A reader living in the Commonside/Occupation Road area of Shire Oak has just been in touch with me asking to share with readers a frightening incident they experienced on Sunday Evening (27th November 2016) when it appears a youth tried to gain entry to their house while the occupants were watching TV.
The reader said:
Warning To All Our Neighbours
Myself, my husband and daughter were sitting watching the TV in our lounge on Sunday Evening at about 7:50pm when I heard a thump and noticed a youth approx 6ft wearing jogging bottoms and a black padded coat with the hood up trying to open our porch door.
My husband has gone out to look for him – please can I ask you all to keep your doors locked?
I’m hearing from a fair few readers that there have been ongoing issues with gangs of roaming youths around Shire Oak and Walsall Wood of late, so take care. This comes after the recent wheelchair theft and vandalism incidents at the new Oak Park Centre.
I really think it’s time the local coppers got on top of this.
In recent days and weeks shed and garage burglaries have taken place in Shire Oak, Brownhills and Clayhanger and it seems nothing not well secured is safe – even a locked shed seemingly presents little obstacle to these scum.
Please report all incidents to the police, however trivial: they use this data to target policing resources, so it does make a difference.
Please be vigilant, and I’d ask anyone with information to contact the Police, no matter how trivial you think it may be. It could, after all, be your home next.