It’s all about teamwork as we join forces to give Lozells a boost
From flying drones and improving football skills, to talking to traders and supporting students, our neighbourhood officers have been working hard with the people who live and work in Lozells to make it a safer and brighter place to be.
The Lozells Neighbourhood Team organised a Community Partnership Week to work with our key partners and stakeholders to deal with issues in the area that you’ve been telling us about.
We headed out with Trading Standards officers to visit businesses and shops along Villa Road and Lozells Road, to give advice around selling tobacco and alcohol. Officers spotted licencing issues at two stores, around the sale of some European lagers, so the licensing team has been alerted and will be making some follow-up visits.
We’d also been told there were concerns with the way some cars were being parked at drop-off and pick-up times by Anglesey School. So our PCSOs went over to make sure everything was running smoothly and had a chat with drivers about the best, and safest, places to park.
Staying safe was also the topic for pupils at the school as officers held a question and answer session before being joined by the WMP Drones unit who showed off how our hi-tech kit helps track down criminals and keep communities safe and secure.
All the pupils were fab but one, Amanah Hussain, was a bit of a star, as she won a competition to name one of our drones, coming up with ‘Astro’ as it reminds her of the sky and space. And she won herself a certificate and match tickets from Aston Villa as a prize.
As with all our neighbourhood teams, creating a safe community for our teenagers and young adults is a priority, so we also visited Holte School to talk to the students there about knife crime as well as home security.
Our mobile police van has also been out and about, visiting Georges Park as well as the Lozells pop-up police station, which takes place every Tuesday from 1pm-3pm at St Silas Church where we take on board residents’ concerns and also offer advice.
Officers even rolled up their sleeves and teamed up with Birmingham City Council to tidy up a few areas, including the car park at Villa Cross, which had been mentioned to us by members of the public who were concerned about the way it was looking.
We were also on hand to support vulnerable individuals as officers went out with staff from Change Grow Live and Cocaine Anonymous for an Outreach Day to offer advice to those who felt they needed it. We also visited hostels and houses of multiple occupancy, liaising with staff at the supported accommodations to ensure there was access to services for those who want it.
Some of our PCSOs have also been getting to know more of Lozells residents as they joined some of our Neighbourhood Watch teams on their patrols which are another great way for us to hear from residents and let them know about WM Now and Street Watch.
Aston Villa’s Villa Kicks also played their part joining officers for footballing sessions at both Anglesey Primary and Holte School helping the pupils improve their skills and build on their teamworking talents.
Find out how you can get involved in making your community a safer place.