Chief Executive thanks staff for efforts

By on 12/08/2011 in News

Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council

The following is a letter issued by Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, to employees of the local authority – thanking them for their efforts during the recent disorder in the city.

Like me, you must have been shocked at the images of the disorder in our city this week. I join the majority of the city's residents and workers in condemning the criminal activity and disorder that has taken place on our streets. Council employees have played a large part in restoring order and calm to our city and I thank you all for your efforts.

Special thanks must go to our street cleaning crews who have been doing a fantastic job, working from the early hours of the morning each day to make sure Birmingham's streets were spotless by first light and the city ready for business as usual.

I also want to thank our officers in the Birmingham Resilience Team, who, along with colleagues from the police, fire service and health service have worked around the clock to co-ordinate Birmingham's response to the disorder. Thanks also to the team at Birmingham CCTV Control Centre who have worked tirelessly to supply West Midlands Police with vital CCTV footage in support of their investigations.

Birmingham is open for business - day and night - and West Midlands Police are ensuring that a massive police presence remains on the ground. Our communities need to feel safe and our residents, workers and visitors need to feel they can go about their business in safety.

A number of CCTV pictures of those involved in the disturbances have been published on the web, social media sites and the press.  The police have appealed for the public’s help in identifying those responsible and bringing them to justice.  You can view images or email

Anybody with information relating to the disorder is urged to call West Midlands Police on 0800 096 0095, or 0207 158 0125 and quote Operation View. Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The council is continuing to work closely with community leaders and the police to restore calm and defuse tensions. We must also lead by example to encourage retailers, restaurants and other attractions to stay open and support the return to normality.

Through your work, many of you are in daily contact with our residents, businesses and visitors and can help restore calm and confidence. I know I can count on your continued support to bring Birmingham back to normal as quickly as possible.

Thank you

Stephen Hughes
Chief Executive

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  1. Dave Smith says:

    Thank you Stephen for your letter, as i too have been involved with the clean up of the streets in the city centre. I just wish the council would have a change of heart and not get rid of all the agency workers working as street cleaners, myself included after 5 years solid work, it looks like i might be unemployed come November.