Category Archives: It makes me mad!

Local work vehicle key thefts ongoing: Beware, folks

A warning to people with work and delivery vans comes to me from West Midlands Police – there has been an increase in key theft from vehicles left for short periods while their drivers are busy, the keys and personal … Continue reading

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Woodmen fell three teams – but just can’t scrape the league win

Catching up after a busy week or two, I’ve a couple of match reports here for Walsall Wood FC – from their Easter Bank Holiday encounter with Sporting Khalsa and the previous Saturday’s stunning 4-0 trouncing of Ilkeston at their … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town – crunch away match today!

Saturday 20th April 2019 A top of the table clash that’s been hotly anticipated – a win here for either side will be hard fought and make all the difference! Walsall Wood F.C. v Ilkeston Town FC Away at The New Manor … Continue reading

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Can you identify these men? Walsall Police would like to hear from you

There’s been a working number of distraction burglaries and bogus caller scams locally lately, which is why I’m drawing to readers attention this appeal by Walsall Police posted yesterday (Tuesday 12th March 2019) – it involves a distraction burglary in … Continue reading

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Please look out for this stolen motorbike taken last night from central Brownhills

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for the above stolen motorbike, taken last night/this morning (23-24 February 2019) from the Watermead Estate, just by B&M in Brownhills. The bike, as shown above is a Leximoto 125 registration BL16FLC, and … Continue reading

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Woodmen prove the equal of Westfields

Yesterday afternoon (23rd February 2019), Walsall Wood F.C. finally had a match at home following a few weeks away, having a looser schedule this year to help cover any bad weather. The Woodmen held their own against Hereford’s Westfields, coming away … Continue reading

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Two very distinctive bikes stolen from Rugeley: Keep your eyes out bike folks

Here’s a sad one that came to my attention late last night – but I feel asleep writing the post, sorry. Can everyone please keep a lookout for two missing bikes and bike parts, stolen locally on Thursday night-Friday morning … Continue reading

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Beware – look after your keys: Key fishing leads to BMW being stolen in Shelfield

Here’s an important warning from local police which reached me in the last couple of days – cars are being stolen by criminals fishing for keys through letterboxes again. There is currently somewhat of a vehicle crime wave ongoing: Homes … Continue reading

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A rocky road…

A lovely one here from 1862, spotted by the wonderful David Evans, who I’m glad to hear is now getting well back into the swing of things. It seems that in 1862 – over 150 years hence – people were … Continue reading

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Hundreds of years of immense bravery and unbelievable political folly

Today is of course Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday and the centenary af the end of World War One – the Great War. Never was a conflict so inappropriately named.  All over the country and further afield, men, women and children … Continue reading

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Man mugged in Brownhills: Did you see anything?

It seems the crime news doesn’t abate at the moment andI do hope this bad patch passes soon – on Monday night I was made aware that last Sunday evening (21st October 2018) a local man was mugged and severely … Continue reading

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BRD days – a 149 page history for you to explore

A few weeks ago I promised a treat for those who were interested in the history of the BRD company in Aldridge – many readers will have worked or had relatives that did in the huge, sprawling engineering company the … Continue reading

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Teenagers mugged at knifepoint yesterday in Brownhills

A reader has contacted me with worrying news: It seems a couple of lads were mugged at knifepoint yesterday (Tuesday 2nd October 2018) at 5:30pm on the Black Path through Holland Park, near to Brownhills School.  The lads escaped with … Continue reading

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Working at the BRD – a couple of photos, a magazine… and a treat in store

A treat coming for those interested in recent industrial history of the area – many readers will have worked or had relatives that did, at the BRD factory in Aldridge – a huge, sprawling automotive component manufacturing company producing mainly … Continue reading

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There’s going to be a luxury Christmas Gift Fayre in Brownhills – would you like a stall?

Much as I hate to mention it, Christmas is coming and people are starting to organise events, fairs and markets – and our very own Laura Hucker is looking for stalls for her Christmas Food and Gift Fayre at The … Continue reading

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Brownhills man’s motorbike stolen from Cannock: Can you help pease?

Images supplied by Nigel Nash Hey folks – please be on the lookout for the above stolen motorbike, taken from the employee parking area of Availablecar at Cannock on the A5 on Monday, 3rd September 2018 at around 4:15pm. The … Continue reading

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Please look out for this stolen motorbike taken last night from Coalpool

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for the above stolen motorbike, taken Friday Night/Saturday Morning 1st September 2018. The motorcycle was stolen from the Coalpool area. The bike, as shown above is a Yamaha MT125 matt registration BK17 VBF. … Continue reading

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Ilkeston best Woodmen in second half nail biter

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans Bad news for the Walsall Wood faithful on Saturday last (18th August 2018) as they entertained visitors and long-time nemesis Ilkeston Town FC, and played a bold match – only … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town at Oak Park this Saturday!

Saturday 18th August 2018 Walsall Wood F.C. v Ilkeston Town FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good Of The Wood! … Continue reading

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Looking for the Herriott family please – can you help?

Hi folks – I need a favour please, so if you can help it would be really appreciated. A blog reader is trying to get in touch with the Herriott family who lived in Simmonds Way, Shire Oak around 1998, … Continue reading

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Ladies beware: Several indecent exposures in Brownhills

It’s my duty to share with you all the concerning news that there seems to be a man exposing himself to women around the canal towpaths and other parts of Brownhills, particularly in the areas of Clayhanger Common and Silver … Continue reading

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Local work-van and vehicle crime issues escalate: Be on your guard, folks

A warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – there is certainly a real rash of vehicle break ins ongoing, with incidents reported across the area throughout the last week. Work vans seem … Continue reading

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Thousands of pounds worth of damage caused in vandalism incident at Brownhills School – did you see anything?

The staff car park is along the fence adjacent to the Black Path and Common: Someone must have seen something. Imagery from Apple maps. This is an urgent appeal for help from the headmistress of Brownhills School, Helen Keenan, who … Continue reading

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Urgent! Please look out for these stolen motorbikes

Images posted on Facebook by Stacey Woodfull Hey folks – please be on the lookout for these stolen motorbikes/quads, taken last night Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th May 2018 from Brownhills West and a separate incident in Norton East Road, Norton Canes … Continue reading

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Please be alert for this car stolen from Brownhills last night

Please everyone can you be on the lookout for the above, very distinctive orange Ford Focus car stolen from Lindon Drive, Brownhills possibly at around 3:30am this morning, Saturday 19th May 2018. The car has the registration CX08GOE and you … Continue reading

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Home CCTV captures men brazenly testing if cars are locked

Video footage from Pelsall resident originally posted on Facebook. Following on from last weekend’s warning to people with work vans – that there’s currently a rash of vehicle break-ins in our area – the importance of the message is illustrated in … Continue reading

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The local work van break-ins continue: Beware, folks

A quick warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – the rash of vehicle break ins continues with another incident on Sunday night/Monday morning 7-8th May 2018 in Lindon Drive Brownhills. Stu Thomas … Continue reading

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Some top brass, a tuba groover and an unsung hero

There has never been enough attention paid anywhere that I’m aware of to the Victorian father of modern Brownhills, William Roberts – sometime railway plate layer, ganger, brewer, publican, entrepreneur, civic stalwart, JP and philanthropist, William  was a very rare man … Continue reading

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Urgent! Please look out for this minibus stolen from Aldridge!

Images supplied by Barry Carpenter. Hey folks – please be on the lookout for this distinctive white Ford Transit nine seater minibus, stolen this afternoon (Friday, 20th April 2018) from Leighswood Avenue, Aldridge, registration no HK61GDH and bearing a private … Continue reading

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Be alert – car stolen in Shire Oak

I see from the excellent WMNow service that there has been a worrying theft of a car from Wrekin View, Shire Oak in the early hours of Wednesday morning (18th April 2018) which has been taken without keys – the latest … Continue reading

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Van break-ins in Ogley Hay and Shire Oak: Beware, folks.

A quick warning to people with vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – On Monday night into Tuesday Morning (15-16th April 2018), there were at least two break-in into vans in the town; one in the Ogley … Continue reading

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Urgent! Please look out for this van, carjacked in Walsall Wood

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for this Ford van, registration believed to be NG07AEX, which was stolen on Saturday afternoon (24th March 2018) in a carjacking in Brookland Road, Walsall Wood, just by the cemetery.
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Paramedics cars broken into in Walsall Wood – can you help please?

This is an urgent appeal for help from the West Midlands Ambulance paramedic staff that currently operate out of the old Walsall Wood Library at the junction of High Street and Coppice Road – last night (Friday, 9th March 2018) their vehicles were broken into and medical supplies stolen.

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Vehicle break-in in Shire Oak: Beware, folks.

A note to people living around the Friezland Lane area of Shire Oak, particularly those around the Hillside Close/Simmonds Way/Hillside areas – yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 7th February 2018) at around 4pm a vehicle was broken into and a large quantity of items were stolen from it.

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Do you recognise these recovered items, believed stolen?

An interesting appeal in from Aldridge Neighbourhood Policing Team who have a number of items (pictured in the gallery above) which they think may have been stolen and are trying to trace the owners.

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Did you see this hit and run collision in Lichfield Road last night?

Witnesses are being sought to a very unpleasant traffic incident last night on the Lichfield Road in Brownhills, between Grasmere Gardens and the Co-op Corner junction with Ogley/Chase roads – I actually passed the aftermath of this and the car in question looked very seriously damaged.

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Vehicle break-in at Walsall Wood – be on the lookout, please

Sad to report a vehicle break in at the Beech Tree Road car park in Walsall Wood yesterday evening (Thursday 28th December 2017).

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2017 Christmas bin collection information

Hi folks – I’m getting a lot of enquiries regarding Christmas bin collection arrangements in the borough of Walsall, and since the change to rounds earlier in the year, there is only one simple answer to find out when you bins will be emptied.

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Walsall Wood FC v Bolehall Swifts FC: Away match today!

Walsall Wood travel down the A5 to Tamworth – can they win back their good form?
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Ilkeston put the freeze on Walsall Wood

No doubt Bill Shaw would chastise me for saying this, but more bad news for the Walsall Wood faithful on Saturday last as they travelled to Ilkeston Town FC, and played a bold match – which I thought would be curtailed by the weather – only to lose 3-2.

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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town – away match today!

Walsall Wood FC are away at Ilkeston Town today – this is a hotly-anticipated match!

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Tools stolen from van in Clayhanger overnight

News reaches me of yet more vehicle crime in Clayhanger and Pelsall overnight, with tools being stolen from a vehicle in Clayhanger and what was very probably the same crew of thieves escaping empty handed from a van break-in on Ryders Hayes.

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Warning: sudden rash of vehicle theft and burglary over the weekend

After a fairly quiet few months, there’s been a spate of vehicle thefts and break ins in the Brownhills and Clayhanger areas of late, with a car taken in Clayhanger in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 20th November 2017), and attempted theft beforehand and another attempted in Poplar Avenue, Brownhills at around the same time.

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We will never forget

It’s that time of year when I note Remembrance here in the UK and personally express my gratitude and concern for those who lost their lives in the service of our country – this post is one I make every year, but evolves as I think and reflect on those who paid and continue to pay a huge price for our freedom.

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Has your bin not been emptied? There’s a reason for that…

Right Walsall Borough folks, listen up – I know some of you are concerned about bin collections at the moment as the service is clearly experiencing difficulties, on the very week that Walsall refuse collection schedules have changed.

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Urgent! Please look out for this stolen motorbike seen in Brownhills

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for this stolen motorbike, taken on Saturday 4th November 2017 at around 8pm from Shelfield.

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Lamping it

For those who missed it, I had an interesting question commented to an old post in the week, and I thought I’d make a post out of it as it deserves a wider audience – this certainly sounds like a remarkable family history, which someone out there must be able to help with.

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Urgent! Please look out for this stolen van taken from Walsall Wood

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for a rather distinctive van, stolen on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning 10-11th October 2017 from the Barons Court Hotel car park in Walsall Wood.

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Walsall Council act to resolve local confusion over bin collection change

Hey up people – it seems that in November, there’s a shakeup of of local bin collection days in the Northern Wastes and to this end Walsall Council have been delivering leaflets notifying residents of the changes, which is fair enough.
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Urgent! Please look out for this stolen motorbike seen in Walsall Wood

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for a stolen motorbike, taken on Saturday 16th September 2017 from Pelsall while the owner was at a friend’s house.

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