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Our communities play a crucial part in helping us prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour. We are constantly working to improve the flow of information between WMP and the people living and working across the West Midlands in order to make a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour.

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As a registered recipient you will not only benefit from two way messaging but will also hear about positive police action in your community, help identify suspected or wanted criminals or learn about community groups, events and meetings in your area.

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Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-Social Behaviour; Acting in a manner that is causing or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the perpetrator.

Anti-Social Behaviour can include the following;

– Residents being noisy when going out and returning after nights out.

– People shouting and singing loudly at various times of the evening and night.

– Residents having noisy house parties, with excessive noise spilling out in the street.

– Drinking open vessels of Alcohol in the street.

Please follow these simple steps to minimize any disruption:

– If you do wish to have a house party tell your neighbours or even invite them. Give them      a contact number for someone at the party.

– Leave your property in smaller groups, Get taxi’s to your destination and wait inside your    property for the taxi.

– Please be considerate when having people round your house before and after a night out,    don’t invite large numbers of people back to your property. Keep your windows and doors    closed at all times to keep the noise inside, and keep the volume of music to a minimum.

– Do not drink Alcohol in the street, walk in small groups, and do not shout or sing to each     other.

Those found responsible, will be dealt with using a joint Police and Student Wardens response.

To report any ASB please contact,

Police: 101

Community Wardens: 0121 2512300

Robbers targeting students

Detectives are hunting a gang of ski-mask robbers who have been targeting students in Selly Oak.

West Midlands Police have stepped up patrols in the area around the University of Birmingham as investigations continue into three robberies and an assault.

The robbers struck in Hubert Road, Dawlish Road, Warwards Lane and Westminster Road in a spate of attacks last week.

The victims have all described being threatened by two or three black men, in their late teens or early twenties who were all wearing black clothing and ski masks.

The thugs, who are alleged to have threatened some victims with a knife, escaped from the robberies with two mobile phones and a laptop.

The University said it was working closely with police and has also stepped up security patrols with a warning for students to be vigilant when out at night.

Birmingham Guild’s Housing and Community Officer Roberto Sorrentino said: “In response to recent events, police patrols will be extended over the coming days and our Community Wardens will continue their regular patrols with West Midlands Police.

“The University security team is on duty 24-hours a day, backed up by campus patrols and CCTV.

“Measures include a dedicated campus police officer, a regular police surgery held on campus, crime prevention roadshows and safety campaigns.

“We have a close partnership with West Midlands Police, working together to ensure the safety of staff and students on and off campus and we would like to remind students to remain vigilant when out at night.”

Sergeant Matthew Crowley from Birmingham South police said: “We take this type of crime extremely seriously.

“We have increased patrols in the area and are working closely with university wardens. I would urge anyone with any information about these robberies to get in touch.

“People that do not want to speak with police officers can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also report any information to police in south Birmingham on 101.

A year in the life of “Love Selly Oak” – 2014

Here’s the headlines from our blog during 2014!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

21st October Selly Oak LIVE Tasking Meeting- Attend or Watch Online

The Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Team want to welcome all members of the community to the 21st October Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting. Neighbourhood Tasking is a monthly meeting which local residents are encouraged to attend to raise any concerns that they may have regarding their local area.

Present at the meeting are representatives from both Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Team and Birmingham City Council. The aim of the meeting is to establish priorities for the area and formulate a plan to address the issues raised. It is also an opportunity to update you on work completed by the local Police Team and Birmingham City Council.

We hope you can come along!

Date: 21 October 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Christian Life Centre Offices, 2-6 Frederick Road, Selly Oak, B29 6PB

Are you unable to make the meeting? We will be streaming the meeting LIVE online on the evening. Simply click this link: http://youtu.be/NyyyVNvWeGg.  Participate in the conversation on the evening by e-mailing questions to the Selly Oak Team by 5:00pm on 21st October at sellyoak@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.  Alternatively, if you’re on Twitter you can ask questions using the hashtag #AskSellyOak

Follow the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Team on Twitter @SellyOakPolice and the West Midlands Police Birmingham South Partnerships Team @SthBhamPartners for updates on police activity and community partnership events.

Breathalyser Alcohol Awareness Campaign Coming to a Selly Oak Pub Near You!

The Selly Oak Neighbourhood Team is working in partnership with the University of Birmingham Community Wardens and local participating licensed premises to push a new initiative to curb binge drinking.

The excess consumption of alcohol has been directly linked to anti-social behaviour, public place violence and increased hospital visits. It can also increase a person’s vulnerability and can put them at risk of becoming a victim of crime themselves.

Starting this weekend (17 October 2014), drinkers will be randomly breathalysed at the door of up to eight of their favourite watering holes as a “condition of entry.”

Selly Oak Officers have trained and equipped door staff with breathalysers to test whether patrons are sober enough to be let in. Each participating premise is responsible for setting its own limit of alcohol as a “condition of entry.”

A PubWatch Representative, said, “We welcome trialling this initiative. We are always looking for ways to keep our student community safe from harm and we have seen at first hand the results that too much alcohol can have.”

Local premise landlords will start displaying signs with the slogan “Are you trollied?” to advise party-goers that they are taking part in the scheme and may be breathalysed upon entry.

Selly Oak Police Officers, Community Wardens and Venue staff will promote the initiative and educate students on responsible drinking with Twitter using #deepbreath.

Participating licensed premises have been asked by Police to record breathalyser readings in hopes of evaluating and analysing effectiveness of this initiative. Most recently this tactical initiative was successfully used by Norfolk Constabulary in December 2013, who saw a 66% reduction in alcohol related arrests and a 32% reduction in all violent crime.

Sergeant Simon Williams from the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Team said: “With a new culture of pre-drinking, students are unaware of how intoxicated they are when they set out for a night of partying.”

“We aim to keep everyone safe, while still allowing responsible revellers to enjoy themselves. By effectively being “cut off” at the door, staff can open the eyes of drinkers and hopefully deter further overconsumption. As their evening out comes to a close we want people to get home safely instead of ending their night in a police station or hospital bed, so alcohol awareness is the key to that happening.”

Follow the @SellyOakPolice on Twitter for regular updates on #DeepBreath

Selly Oak Police Weekly Wrap Up

Hello and thanks for taking the time to read what we hope will become a regular blog on the I LOVE SELLY OAK news section of this website. The aim of this new weekly blog is to provide the community in and around Selly Oak with up to date information on the activity your Neighbourhood Policing Team carry out during their working week. It’s also a chance for you to interact with the team and have your say!

The Selly Oak neighbourhood police team work a 3x3x3 shift pattern; three earlies, three lates and three rest days with a training day planned every nine weeks. You can find out more information about the officers, area and meetings we hold by following this link http://bit.ly/1fJwf0n.

Today (Friday, March 7) the team are on earlies tackling the local priorities set by the community this morning; parking and traffic issues outside two of our local schools – Raddlebarn and St Mary’s – a chance to engage with parents, pupils and those motorists who choose (and I stress the word choose here) to drive and park in a manner that potentially causes a danger to pedestrians coming and going from school.

In addition to this, I have one officer conducting offender management visits to those people who pose a risk around crime and ASB, an officer making follow up visits to victims of acquisitive crime, an officer spending time with victims of domestic abuse who provides onward referral to our supporting partners and an officer visiting students in Bournbrook who have been holding noisy parties into the early hours – these houses will get a warning from the Police and Student Guild that should any noise continue we will work with the landlord, University and the City Council to resolve the issue – I will explain this process and give examples in a further blog.

Looking forward to the weekend, we have plain clothes detectives and uniformed officers working around the Bournbrook area on Friday and Saturday evenings to identify and target offenders committing robberies. February saw a rise in the frequency of these offences which has been well documented on local social media, however we have now charged one male with robbery who is due to appear at court in the near future and have a further male on police bail allowing us to make further enquiries.

If you ever have concerns about suspicious activity in your area, please contact us on 101 for non-emergencies and 999 for emergencies – Alternatively, you can e-mail our police team anytime with your concerns at sellyoak@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk. Also, follow us on Twitter @SellyOakPolice for updates on police activity. You can find this information on http://bit.ly/1fJwf0n

~Sergeant Simon Williams, Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Team

What you need to know about “NekNomination”

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What is NekNomination?
Neknomination is an internet drinking game craze, spread by social media, thought to have originated in Australia. It involves someone completing a drinking dare – then nominating someone else to go next. Videos of the dares are often posted online.

What you need to know and consider! – This is not just a harmless social drinking game – it could potentially cost you your life, or ruin your chances of a career!

Facts:
-At least 5 deaths have been linked to the craze in the UK and many more on an international level.
-You could find yourself in contact with the criminal justice system. Many of these drinking dares have been unlawful – resulting in cases of arrest, prosecution and penalties for criminal damages and breaching of the law.
-Taunting and threatening an individual for their refusal to carry out a dare – could have legal ramifications for you.
-Drug and alcohol related incidents involving students will probably be recorded within the Incident Report Processes of Colleges and Universities – Disciplinary action will usually be considered in light of any Police action and/or prosecution. However, even if there is an acquittal – the College/university may still proceed on a disciplinary basis – in line with their policy position.
Note: A criminal conviction could have disastrous consequences and limit your career choices. Having a criminal record can exclude people from some jobs and, for some offences, prevent them from travelling abroad!

If you are contacted to take part in this craze – we would urge you to use this challenge, as many others are doing, as a platform to create something positive (RAKNomination=Random Act of Kindness Nomination) – many stories are coming through about how people are using the money they would have spent on alcohol to help others and filming themselves giving a donation to charity.

For more information on this issue or have other alcohol related questions, visit http://www.balancenortheast.co.uk/ or contact a member of the Balance team via e-mail at info@balancenortheast.co.uk

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse, find help http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Alcoholsupport.aspx

For students wishing to discuss problems related to the use of drugs or alcohol, advice is always available from the University Medical Practice (UMP), the Student Support and Counselling Service (SCG) and the Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) at The Guild of Students.