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.
Nicky Biddlestone, from Corporate Communications, sent me the following today:
We want local residents to feel reassured that local officers are working hard to solve this and anyone with information should call Walsall Polcie on 101.
Inspector Felicity Keane, from Walsall Police, said: ‘We are investigating a series of incidents last night (30 December) in the Walsall Wood area which we believe may be linked.
‘Three teenagers, aged 16, 17 and 18, were all taken to hospital with minor injuries after being punched and kicked by a group of offenders at around 10pm. We are also looking into damage caused to a parked taxi, the Mizan Spice Indian restaurant and Fitness First at around the same time.
‘The events of last night are clearly very worrying for local people and we are working hard today to establish exactly what happened and to find those responsible. I would appeal for anyone who has any information to come forward at the earliest opportunity.
‘Tackling anti-social behaviour in Walsall Wood has been a priority for officers in recent months following complaints from residents and we are doing all that we can to put a stop to it in both the short and long-term.
‘If you live in the area and see any anti-social behaviour, please call us straight away on 101 or, if a crime is in progress, do not hesitate to call 999; your information plays a vital role in helping us to make a difference.’
Corporate Communications Department
West Midlands Police
Thanks to Nicky for taking the time out to let residents know what’s going on. Please help if you can.