West Midlands Police thanks community members for keeping Eid festivities safe
Following Eid-al-Fitr, the West Midlands Police have thanked everyone in the Muslim communities who helped ensure celebrations were carried out safely.
The vast majority of people observed Ramadan peacefully and lawfully.
But, unfortunately some of the nights were marred by criminal behaviour, and the police have since made several arrests and charged a man with public nuisance.
“We’re grateful to the members of the community who helped identify suspects after fireworks and eggs were thrown at officers.
“Despite some groups of youths spoiling the festivities, it has been overwhelmingly positive and most people have welcomed the increased police presence.
“Our priority is always to keep families, friends and communities safe,” ,” a statement by the police read.
The officers have been listening to residents and business owners in and around Coventry Road and Ladypool Road in Small Heath, who raised concerns around illegal trading, anti-social behaviour, traffic and noise nuisance in the early hours.
In response, officers from Traffic and Parking Enforcement were out all night helping to keep traffic moving, clear pavements from illegal parking and dealing with anti-social driving.
Local neighbourhood officers were also patrolling the streets engaging with street traders.
“We’re thankful to the Imams and leaders who voluntarily joined in support and solidarity with our officers, to witness and observe some of the issues raised,” the statement added.
Chief Inspector Nick Hill, Birmingham Local Policing Area, said, “Officers have been doing their best to deal with the issues and at times they have faced intimidating and criminal behaviour.
“There can be absolutely no excuse given for such behaviour on our streets, it’s appalling. To those spoiling the festivities, we will follow up on any offences committed.
“Despite the small minority causing trouble, it has been overwhelmingly positive. Eid highlights some of the traditions and values common to us all, such as unity, community spirit, compassion and charity and I want to thank everyone who has come together to help keep the public safe.”