Volunteers operating street patrols to tackle crime in Washwood Heath and Bordesley

A group of community leaders, volunteers and local councillors have started street patrols in Washwood Heath and Bordesley to prevent knife and gun crime, prostitutions and anti-social behaviour.

Alum Rock Community Forum

The Alum Rock Community Forum set up the patrols after several meetings with the West Midlands Police, and local MPs.

The first street patrol took place on October 19th and they are hoping to be out every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening since, to try to tackle the issues.

Wajid Hussain, a member of the Alum Rock Community Forum, said: “We’ve seen less working girls and drug dealers are reluctant to operate on the stretch of Washwood Heath.”

Statistics show that there were a total of 1,839 crimes in the area this year, including 474 violence-related, 447 anti-social behaviour incidents, 37 that were drug-related and 16 weapon crimes.

The group says it hopes to help support the police by highlighting issues. They meet outside the Ward End library at 10pm and are always looking for volunteers in the surrounding areas.

Community leader Javed Iqbal said: “The message is getting through that the community will not tolerate crime and prostitution any longer.”

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