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This is how we're working to make Erdington High Street better for everyone

When people told us they weren’t happy with Erdington High Street, we knew we had to act.

Shoplifters, anti-social behaviour and drugs were all highlighted to us, by people who wanted to see a bigger police presence.

Today marked our response to that.

We’ve been out all day, using our uniformed officers, drugs dogs, drones, and teaming up with trading standards, environmental health, licensing and highways workers as we showed our commitment to making the High Street a better place for everyone.

The drugs dog searched a number of prolific offenders, one property is facing a closure order after it was deemed unsafe, while trading standards seized alcohol not fit for sale. A number of referrals for help were made for rough sleepers.

Erdington Sgt Jenna Thomas said: “Today’s been a great day, which has really shown the power of people from the local area and the other organisations working together.

“But it’s important to stress that this is not the end of our work to improve Erdington High Street. We’ll continue to work hard to focus on the crime and anti-social behaviour that can really affect the quality of life of people who live and work in the area.”

We’re also obtaining criminal behaviour orders which will ban prolific offenders from the area, and have issued 25 tickets ordering people to leave the area.

Throughout November, we’ve also been getting some help from on high to tackle drug dealing following complaints from residents in Erdington.

Our drone team was drafted in to give an unprecedented view of the High Street so that officers could gather intelligence on people suspected of being involved in serious crime.

The footage and images of suspects gathered will now be fed back to our local officers to build up intelligence, which will help identify future targets for arrest.