Andrew Mitchell has set up a meeting with Dave Thompson, the Chief Constable and head of the West Midlands Police, following a spate of burglaries and robberies across Sutton Coldfield in recent months.
The meeting comes as masked carjackers dragged a mum from her £50,000 Audi last week and sped off in a terrifying theft as she waited to collect a pupil outside Bishop Walsh Catholic School on Wylde Green Road.
Earlier this month, the Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer also reported that a Sutton Coldfield resident “watched suspects as he waited FOUR HOURS” for West Midlands Police to turn up.
Following the announcement of the meeting, Andrew said:
“Over these past few months, it has become clear that not only is there an escalation in crime across the Royal Town, but that the sort of crime has changed too. I have been horrified at the steady stream of reports of serious car theft – particularly in Four Oaks – with considerable menace and fear resulting. Having persistently raised this with local Police – as have local Councillors – I now feel these issues need to be escalated.
“I have also received startling reports that these are not individuals who are committing the crime but in fact, an entire criminal network that needs dismantling. That is why I have asked the Chief Constable to visit us in Sutton Coldfield where I hope for assurances that a robust plan will be put in place to effectively combat this.
“I would like to commend the efforts of Birmingham City Councillor, Alex Yip, and Town Councillor, Samuel Hodgins who are working hard to bring in a pilot Neighbourhood Watch and Patrol Group Scheme network in Wylde Green. I look forward to exploring whether this can form a part of the solution going forward.”