Smartphones to live stream footage to WMFS from the scene of a fire.
West Midlands Fire Service want to trial new project, called 999eye, that would allow 999 callers to send them video from the scene of a fire.
Around 65% of emergency calls are now made by mobile phone and many of those are smart phones with built-in cameras.
More information about the project https://999eye.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/smartphones-to-video-stream-live-footage-to-emergency-services-during-emergency-calls/
(Video: BBC Midlands Today/David Gregory-Kumar)
Smartphones to live stream footage to WMFS from the scene of a fire.
Concrete being poured on the £127M Metro Extension in the City Centre.
The extension will run from Snow Hill through Bull Street, Corporation Street and Stephenson Street, terminating outside New Street station.
Cllr Roger Horton, Centro lead member for rail, said: “Trams are very much a transport mode of the future and this is a significant and symbolic moment for the Metro extension. In the year that sees the 60th anniversary of the last tram running in Birmingham we are seeing the first tracks go in for a new 21st century system. These first tracks are another sign of the progress the scheme is making and people can see that the return of trams, with all the economic benefits they will bring, is that much closer.”
Construction firm Balfour Beatty, who are building the extension, expect the work to be completed in 2015.
More information about the extension here https://www.centro.org.uk/metro/birmingham-city-centre-extension/
Firefighters have issued some fire prevention advice following a severe canal boat fire last week.
Firefighters from Billesley and Kings Norton Fire Stations were dispatched to the Stratford-on-Avon Canal, near The Horseshoes pub on Alcester Rd South last Thursday night (23/07), to reports of canal boat on fire.
A firefighter from Billesley Fire Station, said: “It took 2x main jets to bring the fire under control. The canal boat was well alight on arrival and fortunately the incident was not far from the road bridge so access and a pressure fed water supply caused no delay in tackling the fire, and no were injuries sustained.”
He, added: “The remote location of most moorings means that fire and rescue services can find it hard to get close to boating incidents. And on many occasions, this delay can result in the total destruction of the boat and surrounding property.
By following the ‘FireKills’ top tips you can ensure your time afloat is safe and enjoyable, for yourself and your passengers:
- Make sure you know your boat and make a fire action plan with everyone in the boat.
- Fit a smoke alarm that meets the EN 50291 standard and carries an approval mark such as ‘kitemark’.
- Fit a gas and petrol vapour detector alarm in the bilge and even in the cabin space to give you early warnings of dangerous build-ups of explosive gases.
- Check all appliances are turned off and if possible, close the valve on the LPG cylinders before you go to bed or leave the boat.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Make sure they are put out safely.
- Keep candles, matches, lighters and other sources of flame out of reach of children.
- Make sure cigarettes are put out safely – use metal ashtrays. Avoid falling asleep with a lit cigarette – never smoke in bed.
- Never leave a hot hob unattended especially when cooking with oil or fat.
- Don’t fit curtains or fabrics over hob burners and don’t dry tea towels or clothes over a cooker or hob.”
(Image: Billesley Fire Station/Kings Norton Fire Station)
Officers are appealing for information after a man was assaulted and robbed in Sparkhill Park.
The man, aged 56, was punched, kicked and stamped on by thugs, at around midnight on Monday 14th July, in Sparkhill Park.
The thugs rifled through his pockets and stole his belongings before fleeing the scene.
He was left with three fractures to his jaw, chipped teeth and extensive bruising.
Unfortunately there is no description of those responsible.
Please call WMP on 101 if you witnessed the incident or have ANY information that help the investigation.
£250,000 funding to support children’s literacy at five libraries across Birmingham.
Birmingham City Council has secured grant funding of £250,000 to support children’s literacy at Balsall Heath, Druids Heath, Kings Norton, Kingstanding and Small Heath libraries.
The funding comes from the Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in a wide range of fields, including education and the arts.
The £250,000 will be used to carry out improvements to the library facilities, including improved lighting and new décor to make them as attractive and welcoming as possible to their younger users. There will also be greater investment in new technology, including tablets, e-readers, smartphones, projectors and 3D printers for use by children, as well as older library users.
Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning and Culture Cllr Penny Holbrook, said: “By transforming children’s libraries into dynamic, exciting and welcoming spaces, we have demonstrated that we can increase take-up and participation in the library experience.
This funding will enable us to continue building on this strategy, encouraging children to visit their local library for longer and try new experiences they may not otherwise have been able to access.”
It will also help fund a programme of book-based events, starting in September, including a project to train library staff to become better storytellers, with community libraries working in partnership with The REP Theatre, Sonia Sabri Dance Company and Andy Spencer Media.
The programme, which will include live theatre events in libraries, author visits and live online streaming of events, will also support Birmingham’s Year of Reading, as well as linking into the Children’s Literature Festival in 2015, World Book Day, National Poetry Day and Love Libraries Day.
Detectives have today (28/07) released dramatic footage of the moment a police officer was flung to the ground as he tried to stop a getaway van in a bid to help solve the case.
Officers were called to a tile company on Upper Balsall Heath Road, at around 2AM on Tuesday 13th May, following reports of a burglary in progress.
When response officers arrived PC Gareth Lowe, aged 34, spotted a van near the scene and approached the passenger door. As he grabbed the handle the vehicle began to accelerate away and, despite clinging on as it gathered speed, he was thrown to the floor.
PC Lowe suffered minor injuries and was treated at hospital. He has now made a full recovery.
An investigation was launched into the burglary and four men, aged 24 and 25, were arrested − they are all currently on police bail.
Detective Constable Michelle Beasley, from Stechford CID, said: “PC Lowe was extremely lucky on the night in question − the people in the van showed a complete disregard for him and he was left lying in the street.
His injuries could have been far worse, even life threatening. Fortunately back-up was on hand and after receiving treatment at the scene and in hospital PC Lowe is back on the beat.
However our investigation is ongoing and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice. We still really need members of the public who think they can help our enquiries to come forward.”
Were you in the area on that night in May? Do you recognise the van in the CCTV clip? Please call WMP on 101 if you have ANY information.
UPDATE 28/07 14:31 - Officers found the car last night (27/07). Superintendent Adrian McGee, said: “A huge thank you to everyone who took note of our appeal, passed the word around, retweeted or shared our posts on social media. This only goes to show the value and importance the public play in assisting police with these large and complex enquiries.
The vehicle will now be forensically examined and we hope will provide another piece in the jigsaw towards understanding exactly how Jordan Banton was killed.”
Warwickshire Police are appealing for help to find a car they believe was involved in a fatal shooting.
Officers from Warwickshire Police have today released details of the car they are urgently trying to trace which they believe was involved in the fatal shooting on Friday (25/07).
Jordan Matthew Banton, aged 23, was found dead in a car on Newton Road near Rugby. The incident happened at approximately 11.40AM.
The offender is believed to have got into a silver Vauxhall Insignia - silver/blue in colour and with the registration number of VK63 LWL - which drove away from the scene at speed.
This vehicle made off from the scene along Newton Road and into Newton village and then to the A5.
Superintendent Adrian McGee, said: “This is a murder of a young man on a remote rural road. We now understand this Vauxhall Insignia may have played a key role in this offence and could probably have been the car the offender or offenders used.
We are working around the clock on this investigation and need to trace this car urgently.
It is a Vauxhall Insignia which looks silver or light blue depending upon the light.
Please can you think about whether you have seen this car in the last two days or perhaps may see it today while you go about your normal business. I would asked everyone to note its description and that the registration is VK63 LWL.
I would urge everyone to keep their eyes peeled and try and help us locate this vehicle.”
Please call 101 quoting incident number 155 of the 25 July 2014 or Information can also be provided anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
(Image: Mockup of the vehicle)
Motorists who park irresponsibly at railway stations will received a £60 fine from September.
Centro, the region’s transport authority, is to introduce the penalties at all 54 of its free to use Park and Ride sites from September.
The crackdown follows a spate of incidents that have left scores of motorists blocked in.
On one occasion at Cradley Heath 170 cars were blocked in for three hours as a result of a line of vehicles parked outside of marked bays. Similar problems have occurred at car parks in Rowley Regis, Coseley, Wolverhampton Priestfield, Wednesbury Parkway, Selly Oak and Northfield in Birmingham, and Whitlock’s End near Shirley.
Offenders will have 28 days to pay the fine or see it double to £120, but will have the right to appeal.
Cllr Roger Horton, Centro lead member for rail, said the move was not a money-making measure. He said: “It is being done to tackle a serious problem – some of the parking we have seen has been, quite frankly, atrocious.
The actions of a selfish few cause great inconvenience for the many passengers who park responsibly.
Park and Ride has been a real success story scheme in encouraging people to use public transport and a minority of people can’t be allowed to detract from it.”
The enforcement scheme will see two parking officers working for a private company patrol park and ride sites using handheld ticket machines. All money raised will go towards the costs of the running the scheme.
Man charged with breaching security and boarding an empty plane at Birmingham Airport.
Lee Jezard, aged 22, from Redditch, was arrested at around 1AM on Thursday 17th July and subsequently charged with entering a security restricted area of Birmingham Airport without the permission of the manager and a separate offence of boarding an aircraft without permission.
A spokesperson from West Midlands Police, said: “Lee Jezard was arrested, at around 1:10am on Thursday 17th July, at the airport and charged later that day with the offence of entering a security restricted area of an aerodrome without the permission of the manager and a separate offence of boarding an aircraft without permission.
He was released on bail, with conditions not to attend any airport in the UK, and is due to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on 20th August.”
Help save Moor Pool in Harborne with Give as you Live
Let’s try something new which could help raise money for charities across our amazing city every month.
Did you know you can raise money for charity and it won’t cost you a penny or take any extra time? You most certainly can and here’s how (watch video above).
All you do is register on http://www.giveasyoulive.com/, shop online and a percentage of your bill goes directly to your selected charity without costing you a penny.
To get this exciting project started - I’ve selected Moor Pool Heritage Trust in Harborne.
Together let’s see how much money we can raise towards their £325,000 target to save 107 years of Brum’s heritage preserving vital community facilities and developing their surroundings into a community, heritage and educational hub that can be used by people from across Birmingham.
Please give it a go and be part of this project to help Moor Pool Heritage Trust just by doing your shopping via Give As You Live and selecting Moor Pool Heritage Trust as your chosen charity.
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A new way to order a taxi has arrived in Birmingham.
After a very successful start in London, Minicabster, the leading price-comparison and booking app for ordering a taxi, has launched its service in Birmingham. Unlike any other service, Minicabster boasts it’s prices are up to 50% cheaper than black cabs and airport taxis, and wants to bring fair prices and reliable travel to the city.
Say goodbye to phoning around to get the best price for a cab, the Minicabster app does it for you by comparing all of the most reliable, local cab firms in your area. When you see a quote you like, you can read through real customer reviews before booking through the app. You can even choose how you would like to pay for your journey, cash to the driver or securely by card.
Minicabster has become a really popular way of booking a taxi, not only because you can ensure you’re always getting the best price, but because you can guarantee a safe ride as all of the companies on Minicabster are fully licensed.
Minicabster aims to grow its service quickly across the city of Birmingham, supporting the minicab industry by bringing new technology and ways of getting work, and in turn providing customers with a reliable and cost effective way of travelling.
Minicabster was founded in 2011 by British entrepreneur Brooke Pursey, and has seen superb growth every year since - with a service currently boasting over 200,000 users. The app focused tech company is backed by high profile investors including David Buttress, CEO of JUST EAT, Daniel McPherson, Founder of Launcha, and Tom Singh, Founder of New Look.
Brooke Pursey, said: “All minicabs on our system are fully-licensed and their drivers are regularly vetted by our dedicated team. Many vehicles have GPS tracking and our Minicabster promise guarantees punctuality - unlike other minicab apps, if a car is more than 15 minutes late, we offer our customers a 30% refund on their journey fare. This guarantee enables us to provide customers with a high quality experience and peace of mind”.
Download the app here Use the voucher code UPDATE7 to get £7 off your first app journey.
Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces awarded Heritage Lottery Funding
Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces, the fascinating project that aims to reveal the secrets hidden behind some of Birmingham’s most iconic façades, has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The funding will see the project extended to include more hidden spaces, further events and exhibitions and the creation of an online platform for sharing the information, to build a lasting legacy that will reach a much wider audience.
The news follows the recent success of the Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces exhibition at the Grade I listed Curzon Street Station, which attracted over 3,500 visitors of all ages. The free exhibition, which ran between 21st and 29th June as part of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ national ‘Love Architecture Week’, gave members of the public a rare opportunity to take a peek inside the world’s oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture.
Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces is led by Birmingham based Associated Architects, working in association with the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Architectural Association, aims to raise public awareness and appreciation of the city’s rich and diverse built heritage.
Architect at Associated Architects and curator of the exhibition, Steve Townsend, said: “Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces is a celebration of the city’s rich and diverse architectural heritage.
It aims to show a different side to the places we may pass every day.
Birmingham, like any great city, is full of layers of history and we want to peel them back to show how Birmingham has grown into the modern, vibrant city of today.
An inevitability of the modern city is that the demands on its buildings will change and will be adapted or become redundant of their former purpose.
Our aim is to capture and document these spaces as they exist today, whether in full use or abandoned, and share them for all to enjoy.”
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Shafique Shah, added: “I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to explore the Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces exhibition in the historic setting of Curzon Street Station, itself a hidden architectural treasure of the city. It was a pleasure to meet the team behind the project and also the students of Architecture from Birmingham City University, who designed and built the exhibition space.
The Hidden Spaces project is a great celebration of what makes Birmingham unique. It provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with younger generations and educate them about Birmingham’s heritage. Birmingham has a rich history of industrial prosperity and forward thinking. It’s time we shouted about our achievements and celebrated the hidden gems that we have.”
Timelapse of the construction of the atrium at New Street Station between March 2013 - July 2014
The atrium will allow natural light to flood the concourse for the first time when the station opens in 2015. For more information visit: newstreetnewstart.co.uk
(Video: Network Rail)
Two teenagers bailed after a teenager was stabbed on Oaklands Recreation Ground.
Emergency services were dispatched to Oaklands Recreation Ground on Holder Road in Yardley, at around 4PM yesterday afternoon (24/07), after a reports of a disorder.
On arrival, Police Officers and Paramedics found a teenage boy, aged 16, with a stab wounds to his back.
The teenager was rushed to hospital by air ambulance for treatment where he remains this evening (25/07).
Two teenage boys, aged 16 and aged 18, who were arrested in connection with the disorder nearby, have been released on bailed pending further enquires.
Please call WMP on 101 if you have ANY information that may help the ongoing investigation.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner By-Election on Thursday 21st August.
Following the death of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones on Tuesday 1st July, there will be a by-election on Thursday 21st August, across the seven local authority areas of the West Midlands for a new Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands Police.
The candidates are:
- David Charles Jamieson – Labour Party
- Les Jones – Conservative Party
- Ayoub Khan – Liberal Democrats
- Keith Alexander Rowe – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Polling stations will be open from 7AM to 10PM on the day.
Birmingham’s head of electoral service, Robert Connelly, said: “We want to make sure that no-one misses out on their right to vote in this election just because they aren’t registered to vote. Some people think that you are automatically registered once you pay council tax, but that isn’t the case. Also a lot of people don’t realise that if you are not on the register it could affect your ability to get credit including something as simple as a mobile phone contract.
People also need to check their polling cards as owing to the timing of the election a number of polling stations have moved and they may be voting at a venue they haven’t been to before.”
If you want to have your say and vote in this election, you need to make sure you have registered to vote with the Elections Office by no later than Tuesday 5th August and you can do this quickly online HERE
If you have any doubt as to whether you are on the register you need to check with the Elections Office as soon as possible. If you are not registered, then you cannot vote.
If you are unable to attend a polling station to vote in person due to holidays, or for any other reason, you can apply for a postal vote by Wednesday 6th August at the latest but you must already be registered to vote. Alternatively you can appoint someone who can vote on your behalf and that deadline is Wednesday 13th August.