Walsall Wood FC away to Quorn this afternoon!

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Quorn FC have a rather posh clubhouse. Image from their website.

Saturday 25th February 2017

The Wood are away at Quorn!

Farley way, Quorn LE12 8RB

Kick off is 3:00pm

Hopefully, a match report will follow!

For the Good of the Wood!

Visit Walsall Wood FC’s website here

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Bogus callers operating locally – appeal from West Midlands Police

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Warn your elderly and vulnerable friends and neighbours about bogus callers. Library image from NEN.

A headsup, folks – seeing a significant number of reports relating to distraction theft and bogus callers operating in the area – elderly folk have been prey to a man in a white van who’s pressing victims to pay for non-existent fencing and gardening jobs.

Kevin Pitt from West Midlands Police yesterday sent out the following appeal and warning:

Message sent byKevin Pitt
(Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Walsall)

Sadly we have to report that another elderly Walsall resident has fallen victim to a bogus caller – this time a man who told the 89 year old that roots from her conifer trees were blocking the drains and that he had been sent to solve the problem. He has followed his victim into the house and by guile got her to hand over several hundred pounds for work that was not carried out or required. This offence occurred in Greenside Way, Delves, between 10.30am and 11.30am yesterday (Tuesday 21 February).

This offence is very similar to several others that have been reported across Walsall since the start of the year, i.e. in Pheasey on 23 January (bogus drain contractor), Aldridge on 25 January (fencing repairs), Darlaston on 26 January (again conifer roots blocking drains) and Beechdale on 6 February (tree roots again). It’s highly likely that several other thefts have gone unreported.

Given the similarity of the offences it’s possible that the same offender is involved. In this latest incident he has been described as a white man, around 5′ 6″ tall, of large muscular build with a round clean shaven face and wearing dark coloured clothing and baseball cap. He spoke with a local accent and had most likely already singled out his target as he pulled onto her drive in a clean, white small van, possibly a Ford with the letters K and R in the registration number. Notably this man seems to be working alone.

You can help protect your elderly and vulnerable neighbours by warning them to be suspicious of unexpected callers and remaining vigilant yourself. If you see anyone answering the description given above please contact the police immediately. Even if it turns out to be a genuine caller we’d rather have a few false calls that miss a chance to catch the offender in the act.

Can we remind you what you’re looking out for:

• A white man, aged roughly 40 to 50 years old, medium height, large or muscular build, local accent, often wearing dark clothing.

• He targets the elderly and vulnerable posing as a contractor and seems to be working alone.

• He drives a small white van, possibly a Ford.

• He steals cash that is handed over by his victim and in once case probably followed them to the Post Office when they went to draw out more.

We’re sure many of you have cameras on your mobile phones: if you see anything suspicious and can do so without putting yourself at risk, think about taking some photos of those involved or their vehicle.

If you have any information that may help contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101.

Please tell your relatives and neighbours about these ratbags, 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.

Explain that no official body will turn up unannounced demanding money for services like  fencing repairs, drain cleaning, tree pruning etc., and that if they are at all unsure of any caller, to close the door and contact the police.

Scumbags engaged in the robbing of OAPs are lower than a snake’s knees, and I hope the police continue to crack down on this cowardly, nasty crime.

Please,  if you have any further information relating to this, or any other incident, or if you witnessed something  please contact Walsall Police by dialling 101 (999 in an emergency, obviously) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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Tell your elderly relatives and friends to be careful; local police can advise on door chains and other security measures. Most of all, don’t buy at the door! Image from Cambridge Police.

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Local storm updates – post will be updated regularly

Take care folks, it’s windy!

http://twitter.com/arrivamidlandsW/status/8347269

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Also a tree down causing delays at Norton Village end of Walsall Road.

Also storm damage at Aldridge:

Tree blown into house at Pear Tree Lane, Brownhills West – report from Walsall Advertiser here.

Lady dies in Wolverhampton city centre after being hit with wind-borne debris – statement from West Midlands Ambulance Service:

Woman dies after debris falls

February 23, 2017 by officialwmas

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 1.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died after a piece of debris fell onto the street in Wolverhampton.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received no fewer than 15 999 emergency calls at 11.43am this morning Thursday to Dudley Street outside Starbucks.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the critical care paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance in Staffordshire, who responded on a rapid response vehicle, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a woman who had suffered very serious head injuries.\

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Ends

1:20pm: Steve from Twente Express says ‘also coppice lane leading to industrial estate tree down by old bridge’ – cheers Steve

1:35pm: Buses back to normal on The Parade – thanks to the crews from Walsall Council clearing that up

2:35pm: Worrying incident in Blakenall:

3:40pm: Summary of regional road closures here at the Birmingham Mail.

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Andrew Cooper: a former Walsall man missing form Stourport – the search continues

I make no apologies for running this again – please keep an eye out for the above chap, Andrew Cooper who’s still missing from his home in Stourport as he has been since Wednesday 4th January 2017 – Andrew is a gentleman from Walsall originally and his  family, friends and people who used to work with him are desperately concerned for his welfare.

West Mercia Police wrote:

Appeal to find missing Stourport man

West Mercia Police is appealing to the public to help locate a missing Stourport man.

Andrew Cooper, aged 44, was last seen at his home in Stourport on Wednesday morning (4 January) but did not show up for work on that day and he has not returned home since.

Andrew is described as approximately 5’9″ and of a slim build. He has short grey spiked hair and a beard, with brown eyes. He normally wears glasses and a silver wedding ring, a black leather plaited bracelet and a silver ring on his right hand. He speaks with a Walsall accent.

Andrew was last seen wearing blue jeans, an orange t-shirt with stripes, a medium blue padded puffa jacket with a white sheepskin lining and tan Caterpillar work boots. He has tattoos on his chest and shoulders.

Police and Andrew’s family are growing concerned for his welfare. If you have seen Andrew or a man matching his description, please call West Mercia Police on 101.

Issued: 9.10am, Friday 6 January, Holly Claydon-Bevan, Corporate Communications.

It’s very possible Andrew could have returned to Walsall, so please do keep an eye out – there clearly a lot of love and respect for him here, and his family and freiends are very concerned.

Anyone with information should call West Mercia Police on 101 or the Missing People charity on 116 000.

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Appeal – do you know Barbara Roberts, formerly of Valley View?

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valley View is a quiet, residential street in the Catshill/Ogley Hay area of Brownhills. Image from Google Streetview.

Hi folks, another unusual enquiry please but I hope it’s one the readership might be able to help with.

Mairee Vincent writes:

Hello Bob

Could I please appeal to all my Midlands friends?

We have recently had a death within the family and we are trying to trace someone. We dont have much to go on but with the power of Facebook you never know someone somewhere or their parents may know, so its worth a go…

We are looking for Barbara Roberts (nee Jones), her mum was Doris but everyone knew her as Dos and her dad was David.

They lived in Valley View, Catshill, Brownhills for a long time – it’s believed that Barbara moved from Valley view at somepoint during the 1980s.

If this rings a bell with anyone or their parents please could you get in touch failing that please could you share this post wide and far.

Many thanks
Mairee Vincent

If you have any information about Barbara or know where she might be contacted, please message Mairee via Facebook here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

Cheers.

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Bogus gardeners operating once more in Brownhills – be vigilant

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The con was in Shire Oak, but be vigilant all over the area. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

Reader Andy from Shire Oak has been in touch who is very concerned and upset that his mother was conned by bogus ‘gardeners’ who claimed to have cut her back hedge and then charged an extortionate fee.

Andy said:

Hi People of Brownhills and Walsall wood,

My mom who lives in Shire Oak has been ripped off yet again by some unscrupulous bastard that’s pretended to trim back her hedge and charged her £160!

My mom is 79, lives on her own, suffers from early onset Dementia and is very trusting of people!

Please spread the word that this is happening in your area and keep a look out for so called trades people ripping off the vulnerable.

Thanks
Andy

Please tell your relatives and neighbours about these ratbags, 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.

Explain that no official body will turn up unannounced demanding money for services like gardening, drain cleaning, tree pruning etc., and that if they are at all unsure of any caller, to close the door and contact the police.

Scumbags engaged in the robbing of OAPs are lower than a snake’s knees, and I find it shocking and disturbing that the lady concerned was unable to contact the police. I shall draw this unfortunate situation to their attention.

Please,  if you have any further information relating to these incidents, or if you witnessed something  please contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 (999 in an emergency, obviously) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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The Portman Collection – part three: Final forms, and on with the sport

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Image 7: Another class with some great clothes, and some remarkable collars. Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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Tony’s notes for image 7. Click for a larger version.

In the third serialised article of what will turn out to be quite a few, here’s the next three photos from Walsall Wood Secondary School in the 1950s with accompanying notes, as introduced in this blog post here – This time, I am including the handwritten notes by Tony himself below each image.

I shall post the photos in batches of three so we aren’t swamped with too much information at once – and these ones feature he last two form groups for now, and the first team photo.

I shan’t comment on the notes directly, or attempt to transcribe: these are clearly a matter for readers as they obviously raise questions as well as answer them – and the last thing I want to do is lead the witnesses!

Thanks to Tony Portman who generously granted access to a remarkable collection, and to David Evans for scanning them so diligently. People like you gentlemen are keeping local history alive. Thank you.

Please, any comments, contributions or observations welcome. Either comment here, or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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Image 8: This seems to be the last form photo for a while. Love the Walsall Wood Colliery chimney belching smoke in the background. This form teacher looks a bit uncomfortable! Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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Tony’s notes for image 8. Click for a larger version.

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Image 9: Walsall Wood Secondary Modern First 11 – the first team photo of the collection. What a cracking bunch of lads these look. Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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Tony’s notes for image 9. Click for a larger version.

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