Police launch crackdown on people travelling into Lichfield to carry out crime

Police in Lichfield have taken part in an operation to crackdown on people travelling into the city to commit crime.

The action came after a number of reported incidents of violence, sexual assault and burglary over the last month.

The operation saw increased patrols at Lichfield city railway station, St Johns Street, Chapel Lane, Shortbutts Park, Strawberry Lane and Beacon Park.

Inspector Rob Neeson, Lichfield Local Policing Team Commander, said: “Lichfield has experienced a number of issues involving suspects from the West Midlands area travelling into the area using trains.

“A number of arrests were recently made to disrupt this behaviour, with suspected offences including possession with intent to supply class A drugs, public order, assault, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

“Another important element was using section 35 orders to exclude individuals from the area for up to 48 hours and if they returned they would face arrest. Suspects that were released on bail had strict conditions put in place to prevent them from returning to the area other than to answer their bail.

“We are also working with colleagues from the local authority, youth offending team and probation service to problem solve with the young people involved in the reported incidents.”

The crackdown was carried out alongside a wider campaign on on child sexual exploitation involving a number of different police forces.

Officers handed out information to passengers at Lichfield City station in a bid to raise awareness of the issue.

Insp Neeson added: “It is sometimes the case that young people will use public transport when missing from home, or travelling to meet associates, and it’s important to ensure that staff and passengers are vigilant about any unusual behaviour if they spot vulnerable young people.

“As part of this operation officers and PCSOs from Lichfield carried out visits at the railway station last week to support colleagues from British Transport Police who were running wider activity. This included distributing information packs to staff highlighting The Railway Children’s Safeguarding Children on Transport campaign and alerting passengers to be vigilant and report any concerns.”

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1 Comment

  1. Cearbhaill

    25th September, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Linking this report with the one posted on the Lichfield Mercury web page,I am concerned that both reports state that the operation to stop these people by the Police was carried out … “alongside a wider campaign on Child Sexual Exploitation…” Do we have here a preliminary grooming gang that we are not being told of?