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Coppers bin relay – chance to support services in Afghanistan

Walsall Police Station, Green Lane.

Staff of Walsall Police Station have been busy organising a collection service for items for sending to UK armed forces personnel at war, since a colleague who has a son currently based at Camp Bastian, Afganistan realised that our ‘boys and girls’ currently serving out there would benefit from a few home comforts as they are currently working 12 hour shifts in 40 degree heat.

So kind-hearted coppers – who certainly know their duty – got their heads together and decided to organise a ‘Bin Relay’ to help collect goodies for hard-pressed servicemen and women.

Items can now be donated for sending overseas via Walsall, Bloxwich, Aldridge, Willenhall and Darlaston Police Stations, and police officers/local residents/local community business’s are also being asked if they would like to make a donation to this very worthwhile cause.

The idea is that members of the Royal Navy will then make the necessary arrangements for our boys and girls in Afghanistan to receive the donations.

Items particularly welcomed as donations include:

  • Gift Cards/Note Paper with Envelopes (to send a personal message to serving armed forces personnel).
  • Flip Flops (male and female).
  • Moisturisers.
  • Personal Hygiene Products (shaving/showering/washing products) – MUST BE NON AEROSOL.
  • Books/Magazines/puzzle books.
  • Biscuits (not chocolate).
  • Sweets (apparently they love Haribo)!!,
  • DVDs and CDs.
  • Entertainment (Travel Games).
  • Playing Cards.
  • Lightweight Leisure Clothing (Shorts/vests/T-Shirts.)
  • Suncream.
  • Summer headwear (hats and caps).

Any donations would be very gratefully received, whether from individuals, organisations or businesses.  It is expected the bins of goodies will be collected and sent off at the end of October.

Walsall Local Policing Unit’s website is available via this link.

Blakenall masked raiders: Police appeal

Blakenall CCTV preview courtesy West Midlands Police

Walsall Police are appealing for help in connect with a raid in which burglars threatened a young woman with a knife as she lay in her bed in a terrifying raid on her home in Blakenall Heath, near Bloxwich.

Police are now releasing CCTV images of two men they want to trace following the offence earlier this year.

The offenders broke into the 25-year-old victim’s house in Newhome Way at around 10.30pm on Tuesday 29 May.

Two of them burst into the woman’s bedroom and threatened her with a knife, asking for money and jewellery, while a third man searched the kitchen.

The trio left taking cash and electrical items, including a 42″ TV, a games console and a computer.

Detective Constable Matt Tromans, from the Force Criminal Investigation Department in Bloxwich, said: “This was a violent attack on a defenceless young woman, which has left her shaken and distressed.

“We have examined CCTV from the local area and identified two men that we would like to speak to who went into the Costcutter shop on Well Lane at around 9.30pm on the same evening.

“Local enquiries have not produced any leads so we are hoping that the public may be able to help us identify these men.

“They were known to have been driving a silver BMW 3 series around the housing estate a few times during the evening and we hope that someone may have seen them.”

The full CCTV images can be viewed on the police website: http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest-news/appeal.asp?id=5051

Anyone with information can contact DC Tromans by telephoning 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Bloxwich Police success in tackling burglary

West Midlands Police - Modern crime prevention visit in Birmingham (courtesy WMP)

Police from the Bloxwich West neighbourhood team have been working closely with the Woodbridge and Churston neighbourhood watch scheme to increase home security in the Turnberry estate on the northern borders of Bloxwich.

Over the past two months, officers from the team have distributed crime prevention packs to more than 50 homes on the estate.  The packs include a special liquid used to mark valuables which can be traced if recovered.

The local community have also been invited to the community safety house in Brownhills for talks and advice around home security.

Sergeant Andy McHugh for Bloxwich West neighbourhood team said:

“We have worked closely with the neighbourhood watch scheme in providing reassurance and advice to householders.

“We have seen a decrease in the number of burglaries in the Bloxwich West area over the past few months and we look forward to continuing to work with the local community in tackling crime on the estate.”

John Teather, neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for the area added:

“Thanks to the close relationship forged between the Police and Neighbourhood Watch members this area is now a much tougher nut to crack by those looking to commit a criminal act.

“With new knowledge and specialist crime prevention tools, we feel better equipped to tackle criminal activity and help put offenders away. Our Watch Team is always on duty”.

To get involved with neighbourhood watch in your area or to find out when the next neighbourhood meeting is visit the website at www.walsallpolice.org.uk for contact details of your local neighbourhood policing team.

If you suspect any suspicious activity taking place in your area or you have information which could help officers tackle local burglary call the non-emergency number 101. If you see a crime taking place or it is an emergency always call 999.

Leamore murder – woman charged

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In an update of news reported this morning, a 43-year-old Leamore woman has been charged with murder and will appear before Walsall Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (Tuesday 17 July).

She has been charged in connection with the death of a 42 year old woman, whose body was found in the early hours of yesterday morning (15 July) at the rear of a house in Hunter Crescent, Leamore, Walsall.

The victim has been named as Wendy Thorpe, aged 42. A forensic postmortem undertaken this morning has revealed that she died as a result of head injuries.

The house, garden and a section of Wyrley & Essington Canal towpath at the rear of the semi-detached former Council house were cordoned off by police for forensic purposes after police were called to the crime scene at 12.40am.

Neighbours of the victim have been expressing their shock at the crime  today, and it has been reported that two women had lived at the house for approximately two years.

Leamore canal cordoned after murder – arrest made

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A 43-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman”s body in the early hours of yesterday morning (15 July).

A cordon is currently in place on the canal at the rear of a property in Hunter Crescent in Leamore, Walsall.

The victim, believed to be in her 40s, has not yet been formally identified.

A forensic postmortem is due to take place this morning.

Detectives are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Rogue workers targeting Walsall’s elderly – alert!

Walsall TraderRegister

Rogue workers conned an elderly man out of his £2,500 savings and tried to persuade him to transfer ownership of his house to them, Walsall police and the council’s trading standards officers have reported.

Three men in a white van targeted the Pelsall pensioner over two days last month (June 2012), offering gardening services and pest control.

Police and trading standards say there has been an increase in these type of incidents over the last month with rogue traders offering roof restoration, pressure washing, chemical treatment, gardening and pest control services.

They pressurise their victims, who all appear to be over the age of 80, and in many cases they have handed over large sums of money for unnecessary work.

In the Pelsall case, the elderly victim paid three men money for a small amount of gardening and to deal with a rat infestation that they told him he had in the garden.  They also tried to persuade him to transfer ownership of his home to them.

Meanwhile an 84-year-old man in Blakenall handed over £25 to two men posing as WHG callers, who also had a white van.
And a 93-year-old woman in Shire Oak was persuaded to let a male cold caller into her home who said he wanted to cut a tree down.

Condemning the criminals, Councillor Zahid Ali, Walsall Council Coalition’s portfolio holder for Public Protection,said, “Honest traders have nothing to fear – we are issuing a warning about rogue traders.

“We are advising people that if they need garden work doing, trees cutting down or repairs made to their home they should always obtain several written quotes from reputable firms and not be intimidated by cold callers.

“There is a list of businesses in the home improvement sector online at www.traderregister.org.uk/walsall or they can call 01922 652246 and our staff will search the Walsall Trader Register on their behalf.

“If in doubt discuss plans with a family member and never allow anyone into your house or pay them money if you have not asked for work to be done. Reputable organisations such as WHG would not charge for any work that was necessary at a tenant’s home.

“The people responsible for stealing from our respected senior citizens are the people who are quite frankly the disease in our society. We will hunt these people down and prosecute them to the full letter of the law.”

Walsall police are working closely with trading standards to protect the public and honest businesses operating in the local community from rogue traders and illegal practises following this increase in reports over the last month.

As part of this continued work, officers are asking members of the public to follow some simple crime prevention advice before agreeing to have work done at their homes.

Officers are reminding people not to hand over large amounts of cash upfront or be pressurised into having work done by doorstep traders.

Community partnerships officer, Kevin Pitt, said: “Rogue traders can sometimes try to convince you that an unnecessary job needs doing. They can then use pressure and intimidation to extract large sums of money in advance of the work being completed.”

For more information on home security, visit: www.west-midlands.police.uk/saferhomes

Indecent exposure investigation – Walsall police appeal

Police on patrol in Brownhills (West Midlands Police library picture)

Walsall police are investigating a series of indecent exposure incidents in the borough and are urging the public to come forward with information.

Since Wednesday 1 March, there have been 13 reports of a man exposing himself to women in Walsall, with four of the offences occurring in Aldridge, Brownhills and Walsall Wood.

As yet no information has been given relating to Bloxwich and district, although The Bloxwich Telegraph understands that while victims so far range from teenagers to pensioners, officers have been sharing safety advice with schools to reassure worried parents, who may receive messages from their local schools accordingly.

At no time has the man exposing himself made physical contact with any of his victims.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Reilly, from Walsall police, said: “Despite the small but significant rise in these crimes, offences of this nature are rare and it is worth remembering that at no time has the man exposing himself touched his victims.

“That said, we are treating these incidents extremely seriously and are urging the public to help by contacting us if they have any information which may identify the man responsible.”

A host of measures are in place and officers have increased both high visibility and plain clothed patrols in areas where crimes have been reported.

Anyone with information on the person responsible should telephone police on the number 101.  Remember that the 999 number should be used only in genuine emergencies.

For advice on staying safe when out, visit: www.safer-streets.org