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Prime spot for crime a puzzler

RESIDENTS in leafy Bickenhill Lane are baffled by news that their road is among the most crime-ridden in the country.

RESIDENTS in leafy Bickenhill Lane are baffled by news that their road is among the most crime-ridden in the country.

A Home Office website, identifying the country’s crime hotspots, said there had been some 119 offences committed in December alone.

Statistics state there were 60 incidents of anti- social behaviour, eight violent crimes and four burglaries.

But many residents are mystified by the road’s new-found notoriety; there are only a handful of homes on the dual carriageway.

One explanation is that offences committed at nearby Birmingham Airport and industrial estates have been classed as taking place on the road.

Pensioner Gillian Dejonghe was puzzled by the figures.

“I don’t know anyone that’s been burgled and have never heard of any violence or anti social behaviour,” said the 63-year-old.

“It’s a really safe area and ever so quiet, so the figures seem very surprising.”

Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) said that he hadn’t been contacted about any particular problems on this road.

“I know there have been concerns going back some years about the high levels of crime at the airport and NEC,” he said.

“You would think with the security surrounding the airport it would actually be a very safe area.”

Street-by-street crime figures were published by the Home Office for the first time this week.

Millions of people had tried to access the website, which was crashed by the sheer number of visitors.

But critics have warned that roads like Bickenhill Lane might get an ill-deserved reputation.

 

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