A hidden weapon, a deliberate fire and a drugs stop are the latest incidents to be tackled by police at a Birmingham beauty spot by police.
Officers from the Sutton Coldfield policing team first stepped in at Sutton Park when they were alerted to an unattended fire in woods, believed to be near Banners Gate. It is the latest in a series of fires in the park, some of which have taken hold putting habitats and wildlife at risk.
The Sutton police team Tweeted on Monday (April 26) night and said: “Whilst conducting high-visibility patrols Sutton Vesey officers were stopped by members of the public reporting an unattended fire that had been left in Sutton Park.
“Officers acted quickly and brought the fire to an end. Help stop this behaviour! If you see it report it!”
The next day the same team were out on patrol in the park, this time on the Streetly Gate side. They spotted a man in a white van who was stopped and searched, uncovering 20 wraps of cannabis.
A spokeswoman for the Sutton policing team said: “A stop and search was carried out in the Streetly Lane/Bennett Road area on Tuesday, April 27, and cannabis was recovered.
“The man involved as been booked on to a DIVERT drugs course.” The DIVERT scheme aims to help those found in possession of drugs but not intending to supply it, go on a voluntary programme, which if completed means they avoid a criminal record.”
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, previously said: “This new scheme is tried and tested in other parts of the country and has done an excellent job in saving the taxpayer money and stopped individuals become drawn into a life of offending.”
While on Friday (April 30) a knife hidden behind a tree ‘secreted in the ground’ near to the Town Gate was recovered after a tip off.
The Sutton police team said: “Sutton Coldfield officers were alerted by a member of public to a knife secreted behind a tree in Sutton Park.
“The knife has been recovered, our aim is to keep Sutton Park a safe place to visit.
“We really rely on the public to assist us in tackling knife crime so this was great to clear out of the park.”
The three incidents were the latest in a string of criminal and anti-social incidents in recent weeks. from fires, to a stabbing investigation, a knifepoint robbery, a car break-in, to pools being drained.
Cllr David Pears, chair of the Sutton Park Advisory Committee had called for more police action.
And this week the team appears to have delivered.