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Police seek man following knifepoint betting shop robbery in Brownhills

This morning (Saturday, 13th October 2018) police in Walsall issued the above image of a man they’d like to speak to after the Paddy Power betting shop in Brownhills High Street was robbed at knifepoint on Monday 10th September 2018. … 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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Police seek identity of two men following theft from shopper in Aldi, Brownhills

This lunchtime, police in Walsall have issued the above images from CCTV in the Aldi store in Brownhills showing a couple of men they would like to trace after a theft from a shopper there on Thursday 5th April 2018. … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Police hunt man following armed robbery at Card Factory store, Brownhills

In a remarkable instance of coincidental timing, Walsall Police late this afternoon (Monday, 12th December 2016) published an appeal for witnesses over an armed robbery at the Card Factory shortchanged on the corner of Ravens Court in High Street Brownhills, that took place on Sunday 4th December.

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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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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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Police helicopter searches for lost children in Clayhanger

Many people have contacted me about the Police helicopter being up over Brownhills and Clayhanger yesterday night (Wednesday, 31st August 2015) – it seems that local police were conducting a search from a pair of missing children in Clayhanger.

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Attempted burglary in Shire Oak – be on your guard folks

There’s been an attempted house burglary at Shire Oak in the last ten days – Debbie Etches from the Shire Oak group on Facebook has posted the following message from West Midlands Police Partnerships Officer Kevin Pitt on Monday, 1st August 2016:

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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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Be alert – Vehicle theft incident in Shire Oak

A reader living in the Shire Oak area has been in touch with me asking to share with readers that they had their car stolen on Monday night (4th June 2016) – the car was taken from a locked garage which was broken into.
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Car stolen from Clayhanger – keep an eye out folks

Please be on the lookout for this somewhat distinctive BMW 520d Estate car (registration C20COP) which was stolen from Wych Elm Road, Clayhanger last night (7-8th March 2016) following a house break-in.

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Suspicious activity in Shire Oak – be on the lookout, please

With the unfortunate rise in local break-ins and vehicle burglaries lately, this warning reaches me from Sarah Michelle Horton-Samra who posted it in the Shire Oak group on Facebook yesterday (Monday, 22nd February 2016).
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Van break-in at Lindon Close – please look out for stolen tools

Sadly, yet another vehicle break-in in Brownhills has occurred last night, in Lindon Close when a local tradesman had tools and equipment stolen from his fan between the hours of 7pm last night and 8am today, Saturday 23rd January 2016.

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Shocking CCTV footage of break in at Shire Oak Pub

A shocking clip of CCTV video has been shared on social media by the landlords of the Shire Oak Pub in Brownhills, of a break-in they experienced in the early hours of last Sunday – 17th January 2016.

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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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Van burglary in Norton Canes: be on your guard, people

My attention has been drawn to a spate of van break-ins in the Norton Canes area of late – friend of the blog Jamie Bailey contacted me this morning and asked me to run the following appeal by his friend, Leane Woolley:
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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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Van break-in in Shire Oak – be on the lookout, please

Sad to report another vehicle break in in Shire Oak – this time at the Quantock Close end of Commonside, in which tools and a laptop were stolen from a van on the night of Friday 2nd/Saturday 3rd October 2015.

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Car break-ins in Shire Oak: Please be on your guard

Just a note to point out that Community Partnerships Officer Kevin Pitt from Walsall Police has warned there have been a couple of incidents of vehicle break-ins in Shire Oak during the early hours of Thursday, 24th September 2015.

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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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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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Police hunt man following attempted knifepoint robbery at Card Factory store, Brownhills

There has been a nasty attempted robbery in Brownhills town centre at lunchtime today (Friday, 15th May 2015), and West Midlands Police have issued the following statement and appeal for witnesses…
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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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Be alert – Van burglary in Shire Oak

A reader living at the Chester Road end of Friezland Lane in Shire Oak has been in touch with me asking to share with readers that he had his van broken into and tools stolen last night (Tuesday 21st-Wednesday 22nd April 2015).

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Police issue statement on Clayhanger burglary incident

Following the police incident in CLayhanger on Friday afternoon (13th March 2015) West Midlands Police have issued the following statement:
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Police helicopter responds to burglary in Clayhanger

Many people have contacted me about the Police helicopter being up over Brownhills yesterday afternoon (Friday, 13th March 2015) – it seems that local police were responding to a burglary in Clayhanger.

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