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Hundreds fined in ASB crackdown during Ramadan

People attending a Ramadan event in Birmingham
People attending a Ramadan event in Birmingham

Hundreds of fixed penalty notices have been issued as part of police and council-led efforts to crackdown on anti-social behaviour during the holy month of Ramadan.

A total of 295 people have been fined for parking offences with about 340 cars moved for obstructing roads in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police said one person had also been arrested for illegal trading as officers worked with communities to offer reassurance and ensure their concerns were listened to.

The force previously said it would ensure Ramadan was observed safely after a series of incidents last year.

Police said a 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of illegal trading on Saturday.

He has since been bailed with strict conditions while an investigation continues.

Chief Insp Haroon Chughtai previously said he did not want a minority spoiling the holy month for others.

“We will continue to patrol with partners and are planning further enforcement activity against a number of individuals who continue to illegally trade in the coming weeks," he said.

Dedicated patrols will continue in specific areas such as Coventry Road in Small Heath to tackle illegal trading, parking problems and concerns raised by local residents, the force added.

In 2024, Ramadan is expected to last 30 days, with fasting starting on Monday 11 March and predicted to end on Tuesday 9 April.

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