The following email message is being passed on by the Society in the interests of community information.
Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2011 7:10 PM
Subject: A Message from Solihull Police Commander
Dear Sir / Madam,
Following last night’s disorder in Birmingham, and to a much lesser extent at a small number of locations in the north of Solihull borough, West Midlands Police are actively working with our communities and partners to ensure the safety of our communities.
We appreciate these scenes and incidents will cause concern but we can reassure you that we are monitoring all activity and have comprehensive policing plans in place for Solihull.
We have additional police patrols on the street, and trained public order teams on standby, in order to protect members of the public, homes and retail premises.
We are confident we can provide an effective and proportionate policing response to any given situation and remain fully committed to supporting and protecting our communities.
West Midlands Police will not tolerate violent behaviour and will arrest any people who commit acts of violence or criminality. Offenders can expect to be put before the courts and punished appropriately.
Should there be any incidents of disorder I would ask members of the public to stay calm, remain at home, and give police officers the space they need to monitor and contain any issues that arise.
We would appreciate your help in this respect and encourage you to spread the message amongst your community.
We remain concerned that young people are being drawn into unlawful activity and encourage families and communities to ensure their young people are safely at home during this period.
Anybody with information relating to the disorder is urged to call West Midlands Police on 0345 113 5000 and quote Operation View.
Solihull Local Policing Unit Commander