UNFORTUNATELY there hasn’t been a lack of crime in Redditch this year.
Here are a few stories which made headline news during 2018:
IN MAY Redditch business owners were up in arms after coming into work each week to find their property widows smashed.
The vandalism followed a pattern of attacks which was hitting stores along Church Green West, Unicorn Hill, Evesham Walk and Market Place.
At the time Three Cooks Cafe owner Tim Cangaj sent out a petition which asked for a bigger police presence in the area on weekends.
Tim got his wish after MP Rachel Maclean and John Campion, the Police and Crime Commisioner for West Merica, upped patrols.
IN JUNE it was utter heartbreak as a 71-year-old Redditch man was beaten up by a thug on a bus as he was making his way home.
The victim suffered a number of injuries including a cut to his head and was also taken to hospital.
West Mercia Police said the reason behind the attack was because the man had asked the attacker to stop harassing the bus driver.
AMID the World Cup and also the hottest heatwave in years, in June ecstatic football fans decided to climb on a Diamond Bus after England beat Panama during the group stage.
The victory spilled out on to Unicorn Hill, stopping traffic, as onlookers watched as the fans ‘surfed’ on the bus down the hill.
WHICH leads us on to our next story – in July Redditch Standard reporter Harry Leach went out on patrol with Redditch police during England’s penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia.
The force had upped its patrols after the bus incident on Unicorn Hill a week prior.
Tensions were rising at certain points throughout the match, but with more police officers on duty, Redditch was on its best behaviour.
LATER in July we published a story about a Redditch man who emigrated to Australia after he burgled a local home, only to get arrested 14 years later on his return to the country.
Lloyde Walmsley was coming back for his uncle’s surprise birthday party in Redditch but was arrested at Birmingham Airport.
For his crimes, Lloyde was handed a 12-month community sentence at Warwick Crown Court.
He is still currently not allowed to see his wife and child, both still in Australia, until he has completed the sentence.
IN OCTOBER more than 40 police officers raided the Duck Inn pub on Pheasant Lane following suspicions of illegal activity on site.
The warrant led to a large quantity of cash and goods being seized and a car with no insurance being recovered.
Redditch’s top cop Inspector Mark Chappell, who led the operation at the time, said: “Our raid was based on information from the public.
“The police and our partners will always act in their interest.”