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Beware! Bogus door to door charity scammers operating again

I’m troubled to see the return of a scam we’ve seen before in the area – that of  door to door cold callers pretending to be deaf and duping people into giving to a charity that doesn’t exist. I first … Continue reading

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Great news: Anthony Horton found safe and well!

Great news – Police in Walsall have just announced that Anthony Horton form Pheasey has been found safe and well. Thanks for your help everyone, Anthony Horton from Walsall who went missing last night (Tuesday 5th February 2019)has been found safe and well. Thanks … Continue reading

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Bogus workmen prey on another local victim – please warn the elderly

Yesterday, West Midlands Police issued an alert on WMNow about the distraction theft I reported on a few days ago in which an 83 year old resident of Castle close, Brownhills was victim of a distraction theft perpetrated by bogus workmen claiming to be utter cleaners.

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83 year old local lady burgled by bogus callers – please warn the elderly

A headsup, folks – a heartbreaking crime occurred yesterday in Castle Close Brownhills were an 83 year old lady amputee had her house burgled by callers posing as gutter cleaners.

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Incidents of distraction crime and bogus callers increasing – a warning from West Midlands Police

A headsup, folks – seeing a significant number of reports relating to distraction theft and bogus callers operating in the area, and Aldridge Neighbourhood Team have, in the last few days, issued an important warning.

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Urgent: Police appeal for witnesses to Rushall collision

Walsall police this afternoon issued the following appeal for witnesses to come forward who may have seen the Mercedes Convertible, pictured below, on Wednesday last (19th April 2017) after in was involved in a collision on the Lichfield Road in Rushall, as a result of which an elderly man lost his life.

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Bogus callers operating locally – appeal from West Midlands Police

A headsup, folks – seeing a significant number of reports relating to distraction theft and bogus callers operating in the area – elderly folk have been prey to a man in a white van who’s pressing victims to pay for non-existent fencing and gardening jobs.

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Bogus fencing contractors operating locally again – please be careful!

A headsup, folks – seeing a lot of reports of distraction theft and bogus callers operating in the area, particularly Aldridge in the last 48 hours (25th January 2017) – elderly folk have been prey to a man in a white van who’s pressing victims to pay for non-existent fencing jobs.

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Suspicious activity in Brownhills: Be on your guard

A strange one reaches me via a reader on Facebook – it seems there’s been an odd trio of people operating in Lichfield Road, Brownhills this afternoon (Saturday, 3rd December 2016), and in the current climate it seems best to be safe and warn readers to be aware.

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Temperance, even!

Sometimes, enquiries on the blog take a while to resolve – and this one is just such an example, and a good reason why one should never give up hope with finding answers, as you never know who’s passing.

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Reports bogus Dyson engineer scam operating locally again

I’m running this post again as a notable hoover enthusiast and blog contributor the young David Evans has been called by the fake Dyson engineers, and he’s just one of several who’ve reported calls in our area lately.
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Urgent: Brownhills dementia sufferer missing from home

Hi folks – this one is very urgent – please look out and retweet and share as much as possible – Walsall Police are very concerned for the whereabouts of pensioner Victor Whitehouse from Brownhills who suffers from dementia.
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Peculiar door-to-door caller operating in Brownhills: Be on your guard

A strange one reaches me via Facebook and friend of the blog Julie; it seems there’s an odd door-to-door scam operating in Brownhills at the moment – a lady calls at your door, and when you answer, doesn’t speak but points to a clipboard or paper with something printed on it.

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Bogus callers operating in Brownhills and across Walsall Borough: be on your guard

I have just had the following news release drawn to my attention by a good friend of the blog – it was posted to day by Police Partnerships Officer Kevin Pitt, and concerns bogus callers who are operating both in Brownhills and the wider area demanding payment for rat control or fence repairs.
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Beware – bogus Police Officers spotted in Shire Oak

I notice yet again issues locally with bogus callers and con merchants preying on the elderly and vulnerable – and now there have been reports that in the St. Marks Road area of Shire Oak in the last few days, people posing as police officers have been operating.
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Beware bogus Dyson engineer scam operating locally

Gosh, it’s all been bad news and warnings this week – I hate bringing you folks bad news, but sadly I have to again now as I’ve been contacted by a reader who’s rightly very worried about a cold-calling scam involving bogus ‘engineers’ offering discount servicing for your Dyson vacuum cleaner.

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Police appeal for witnesses to Shelfield collision

Yesterday (Wednesday 5th August 2015) there was a nasty traffic accident at the Spring Cottage junction on the A461 Lichfield Road at Shelfield, in which an elderly lady was seriously hurt.

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Bogus caller cons OAP in Shire Oak

Yet another report reaches me regarding bogus tradesmen calling on the elderly and attempting to coerce them into handing money over for bout and unneeded services.

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Bogus caller cons elderly lady out of £280 – be on your guard!

I am seeing various reports circulating locally about bogus tradesmen calling on the elderly and attempting to coerce them into handing money over or having work done against their will.
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Urgent request – have you seen Sidney Edlin? He’s missing and vulnerable

Please take a look at the photo, it’s of 86 year old pensioner Sidney Edlin who went missing from his home in Bentley, Walsall at 3pm yesterday, Thursday 2nd April 2015 – Sidney’s family and West Midlands Police are very worried about him.

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Bogus gardeners conning the elderly in Brownhills – be vigilant

I was contacted yesterday by a local lady who is very concerned and upset that her mother was conned by bogus ‘gardeners’ who claimed to have done work on her communal garden, and then charged an extortionate fee.

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Pensioner dies following Brownhills collision

The Express & Star is now carrying the sad news that the elderly gentleman who was involved in the road traffic collision in Brownhills this morning has sadly passed away.

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Brownhills High Street Accident – West Midlands Ambulance Service statement

West Midlands Ambulance Service have issued the following statement in regard to the serious incident today (Friday, 19th December 2014) on Brownhills High Street near to the Church Road junction when an elderly man had been in collision with a tipper lorry.
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A welcome miscellany – which of these do you remember?

Facebook is really throwing up some gems at the moment – keen reader Maria Fitzgerald has sent me a bunch of varied images she’s found out of her family collection which I think will inspire debate and memories from readers – these are hot on the heels of the one she sent last week, that provoked so much discussion.1048179_10202780893539696_4732832440697478450_o Continue reading

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Serious accident between car and horse drawn cart near Stonnall

Following an incident this evening (Friday, 19th September 2014) a large amount of rumour has been circulating on local social media about the nature of a road traffic accident involving a horse-drawn vehicle on the Chester Road, at Lazy Hill, between Aldridge and Shire Oak.

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Urgent: Walsall pensioner missing from home

Please – take a look at the photo below – 89 year old dementia sufferer Jaan Pedajas went missing from his home near Barr Beacon sometime after 11:30am today, Thursday 27th March 2014.
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Police appeal for witnesses to fatal road collision in Walsall Wood

This sad news released just now from Walsall Police – sadly, the gentleman involved in the accident this morning in Walsall Wood has died.
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OAP fighting for life after Walsall Wood car accident

There’s been a nasty accident in Walsall Wood this morning, when an elderly gentleman was hit by a car in the High Street – the 86 year old is currently fighting for life after the incident just before 6am.
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Please help Age UK if you can

Yesterday, I received this appeal from Mark Fellows of Age UK, who’s compiling a list of services, clubs and activities for those aged 50 plus in our area – first up, he needs contact details for Clayhanger Senior Citizens Club, but also details of any such services for senior citizens in out area.

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Car accident in Short Street, Brownhills yesterday

I noticed the following in the twitter stream of @BloxwichFire, the account of Bloxwich Fire Service yesterday evening – It seems an ‘Elderly Gent’ rolled his car in Short Street, Brownhills yesterday afternoon, and a valiant passerby came to the rescue and righted it.
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Bogus callers con elderly woman in Brownhills – be vigilant

I have been contacted by Nicky Biddlestone, Communications Officer at West Midlands Police, with a timely warning that opportunist con merchants are preying on the local senior citizens again.

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Beware! Local OAP nearly victim of phone scam

Following on from last weeks post about conmen praying on the elderly by claiming to have done work, then coercing their victims to withdraw money from the bank, here’s a worrying incident sent to me by reader Rebecca, whose mother was very shaken by an attempted phone scam.
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Scumbags preying on the local elderly again – be vigilant

I see from the excellent blog of Kevin Pitt, Walsall Community Partnerships Officer, that opportunist conmen are preying on the local senior citizens again.

Please tell your relatives and neighbours about these con men, and impress upon them how important it is not to buy from, or accept services at the door, no matter how plausible the people offering them. Genuine companies will always contact you by other means.

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An odd kind of victory

I’m a bit puzzled by a recent press release from Walsall Council Labour Group relating to recent events in Brownhills, and I wonder if readers can help me with this as I’m not certain of the facts, and feel certain there will be people out there more clued-up than I.


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Stay safe this winter!

Kate Goodall, top Walsall Council operative and top human dynamo behind Walsall Neighbourhoods, asked me last week if I might share this with the readers. Of course, I’m only too happy to do so. Please accept my apologies for not getting … Continue reading

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Police arrest men in connecion with Walsall Wood garden con

Yesterday I spotted this encouraging press release from Walsall Police relating to an incident on Thursday in Holly Bank, Walsall Wood. It seems officers from West Midlands Police made arrests following the alleged attempted conning of an old lady out of … Continue reading

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Brownhills bank staff prevent OAP being conned

Another depressing press release from Walsall Police relating to a nasty incident that took place on Monday that could have been a whole lot worse. Thanks to the care and attention of the bank staff, this unfortunate Brownhills pensioner was prevented … Continue reading

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Silver Surfers event in Brownhills West today!

Had this press release yesterday, which looks like a good event for any senior citizens looking to get online. Seems like a decent project to be engaged in, and there’s a wealth of stuff online for those of more mature … Continue reading

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