Daily Archives: June 10, 2011

Crime rise due to petrol thefts


The crime count in Castle Vale rose slightly last month, from 74 to 76 in comparison with the same month last year.
Petrol thefts were the highest single crime statistic, for the fifth successive month. There were 16 incidents of petrol theft – drivers leaving the forecourt without paying- during May.
Sergeant James Nix said that all of these thefts were from the Sainsbury’s forecourt. Police believe that a number of the thefts are being carried out by two men from the West Midlands area. They use false number plates, fill up their vehicles with petrol, drive off and siphon out the petrol before re-selling it, he said.
Thefts of various kinds accounted for 57% of all crime in the area in May.

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Kane stays in Constituency chair


Labour councillor Peter Kane was re-elected this week as Chair of the Erdington Constituency. The Constituency is made up of four wards: Tyburn (including Castle Vale), Stockland Green, Erdington and Kingstanding.
The eleven Councillors at the meeting were told by an officer from the City Finance Department that the constituency had overspent by £375,000 last year, mainly because of spending on sport, leisure and library services. Erdington’s total debt had increased to £1,393,000, they were told.