CCTV images of suspects placed on the shop door to see if anyone recognises them
A garage owner in Sutton Coldfield has decided to fight back against petrol thieves and shoplifters by introducing a CCTV image ‘door of shame’ in his shop, which will be seen by customers and local people from the community.
Sunny Sanghera, aged 46, owns and runs the Jet Petrol Station & convenience store on Reddicap Heath Road, in Sutton Coldfield and has got so sick of people either stealing from the shop, or driving off without paying for their fuel, that he’s decided to try and catch the suspects himself by naming and shaming them.
Mr Sanghera now puts any CCTV images of suspects in the door of his shop and asks members of the community and customers if they recognise anyone.
If a name is given to him, Mr Sanghera writes to the suspect asking them to pay what they owe and charges them an ‘admin fee’, for his time and costs. He also tells them he will go to the local authorities if they don’t pay up.
“I have been doing this for six months now. With more than two thirds we get a name. And then we usually get our money back. With one of them it was four months later, said Mr Sanghera.
Sunny believes that his new ‘door of shame’ appeal has led to around 70% of suspects he thinks have stolen from him being named and most of them apologise and pay what they owe.
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Police release CCTV images after the victim suffered from a severed artery after the nightclub attack
CCTV images have been released by the police, of a man they would like to trace in connection with an unprovoked attack at a nightclub in Birmingham last December, in which a man was left with a severed artery.
The victim, aged 20, was on the dance floor of the Solbar nightclub in the Arcadian Centre, when he was attacked from behind and hit over the head with what was thought to be a glass bottle.
As a result of the unprovoked attack, the victim was left with injuries to his neck and face and needed emergency surgery on a severed artery.
The police are now appealing for help in tracing a man who they believe might be connected to the incident, which happened on Friday, December 30. Three CCTV images of the suspect have now been released by the police, in the hope that someone might be able to help them with their enquiries.
DC Rick Sharp, the investigating officer over the case said: “This attack is wholly unacceptable, the man was enjoying a night out with friends and was on the dance floor when he was subjected to an unprovoked attack.”
The police are urging anyone with information to come forward and if anyone recognises the man from the CCTV images, they are asked to contact Detective Constable Rick Sharp via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. The police are asking anyone who calls to quote Crime Reference Number: 20BW/257666N/16
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Extra security measures such as CCTV are being put in place, plus the opening hours cut at a number of Tesco Express stores
CCTV is to be looked at following a spate of robberies at Tesco Express stores in Birmingham.
Extra security measures such as CCTV are being put in place, plus the opening hours cut at a number of the stores following the break-ins.
The latest Tesco Express store to be targeted is on Sutton Road, Wylde Green, where three men raided the store at around 6.30am on Friday, January 20.
Police are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Two of the suspects jumped over the counter and threatened members of staff. They filled a bag with cigarettes, scratchcards and alcohol before fleeing the store, running away towards the Yenton pub.
A number of Tesco Express stores in the area have been targeted by thieves over the past few months. In December last year, the Tesco Express store in Green Lane, Castle Bromwich, was targeted and the security guard had a cash box stolen from him.
A Tesco spokeswoman confirmed that some of the hours have been changed at a number of stores but will be a temporary measure whilst the police investigate the break-ins and new security measures are put in place.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “We are appealing for information after a Tesco Express store was targeted by thieves.”
Police officers are now continuing with their enquiries and will be looking at CCTV as part of their investigation.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101.
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Delivery driver caught out by CCTV cameras smashing a parked car out of the way
An Asda store in Oldbury, in the West Midlands, has had to apologise after CCTV security cameras caught one of their delivery driver’s ramming a parked car out of the way before driving off.
The incident happened in December last year in Oldbury, West Midlands. The Asda van can be seen in the CCTV footage pulling alongside a parked up Renault Megane. The driver then reverses and bumps the car out of the way before driving off.
Asda have since apologised for the “unacceptable incident” and have made sure that the car was repaired before being returned to its owner.
The owner of the Renault Megane, Mr Ian Peacock, was in the area visiting family on December 20 last year, when he heard outside a “loud bang and a car alarm going off”.
At first, Mr Peacock didn’t realise that it was his vehicle that had been run into.
The incident caused damage to Mr Peacock’s Renault; the bumper support bar was snapped in half, some of the lights were smashed and snapped, plus the casing holding the exhaust and other car parts underneath the vehicle was smashed.
Mr Peacock spoke after the incident to numerous news outlets, saying that he’d received a call from Asda’s head office, who said they would be sending him a “goodwill gesture” but Mr Peacock added that nothing had arrived up to now from one of the UK’s leading supermarket chains.
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Couple stole designer clothing from shops throughout the country – caught by CCTV
A Birmingham couple have been jailed after being found guilty of stealing designer clothing worth more than £100,000 from stores across the country. They were eventually caught out by CCTV cameras after police began an investigation.
The couple stole items from shops all over the country, including Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Nottingham.
Inout Vasile, aged 35 and Mirela Vasile, 34, stole their most expensive item from Louis Vuitton in London – a dress priced at £4,400.
The couple from Westbury Road, Edgbaston, in Birmingham pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to ‘conspiracy to steal’ and were both given a three year prison sentence.
According to West Midlands Police, the pair had the perfect way of distracting changing room staff by hiding items of clothing in the fitting rooms so accomplices could collect them later.
To enable the items to pass security detectors, the couple used foil-lined bags.
The police were first alerted to the Vasile’s after they targeted a Michael Kors store in Birmingham in January 2015.
Following enquiries around the country at other store by the police, CCTV footage was discovered showing the pair ‘at work’ in Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Nottingham.
Mirela was arrested on April 27, 2015 and her husband Inout, on December 11, 2015.
The police discovered tops from Browns and Alexander McQueens at their home which had been rebranded and a price ticketing gun was also found. Their mobile phones were examined with messages found from possible buyers.
According to the police, it looked as though the couple’s entire income was made from the scam they were carrying out across the country.
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Sid the Snake was taken by a man who walked into the shop, not realising CCTV cameras were in operation
A pet shop in Brownhills, in the West Midlands, is threatening to go to the police with CCTV footage from the store, after a pet snake was stolen from the premises.
‘Sid the Snake’ was stolen from Chico’s Pet Supplies by a man who walked into the shop. He put his hand into the vivarium, grabbed the corn snake and shoved it in his pocket.
The staff are desperate for the safe return of the snake, as it could die if not cared for properly.
Sid the snake measures 15cm’s long and is only a few weeks old. His skin was shedding, which means he’s more vulnerable in the winter months. He’d only been at the shop for two weeks.
Victoria Mosedale, a helper at the store, said: “We’ve had children trying to put their hands in cages before, but it’s the first time we’ve had a live animal taken.”
The store made an online appeal, in which they made the point of saying how the store had signs up warning customers that they were on CCTV.
They said the shop now had a copy of the CCTV footage and it was going to be handed over to the police if the thief didn’t come forward. Staff at the pet shop said they just wanted the snake back because it’s only a baby and will need feeding.
Staff at Chico’s threatened to not only send the CCTV footage to the police but to post it on Facebook so everyone could see.
Sid the Snake was for sale along with the vivarium for £70 and needs feeding once a week. The corn snake is a docile non-venomous snake but if tormented could bite. They are native to North America and can grow to around 5ft long.
Staff at Chico’s are asking anyone with information to call 01543 370610, or make contact via their Facebook page.
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CCTV footage shows a foolhardy man riding on the roof of a train
The British Transport Police has published CCTV footage from a train network showing a suspected Birmingham man ‘surfing’ on the roof of a train as it travels along the tracks.
The dangerous incident was caught on CCTV on December 11 on a train network in Merseyside. The daredevil perpetrator told train staff he was the “Silver Shadow”.
The security footage shows the self-titled Silver Shadow hanging on to the train edge while it was reportedly travelling at speeds of up to 100mph between Rock Ferry station and Bromborough Station, both of which are situated in Merseyside.
According to staff at Rock Ferry station, the unidentified man climbed on to the area between two train carriages whilst it was waiting in the station as passengers boarded.
He then apparently climbed onto the top of one of the carriages and held onto a bar at the edge of the roof. Police said that at 1.37pm, the foolish man can be seen waving at people as the train passes through Bromborough Rake station.
At 1.39pm, the culprit leaves the train at Bromborough Station, where he spoke briefly to staff members in the ticket office. He told staff his “Silver Shadow” alias and said he had travelled there from the Birmingham area. He had his face covered with a scarf and was wearing a black woolly hat.
Investigating officer for the British Transport Police, PC Andrew Richardson, said the line on which the man committed this dangerous act was electrified, and if he had slipped he would have most definitely suffered fatal injuries and risked the lives of all the passengers on the train.
PC Richardson said: “Even attempting to get on the top of a train is a nonsensical and idiotic thing to do… This isn’t cool, it isn’t funny, it’s dangerous and we will not stand for it…”
Anyone who recognises the man should contact police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting 141 of 21/12.
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The 78-year-old was attacked on his own doorstep and ‘left for dead’ by vicious thug – police search through CCTV
A vicious and cowardly robber who carried out an attack on a 78-year-old man on his own doorstep in Birmingham, is being hunted by police, who are now looking at CCTV in the hope of finding something that will lead to his arrest.
Tony Kells had just returned home after picking up his Christmas pension, when he was battered by a thug with a weapon and left for dead on the doorstep of his own home.
Mr Kells had just put his key in the door when he was attacked on Pool Farm Road, Acocks Green, at around 6.30pm.
The 78-year-old Grandfather was found by an Asda delivery driver and was left only partly conscious after the attack. The driver called 999 for an ambulance which took Mr Kells to hospital. It’s thought Mr Kells suffered a broken jaw in the attack but it’s not clear yet because there is so much swelling and bruising.
He has since been released from the hospital and is staying with family. Mr Kells is so scared and shook up and doesn’t want to talk about it or go back to his home, which he has lived in for the past twenty years.
CCTV is now being looked at by the police in the hope of catching the vicious and nasty thug who preyed on an old man and stole his pension.
An appeal for information has been made by Mr Kells’ stepson Luke Burton, aged 33.
Mr Burton said: “He was left for dead. We believe he was followed home after picking up his pension and was attacked with a weapon from behind as he put his key in the door.”
Mr Burton also went on to say what a loving and kind man he is and how much he’s adored by his children and grandchildren.
“We need to find his attacker,” said Mr Burton.
The suspect has been described as black, around 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build, with short black hair and also had some small facial scars.
As part of the investigation, detectives from West Midlands Police are now looking at CCTV footage. Anyone with information is urged to call the police on 101, or you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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Police scouring CCTV footage in the hope of finding useful information
CCTV footage is being scoured over by the police following a ram-raid at a NatWest bank in Birmingham.
The gang involved in the attack used a van to smash their way into the bank, which is located at the Lanes Shopping Centre, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield. They reversed the Renault van into the walls of the bank in an effort to try and rip the cashpoint out of the wall.
The gang didn’t manage to escape with the cashpoint machine but got away with some iPads.
The incident happened on Thursday, December 1, sometime between 2am and 2:20am. Police officers are now looking at CCTV from around the area of the incident in the hope of finding some useful information that could lead to an arrest.
A spokeswoman from West Midlands Police confirmed that the ram-raid had taken place at the NatWest bank in Wylde Green. She said that a Renault van was used in the raid and was reversed into the front of the shop. The gang then tried to dislodge the cash machine from the wall but failed and fled with iPads.
She added that officers were now looking at CCTV from around the area.
This is the latest in a series of ram-raid attacks on banks in Sutton Coldfield over the past few months.
A Halifax bank in the town centre was targeted back in August during the early hours. The building was ram-raided with the use of a Honda vehicle and the cashpoint was dislodged and taken.
On Thursday, November 24, a car smashed into a hair salon on Reddicap Heath Road at around 1am.
Police are urging anyone with information to come forward and call 101, or you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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Two banks, a pub and a supermarket have been targeted and police say CCTV could help deter criminals
A series of raids across Birmingham have led to the police urging businesses in the city and surrounding areas to install CCTV on their premises, to help deter criminals and protect their businesses as Christmas time approaches.
The four break-ins all took place over a 24-hour period, so the police have issued a warning to the business community. Two banks, a supermarket and a pub have been targeted so far across the city.
The Hare and Hounds pub on Kingsbury Road, Minworth, was broken into at around 2.30am on Friday, December 2. Damage was caused and the thieves stole some money.
Sometime around 4.30pm on the same day, the HSBC off Kettlehouse Road, Kingstanding, was targeted by a couple of masked individuals who escaped on foot with an amount of cash.
At around 4.45pm on the same Friday, a Tesco Express store on Green Lane, Castle Bromwich, was the target of a thief. The man came up behind the security guard and stole the cash box from the guards hands as he made his way to his van. The thief ran off with the cash box.
During the early hours of Saturday morning just before 03:30am, the Halifax bank on Coventry Road, Sheldon was targeted by ram-raiders. Vehicles were used to smash through the front window and the offenders made off with the cash machine.
The police are now urging businesses to install CCTV and make sure their premises are fully protected and secured, especially all entrances, exits and windows.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Businesses need to be vigilant. CCTV can be used to deter criminals and to record crime if it happens. It is an extremely useful and powerful tool for the police and has assisted in the prevention and detection of many crimes.”
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