Increased police presence following Walsall violence
Over the past few weeks we’ve seen an increase in violence in Walsall centre at weekends.
There have been pockets of violence in disorder particularly in Bridge Street.
There was a serious disorder a couple of weekends ago which included the use of weapons. In addition, a car mounted the pavements and drove the wrong way down one way streets, a pedestrian was hit and suffered serious injuries.
We’ve got really good working relationships with the local hospitality industry, Walsall Council’s licensing team and many others – we’re all committed to seeing that people have a safe and enjoyable time.
We’ll continue to work with venues this weekend, ensure there are no licensing breaches and work closely with door staff and others.
The pandemic was tough and we fully understand that people want to go out, socialise and have fun, but these levels of violence are completely unacceptable.
Inspector Liz Pearson, responsible for policing in Walsall said: “We’ve seen an increase in people returning to the town centre, which is great, and I can completely understand that people are excited to get out and meet people following the lifting of the restrictions we’ve all been under.
“However, disorder and violence is simply unacceptable. We know it often starts as aggressive behaviour fuelled by excessive drinking but it has had some devastating consequences.
“We want people to enjoy a safe evening so we’re stepping up our policing presence, and we continue to work with security staff in licenced premises, and our wider partners.
“Please come and enjoy our vibrant town centre - but be kind - we must look after each other and enjoy a great atmosphere.”