A brave PCSO suffered minor injuries after he and a colleague were involved in a struggle with a teenage boy – as they disarmed him of a large knife in a Frankley street yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 13th March).
Local officers PC Paul Perry and his colleague PCSO Jon Fox rushed to Lysander Road after police received reports of a teenager being seen in the street with a knife.
The officers struggled with the 15 year old, managing to secure the 18 inch (45cm) long blade. In the struggle, PCSO Fox received minor injuries including a cut to his finger and bruising.
In a tweet on the Longbridge neighbourhood police team’s Twitter account, PC Perry said: “How many people come to work and expect to fight someone carrying this. Fantastic work by PCSO Fox. Without his bravery I could be in a very different place.”
Longbridge Sgt Chris Thomas also tweeted on the account, saying: “Two of our officers PC Perry & PCSO Fox have arrested the youth carrying this [knife] and taken a determined criminal and a seriously dangerous weapon of the street.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed yesterday that: “A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Lysander Road, Frankley, on suspicion of possessing a bladed article and is currently in police custody.”
The boy remains in police custody today (Thursday 14th March).
Speak out and help tackle knife crime
If you know someone who carries a knife or have any information about knife crime in our communities please speak out.
You can contact West Midlands Police on Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk (8am – midnight) or to call 101 any time.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Fearless is a site where teenagers and young people can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime. It also provides a safe place to give information about crime – 100% anonymously. Tell them what you know, not who you are, at www.fearless.org
How many people come to work and expect to fight someone carrying this. Fantastic work by PCSO Fox. Without his bravery I could be in a very different place. One in custody! #opforecast #OPSCEPTRE . Thanks for support @ResponseWMP @firearmsWMP @BrandwoodWMP pic.twitter.com/1iLDLFUZvr
— LongbridgePolice NHT (@LongbridgeWMP) 13 March 2019