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THE HANDSWORTH WOOD VOICE 08 October 2010

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3 SHOOTINGS IN 6 DAYS SPARKS LOCAL POLICE CRACKDOWN ON GUN CRIME 3 separate shootings in the past week have raised fear for local residents in the Handsworth Wood area

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Inderjit Singh Residents in the Handsworth Wood area have expressed their fear as three separate shootings in the last six days have seriously injured two men who are now in a stable condition in hospital. The incidents have also caused alot of disturbance with busy roads being closed due to police investigations. The recent events come as a sudden increase in crime invloving knifes and guns which have forced the police to take drastic action to try and tackle the increase in this behaviour. Assistant chief constable Mark Thompson of West Midlands police service yesterday announced that local police forces around the Handsworth Wood area and other close-by areas will have to work together to bring an end to this surge of criminal activity.

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He also added that residents in the area also have an important role in stopping this gun crime and said ”If anyone suspects anything or feel that they have any information that could be helpful to the police then they should definately contact us as it could help save lives and keep the community safe.” The incidents are said to be linked to gangs

in the area and neighbouring Handsworth, who are fighting eachother for drugs territory in Handsworth Wood. Many peoples perception of the Handsworth Wood area is now changing from the traditional image of it being one of the nicer areas of Birmingham, having lower crime rates than Handsworth. continued on page 4

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CRICKET TEAM GOES FOR GLORY IN REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Handsworth Wood cricket team is gearing up to play in one of their most important games to date, the local side has managed to reach the final of the Midlands regional cricket tournament. The team has faced tough opposition from different teams from around the Midlands but have looked impressive throughout and have shocked many people by reaching the final. Many of the boys on the team live in the Handsworth Wood area and are hoping to impress even more as coaches from various county cricket teams will be watching the match. This therefore would be a great opportunity for the players to catch the eye of the coaches and hopefully become professional cricket players. The teams captain Jaynesh Patel spoke to The Handsworth Wood Voice and told us that the team was ready for this big test and added “We have been preparing for this for a long time and were really excited to have got this far but we really want to win and know that we can. All of the lads in the team have been excellent and we know that we’re all going to have to give our best to win in the final.”

The team qualified for the tournament by winning their local cricket league however they were seen as underdogs in the tournament and written off early as potential winners. Consequently their great performance has shocked many and showed that the team has a great spirit and has displayed the players talent. The final match which is to be held at Edgbaston cricket ground will also be a great day for the team to enjoy as they will get all the luxury treatment that professional county cricketers receive.

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The captain Jaynesh Patel also said “The whole day will be a great memory for all the boys regardless of the end result, we will make the most of the day but ultimately we are set on one thing and that’s to win!” The great performance of the team so far has brought the local community together in support of the team and we wish them good luck from the Handsworth Wood Voice.

Who to look out for... Jaynesh Patel Games: 8 Runs: 63 Overs: 40 Wickets: 7

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Protestors outside Hawthorn library which is soon to close The Hawthorn library has playes an important role for the Handsworth Wood area for over thirty years and is now due to close. The library has been an important place for local residents as it allows people to come and use computers and read and lend books. However the library has been said to offer more than that as it is a place where they can meet with other residents. The building which is a Georgian mansion has been used for many different things and currently it is proposed to be used for office space. On Saturday dozens of local residents protested against the closure of the library outside of it. The protest was organised by Mary Stephenson who has lived in the area for over fifty years and said “ Closing the library would take away a great place for people to go to. It would also cause a big problem of finding a new location to put a new library and evryone here feels that this is the best place for it, there are not really any other suitable places for a new library and it would mean people had to travel further to go to it which is not possible for some of the older residents.” The campaigners have already spoken to local councillors a number of times about the decision to close Hawthorn library.

Campaigners hope that by raising awareness about the libraries closure to more people it would change the minds of Birmingham council to close it. They have also created a petition for people to sign and have held protests. One campaigner told us that “We want the council to take us seriously and we are commited to keeping this library open, some people may not be bothered about it but for alot of residents in the area it is important to keep it open and in this place where it has been for many years.” It is obviously clear that residents are against the closure and therefore we hope that the decision is changed to keep this great local feature open and serving the community.

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