Sheldon Neighbourhood Police Team

Sheldon is about to lose a very popular PC from our Neighbourhood Team at Sheldon. 

I would like to make you aware that today (Friday) is my last day on Sheldon Neighbourhood Team. I am by choice moving to a new role on a 6 months secondment to Early Help and if successful continue after the secondment period. Early help is working with Social Services/Family support to provide intervention and prevention to families in need.

I have been on Sheldon Neighbourhood Team for over 7 Years and I have really enjoyed my time working in Sheldon. I would of like to say a massive “Thank You” for all the help and support you have provided and making me feel very welcomed.

Sheldon is not losing out as an officer is replacing me who will be working with PCSO Annie Carr. He is PC 22417 Chishti.

Once again thank you for all your help and support and wish you all the best.

I may be back!


PC 21376 Mohammed

Sheldon NHT



I have known Mo for many a long year. He often attended the Sheldon Ward meetings, standing in for Sergeant Dave Lilwall when he was unable to attend. He was also a very popular PC within the community. It was only last week when I was enjoying a beer at my club, when someone asked me if it was true that Mo was moving on.   On behalf of the readers of B26 and all of the people in Sheldon that he helped, I would like to wish Mo all the best.                                Lol Thurstan. Editor & Publisher of B26



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West Midlands Police news update for Saturday 23rd September

Serious cycle smashes down by a fifth in ‘Close Pass’ first year

The number of cyclists killed or seriously hurt on the region’s roads has dropped by a fifth since West Midlands Police launched an operation protecting them from ‘close pass’ drivers.

#OpClosePass was introduced by the force a year ago and sees plain clothes cops pedalling busy roads on the lookout for motorists who pass too close for comfort.

Almost 200 offenders have been pulled over during close-pass operations. Most have been allowed on their way after being given an on-the-spot educational input on safe overtaking using a specially designed floor mat.

However, 13 drivers were prosecuted and around 350 others fined and given licence points after officers reviewed helmet- and dash-cam footage provided by members of the public.

The number of cyclists involved in serious road smashes in the last year has dropped by 20 per cent compared to the previous 12 months.

And PC Mark Hodson, from West Midlands Police’s Force Traffic Unit, believes the close pass patrols have helped contribute to the reduction and is saving lives.

He said: “I am in no doubt the operation has played a big part in that reduction: we regularly speak to cycling groups and their members are telling us that the message is getting through to drivers. They are, on the whole, being more considerate and understand we will prosecute them if they endanger cyclists.

“To see a fall of 20 per cent in the number of serious collisions involving cyclists is incredible especially against a backdrop of increasing numbers of people cycling on our roads.

“We’ve seen reports of close-passes halve in the West Midlands since we started the project and it’s great that so many other regions are looking to adopt the approach.”

PC Hodson was among the traffic cops hosting representatives from 28 other police forces at a Close Pass Conference on Tuesday (19 Sept) as traffic teams across the UK look to mirror the success of the West Midlands scheme.

UK Cycling described #OpClosePass as the “best cyclist road safety initiative ever”.

Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s Senior Road Safety officer, said: “Cycling UK knew West Midlands Police were on to a winner when they rolled out their “Give Space, be Safe” campaign…that’s why we backed it from the start. It’s a cost effective initiative that has proved highly effective at changing dangerous driving behaviour.”

Two close-pass motorists have been taken to court having denied inconsiderate driving and both were landed with fines and costs topping £1,000 having been found guilty.

From August 2016 to July this year, 92 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in the West Midlands − down from 115 in the previous 12 months.

West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: “I am extremely proud of West Midlands Police’s pioneering close pass scheme; we must have mutual respect on the roads and it is vital cyclists are afforded the same rights and protection as any other road user.

“As a former Transport Minister, I understand the importance of road safety and made it a top priority in my Police and Crime Plan. This is outstanding work by West Midlands Police.”

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Bin collections for your attention

Day Wards
Monday 2 October Billesley, Perry Barr, Sheldon, Soho, Sparkbrook, Sutton Trinity, Sutton Vesey
Tuesday 3 October Billesley, Northfield, Perry Barr, Sheldon, Soho, Sparkbrook, Stockland Green, South Yardley, Sutton Trinity, Sutton Vesey, Tyburn
Wednesday 4 October Harborne, Northfield, Quinton, Soho, South Yardley, Springfield, Stockland Green, Sutton New Hall, Sutton Vesey, Tyburn, Weoley
Thursday 5 October Acocks Green, Harborne, Kings Norton, Kingstanding, Quinton, Soho, Springfield, Sutton New Hall, Sutton Vesey, Weoley
Friday 6 October Acocks Green, Kings Norton, Kingstanding, Soho

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An appeal from West Midlands Police over hit and run (Sheldon)

Appeal to trace Vauxhall Astra in connection with Sheldon hit-and-run

Police investigating a hit-and-run in Sheldon want to trace a light coloured Vauxhall Astra in connection with the collision.

Officers believe the vehicle will have suffered significant front end damage after hitting pedestrian Chris Hood as he crossed Brays Road at around 10.10pm on Monday (18 September).

Mr Hood, aged 26, suffered serious injuries and has been forced to have part of his leg amputated. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who has seen or knows the current whereabouts of the Astra (pictured) – which is believed to be a 2004-2010 model.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the regional Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Following our initial enquiries we believe the vehicle involved is a light coloured Vauxhall Astra and that it may have significant damage to its front end.

“I would ask people to think back over the last few days and whether they recall seeing such a damaged Astra. Has someone recently had one repaired, or a car they see regularly no longer there?

“I would also appeal directly to the driver of this vehicle on the night to do the right thing; come forward and speak to us now.”

Anyone with information can call the Collision Investigation Team on 101; quoting incident 2625 of 18/09/17.

Alternatively email or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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The latest on the binmen’s dispute

Birmingham’s ongoing bin strike has been paused after workers’ union Unite won a High Court ruling in London suspending 106 redundancies.

Today the judge slammed the council’s handling of the dispute as chaotic, which has been ongoing since the 30th of June.

The city council will now face a trial to see if it acted unlawfully sending out the redundancies, two weeks after a deal between the former Council Leader John Clancy and the union was made to protect the jobs from changes to the bin service.

So now we know the dispute has now been suspended due to a High Court ruling. Lets be honest… the judge said the councils handling of the dispute was chaotic. Can’t say fairer than that. I don’t think Birmingham City Council could run a Tripe Shop, we must be a laughing stock.

Birmingham City Council knew they had to save money on refuse collection, so why in heavens name didn’t they not put their proposals to the union much earlier, such as last year. You can’t suddenly have some sort of agreement with Unite, then find out it couldn’t be ratified by council officers, then suddenly send out redundancy notices. It’s like watching a Brian Rix farce. 

 Lol Thurstan. Editor & Publisher of B26


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Bin collections for Sheldon

Week commencing 18 September 2017

Day Wards
Monday Ladywood, Weoley, Sutton New Hall and Sheldon
Tuesday Ladywood, Weoley, Sutton New Hall and Sheldon
Wednesday Ladywood, Kings Norton, Kingstanding and Springfield
Thursday Ladywood, Kings Norton, Kingstanding and Springfield
Friday Northfield, Tyburn and Acocks Green
Will be collected from these wards over various days this week Perry Barr

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West Midlands Police news update

Sign of the times: West Midlands Police officer cracks gang codes

An observant West Midlands Police officer is helping to tackle gang crime after becoming an expert in cracking their slang and hand signs!

PC Gaz Evans from Force CID has spent time learning the language and interpreting the hand signals of suspected gang members across Birmingham.

His knowledge of phrases and hand signs means he can decipher messages between gang members and establish where their affiliations lie.

He regularly monitors social media − watching videos and viewing exchanges − to collate information that could prove vital to investigations or help police intervene to prevent violent clashes.

His evidence helped in getting a landmark court injunction against 18 men from two Birmingham gangs who were suspected of being involved in gun and drug offences, as well as securing long custodial sentences against several of the men.

The full injunctions mean the men, aged between 19 and 29, are forbidden from associating with each other and entering areas of Birmingham, including, Handsworth, Newtown, Winson Green and Lozells for the next two years.

Gaz, who is part of the Force CID Prevent Team, said: “Having worked within the Multi Agency Gang Unit (MAGU) from 2010 I came into contact with young people associated with inner city gangs; so started to pick up what the hand signs and phrases mean.

“Since then I have taken it upon myself to further research and build up a high level of knowledge around this and share any intelligence I can within the force.

“It can be difficult to know what is meant through hand signals and words which are not the traditional English as we know it.”

Through his expertise Gaz is able to detect feuds between gangs so the force can take steps to intervene where a threat is identified.

He said: “Some hand signals can be inflammatory and threatening and some can represent a particular post code area – which can help us establish their affiliation.

“Being able to understand a message either verbally or through hand gestures can be used to prevent further violence.

“I am not opposed to young men and women using social media, quite the opposite, as long as there are no underlying threat that create community tension.

“We do see a link between firearms offences and gangs and this is something we as a force are striving to tackle. We are doing lot of work around diverting young people away from such a life and the consequences of being involved in serious crime.

“We will use all the tools we have at our disposal to catch those responsible in gang related violence!”

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