Re­la­tion­ship with po­lice at low point

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

KNIFE and gun con­vic­tions are at the high­est level in eight years, with 1,314 cau­tions or sen­tences in our po­lice juris­dic­tion area. A car is stolen every hour and 9716 cars were stolen dur­ing 2017.

Po­lice and ratepay­ers’ re­la­tion­ships are at a nadir. On nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions I have di­alled 999 about chil­dren as young as ten fly­ing around Daisy Farm Park on high pow­ered scram­bler bikes with no hel­mets on or pro­tec­tive gear vis­i­ble.

Not once has there been a po­lice at­ten­dance as my call was pos­si­bly con­sid­ered to be of a “low pri­or­ity” by po­lice. Lo­cally nu­mer­ous garages were bro­ken into and a de­tached house was bro­ken into and car keys were stolen and a ve­hi­cle was taken along with other ex­pen­sive prop­erty.

We need not be con­cerned how­ever, as our es­teemed Chief Con­sta­ble has all of this crime and anti so­cial be­hav­iour in hand via clear­ing off to the Com­mon­wealth Games in Bris­bane, all at ratepay­ers’ ex­pense, with four of his high rank­ing co­terie col­leagues on a “fact find­ing” so­journ to the other side of the world.

It all just beg­gars all rea­son­able ratepay­ers be­lief. Mike Kelly, Kings Heath

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