West midlands Police news update for the 9th May 2019

Construction worker dies in Birmingham wall collapse

A construction worker has died after a wall collapsed at a Birmingham building site yesterday (8 May).

Police and ambulance were called to a courtyard in Victoria Street, Hockley, just before 6pm where a property was in the process of being renovated.

A 49-year-old man from London was found trapped under a significant amount of rubble and sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 6.20pm.

West Midlands Police is working with the Health & Safety Executive to investigate the circumstances around the wall collapse.

West Midlands Police Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Dave Keen, said: “Attempts were made by paramedics to resuscitate the man but there was nothing that could be done to save him.

“We have made contact with his family and they are being supported by police officers.

“This was a significant wall collapse which has potentially destabilised other parts of the building and structural surveys will be carried out in due course.

“The road was closed to allow emergency services to access the scene but has since re-opened; there is not considered to be any risk to the wider public and the wall collapse was contained within a courtyard area.”


Police action in Birmingham East

A number of officers from departments across the force have been working together with Birmingham East officers in response to a number of serious violent incidents that have been playing out on our streets in recent days. This action took place last night (Wednesday) between 1500hrs and 0300hrs.

West Midlands Police drone team supported officers in the areas of Balsall Heath Park and Ladypool Road  which resulted in 6 people being subject to searches.

High visibility patrols around Ladypool Road, George Street, Main Street and Court Road resulted in a further 19 people being searched.

A number of vehicles were also stopped and engaged as part of this operation.

The local communities were pleased to see the high visibility patrolling.

Further days of action are planned in the coming weeks which I will ensure you are updated on.


Woman charged with wounding over city centre attack

A woman has been charged with wounding following a Birmingham city centre attack that’s left another woman fighting for her life.

It’s alleged Savannah Ward, aged 22 and of no fixed address, attacked the victim in Bull Street last Wednesday (1 May).

The victim, a 20-year-old woman, suffered a serious head injury and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Ward was arrested by West Midlands Police officers on 5 May and appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court the following day where she was remanded into prison until her next court appearance.

A 19-year-old woman has also been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Inspector Vanessa Eyles, from the force CID team, said: “Although somebody has been charged, I am still really keen to speak to anyone who has any information or witnessed the disorder last Wednesday evening to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime number 20BW/104170H/19.


Member of the public helps detain burglary suspect

A big round of applause for the member of the public who helped us detain a burglary suspect following a jewellery raid at a house in Birmingham Monday (6 May).

The man was walking in Varden Croft, Edgbaston, at around 6.25pm when he spotted a masked man leap over a garden fence carrying a bag.

He gave chase and grabbed the teenager, taking him to the floor, before one of our police dogs arrived moments later and persuaded him to stay still and surrender.

Suspected stolen property was recovered from the bag along with another face covering and a pair of gloves. An 18-year-old man from Balsall Heath was arrested on suspicion of burglary and remains in police custody.

It’s believed others were involved in the burglary − during which sentimental jewellery items were stolen − and our enquiries continue.

A fantastic effort from the man involved ensured a suspected burglar was caught and meant a woman was reunited with some of her valuables. Well done that man!



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