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Cheylesmore Weekly Police Update

Here’s a quick round up from me of the Willenhall/Binley, Cheylesmore & Earlsdon Neighbourhood Team 


What’s been happening in Cheylesmore


Motor Vehicle Offences.  


We have seen a number of theft from motor vehicles this past week; mostly with secure vehicles. Please ensure you remove any items and valuables from your vehicle when leaving, particularly overnight and when in remote locations. Opportunists have no regard for value – in one theft a blue disabled badge was the only item stolen.

With the shorter days and nights rolling in even sooner, we are seeing crimes committed even earlier with the increased cover of darkness.

2 vehicles were also stolen; A one tonne dump truck and a silver Ford Fiesta which has been recovered. We are looking into a number of lines of enquiry in regards to the crimes mentioned above, including looking at CCTV evidence as well as speaking to key witnesses who may have important and helpful information to assist us. If you have any information regarding the above please don’t hesitate to contact us on 101 or using Live Chat. This can be done anonymously if you wish.


Some security measures you might consider for your vehicles;


·         Anti-theft screws on VRM plates to prevent them from being removed/stolen.

·         Remove all belongings from your vehicles including electronics, valuables and even small change.

·         Do not keep tools or other valuables inside your vehicle overnight or whilst unattended.

·         Keep your car keys in a faraday pouch; these prevent the signal being read/cloned/exploited.

·         A disk lock or crook lock to disable your steering wheel. These are both visual and physical deterrents.

·         Get a cage fitted around the catalytic converter.

·         Write on vehicles and valuables with SmartWater. This makes them easily identifiable if stolen and recovered.


CCTV and witness statements are being reviewed and we encourage anyone who may have information to call us on 101, webchat, or email the team direct at binleyandwillenhall@westmidlands.police.uk


Drug dealing


                We have identified and dismantled a cannabis factory this week. Although many people may think these are harmless, the majority are setup by OCGs (Organised Crime Groups) and the money made then goes on to fund human trafficking, exploitation, drug supply, CCE (Child Criminal Exploitation) and an endless number of other crimes that affect our community on a daily basis.

There are always victims to this, many of them vulnerable people.


We continue efforts to identify offenders, vehicles and the locations from which drug dealers are operating. We have a number of lines of inquiry into this. There are a number of addresses, vehicles, individuals and areas regarding drug dealing and county lines that we are aware of and are monitoring closely. Officers have conducted stop searches of both individuals and vehicles in the area.

The team continue their success in the disruption of county lines drug dealing/supply as well as identifying various individuals and groups involved in the distribution of illegal drugs that cause significant harm to our community. The efforts and investigation into illegal drugs in our area will continue.

We do rely on the public to assist us with information and intelligence, so we encourage anyone who has information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to report this to us. There are a number of ways to do this and you can remain anonymous if you wish. Although we never reveal the source of where the information comes from. Call 101, use Live Chat on the WMP website, or email the neighbourhood team directly at binleyandwillenhall@westmidlands.police.uk

You can also report to Crimestoppers anonymously at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/


The information and intelligence we receive from the public is invaluable to us.


The most typical way in which such information is managed is that upon receipt of information from a member of the public - such as a smell of cannabis or strange comings and goings - is that officers from the local team will make their own enquiries and record their findings, and this will be the basis for a warrant application.




                We have seen one Burglary of a business this week - The team have been conducting regular late night patrols to disrupt potential opportunistic offenders and deter crime. However enquiries and investigations are ongoing in relation to previously reported burglaries.


Although the team will continue their strategic patrols aimed to prevent and disrupt, there are some things you can also do to deter potential burglars;


·         Close and lock all doors and windows when leaving your property and overnight.

·         Secure all outbuildings.

·         Property, door and window alarms are an effective deterrent.

·         Physical security measures like extra locks, chain locks, sash locks etc.

·         Cameras and CCTV. These are not just a deterrent, they also provide us with a line of enquiry in identifying offenders should something happen to your property.

·         Do not leave valuables in sight when leaving the property and overnight. Close curtains and blinds as opportunistic thieves and burglars may choose to take advantage.


If you see any suspicious behaviour, please report to us via 101, Live Chat, or if an emergency 999.


Anti-Social Behaviour 


We are aware of ongoing ASB in the blocks of flats on Charminster Drive and we are taking positive action against this. The team are continuing to patrol our usual ASB hotspots and have seen a reduction in incidents when doing so, as well as responding to any new incidents. We are also aware of a number of problem individuals causing regular issues. We have conducted home visits on a number of people so far and we continue our efforts in identifying others.




We are aware of the beggars at the Airport Retail Park, McDonalds and Lidl. West Midlands Police have repeatedly offered help and signposted them to various agencies who can assist them. We advise not to give them money or goods as they do have support and this will only encourage the ongoing anti-social behaviour that we consistently get reports and complaints of. We understand that this behaviour can be intimidating and we still continue to regularly patrol these hotspots. Please don’t hesitate to report this to us if you are affected.




Good News/Results This Week


·         We discovered and dismantled a cannabis factory. The investigation into this is ongoing and we have a number of lines of enquiry.

·         2 vehicles have been seized for no insurance.

·         1 vehicle was seized and driver reported for driving with no license.

·         A series of stop searches of individuals were conducted for drugs.

·         2 individuals were identified and arrested for theft of motor vehicle. They have since been bailed pending enquiries/investigation.


 Additional Guardian patrols are being conducted in the area after 11pm in relation to Burglary and Vehicle Crime to prevent and deter crimes. Officers have been successful and have disrupted and identified a number of offenders.




Thank you for all your continued support.  


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Ellis Turner
(Police, PCSO, Binley/Willenhall, Cheylesmore & Earlsdon)

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