German Market begins on Thursday
By CarlyBaldwin | Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 14:49
One of the local area's most popular Christmas attractions - Birmingham's German Market - begins again on Thursday.
Police are reminding people to be safety conscious at the market
The city centre market, the centrepiece of the city's festive celebrations, is likely to attract in the region of six million visitors.
Plenty of those will be from the Walsall area, with the market - which is open from 10am until 9pm every day until December 22 - offering hand-crafted gifts, artwork and traditional festive food and drink.
West Midlands Police have issued a statement this week detailing their policing of the forthcoming events, assuring visitors that the ever-popular market will again be a safe place to shop.
Inspector Stuart Bill, responsible for policing across Birmingham city centre, said: "We're working really hard this winter to ensure that millions of people coming to visit Birmingham can do so in a safe and secure environment.
"My officers will be posted in visible locations every day during the duration of the market and will be on hand to help anybody who has queries or concerns," he continued.
"Whilst the Christmas Market is a fantastic attraction that will bring joy to millions of people, we also know that a tiny minority of individuals may be out to commit crime - particularly pickpocket style offences.
"With such a vast amount of people visiting the market, we would encourage people to remain alert and to tuck away personal belongings. Mobile phones, wallets and purses are all potential targets for pickpockets so please pay particular attention to the safety of such items."