a description.


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