Winson Green

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Winson Green is a loosely-defined inner-city area in the west of the city of Birmingham, England. It is part of the ward of Soho.[1]

It is the location of HM Prison Birmingham[2] (known locally as Winson Green Prison or "the Green") and City Hospital[3] (formerly Dudley Road Hospital).[4]

The area has a very multi-racial population, with large Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities.[5]

Crime[edit]

Winson Green has a very high crime rate compared with the rest of Birmingham.[citation needed]

2011 rioting[edit]

The area was the scene of a riot, one of many to hit England at the time,[6] on the evening of 9 August 2011.[7] Three men defending properties along Dudley Road were run over and killed by a car. They were Haroon Jahan (aged 21), Shahzad Ali (aged 30) and Abdul Musavir (aged 31).[8] The father of Jahan appeared on national television the following day and called for the rioting to stop.[9] The alleged driver and passengers of the car were later acquitted in Court.[10]

Benefits Street[edit]

One of its streets, James Turner Street, was the location of Benefits Street,[11] which caused controversy when it was broadcast in 2014 due to it showing a cannabis farm and instructions on how to avoid detection during shoplifting.[12]

Transport[edit]

The Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line Canal,[13] passes through the area, as does the former LMS main line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton; and the Midland Metro, with a stop at Winson Green Outer Circle,[14] connecting with the Birmingham Outer Circle bus route.[15]

Nearby[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Councillors' Advice Bureaux - Soho Ward - Birmingham City Council". GB-BIR: Birmingham.gov.uk. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Winson Green". HMP Birmingham. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  3. ^ "Birmingham City Hospital | Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals". Swbh.nhs.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  4. ^ UK (2011-08-04). "City Hospital (formerly Dudley Road Hospital) - Birmingham City Council". GB-BIR: Birmingham.gov.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  5. ^ http://www.bebirmingham.org.uk/uploads/PN25%20%20Winson%20Green,%20Brookfields%20and%20West%20Summerfield.pdf?phpMyAdmin=b5998cc58dff68a4b03a480ef59038da
  6. ^ "BBC News - Winson Green riot death families hold peaceful protest". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  7. ^ Gall, Caroline (2011-08-10). "BBC News - Riots: 'Tensions high' in Winson Green after deaths". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  8. ^ "Birmingham riots: Lawyers to review trial after three men killed by car". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  9. ^ "Today - 'Anger won't bring my son back'". BBC News. 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  10. ^ Press Association (2012-07-19). "Eight men cleared of murder over Birmingham riot deaths | UK news". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  11. ^ Paul Suart. "Benefits Street TV show lied to us, say Winson Green residents". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  12. ^ Evans, Martin. "Police examine Benefits Street documentary after alleged criminal acts are broadcast". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  13. ^ "Waterway Gazetteer for Birmingham Canal Navigations (Old Main Line) – CanalPlanAC". Canalplan.org.uk. 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  14. ^ "Metro Map". Network West Midlands. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  15. ^ "Winson Green, Outer Circle tram stop : Midland Metro". TheTrams.co.uk. 2004-04-26. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 

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Coordinates: 52°29′40″N 1°56′27″W / 52.4944°N 1.9408°W / 52.4944; -1.9408