Police issue statement following Walsall Wood machete attack

Images and details kindly supplied by reader Stephen.

Yesterday evening, Wednesday 12th July 2017, there was a serious incident in Walsall Wood High Street, in which a man suffered a head injury – Brigg Ford from West Midlands Police has just issued the following statement:

Walsall Police Inspector Jackie Nicholson, said: “We received a series of 999 calls just before 10pm on Wednesday (12 July) reporting a man having been attacked with a machete near the Boatmans Rest pub in Walsall Wood High Street.

“The victim, a 24-year-old man, suffered a gash to his head and has been treated in hospital; his condition is not life threatening. Enquiries are underway to identify the offender.

“It’s understood this was a targeted attack and linked to a fight at a carnival in Pelsall on Saturday (July 8) that led to the arrest of seven people on suspicion of violent disorder, plus five more from what’s believed to be a connected disorder in Bloxwich on 10 July.

“They have all been bailed pending further enquiries, and a vehicle has been seized for a forensic examination as part of the wider investigation.

“We will not tolerate outbursts of violence like this and will come down hard on those responsible; anyone linked to these disorders can expect to be arrested and put before the courts.

“I’d ask anyone with information about this incidents to contact my team in the Force CID Investigation Unit at Walsall police station on 101, or by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

My thanks to Brigg, Gina Lycett and Inspector Sophie Worthington of the Brownhills Policing Team wfor their hep with this post.

I would ask that anyone with any information please contacts West Midlands Police on 101, any of the methods here or anonymously via Crimestoppers.

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As soon as more information emerges, I’ll post it here.

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