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Dog walkers beware – possible bait found on Clayhanger Common again

Reader Andrea Atterbury has been in touch to warn readers that items of what is believed to be meat bait have been recently found on Clayhanger Common including pig’s trotters, leading to renewed fears that poisoned bait may be being placed on the common again.

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Be alert – power tools stolen in Brownhills van burglary

A reader living on the Watermead Estate in Brownhills (The new one between the Pelsall Road and Tesco) has been in touch with me asking to share with readers that her partner had his van broken into last night (Friday 18th August 2017).

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Car broken into in Shire Oak last night

There’s been a car break in in Shire Ride, Shire Oak, which took place on Wednesday 16th August 2017 between 3:30pm and 8am the following morning – a satnav iPod and loss change were stolen.

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Have you seen these bikes stolen from Brownhills in the last few days please?

A couple of bikes stolen in the last few days locally I’d like readers to keep a look out for if possible please – the first being a Carrera pictured below, stolen from outside Marios Chip Shop, Brownhills on Tuesday, 8th August 2017 and also a very distinctive Cannondale Prophet with Lefty single blade fork pictured above, stolen from Tamworth Close Brownhills on Thursday, 10th August 2017.

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Have you seen this Calibre Bossnut bike stolen from Shire Oak?

Yesterday, Sunday 30th July 2017 Shire Oak resident Dave Fenton has reported that the above Calibre Bossnut bike was stolen from his shed sometime over the weekend.

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Please keep an eye of for this motorbike stolen from Chasewater

Also taken this weekend, the motorbike pictured above, which was stolen from Chasewater on Friday evening , 7th July 2017.

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Urgent! Please look out for this Mercedes ML270 stolen from Brownhills

We’ve had a spate of car and motorbike thefts over the past few days in the area, and I’ve got a couple coming up I’d like readers to particularly look out for – the first being this silver Mercedes ML270 4×4, registration the very distinctive 53VKG.

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Urgent! Please look out for a moped stolen from Brownhills Hight Street

I see local vehicle and bike thefts are continuing – please be on the lookout for a  stolen moped W429 EON, similar to the one in the picture above. Continue reading

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Urgent! Please look out for a motorbike stolen from Brownhills last night

A couple of local incidents overnight, folks – please be on the lookout for a stolen motorbike, taken on Wednesday evening 28th June 2017 from the car park of Hopwells in Sadler Road, Brownhills, while the owner was at work.

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Travellers pitch up at old Oak Park car park again

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, 6th June 2017), travellers once more set up an unauthorised encampment on the old Oak Park car park in Walsall Wood, just behind the KFC ‘restaurant’.


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Intruders disturbed during attempted burglary in Shire Oak

There’s been an attempted house burglary at Shire Oak overnight, Saturday/Sunday 3-4th June 2017, in which intruders broke into a house in Shire Ridge – thankfully they were confronted and made their escape.

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Have you seen this bike stolen from Shire Oak?

Last Tuesday evening, Julie Harris-Tighe has reported that the above white Carrera bike was taken from Shire Oak Park after 8pm.
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Beware: Lady intimidated at Chasewater Heath

I note in the last couple of days a worrying report of a lady being followed by a male behaving oddly on Chasewater North Heath, and post the following to warn dog walkers, particularly other women, to.beware.

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The Metz office?

An intriguing enquiry reaches me from local historian and blog dynamo the young David Evans, who’s after a rather specific bit of history relating to a lost courtyard of dwellings in Brownhills High Street Called ‘The Metz’.


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Travellers encamp at Holland Park

I’ve received a few emails, tweets and Facebook posts pointing out that travellers encamped at Holland Park, Brownhills last Friday, 19th May 2017. Walsall Council have posted legal notices as required by due process. This is one of the areas where … Continue reading

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BRD Sports and Social club newsletter, 1954 – what do you remember?

A lovely period piece reaches me from reader David Hughes, who’s been kind enough to scan a complete November 1954 copy of ‘The Omtitis’ magazine, which was the BRD Sports and Social Club newsletter.

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Walsall Wood lady robbed as wave of local bag snatches continue

Following last week’s awful news that a lady in Vicarage Road, Brownhills had her bag snatched it seems there’s a rash of such incidents ongoing, and I advise everyone to warn relatives and friends of the danger clearly currently present.

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Elderly lady has bag snatched in Brownhills – take care, folks

Very worrying reports reach me that late this afternoon (Friday 5th May 2017) that an elderly lady has had her bag snatched in or near Vicarage Road Brownhills.

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Woodmen in Westfields wipeout, whilst reserve team turnover Tipton

Yesterday afternoon (29th October 2017), Walsall Wood F.C. travelled to Allpay Park at Hereford to face Westfields, who sadly beat the Woodmen 4-0 – this match was a last ditch hope for Walsall Wood to defy relegation, but it wasn’t to be.
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Walsall Wood FC v Westfields FC: Away match today!

Walsall Wood away at Hereford’s Westfields this afternoon: Can the Woodmen pull a win out of the bag and stave off relegation?

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Mobile phone lost in Brownhills – can you help please?

This is an important one I’m hoping readers can help with – a user of Brownhills Parkview Centre surgery yesterday (Tuesday 25th April 2017) lost their mobile phone possibly while using the disabled facilities there.
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Heanor prove to be keener than Wood

Yesterday, Walsall Wood FC were visited by Heanor Town, and the home crowd needed a win – sadly it wasn’t to be, and the Derbyshire team left the Wood faithful reeling.

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Grass fires at Gentleshaw ongoing 

I was elsewhere yesterday afternoon as it’s good cycling weather – but I noticed from social media feeds and enquiries that there was a grass fire on Gentleshaw Common towards the evening.

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Flytipping morons hit Barracks Lane

I’m sad to say that the local area is still plagued by flytipping – the above load was dumped on Friday 7th April 2017 at Barracks Lane, just over the border in Staffordshire, and reported on Facebook by the crew from the Lichfield Mercury.

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Distraction theft at Morrisons car park, Aldridge – be careful, folks.

People are being warned to be on their guard after a distraction theft incident in the car park of Morrisons in Aldridge on Friday, 17th March 2017 in which a debit card was stolen from a car while the driver was being asked for directions, and subsequently used fraudulently.
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Brownhills West Estate Cleanup Day today!

Late notification I know, but today there’s a littler pick/tidy up afoot in Brownhills West and volunteers are needed – meet at Shannon Drive Centre at 10am.
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Beware: Indecent exposure incident at canal near Clayhanger

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news yet again, but just a heads up that there’s been an indecent exposure incident near the canal in Clayhanger today (Tuesday, 7th March 2017).
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Vehicle break-ins in Walsall Wood – be on the lookout, please

Sad to report a couple of vehicle break-ins in Walsall Wood on Sunday night/Monday Morning – this time at the Beech Tree Road car park in Walsall Wood.

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Lady mugged near Clayhanger Bridge – be on your guard!

Worrying news from Clayhanger where near the canal bridge last night at around 11pm (Sunday 5th March 2017) a lady was mugged by a couple of robbers for £30.

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Apologies folks: The deer talk is not on tomorrow – my mistake

I had duff information, the deer talk took place 4th February 2017 and doesn’t take place tomorrow. My apologies.
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Making a Marklew

One enduring subject of very much debate here that continues to receive a lot of attention is the thorny subject of the Marklew family, Marklew’s pond off Coppice Lane, William Roberts and the claim that the farm was one of the last Tommy Shops operating.

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Ongoing incident: Accident at Ogley Road/High Street junction in Brownhills

Monday, 13th February 2017, 1:53pm – Traffic is currently backing up in the Brownhills area due to a collision between a lorry and a car at the junction by the former Warreners Arms pub, where Ogley Road meets the High Street.

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Subaru car stolen from Aldridge – keep an eye out folks

Diane Mansell, of Aldridge Village Partnership has asked that readers could please be on the lookout for this somewhat distinctive Subaru car (registration K23DHN) which was stolen from Aldridge last night (21st January 2017).

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Remember the man with the clipboard?

Interested to note that yesterday, local police finally issued an alert about the man with the clipboard panhandling for money in the Brownhills and Walsall Wood area, claiming his vehicle has been towed and he needs to get somewhere else – usually Willenhall.

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Urgent! Bike stolen from Shelfield

This morning (Thursday, January 19th 2017) at 7:10am a Trek 7300 bike like the one above but in white was taken from outside the Co-op at the former Spring Cottage in Shelfield.

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Beware of a man with a clipboard – and local thefts continue

A couple of local crime alerts here – one of which is rather bizarre, so please be careful, folks!
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2016 Christmas bin collection information

Hi folks – I’m getting a lot of enquiries regarding Christmas bin collection arrangements in the borough of Walsall, and thought I’d post the official guidance for those that seem concerned about when the guys in orange will come and collect their rubbish.

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Peace at last – a Christmas message from The Brownhills Blog

Hey you lot – Brownhills Blog readers, browsers, information seekers, contributors, friends: have a great Christmas, and I wish you a happy, prosperous and peaceful 2017.

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Quad bikes and clothing amongst goods taken in Brownhills Business Park burglaries

It seems the local crimewave is not over yet: reports have reached me of break-ins to a number of units on the Brownhills Business Park off Lindon Road/Brownhills Road in Walsall Wood overnight between Wednesday 21st/Thursday 22nd December 2016.

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Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2016 – coming this Saturday!

Diane Mansell at the Walsall District Management Team has written to let me know that there will be a Christmas market event in Brownhills this year, planned for this coming Saturday 10th December 2016.

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Beware: Children approached in Brownhills in two recent incidents

Somewhat worryingly, a couple of incidents involving men approaching schoolchildren have been reported today (Friday, 2nd December 2016) in the local area that will be of concern to all local residents, but particularly parents.
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Urgent! Please look out for a moped stolen from Walsall Wood

I see the thefts and criminality in Walsall Wood continnue – please be on the lookout for a stolen moped VX07CSY, taken on Monday evening 28th November 2016 from Ivy Grove just off Occupation Road, Walsall Wood.

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Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2016 – coming soon!

Diane Mansell at the Walsall District Management Team has written to let me know that there will be a Christmas market event in Brownhills this year, planned for Saturday 10th December 2016, and the team are appealing for stallholders.
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Disturbing incident in Shire Oak – householders be on your guard!

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.
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For the wars fought, and those still fighting

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Third local fire this week sees car burnt out near Clayhanger last night

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Firefighters tackle second fire in Brownhills this week

I note that there’s been another fire in Brownhills this evening, following the one earlier in the week that occurred at the former Terrace Restaurant in Newtown, on the A5 – this evening (Thursday 27th October 2016) a fire seems to have taken place in a stable near the old trotting track off Whitehorse Road, Brownhills.

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Fire incident at the former Terrace Restaurant, Brownhills

Sadly, it appears there’s a fire incident ongoing at the former Terrace Restaurant, in Newton, on the A5 Watling Street in Brownhills – West Midlands Fire Service crews are in attendance from Aldridge, Bloxwich, Walsall and Staffordshire.

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Woodmen in Westfields wipeout

Yesterday afternoon (22nd October 2016), Walsall Wood F.C. travelled to Allpay Park at Hereford to face Westfields, who sadly beat the Woodmen 6-0.

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Walsall Wood FC v Westfields FC: Away match today!

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood away at Hereford’s Westfields this afternoon!
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