Officers gear up for annual Birmingham Mela

Police are preparing to join the community for the fun-filled Birmingham Mela this weekend.

Officers will be supporting the annual Eid celebration – which now marks its 16th year – at Cannon Hill Park on Sunday.

Thousands are expected to attend the cultural festival which celebrates the diversity of the city’s South Asian community through a showcase of its culture, food, art, sport and entertainment.

Officers will be on hand throughout the event from 1-8pm to ensure the safety of families and prevent crime.
People are being reminded to ensure they don’t park illegally and make sure their car and belongings are secure so they can enjoy the vibrant festival without being a crime victim.

Superintendent Bas Javid, from Birmingham East Police, said: “Big John’s Birmingham Mela is always a highlight of the summer and we are expecting tens of thousands of people will attend.

“We want people to come along and enjoy the occasion – it is usually trouble-free and we expect it to be no different this year. We are working alongside Birmingham City Council and event organisers and officers will be on hand throughout the day to mingle with the crowds; offering reassurance, advice and crime prevention tips.

“To make sure people can enjoy the Mela we are advising them to take simple measures to remain safe and avoid falling victim to crime.”

West Midlands Police advice:

• Designated parking is limited and due to high levels of congestion, police recommend visitors use public transport if possible.
• If arriving by car, always park lawfully and considerately in a well-lit and busy area. Leave plenty of time to find a parking space which may be some distance from the park.
• Make sure car windows and sunroofs are secured – never leave valuables on show in cars.
• Be aware of personal belongings: always make sure handbags are secured and never leave wallets in back pockets.
• Stay with your friends and family and look-out for one another.
• Report any concerns or suspicious behaviour to police.

For more information about the Birmingham Mela please visit: www.bigjohnsbirminghammela.com.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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