Published on August 9th, 2011 | by Steph Clarke


Nothing to report at Bentley Bridge

Last night while the country seemingly went insane with looting and rioting in London, Nottingham, Liverpool, and closer to home in Birmingham, our Facebook page and Twitter feed came alive with rumours that there was rioting and looting at Bentley Bridge and further afield in Wolverhampton.

We are very pleased to report this is NOT true. There was no trouble at Bentley Bridge and while there have been some reports of minor damage in the city centre this morning – there is nothing obvious that I could see on my way to work this morning.

We spent a large part of last night relaying Police updates to our Facebook and Twitter followers, and it was YOU who responded so admirably in helping us spread this information and refute these inaccurate rumours.

It was you, the people who live in the areas supposedly affected by this who were posting pictures on our wall of trouble free streets and reposting the police updates to your own statuses that helped allay the fears of those further away, who didn’t know what to believe with all the misinformation that was being distributed, so thank you.

Thank you for taking part in a process that helped calm our community!

This morning Superintendent Mark Payne called on residents to make it clear that they do not want this kind of disorder in their communities, listen to his comments below:

If you’d like to keep up to date with the official Police streams you can find them here:

@WolvesPolice (Twitter) – Wolverhampton Police

@SuptPayneWMP (Twitter) – Superintendent Mark Payne

@WednesfieldN (Twitter) – Wednesfield North Team

@WednesfieldS (Twitter) – Wednesfield South Team

@WMPolice (Twitter) – West Midlands Police

Wolverhampton Police (Facebook)

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I have nearly always lived in Wednesfield, I moved away briefly but missed the sense of community and so swiftly moved back! I honestly believe Wednesfield has more to offer than the residents often give it credit for and wanted to do something to redress the balance of negativity around where we live. Working for a media company using the internet and social media as a marketing tool I had the skills and passion to help set up so did!

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