West Midlands Police response to Benefits Street
Superintendent Danny Long, from Birmingham Police, said: “We have been aware for some time that a production company has been filming in the James Turner Street area of Winson Green on behalf of Channel 4; however we have not been actively working with the makers of ‘Benefits Street’.
“Like many people across the country, we saw the footage broadcast on the programme for the first time last night. Throughout the programme and in the hours that have followed, we have been inundated with comments from members of the public, many of whom are concerned about elements of show which showed criminal activity.
“We are currently assessing whether the content of the programme can assist us as part of any ongoing investigations or indeed whether any new inquiries should be launched in light of the material that has been broadcast. This work is ongoing and viewers will have seen for themselves that my officers have already been actively involved with some of the individuals featured.
“The Winson Green area of Birmingham is a diverse and vibrant community and the Soho neighbourhood policing team which covers James Turner Street – enjoys a very positive relationship with local residents and community groups.
“Neighbourhood officers work alongside the area housing associations, partner organisations and the council on a daily basis to address the concerns of residents around issues of crime and anti-social behaviour with local people very supportive of police action to tackle community safety issues.
“Patrols are taking place by the local neighbourhood team as normal today and if anyone has any concerns whatsoever, they should not hesitate to give us a call on 101.”