Monthly Archives: May 2011

Drink drivers targeted

WEST Midlands Police are launching a month-long drink and drug driving campaign tomorrow (Wednesday 1st June).Officers will be targeting hotspots and breathalysing suspected drink drivers. Offenders may also be drug tested as part of the Drug Interventions Programme.


From Castle Vale schoolgirl to Birmingham’s Lord Mayor

Anita Ward

Ex Castle Vale School pupil Anita Ward will take over as Birmingham’s Lord Mayor at the The Lord Mayor’s Show tomorrow ( Monday 30th May from 11am-5pm in Victoria and Chamberlain Square in the City Centre).
Anita will be the first female Mayor of Birmingham for eleven years. She will hold the office for twelve months.
Anita (50), a Labour Councillor for Hodge Hill, is a former pupil of Yenton School in Erdington and of Castle Vale Comprehensive School. She later went to Sutton Coldfield College. She worked with Lord Corbett when he was an MP in the House of Commons, and subsequently for Sion Simon and Jack Dromey when they were elected as Erdington’s MP.
The Council estimates that the Lord Mayor’s Show event attracts 20,000 people; it is the annual introduction of the new Lord Mayor to the city and a farewell to the outgoing one.
The show will offer entertainment for all ages including six hours of live musical performances on the main stage with local singers, dance performances and children’s entertainment.Other attractions and activities include face painting, craft stalls and activities, army displays and recruitment stands, children’s workshops and a vintage vehicle display.

16 year-old Erdington youth guilty of murder

Lamah Prince

A 16 year-old youth has today been found guilty of the murder of Jay Sudra in Erdington last July. The jury at Birmingham Crown Court delivered a guitly verdict on Lamah Prince from Erdington. He will be sentenced on 17th June.
Jay was stabbed in the chest in what is thought to have been an attempted robbery as he walked home at around 11.20pm on 9th July. CCTV and community evidence helped in the conviction.

Nine-and-a-half years for Birmingham drug dealer

Atiq Ahmed

A BIRMINGHAM drug dealer who was arrested in Sutton Coldfield is starting a nine-and-a-half year sentence today after being found guilty of drugs offences at Birmingham Crown Court. Atiq Ahmed, 32,from Bordesley Green, was found guilty of possessing heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.
During the arrest Ahmed attempted to discard 120 wraps of cocaine.Police also recovered £7,100, which has been subject to a court forfeiture.
Det Insp Paul Clarke said: “The drugs that this man was supplying would have brought misery to many people, so the result is extremely good news.Drug dealing not only causes anti-social behaviour, but also results in addicts committing crime locally to feed their drug habits.”

Text us about vandals, say police

FIVE teenagers aged between 15 and 18 from Kingstanding have been arrested by police in a crackdown on criminal damage on the 451 bus route between Kingstanding and Sutton Coldfield.
Sergeant Gareth Morris said:”We really want to hear from members of the public about the areas they think we need to be focusing on. Our message is simple; If you see something, say something.”
‘See Something, Say Something’ is a text messaging service – the number is 83010 – which enables police to pinpoint crime and anti-social behaviour hot spots.

Man pleads guilty to Good Hope bomb hoax

A 43 year old man has pleaded guilty to placing an article with intent. He had left a package as a bomb hoax in Good Hope Hospital last November.The hospital had to be evacuated while experts carried out a controlled explosion.
The man is set to appear at Birmingham Crown court for sentencing on Wednesday 22 June.

Cars for hire by the hour

The Council has agreed to increase the number of car parking bays for an organisation called City Car Club who hire out cars by the hour. Car users can phone the organisation, book a car from one of the car parking bays, key in their code number, drive off and return it to the bay. The car club scheme is seen as an alternative to daily car hire, and aims to reduce car ownership and congestion in city centres. It has centres in 14 UK cities and has been operating on a small scale in Birmingham since 2008; now the plan is to increase the number of parking bays and thereby increase the appeal of the scheme. Currently there are two car club locations in the City, at Brindley Place and Clive Passage; two more are planned, for Aston University Business Park and Warstone Lane in the Jewellery Quarter.