West Midlands Police has reassured communities that there will be no return to mass surveillance cameras in residential areas – as alluded to in some on-line news coverage today (31 July).
Det Chief Supt Sue Southern from the force’s Counter Terrorism Unit, says: “The installation of CCTV cameras under Project Champion in some areas of Birmingham generated strong opposition from local communities.
“Let me be clear – the force apologised and the cameras were removed. They are not going to be put back. The force has no plans to introduce mass surveillance cameras.”
Images have been released of a group police need to trace after three men were attacked outside a Birmingham city centre nightclub.
The pair and a friend had just left Snobs, on Smallbrook Queensway, in the early hours of Saturday 4 April and were waiting in a taxi when their 24-year-old mate got into a conversation with another group of men about football.
Police have launched an investigation after an amateur photographer suffered a heart attack when yobs tried to steal his camera.
Two men on a stolen motorbike, with false number plates, tried to snatch the camera as the 69-year-old took pictures of flowers in Priory Park in Dudley on Tuesday 28 July around 2.30pm.
The gentleman, who regularly strolls through the park, already had an existing heart condition and the shock of the robbery attempt brought on an immediate attack.