‘All Out Day’ targets anti-social behaviour in the city centre

 

Birmingham city centre police joined forces with the Retail BID team and other local agencies to tackle low level crime and anti-social behaviour issues which local businesses, residents and visitors to the city have raised as concerns.

The ‘All Out Day’ saw officers from the neighbourhood team along with British Transport Police and Birmingham city council’s street cleansing team patrolling areas where rough sleepers and drug users had left unsightly rubbish, as well as used needles.

‘All out’ for Birmingham city centre police
‘All out’ for Birmingham city centre police

Four people were arrested – one for shoplifting and three wanted for previous assault offences. Officers used dispersal powers where begging had been highlighted and three stop and search checks were conducted. Three Fixed Penalty Notices were issued and two cars were seized.

Neighbourhood Policing Manager Inspector Suraya Latif said: “Historically we have seen an increase in crime, anti-social behaviour and calls for service during the summer period and in particular the school holidays.

“We work closely with partner agencies as well as local businesses and organisations to reduce offending, while offering support and sign-posting to tackle the longer term solution.

“We spoke to many businesses and members of the public yesterday and the feedback was very positive. We are aiming to continue our ‘all out days’ throughout the summer.”

Steve Hewlett, Retail BID Manager said “The ‘all out days’ are really important to BID members and show a real intent by our partners to deal with and deter anti-social behaviour. It is also important to send a strong message to those causing major issues that their actions will not be tolerated to ensure that the city centre remains safe and welcoming.”