Former Blues player joins West Midlands Police to combat knife crime in Birmingham

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A Birmingham City player has linked up with West Midlands Police to tackle knife crime

A knife and a hammer were recovered by police as they undertook a weapons sweep through a Birmingham neighbourhood with a former Blues player.

Dele Adebola joined officers and community leaders in a mission to tackle knife crime in Bromford on Thursday (May 17). The ex-professional footballer had a fearsome reputation as a player and joined Birmingham City FC in 1998 when Trevor Francis bought him for £1m.

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Working alongside officers from the West Midlands Police Hodge Hill neighbourhood team and community groups Adebola helped with weapons sweeps in open spaces and parks. A spokesperson for WMP said: “By carrying out a weapons sweep in open spaces and parks, it can reduce the opportunity for offending.

Former Birmingham City FC player Dele Adebola joins officers from West Midlands Police to tackle knife crime in Bromford, BirminghamFormer Birmingham City FC player Dele Adebola joins officers from West Midlands Police to tackle knife crime in Bromford, Birmingham
Former Birmingham City FC player Dele Adebola joins officers from West Midlands Police to tackle knife crime in Bromford, Birmingham | West Midlands Police

“We want those tempted to carry weapons to get the message that it is unacceptable and will be robustly dealt with. During the weapons sweep, we recovered one knife and a hammer.

“We also gathered local intelligence from residents, and provided community reassurance, building that trust and confidence, which is further strengthened by partnership working.”

If you know someone who’s carrying a knife or involved in knife crime, please get in touch with West Midlands Police by calling 101 or report online: West Midlands Police Knife Crime.

To learn more about knife crime and WMP efforts to tackle it go to Life Or Knife.