Archive for March 6, 2012


Community games in Redditch

But where’s the Council run events to mark the torch coming? 

By Simon Preston

Wide ranging support for anyone inspired to hold local community events in celebration of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics has been announced by Redditch Borough Council.

Support and training sessions as well as other resources are being made available to individuals and organisations across Redditch Borough interested in running their own events, as part of the ‘Community Games’ project across the West Midlands.

A presentation from the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership will be made by council officers at two sessions on Thursday 8th March, 7pm-9pm in Committee Room 2 at Redditch Town Hall and Wednesday 14th March, 7pm-8.45pm in the Committee Room at the Council House, Bromsgrove.

Furthermore a Community Games toolkit is available from the partnership, featuring tips and advice for Games organisers as well as a host of free resources to get you started.

Redditch Borough Council’s portfolio holder for sports and leisure Cllr Derek Taylor said: “For anyone thinking that they would like to hold a community event to mark the Olympics this year, we highly recommend that you take up our invitation to attend one of these meetings. Our teams can offer a range of support and advice. It doesn’t have to be a sporting event. There are a range of opportunities such as including it into your local village fete, or school fun day, or charity fun runs the list goes on.”

To book a place at the sessions, for the toolkit or for more information, please contact Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough councils’ sports development and physical activity manager Laura Kerrigan on 01527 881691 or l.kerrigan@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.

The Community Games was launched in spring 2010 and is funded by Legacy Trust UK. It is designed to leave a lasting legacy after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Drawing inspiration from Dr William Penny Brookes’ Wenlock Olympian Games, held in Shropshire since 1850, the Community Games aim to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to try something new, teach others or show to the rest of their communities their talents.

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ASBO Bans Youth From Buses In Redditch

By Simon Preston

The area of Redditch Town Centre Ryan King is banned from, including the bus station and Kingfisher Shopping Centre

A 17-year-old Redditch youth has been served with an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) banning him from all buses in Redditch as well as the town’s bus station and Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

The bus ban is believed to be the first of its kind imposed under the terms of an ASBO in West Mercia and follows a catalogue of complaints about the behaviour of Ryan King (date of birth 04/10/1994) who lives at Batchley.

They include causing disorder and fighting on buses, and threatening or abusing bus drivers, Community Support Officers and security guards at the shopping centre.

Police successfully applied to magistrates in Redditch last Thursday (1 March) for the two-year order against him.

The ASBO prohibits him from interfering with, stopping, getting on or travelling on any public buses in the Borough of Redditch; entering the Kingfisher Centre, Redditch Bus Station and a defined surrounding area; behaving or encouraging others to act in a way that causes others harassment, alarm or distress by using abusive or offensive language or gestures; and using aggressive, threatening or intimidating behaviour.

Local Policing Sergeant Neil Billingham said that the order had been sought following numerous incidents involving King who had been causing problems as far back as 2006.

This had escalated in the last few years during which King had blatantly ignored warnings about his behaviour and more recently an order issued by the Kingfisher Centre banning him from the shopping centre and bus station.

Sgt Neil Billingham said that the application for the ASBO listed 16 different incidents involving King which were all committed on buses between June and December last year (2011). They included abuse, threats and disorderly behaviour directed towards bus drivers, passengers and CSOs who were travelling on public transport in order to reassure the community.

Evidence in relation to numerous non bus-related incidents was also presented.

Sgt Billingham said local bus companies and Redditch Borough Council had all supported the application.

He said: “In my experience of 20 years in policing King is one of the worst behaved individuals I have encountered and he has caused misery for people over a long period of time in different parts of the town. He has persistently caused problems on buses, intimidating the drivers and other passengers.

“His anti-social behaviour was highlighted to us by members of the public and Diamond buses in particular, and we have acted positively and decisively.

“We do not obtain ASBOs lightly but it demonstrates that we will take a robust approach in dealing with people who cause problems in the community. We hope it will bring about an improvement in King’s behaviour and act as a deterrent for others who may think they can behave in a similar way with impunity.”

Redditch District Inspector, Ian Joseph, said “I welcome the bans that have been introduced under this ASBO. King’s appalling behaviour has had a detrimental effect on people who live, work in or visit the town and he was responsible for various complaints to the police over many months, particularly in respect of his conduct on the buses.

“We intend to rigorously enforce the bans whilst continuing to gather evidence against others, just a small minority, whose actions cause such concern but who have not yet grasped our resolve in this matter.”

If King breaches the terms of the ASBO he could be fined or sent to detention for up to five years. Anyone who knows him and sees him on a bus or in any of the areas he is banned from is asked to call police in Redditch immediately on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

The family of Ryan King dispute the dates given by West Mercia Police .Using social networking site Facebook  to complain that the dates were wrong.Even filling the local newspapers Facebook page with comments, after the newspaper requested that nobody comment on its article.

On the page they blame everybody from the Government to the Council for the appalling behaviour.

 

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said “We have checked the source of that information and are satisfied that it is accurate.”

Missing Hospital Patient Is Found In Redditch

A patient who went missing from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is safe after being found by police in the town this morning (Tuesday, 6 March).

Kenneth Pitt, aged 65, was reported missing after walking out of the hospital at about 4.30pm yesterday. Police officers, including dog handlers, carried out searches in the area throughout the night. Mr Pitt was found by police on land off Woodrow Drive at about 8.45am today and is now back in hospital.

West Mercia Police would like to thank those members of the public who helped officers by providing information and the media for their assistance.

A patient who went missing from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is safe after being found by police in the town this morning (Tuesday, 6 March).

Kenneth Pitt, aged 65, was reported missing after walking out of the hospital at about 4.30pm yesterday. Police officers, including dog handlers, carried out searches in the area throughout the night. Mr Pitt was found by police on land off Woodrow Drive at about 8.45am today and is now back in hospital.

West Mercia Police would like to thank those members of the public who helped officers by providing information and the media for their assistance.

Plea To Find Man Missing From Hospital In Redditch

Update Below

By Simon Preston

Police are concerned for the welfare of a patient who has gone missing after walking out of the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch this afternoon (Monday, 5 March).

Kenneth Pitt, aged 65, was last seen walking out of the hospital in Woodrow Drive and towards a bus stop at about 4.30pm. He had been there receiving treatment for an illness since 25 February this year.

Mr Pitt is described as vulnerable and may appear very confused due to his condition. He requires regular medication but does not have that with him and also left his wallet behind.

He is white, 6ft tall and slim, with long dark hair and a dishevelled appearance. When last seen he was wearing a red football top under a blue anorak, grey jogging bottoms and slippers. He was wearing a hospital tag and carrying bags with him.

Inspector Kevin Lane of West Mercia Police said: “Due to his medical requirements and confused state, which is due to his condition, we are very concerned for his welfare and it is urgent we trace him as soon as possible.

“He does not have access to his own transport but likes using buses although he doesn’t have his bus pass with him

“We currently have officers searching the area for him, including at Church Hill where his children live. I would appeal to anyone who knows where he is or thinks they have seen him to contact us immediately so  we can ensure his safety.”

Missing Hospital Patient Is Found In Redditch

A patient who went missing from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is safe after being found by police in the town this morning (Tuesday, 6 March).

Kenneth Pitt, aged 65, was reported missing after walking out of the hospital at about 4.30pm yesterday. Police officers, including dog handlers, carried out searches in the area throughout the night. Mr Pitt was found by police on land off Woodrow Drive at about 8.45am today and is now back in hospital.

West Mercia Police would like to thank those members of the public who helped officers by providing information and the media for their assistance.