Hopefully a fun and peaceful Halloween was enjoyed by most across south west Birmingham last night – however residents in some areas reported incidents of unacceptable levels of anti-social behaviour.
One area which seems to have born the brunt of excessive Halloween “pranks” by a minority of youngsters is Rednal and Rubery, from Lickey Road to Leach Green Lane and beyond.
Masks and hoods
There were reports of lit fireworks, bricks and eggs being thrown at properties, vehicles and people, garden fences were pulled down and in one incident, a man’s car was rolled onto it’s side in the car park of Tesco’s in Rubery.
One reader described a “Group of teenagers in silver metallic masks and hoods bricking and egging houses on Leach Green Lane.”
Another described being followed to his home by a group of older teens with “dozens of eggs” and appealed for shops not to sell eggs to teenagers at this time of year.
One teenager said that others had tried to steal his cycle after throwing fireworks at him and his friends.
Another resident said that older teens in masks had been knocking on house doors in the early hours of the morning, “Trick or Treating”.
Cllr Andy Cartwright (Labour, Longbridge) said that he would be working with his colleague Cllr Carole Griffiths (Labour, Longbridge) as well as Cllr Peter McDonald (Labour, Rubery South) to look at the issues and liaise with West Midlands and West Mercia Police.
Cllr Cartwright said: “The behaviour is far from acceptable. The fear that a few have caused to residents and the damage to their property is dreadful. This behaviour will not be tolerated.”
He added that he is looking at starting a petition against the cuts to police across both areas. He said: “Cuts have consequences and now we are seeing the exact impact we feared.”
Cllr Cartwright is asking anyone who contacted either force to report related crime and anti-social behaviour in the Frankley, Longbridge, Rednal or Rubery areas on Halloween night to email the details and log numbers to him at email@example.com as soon as possible.
A cross-border meeting has been arranged to address the issues in the Rednal, Rubery, Longbridge and Frankley area. The meeting, hosted by Longbridge Neighbourhood Watch, will be attended by local Councillors and police representatives from the Bromsgrove and Birmingham sides of the border.
The meeting will take place at Deelands Hall, Deelands Road, Rubery at 6.30pm on Thursday 23rd November
Several readers from other areas – including Bartley Green – reported fireworks being thrown.