A couple of local crime alerts here – one of which is rather bizarre, so please be careful, folks!
I’ve been informed by local resident Jackie, who told the following story:
Wondered if anyone else has been approached by a man with a clipboard in Walsall Wood area claiming to have broken down with a lorry, and the breakdown truck has gone off with his wallet and phone in the wagon?
He’s claiming to be trying to get to Tipton, Willenhall, asking for cash.
My husband was approached but thought it suspicious and didn’t offer anything, then couple days later my neighbour was approached at bus stop and fell for the story and gave him £10.
She saw him again the next day with clipboard but he walked past her.
He was wearing a dark bomber style jacket and spoke with a northern accent.
Local resident Matt added:
Yes. Druids walk on Thursday morning. 9am. Said he’s motor had been towed away with his wallet and stuff.
Asked me how to far it was and which direction to Willenhall. Told him good luck mate. Long walk.
He asked me for a quid for the bus. Told him the bus was £2.40. Left him walking towards the school.
Kirsty also met the chap:
A man with a clip board stopped me and my partner by the Anchor pub asking how far he was from Willenhall via walking and where he can get fare from for the buses.
I thought it was a bit strange myself.
The man is described as white, wearing a black jacket and carrying a clipboard. He speaks with a Northern, possibly Ulster accent.
Panhandling itself isn’t serious, but this man is clearly worrying a few people and obtaining money by deception so please be on your guard – and if you’ve been approached, please do call the police on 101.
Secondly, the local thefts continue. The following alert was drawn to my attention by reader Jules, who had a leisure battery stolen from her caravan on her driveway on Tuesday – she said the thieves had tried to get into the van, too:
Please be mindful that we have had a number of theft from motor vehicle offences reported to us in your area.
The thefts were from caravans and the target appears to be the batteries. The offences reported occurred over night between 03/01/17 and 04/01/17.
We are asking residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.
We would also like to remind residents to always secure their vehicles and keep any valuables locked away.
PC 21724 Stef Arber
Please, if you have any information, do speak to the cops, and do report every incident – the more people report incidents, the more likely they are to be tackled.