Saturday, June 24, 2006

City Councillor arrests man caught flyposting in Moseley

A Birmingham city Councillor last night pursued a person he caught flyposting through the streets of Moseley and performed a citizens arrest.

Councillor Martin Mullaney (Moseley and Kings Heath) caught the promoter of the Bedrock night at the Epic Skateboard Park, Moseley, flyposting in Moseley shopping centre. The promoter has been flyposting on all street furniture in Moseley in recent weeks and last night covered almost every square inch of street furniture in the Village Green. Last week Martin even contacted the owner of the skateboard park to complain about the promoters flyposting in Moseley and Kings Heath.

Martin confronted the promoter he caught flyposting and then pursued him as he tried to get away. Martin then marched the promoter to the local police station where the police took details of the promoter.

Martin will be asking the council’s Environmental Crime Unit to start legal proceedings against the promoter on Monday morning.

This is not the first time Martin has pursued people through the streets of Moseley. In August 2002, he hit the headlines after discovering two burglars in a house in Moseley. He disabled their get-away car before chasing them up Billesley Lane and cornering them in a front garden in Dyott Road. When the police arrived they were arrested and pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries.

2 Comments:

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Steve Woodward said...

It's interesting that making a citizens arrest isn't the action that most people consider undertaking in this type of situation - do you think that there could be some coverage of this as a political issue highlighting what the Police can do in order to ensure that the public are willing to do this? If there was greater support from the Police and within the mainstream political parties for this then there would be more people who would be willing to challenge all levels of criminal activity.

 
At 12:25 PM, Blogger Steve Woodward said...

It's interesting that making a citizens arrest isn't the action that most people consider undertaking in this type of situation - do you think that there could be some coverage of this as a political issue highlighting what the Police can do in order to ensure that the public are willing to do this? If there was greater support from the Police and within the mainstream political parties for this then there would be more people who would be willing to challenge all levels of criminal activity. I think a half day to day long training session would probably be adequate to raise a significant number of issues and yet I don't think there is the political will to provide this at present.

 

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