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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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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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A Chemical Romance

I’ve been asked the question by reader Norman Taylor as to what I know about Brownhills Chemical Works – otherwise known as The Chemical or The Chemy, later the site of a notorious war scrapyard local kids were all attracted … Continue reading

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Break in last night at Pelsall Road stables – did you see anything?

An appeal reaches me from Stevie Ansell who runs the riding stables on Pelsall Road, Brownhills – between Thursday night and this morning (overnight 4-5th January 2017), a break-in took place at the yard.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Another break in at the riding stables on Pelsall Road – can you help?

An appeal reaches me from Stevie Ansell who runs the riding stables on Pelsall Road, Brownhills – between Saturday night and Sunday morning, a generator was stolen from the premises after a curious incident in the preceding week.

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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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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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Blooming golden – Brownhills volunteers for the win!

I’d like to say a big thank you on behalf of Brownhills if I may, to those people who worked so very hard on the Brownhills in Bloom competition entry this year: to all those who helped, planted and laboured, and to human dynamo Diane Mansell from Walsall Council, praise is due, for Brownhills and Aldridge both won gold awards.

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Good luck to the Brownhills in Bloom team!

I’d like to wish all the very best of luck to the hard working volunteers and community minded folk who’ve worked with Brownhills Town Centre Partnership on this year’s Brownhills in Bloom bird, which is judged this afternoon (Wednesday, 27th July 2016).

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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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Calling all local gardeners please!

Once more, Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership has been in touch, and asked me to ask if I’d put out a plea for gardeners,volunteer groups or anyone else who can help the Brownhills in Bloom team remove some problematic shrubs in town.

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Can you help Diane make Brownhills bloom?

Once more, Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership has been in touch, and asked me to point out that volunteers are needed for another planting event to prepare the remaining planters for the Brownhills Britain in Bloom entry this coming Monday 27th June 2016.


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Blooming wonderful!

Just a shoutout here to the volunteers and community mind folk of Brownhills Town Centre Partnership who yesterday, despite some pretty horrid weather, went out planting flowers in the tubs and planters in town and once again did Brownhills proud.

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Please help the Brownhills in bloom team – today!

The wonderful Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership has been in touch, and asked me to see if anyone fancies helping out with the Brownhills Britain in Bloom competition entry from our town today (Monday 13th June 2016).

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Brownhills riding stables vandalism incidents – can you help?

An appeal reaches me from Stevie Ansell who runs the riding stables on Pelsall Road; after a fairly quiet few months, it seems the vandals are back and after a spate of incidents last week, she has the following appeal to make:

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Apologies – Brownhills in bloom planting event cancelled!

So sorry to announce this, but I’ve just been informed by the organisers that the planting event scheduled for tomorrow, 2nd June 2016 by Brownhills Town Centre Partnership has had to be deferred until Monday 13th June due to late arrival of the plants – sadly, this is affecting several towns in the borough and is unavoidable.
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Please help Brownhills bloom – tomorrow!

The wonderful Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership have been in touch, and asked me to see if anyone fancies helping out with the Brownhills Britain in Bloom competition entry from our town, which involves planting, litter picking and general sprucing up.
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Please help Brownhills bloom this summer!

The wonderful Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership have been in touch, and asked me to see if anyone fancies helping out with the Brownhills Britain in Bloom competition entry from our town, which involves planting, litter picking and general sprucing up.
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Grass fires on Brownhills Common yesterday

I note from the twitter feed or the local fire service that there were two separate outbreaks of grass fire on Brownhills Common just off Chester Raod late yesterday afternoon (Sunday 8th May 2016).

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Is it our fault?

Reader John Blanchard has been in touch all the way from Aukland in New Zealand with some interesting and hopefully debate-provoking memories of subsidence effects in Walsall Wood from the 1960s onwards.

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Car vandalised in Brownhills last Friday: can you help please?

Reader Pete Sutton contacted me through Facebook to ask for help with a vandalism incident that took place on his wife’s car in Chase Road last Friday night (25th March 2016) when a bottle was smashed through the rear windscreen.
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Urgent! Distinctive motorbike stolen from pelsall – reward offered!

The ongoing local rash of break-ins, burglary and thefts sadly continues – in the past couple of days a local lad’s motorbike has been stolen from Pelsall and there’s been an attempted garage break-in Bridge Street, Clayhanger – so please be vigilant.

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Bang tidy!

I note from the informative blog of Brownhills Councillor Steve Wade that there will be a Big Tidy Up day in Brownhills this Thursday, 3rd March 2016 organised by Walsall Council, the Town Centre and Area Partnerships.
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Please look out for another stolen bike

I’ve been asked to post an appeal for a bike stolen a few weeks ago – and of course, I’m happy to do so, and it’s further warning to cyclists and drivers to be wary of securing their bikes and vehicles when leaving them locally.
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Bicycle thieves active in Brownhills: have you seen this bikes?

Yet again, it’s my sad duty to report burglaries in Brownhills – two more bikes have been stolen, one from a shed in Ogley Road at 10am on Monday, 9th February 2016.
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Have you seen these bikes stolen from Clayhanger last night?

The shed and garage burglaries seem to be ongoing, although they do seem to be easing off – but Samantha Roberts has contacted me today after her brother had two mountain bikes stolen from his home last night (Wednesday 3rd – Friday 4th February 2016) in Clayhanger.

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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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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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Scott bike stolen from Lichfield – can you help?

Bike thieves seem to be gearing up apace at the moment, and fellow local blogger and tech whizz behind Lichfield Live, Philip John had his Scott Scale 730 (picture above) stolen from his garage in Lichfield on Wednesday night/Thursday morning 9-10 September 2015.

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Flytipping morons strike again

I’m sad to say hotspots in Brownhills and Aldridge – as well as across the area – are still being blighted by flytippers, often clearly working on a commercial scale – flytipping is a public menace, harms the environment, can be a danger to people and wildlife and costs a lot of money to clean up.
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Rare bike stolen from Aldridge – police issue more CCTV images

West Midlands Police have this morning issued a statement about the bike theft from the Shell Petrol Station in Northgate, Aldridge featured here yesterday, together with more detail and further images of the suspect and vehicle.

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Rare bike stolen from Aldridge – please keep an eye out

Can I please ask readers to be on the lookout for the above Santa Cruz Nomad bike, stolen from the Shell petrol station on Northgate at around 5:45pm on Thursday, 20th August 2015?

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Don’t bank on it

Many of you have asked me for updates on the situation with Ravens Court, the decaying, derelict shopping precinct that lies deserted in the centre of Brownhills – you’ll remember that way back in November 2014, Walsall Council issued an ultimatum to the owners that if they didn’t submit a planning application within six months, they’d initiate legal proceedings to force the landlords to tidy it up.

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Flytipping scum plaguing Brownhills

Brownhills Councillor Steve Wade has been in touch recently on a number of local issues, and I’m very glad to see him developing an online presence and keeping us informed of stuff he’s dealing with – and I’m very grateful for the positive moves he’s made to communicate with me and the blog – there’s more to come from Steve later this week.

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No longer up the creek – Millfield School’s canoe returned!

Earlier today, I had the sad task of requesting help in tracing the scumbags who nicked a canoe and other sporting kit from Millfield School in Catshill, Brownhills.

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Sports equipment stolen from Millfield School

I’m sad to say Millfield School in Catshill, Brownhills, has had their sport shed broken into twice in recent weeks, and sporting equipment has been taken – including a bright red canoe.
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B&M coming to Aldridge – vacancies now being advertised

Ever since I posted that B&M were moving into the old Focus DIY store on Northgate, between Aldridge and Walsall Wood, I’ve been contacted by people either swearing it will be an Asda (nope) or doubting what I said – well, work has continued on the empty building and it’s now in B&M colours, and vacancies have now been posted for a ‘new Aldridge store’ on the B&M website.

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Our greenspaces are not for sale!

In the last couple of days there’s been a degree of what can only be described as panic locally and on social media about the future of Cannock Chase, Chasewater and other Staffordshire Country Parks.

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