Sheldon Retail Park

Many of our local residents will have noticed the work progressing on the Coventry Road Sheldon by Morrisons. This will consist M&S foodhall outlet, bm store and the gymI’ve just been sent some images, plus some information that I would like to share with you.


(please click on the images to see more detail)




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Sheldon Police Neighbourhood Team & West Midlands Police news update 20th january 2019

B26 is proud to be working with Sheldon Neighbourhood Team and West Midlands Police by keeping you the reader updated on all crime issues.                                              Please find the latest updates.


Sheldon Police‏ @SheldonWMP January 7th

The Sheldon team have seized a Van on the 7th Jan, which was displaying false VRM plates and is suspected of being used in crime.


Sheldon Police @SheldonWMP January 12th

Sheldon neighbourhood team have been out today at Morrison’s and Tesco supermarkets raising awareness of crime prevention and signing people up to wm now messaging service signuptoday



Sheldon Police @SheldonWMP January 14th

Another vehicle has been seized today Jan 14…for no tax turns out the vehicle also has no insurance


Sheldon Police @SheldonWMP January 14th

Officers have seized a vehicle this morning 14 Jan which was STOLEN. Vehicle now safely recovered and off the roads! hideandseek wewon



Sheldon Police @SheldonWMP  January 15th           

Community Intel is GOLDEN, as a result Officers have seized a van this afternoon, which was STOLEN and displaying FALSEPLATES…if you see an abandoned vehicle that looks suspicious, please report it



Sheldon Police‏ @SheldonWMP January 14th

We’ve had incidents of DistractionBurglaries in the area. Do not let any unknown persons enter your house or hand over any property or money…please also look out for your neighbours, particularly any vulnerable residents. AskforID WMNow

Mav Haq 31271
Police Community Support Officer 

Sheldon NPT Birmimgham East  
West Midlands Police

Tel: 101 ext 844 3175


Man charged over tablet street robbery on woman

West Midlands Police detectives have charged a man over a vicious street robbery in which a pensioner was shoved to the floor by a thug who stole her tablet computer.

Kadir Hussain was arrested by officers from his home address in Kiveah Avenue, Handsworth, Thursday morning (17 Jan) in connection with the 28 December attack.

It’s alleged he attacked the 70-year-old in Havelock Road at around 2.40pm before making off with the tablet device she was using at the time.

Hussain, aged 20, has been charged with one count of robbery and is set to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Saturday.

West Midlands Police would like to thanks members of the public to responded to the force’s appeal for information on the robbery that was issued earlier this week.


Police swoop on ‘car cruisers’ – spectators warned they also risk prosecution

A suspected street racer was arrested and dozens more face being taken to court after West Midlands Police swooped on an illegal car rally in Birmingham.

Officers moved in to contain a convoy of motorists suspected of racing or driving anti-socially in Nechells Parkway last Sunday night (13 Jan) in an operation sparked by two successive weekends of ‘car cruising’.

On Sunday (6 Jan) police were directed to the area following calls from worried members of the public reporting several hundred dangerous drivers and spectators causing chaos on the carriageways.

Officers were pelted with coins, fireworks and other objects as they battled to break-up the illegal gathering.

But last Sunday a robust police response saw traffic cops, supported by public order trained officers and the force’s drones unit, descend on the group in greater numbers and box off a stretch of the A47 and Nechells place.

A 28-year-old man from Smethwick was arrested on suspicion of breaching the city-wide Car Cruising Injunction – allegedly speeding at 70mph in a 40-zone – and was kept overnight in a police custody cell before being taken to court the following morning. He is set to return to court later this month.

Details were taken of more than 100 other people suspected of involvement; officers will examine their role in the gathering and they face being hauled before the courts.

And five vehicles were also seized during the operation, including one car understood to have been stolen from a hotel car-park in Coventry on 8 January this year.

Birmingham Police Superintendent Ian Green, said: “Many of those detained are understood to be spectators…people who were lining the streets hoping to watch street racing.

“The Injunction is also clear that anyone watching street racing, encouraging it or promoting it – maybe through social media – is also guilty of breaching the order and can be prosecuted for contempt of court.

“Motorists, businesses and residents in areas affected by ‘car cruising’ have told us they are fed up with this type of dangerous, anti-social activity.

“This type of behaviour on our streets isn’t fun, it isn’t a game…it can have fatal consequences. And any motorist prepared to put people’s lives at risk by racing on our roads need to accept they may well end up in jail.

“We’ve taken a really firm stance on street racers in recent years: hundreds have been taken to court and handed heavy fines and driving bans.

“Recently we’ve seen an upturn in complaints from residents and other motorists reporting anti-social driving.

“This operation should highlight that it’s still an issue we take very seriously and anyone caught ignoring the injunction needs to understand we will take them to court – and the punishment can be very severe with offenders facing prison terms.


Police appeal following fatal collision in Birmingham

Police are appealing for information following a fatal collision on Wheeler Street near to the junction with Clifford Street late last night (Saturday 19 January).

A 35-year-old pedestrian was struck by a Mitsubishi Grandis at around 11.30pm. Unfortunately despite the best efforts of medical staff nothing could be done to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the Mitsubishi failed to stop at the scene, but officers later arrested a 35-year-old man from his home address. 
He is being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene and is co-operating with the police enquiry. 

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We’re currently in the process of piecing together what happened leading up to the collision; collating and reviewing CCTV footage, speaking to the suspect and taking statements from witnesses.

“I would urge anyone who hasn’t already spoken to us to get in touch as soon as possible and help us piece together the moments before this man lost his life.

“The car was recovered nearby and it’s now been seized and sent for forensic analysis.”

Enquiries continue and anyone with information is urged to contact us via Live Chat at between 8am – midnight, or call 101 anytime.

Crimestoppers UK can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote log number 2803 of 19/01.


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Updates from Birmingham Newsroom

Updated contingency plan for bin collections

Changes are being made to the contingency plan drawn up for bin collections in Birmingham as industrial action continues.

The impact of the action has been monitored, and to ensure reliability of service until the dispute is resolved, a fortnightly service will be temporarily offered, starting as soon as is practicable.

Once the date is finalised, it will be publicised widely.

Under the revised plan when operational, citizens should present both of their bins on the day their recycling bin is normally collected. Anyone unsure of their collection day can find out when this is by visiting the council website “check your collection day” page.

The bins should be presented in the usual way (recycling in the recycling bin, household rubbish in the general waste bin).

As part of the contingency, crews will dispose of the content of the bins in the most effective way possible to meet the number one priority of citizens – clean streets.

This may mean the general waste and the recycling are mixed and put into the back of the same collection vehicle, but only where a separate service is not possible.

The waste will be collected any time from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week, so residents are advised to leave their bins out if they not picked up by the usual collection time.

The city’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) offer an alternative option for citizens to dispose of all types of waste including recycling. Before any visit, residents can check opening hours and view the queues at their nearest HRC by clicking here.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We are determined to resolve the dispute and have had extensive talks with Trades Union colleagues via ACAS.

“But until we reach a resolution we need to do everything we can to minimise the disruption to the people who live in Birmingham.

“Based on the effect of the dispute so far, we have reviewed our original contingency and are now putting forward a plan that fits with the staffing resource we have available.

“I know the fact that we may not be able to recycle as much as we did before will be of concern to residents who are keen to do their bit for the environment, but our top priority has to be that of citizens overall – clean streets for Birmingham.

“We thank those who are committed to throwing away as little waste as possible and look forward to ending this dispute so they can resume their recycling.

“I would like to apologise for any missed collections that anyone has experienced so far. We are determined to get back to delivering the first-class refuse service the citizens of Birmingham deserve.”

For more information on how to best manage your household waste, visit:


Children’s services in Birmingham showing sustained improvement

For the first time in over ten years children’s social care services in Birmingham have been judged as ‘requires improvement to be good’, following the publication of today’s Ofsted inspection result.

As well as being the overall outcome, all areas of the inspection were also judged as ‘requires improvement to be good’.

This is the first time for over a decade that children’s services in the city have no longer been judged as inadequate, and the real progress is in line with continued improvements made during monitoring visits that have regularly taken place since 2016. 

In April 2018 Birmingham City Council delegated responsibility for children’s social care services to Birmingham Children’s Trust, led by chair of the board Andrew Christie and chief executive Andy Couldrick. 

Andrew Christie, chair of Birmingham Children’s Trust, said: “When the Children’s Trust began life in April 2018, we were determined to inject pace into the improvement of children’s social care services in Birmingham. This inspection indicates we are making the necessary progress but that we have much more still to do. 

“We now have a stable workforce, with low rates of agency social workers, lower turnover, more social workers joining us and fewer leaving the Trust, and as the inspection notes our staff know their children well and go the extra mile.

“Working with the city council and with the other agencies in the city, we are no less determined to make further progress and deliver good children’s services. We are so fortunate to benefit from the dedication and skill of all those working in the Trust, ably led by Andy Couldrick and his senior team. I would also want to pay tribute to Alastair Gibbons, recently retired Director, who provided the leadership we needed to start the improvement work.”

Councillor Kate Booth, Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing at Birmingham City Council, said: “I am very pleased that Ofsted have recognised the continued progress made by the council and the Children’s Trust in delivering improving services for vulnerable children in the city. 

“I want to pay tribute to Councillor Brigid Jones who led the service and drove improvement for many years. We know what we need to focus on to build on this improved position, and we are confident that together the Council and the Children’s Trust will maintain progress and deliver children’s services that are consistently good. I am grateful to the social workers, family support workers and managers whose commitment has made this progress possible.”

In the letter published today, Pauline Higham, Her Majesty’s Lead Inspector, said that the delegation of statutory children’s social care functions to Birmingham Children’s Trust has ‘enabled the re-vitalisation of both practice and working culture’, adding ‘as a result, progress has been made in improving the experiences and progress of children’.

The summary report highlighted other positive developments, including: 

•    Birmingham Children’s Trust, the local authority, leaders and staff know themselves well and are building on progress to date in order to achieve lasting change. They have shown a dogged determination to ensure a focus on the well-being, safety and improving outcomes of children in Birmingham. 

•    The voice of the children in care is given high priority and is consistently well considered by social workers. Children are seen regularly and are seen alone by their social workers, including those children placed out of the Birmingham area. This means that children are able to develop meaningful and trusting relationships with their social workers. 

•    Homeless young people who are 16 and 17 years old receive swift and well-targeted support that includes a wide range of suitable accommodation options. This is supported by effective 
assessments and often tenacious and skilful work to engage young people. 

•    The voice of the child is often well represented across the Trust and in social work records and reports. Children in Care Council (CICC) and Care Leavers’ Forum (CLF) are dynamic and active, reporting positively about what they see as better engagement with them by Birmingham Children’s Trust. This includes the visibility of senior managers, their ability to be actively engaged in the appointment of senior staff and the opportunity to discuss issues that are important to them. 

•    Effective support is provided for the growing number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. This support helps them to settle quickly into education and reduces their barriers to learning. 

•    The guidance in place for care leavers is strong and helps them to achieve their aims and next steps in education, employment or training. 

•    Children are actively encouraged to participate in their reviews. Most young people reported positively on the availability of independent reviewing officers (IRO) and described sustained 
and positive relationships with them. 

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: Protecting vulnerable children and keeping them safe from harm is paramount. For too long, these children and their families in Birmingham were let down by the authorities in charge of protecting them, so I am pleased to see the progress being made. It’s a significant milestone for the council and the Trust, and the first step in what I hope will be a sustained period of improvements.

“This Government will not hesitate to intervene where children are being let down, but today’s report is down to strong leadership and the hard work of staff at the Trust and council. It is part of Ofsted’s job to suggest ways in which they can make further improvements, all of which will be looked at so that Birmingham can continue to deliver for every child.”



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Important statement from Birmingham City Council

Cllr Majid Mahmood has resigned from his role as Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Waste and Recycling.

Leader of the council Cllr Ian Ward said: “The people of Birmingham want us to resolve the waste collection dispute as quickly as possible and cabinet members agreed a way forward on Monday 14 January, but unfortunately Cllr Mahmood changed his mind and was subsequently unwilling to support that way forward.


“I thank Cllr Mahmood for his efforts over the last four years, but being in the Cabinet requires collective responsibility, respect for the respective roles of officers and members, and the courage to take tough decisions in the interests of those we serve.

“Our focus now is to test our legal advice and seek a resolution to this dispute through binding arbitration at ACAS.

“Our focus as a Cabinet is to resolve this dispute and to deliver clean streets, homes, jobs and opportunities for the people of Birmingham. Despite huge cuts we are achieving tremendous things for the people of this city, with the newly announced £1.5bn Smithfield development bringing jobs and homes, and the Commonwealth Games transforming our world standing in 2022.”

 A new cabinet member will be named in due course.



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Birmingham’s refuse collection dispute now gets national coverage

Welcome to Birmingham in 2019. Once again the refuse collection team are in dispute with Birmingham City Council. Since they last had a dispute with the council, there has been areas of Birmingham where the residents have never had regular collection days for their refuse. On Saturday the dispute even made it into the Daily Express. The headlines read ‘Rats fear as striking binmen leave trash in streets’. I have to say the Unite union certainly know when to pick a time to have a dispute.

As the people of Birmingham, like the rest of the country head back to work after the long Christmas holiday. The extra rubbish that people accumulate such cardboard from presents such as Xboxes, computers or TV’s, there is also the leftover turkey and other food waste that need to be collected. However, the the 300 workers affiliated to the Unite union began working to rule last month over a pay dispute.

Understandably, the people of Birmingham are up in arms once again over the fact that their refuse is not being collected. It was only in 2017 when the binmen were in dispute with BCC, some residents didn’t have their refuse collected for three months. B26 recently put an article on the website on this very subject, this included an email from a local resident. I have had quite a lot of other comments from B26 readers. Hower, please see this email to Councillor Mike Ward from another local resident. He is very happy for me to publish the email.

Mike, (Councillor Mike Ward) It will be very interesting to see the response from Councillor Majid Mahmood  ref your recent email to him. Quite clearly he and previous incumbents are completely out of their depth in being able to manage a trade union dispute with an organisation as powerful as Unite.  The condition of our streets is woeful, disgraceful and beyond belief for what the second city has become. 

The incompetence of the Council in respect of waste management has been evident since the dispute in June 2017 and is ongoing as we enter 2019.  We are now witnessing the takeover of waste management by a trade union. Their operating schedules are accommodated and permitted by a very weak leadership within the Council. 

We can, unless the Council takes control immediately, expect this type of industrial action up to and beyond the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Unite have found a new strength from a weak employer. They will continue to grow in confidence knowing that this Council will roll over to pacify the trade union members.  I am sure that the Council are putting up some resistance to the union demands but this is just lip service to us residents. Very shortly, after some conciliation the refuse workers will be offered as much overtime as they want at premium rates to clear the streets. Some believe that this type of action will in the long run see salaries of refuse workers rise of over 10% per annum. What a way to get an overall pay increase.  So stand by for more of this type of action.

A concerned Sheldon resident

I think it is time to say that Birmingham City Councils Waste Management Department is not fit for purpose. Also Birmingham City don’t appear to have clue as what to do with waste management, also they obviously have no idea how to deal with a trade union dispute and the procedure to bring it to an end. I worked in the motor industry in Birmingham from around 1962 till 1998, there were many disputes in the early days that nearly totally finished it off.




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West Midlands Police news update for 13th January 2019

Cops equipped with metal detector ‘wands’ in move to tackle knife crime

Frontline West Midlands Police officers are to be equipped with metal detecting ‘wands’ in the latest move designed to tackle knife crime.

Eighty knife wands will be distributed to emergency response vehicles having been purchased by the force through its Asset Recovery Fund − money that’s been seized from criminals.

It’s the first time response cops have been equipped with the metal detecting devices which will be used to support their stop and search powers and to take weapons off the streets.

Chief Superintendent Chris Todd − West Midlands Police’s lead on stop and search − said response teams across the force region will benefit but there will be a focus on those operating in higher knife crime areas.

He added: “This investment means that close to half of all our response cars will know carry knife wands. It’s a move that’s been taken as part of our wider work to tackle knife crime and to make it more difficult for people to conceal weapons.

“The wands are effective stop and search tools and less intrusive for suspects. But it’s a type of search we still need reasonable grounds to use − they can’t be used indiscriminately − and must record after each deployment. 

“And they are not a replacement for a thorough personal search of suspects as they will only detect metallic weapons.”

Handheld metal detectors are used in West Midlands Police custody blocks when booking in detainees and also during dedicated operations − but this is the first time response units will be routinely equipped with knife wands.

The £8,000 investment is from the force’s Asset Recovery Fund which comprises money which has been seized by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

The West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: “Sadly, knife crime has increased by 75 per cent since 2012. It means police are spending more and more time tackling the problem.

“As such, it is important hard working officers have the tools to do the job we expect of them.

“That is why I’m fully behind the decision to purchase these knife wands using money seized from criminals. These knife wands will help the police to keep us all safe.”      

*Images are available on the West Midlands Police website*



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Refuse collectors dispute causing concerns once again in Birmingham

Once again we the residents of Birmingham are having to put up with rubbish left over from Christmas being left out on our streets because we don’t know if the refuse collectors may decide to come along and pick it up.                                           I bet when Birmingham City Council send out their new Community Charge bills, I bet they won’t let us decide whether we decide to pay them or not.                                                                            We the citizens of Birmingham are paying for a service we are not getting. Please read below what one of our local residents had to say today on this present situation.

Mr Mahmood,
Everyone including myself is asking for clean streets.
There is no way that this City is ready for hosting any National or International events of any kind under the present conditions. We are as a City a disgusting spectacle and have been for some time.
I do not think that the instructions from BCC which is probably yourself are helping the situation, ie “Leave your recycling outside your house ready for the next collection.
My road (B263RS) under that instruction is currently looking like a landfill site  with rubbish ,cardboard, food boxes and plastic bottles and cans lining the gutters and making a bad situation even worse.
Please would you consider these instructions in the future.
Mike Smith (Hatchford Brook WatersideCare Group)

This the reply for Councillor Majid Mahood. Mr Mahood is the Cabinet Member responsible for your refuse collections.


Thank you for your email the contents which I have noted.

Unfortunately we are in the middle of industrial action which has led to a drop in service delivery.

We have put in place measures to assist with contingency crews operating between 2 -10.

That’s why we have asked for citizens to keep their bins presented.

We are reviewing the operations going forward to ensure we are able to collect all types of waste on the scheduled day.

In the meantime can I thank you for your patience.

Kind regards

Councillor Mike Ward who represents the Sheldon Ward said in response to Cllr Mahood: Do you support the workers’ industrial action, Majid?


Councillor Mike Ward


The war hots up on the collection of our rubbish. 

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