Police share Balsall Common crime statistics with residents

Balsall Common crime statistics for October were reported to the Residents Association meeting earlier in November as follows:

• 8 burglaries of dwellings: Station Road, Ashley Way, Balsall Street (daytime), Temple Avenue, Frog Lane (daytime), Greenfield Ave (daytime), Meeting House Lane (daytime), Kenilworth Road (daytime).

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Balsall Common Police Shop to move out of town?

Balsall Common’s Police Shop in the main shopping area on Station Road may be put up for relocation as West Midlands Police Authority consider cost cutting options to meet their ever decreasing operating budget.

The spending review could see the shop uprooted and relocated to the Police occupied premises on Holly Lane, removing a central presence and putting a question mark over what to do with Parish Council funded CCTV equipment on the premises which has been instrumental in solving crimes in the village.

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Burglars in standoff with police

Three burglars are now in the cells for raiding a house in Balsall Common this afternoon at about 3.30pm.

You may have noticed road blocks and a police helicopter in the vicinity of Alder lane this evening.

The criminals were caught red handed and a standoff ensued until the final offender was talked down from the roof of a property at about 7.15pm.

Thanks to residents on Twitter for helping us to piece together the event and to West Midlands Solihull police.. we salute you !

*Update 27th September*

More details have been released by the police. The 3 miscreants arrested are all from Sheldon in Birmingham. They are charged with a number of offences including burglary and car theft from the wider area. See the west midlands police blog http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/solihull/news/newsitem.asp?id=5021 for names.