Tackling nuisance motorbikes and clearing tonnes of dumped rubbish were top of the list during a week of Safer 6 campaign action in Wednesbury.
Many hundreds of people received safety, crime prevention and health advice, while speeding drivers were also warned.
A town centre roadshow in Union Street organised by Wednesbury Local office saw a wide range of Safer Sandwell organisations giving advice to hundreds of shoppers.
The week saw council and police officers promoting ways to report nuisance motorbikes, including a new online form at www.sandwell.gov.uk/motorbikenuisance. Residents can be the eyes and ears of the community and provide intelligence about illegal riders.
Partners are working together to warn families about the dangers and consequences of riding motorbikes illegally, seize bikes and encourage people to get involved in more positive activities.
Among the many highlights of Wednesbury’s Safer 6 week:
- Litter Watch volunteers, Wednesbury Local and partners collected nearly 100 bags of litter in total, including 28 from the Wallface and Hawkes Lane area and 22 from the town centre. They collected bags from Church Hill, Meeting Street, Canalside Close, Heron Road, Peter Street and Ratcliffe Park/Dial Lane and held a skip day and litter pick with councillors in Myvod Road and Oxford Street.
- Council anti-social behaviour officers, councillors and police carried out walkabouts, chatted to residents and distributed leaflets about motorbike nuisance to 270 homes in Myvod Road and Beech Road near to Ten Acre Wood, The Broadway and areas near to Wallface, Hydes Road, Moor Street and Oxford Street.
- Offenders doing unpaid Community Payback cleared 2.5 tonnes of rubbish from side and rear access paths at Dorsett Road in Friar Park. This has made paths easier and safer to use.
- The council’s estate maintenance team cleared 0.92 tonnes of weeds and rubbish from the Wallface passageway which leads to Hill Top shopping area.
- Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel volunteers spoke to around 250 people at the town centre roadshow and an over-60s luncheon club at Wednesbury Town Hall. They gave out 244 property marking packs, 184 purse bells, 122 card protector sleeves, 88 Faraday key fob pouches, 37 door alarms and 31 personal alarms.
- The anti-slavery van promoted advice on spotting the signs of slavery and human trafficking and how to report it.
- Firefighters carried out ‘Safe & Well’ checks at 21 homes across the town to advise residents on smoke alarms, fire safety and general wellbeing.
- Police held speed operations at several locations – warning more than 25 drivers and seizing one vehicle for no insurance. Police also held a speed awareness and parking operations at Harvills Hawthorn and Moorlands primary schools, putting 20 ‘Park It Don’t Plonk It’ leaflets on cars and warning three motorists.
- Sandwell Police partnership officers held an information event with shoppers at Morrisons, discussing a range of topics including burglaries.
Officers from Wednesbury Local held housing advice surgeries at Wednesbury Library and Friar Park Millennium Centre, put on children’s activities at Barlow Road Community Garden and carried out estate walkabouts to promote recycling. A walkabout with councillors helped to identify graffiti and fly-posters to remove in the town centre.
- Domestic abuse officers spoke to more than 60 people, including 36 businesses, in the town centre, to raise awareness of abuse and support.
- More than 20 young people attended Staying Safe workshops run by the council’s young people’s services team – at Hill Top Youth Club, Wednesbury Blast Youth Club and Wednesbury town centre – which covered anything from positive activities and healthy lifestyles to personal safety and the dangers of gangs, drugs and alcohol.
- Nearly 200 children attended Go Play Sandwell play sessions at the Manor House, Priory Children’s Centre, Wednesbury Library and the town centre.
- Trading standards and neighbourhood officers, together with the illegal money lending team, held a roadshow for residents at Russell House flats. They gave advice on electrical safety, financial scams and loan sharks.
- Wednesbury Local and South Staffs Water ran a successful winter warmers children’s clothes exchange.
Each of Sandwell’s six towns has a focus week during the six-week Safer 6 campaign, which promotes safety, crime prevention and healthy living to all ages.
The Wednesbury Safer 6 week ran from 29 October to 4 November.
Go to our Safer 6 webpage www.sandwell.gov.uk/safer6 for more information about the campaign.
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