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Jamey Coleman hit and run – police appeal for further information

West Midlands Police continue their enquiries into the tragic death of local lad Jamey Coleman, who died following a hit and run accident at the junction of the A5 Watling Street and The Parade in the the early hours of Sunday, March 30th, 2014.
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Brownhills fatal hit run – Police issue statement

Following the fatal hit and run incident at the junction of the a5 Watling Street and The Parade in the the early hours of Sunday, March 30th, 2014, there has been huge interest and sympathy from the community – West midlands Police issued the following statement a few minutes ago…
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Nasty robbery in Aldridge on Wednesday – police appeal for help

This is a nasty one – if anyone has any information, please do come forward and contact Walsall Police or Crimestoppers – It seems that just after 4pm on Wednesday (12th March 2014), a pair of thugs robbed two chaps who were sat in their car near Aldridge Post Office in Northgate, near the town centre.

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Burglary in Shire Oak – be on your guard

The ever useful Shire Oak group on Facebook has warned again of an unpleasant and worrying house burglary in Shire Oak – I can’t help thinking these incidents seem to be on the rise of late.Untitled 7 Continue reading

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Accentuate the positive

It’s good to see that local cyclist, railwayman and blogger Aiden McHaffie has recently had some success in bringing to resolution a case of bad HGV driving, as recorded in a bike cam YouTube video.
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Be vigilant: Nasty burglary in Brownhills last Sunday

Worrying news reaches me from Howdles Lane, Brownhills, up on the A5 – Karen Higgins has dropped me a line to say her home was burgled in the early hours of Sunday Morning, 9th Feruary 2014.

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Great news! Dennis Johnson found safe and well.

Dennis has been found safe and well in Chasetown this evening – considering the cold night out there, this is a huge relief.
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Urgent! Please help find Dennis Johnson…

If you’re wondering why the Police Helicopter was up over Brownhills in the last hour or so, West Midlands Police are urgently seeking local man Dennis Johnson, who suffers from dementia.

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Police make statement on Walsall Wood incidents

I know there’s currently a lot of rumour and speculation locally on social media about a series of incidents in Walsall Wood, last night, Monday, 30th December 2013 – a few people have been asking what went on – so here’s an official statement and a request for witnesses or other information from West Midlands Police.
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West Midlands Police: Teen guilty of attempted child snatch

A TEENAGER has pleaded guilty to attempting to kidnap a schoolgirl as she made her way home from a friend’s house.
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Thefts from local vehicles: West Midlands Police issue statement

Following the recent car break-in at Shire Oak Close, I asked West Midlands Police for a statement – communications officer Nicky Biddlestone was good enough to supply one, and I present it here
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Another car break-in at Shire Oak: take care folks

Oh dear – it seems the there’s been another theft from a car up at Shire Oak Close, opposite the Shire Oak Pub – Debbie Etches from the Shire Oak group on Facebook posted the following yesterday (Thursday, 21st November 2013)

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Police helicopter helps search for suspected car thieves in Walsall Wood

I’ve just spotted this press release from West Midlands Police about an operation in Walsall Wood in the wee small hours of this morning (24th October 2013).
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Urgent appeal – Brownhills camera theft – can you help?

On Monday, 30th September 2013 a walk-in theft occurred at Brownhills Activity centre in Brownhills – that’s the old Annexe, or Central Boys School, the home of Brownhills Community Association.
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House burgled, car stolen in Shire Oak

There’s been another house burglary at Shire Oak in the last few days – Debbie Etches from the Shire Oak group on Facebook posted the following yesterday (Monday, 5th August 2013):
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Man appears in court for attempted child abduction

The following statement has been made by West Midlands Police in relation to the incident with the young girl last weekend – since the arrest of a suspect, also noted in these pages, he has appeared before Magistrates and been remanded in custody.
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Arrest made following incident in Brownhills

Following yesterdays appeal for information following an incident in Brownhills, West Midlands Police this morning made an arrest, and released a statement which I share below.
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Missing Walsall Wood kids found safe and well

Residents of the Northern Wastes who were at home this afternoon will have no doubt noticed the West Midlands Police helicopter hovering over the southern end of our patch.
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Burglary in Shire Oak: Please be on your guard

It seems the spate of local burglaries and vehicle break-ins continues – Debbie Oliver from the Shire Oak group on Facebook yesterday (Thursday, 13th June 2013) posted a warning.
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Bogus callers con elderly woman in Brownhills – be vigilant

I have been contacted by Nicky Biddlestone, Communications Officer at West Midlands Police, with a timely warning that opportunist con merchants are preying on the local senior citizens again.

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Urgent: Spate of thefts and burglaries in Brownhills

I have an urgent message for Brownhills residents from Nicky Biddlestone, Communications Officer at Walsall Police.
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Beware! Local OAP nearly victim of phone scam

Following on from last weeks post about conmen praying on the elderly by claiming to have done work, then coercing their victims to withdraw money from the bank, here’s a worrying incident sent to me by reader Rebecca, whose mother was very shaken by an attempted phone scam.
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Scumbags preying on the local elderly again – be vigilant

I see from the excellent blog of Kevin Pitt, Walsall Community Partnerships Officer, that opportunist conmen are preying on the local senior citizens again.

Please tell your relatives and neighbours about these con men, and impress upon them how important it is not to buy from, or accept services at the door, no matter how plausible the people offering them. Genuine companies will always contact you by other means.

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Be vigilant, folks – attempted burglary in Brownhills

In the small hours of Monday 14th January 2013, some miscreant attempted to force the back door of a property in Narrow Lane, Brownhills. The property was occupied, and the intruded ran off when the upstairs lights were switched on.
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New Walsall Wood boxing club set to be a knock out!

Here’s a welcome new facility for the youth of Brownhills and Walsall Wood, kindly provided by Walsall Police, who have plenty of experience of this sort of thing. It’s nice to see someone doing something for the local kids, and I wish everyone well in the venture.
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Living by numbers

A really great post has been brought to my attention on a blog I wasn’t previously following, and I’d like to share it with readers here. There are two current bugbears at the moment causing me irritation that anyone who follows me on Twatter will be aware of. The first is the woeful, shambolic nature of the local railway, and it’s use of performance figures. The second is the use of statistics by Walsall Police Superintendent Keith Fraser.
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Why when it rains?

I’ve long ago noticed that the general standard of road use falls when it rains. This was all filmed on last night’s ride home from Walsall. The white courier type van at the beginning was marked ‘Internal Mail Only’, and … Continue reading

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Police helicopter in Brownhills?

Along with the rest of the town, I noticed the West Midlands Police helicopter hovering over Brownhills late this afternoon (Staurday, 25th August, 2012). Out and about at the time, as I rounded the bend in the canal, I happened … Continue reading

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Police arrest men in connecion with Walsall Wood garden con

Yesterday I spotted this encouraging press release from Walsall Police relating to an incident on Thursday in Holly Bank, Walsall Wood. It seems officers from West Midlands Police made arrests following the alleged attempted conning of an old lady out of … Continue reading

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Brownhills bank staff prevent OAP being conned

Another depressing press release from Walsall Police relating to a nasty incident that took place on Monday that could have been a whole lot worse. Thanks to the care and attention of the bank staff, this unfortunate Brownhills pensioner was prevented … Continue reading

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More flashing incidents reported in Brownhills – take care, folks

It seems there are reports circulating locally via social media of indecent exposure incidents. These complaints mainly seem to appear in summer, but one response on Twitter suggested the e-fit of the suspect wanted in connection with the Rising Sun … Continue reading

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A request from Aiden MacHaffie

You’ll no doubt remember the story of Aiden MacHaffie, the unfortunate cyclist and parter of fellow blogger Linda Mason. Aiden, you’ll recall, had a nasty accident in Birmingham which wasn’t his fault. Aiden and Linda were thoroughly let down by … Continue reading

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Resolution for Aiden

I’m pleased to say that the sad case of Aiden McHaffie, covered here several times, seems to have reached a satisfactory resolution with apologies and other remedial action from West Midlands Police. Aiden himself wrote about it on his blog last … Continue reading

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Still no justice from Aiden: Protect your arse and serve nobody

I note with some concern that fellow cyclists Aiden Mchaffee and Linda Mason are still struggling to get any action out of West Midlands Police following Aiden’s dreadful accident in Birmingham last March. Aiden has been regularly blogging events, and regular … Continue reading

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Cycling safety: Justice for Aiden, plus Linda on Radio WM

Just a quick note to point out that Aiden McHaffie, the keen cyclist currently nursing a broken wing after being involved in an accident in Birmingham, seems to be receiving some justice at last. On Monday, I offered my opinion … Continue reading

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Police helicopter over Brownhills last night?

I’m getting lots of folks looking for why the local rozzers were playing with their whirlybird around midnight last night (11th April 2012). Here’s why: 2330hrs..brownhills area report of persons on factory roofs….two persons detained by ground units…good work by … Continue reading

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To protect and profit – a great new piece by TheFabMrJ

Rich Johnstone is rapidly emerging as one of the primary voices in local blogging. He writes infrequently, but usually in a calm, directed anger with a precision that’s deeply impressive. He is latest work, about the ridiculous privatisation of the … Continue reading

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Indecent assault in Brownhills West: Police need your help

Another depressing press release from West Midlands Police relating to a nasty incident at Brownhills West last Sunday (Sunday 5th February 2012). This comes on the heels of the indecent exposure incident at the Rising Sun bus top a couple of … Continue reading

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Wanted: Man with a van (that isn’t his!)

Another day, another press release from the local plod. This time, a rather special caravan has been half-inched from Springhill Farm, near Sandhills at the foot of Shire Oak.That really is a shitty thing to do. If you witnessed something … Continue reading

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Brownhills Indecent Exposure incident – e-fit photo released

Further to the indecent exposure at Brownhills West last Sunday evening, West Midlands Police have now released an e-fit of the man they’d like to question in relation to the incident. The original press release can be found on West … Continue reading

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Police appeal for help over Brownhills Indecent Exposure incident

I’ve just spotted this press release from West Midlands Police relating to an unpleasant incident at Brownhills West yesterday evening (Sunday 29th January 2012). Frankly, I’d have thought the winter chill would have put an end to the spate of … Continue reading

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Illegal offroading tackled on Brownhills Common

Thanks to the wonderful Kate Goodall at Walsall Council, I’m finally able to heap my praise on the people who’s been gradually improving the anti-vehicle barriers on the old railway line at Engine Lane, Brownhills. That area of the common … Continue reading

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Cash robbery at Crash! Bang! Wallop! centre in Brownhills

This is a nasty one – if anyone has any information, please do come forward and contact Walsall Police or Crimestoppers. It seems that at 7am on Sunday, a pair of thugs robbed the Crash! Bang! Wallop! soft play centre in … Continue reading

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Armed robbery last night in Brownhills?

Apparently, there was a robbery incident in Brownhills last night. Anyone got any information, please? Brownhillsbob at googlemail dot com. Thanks. Added 1:25pm: It was a raid on the commercial scrap yard at Springhill, between Barracks Lane and Lichfield Road. … Continue reading

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West Midlands Police: do as we say, not as we do

I was going to just post this on my 365daysofbiking mini-blog, but this deserves a wide exposure, as I’ m sure there’s a perfectly innocent explanation. Perhaps readers or indeed, the local police can explain this to me. It was … Continue reading

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Charges brought in Daisy Myring Murder enquiry

This morning, I asked Jo Hunt, Press Officer with West Midlands Police for a statement on the charges brought in the Daisy Myring murder investigation currently ongoing in Brownhills. Jo has very kindly obtained a statement for Brownhills Blog readers … Continue reading

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Some good news for once

Another press release from Jo Hunt at West Midlands Police. Whilst the mobility scooter thieves who struck in Brownhills last week have yet to have their collars felt, it’s nice to note that there are some remarkably kind and generous … Continue reading

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Police target Brownhills offroaders

Longstanding readers of this blog will know how much I loathe the illegal use of scramblers and four-wheel drive vehicles that seems to plague our local commons, country parks, bike trails and open spaces. I know that catching these people … Continue reading

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Scumbags yet to be caught…

It was good to see that on Friday, the Express & Star and subsequently the Birmingham Mail caught up with the awful story of the mobility scooter being stolen from Brownhills. The commonality of the language used in both articles … Continue reading

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Lower than a snake’s knees…

I’ve received another press release from Jo Hunt at West Midlands Police, and this one beggars belief. I don’t know what kind of people steal a mobility scooter, but someone must have seen something. Please think back and try and … Continue reading

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