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Beechdale tipper caught on the fly

Greenaway capture (picture Walsall Council)
Greenaway capture (picture Walsall Council)

A man who fly-tipped household waste and who was caught on camera has been ordered to pay £1,901.71.

Mr Duane Greenaway of the Beechdale Estate, Bloxwich, was filmed at Rayboulds Bridge Road fly tipping on Sunday 17 May 2015.

Known as a hotspot for illegal fly tipping, Mr Greenaway was filmed at the location illegally dumping 21 plastic bags of rubble and excavation debris removed from his house.

Magistrates at Walsall courts were shown footage of Mr Greenway removing the bags from a white Nissan Vanette and emptying them on to land by the side of the road at the site of the disused cul-de-sac.

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFp2kBgDiE4

In mitigation the courts were told that 53 year old Mr Greenaway had removed the debris from his garden to improve access for his elderly relatives and was not doing it on a commercial basis.

On 27 June Mr Greenaway pleaded guilty at Walsall Magistrates Court and was fined £740 for the offence. On top of this he was ordered to pay costs of £ 1,087.71, with a victim surcharge of £74.

Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick, who’s Portfolio includes public protection stated: “These types of activities show a total disregard for the environment and will not be tolerated.

“Fly tipping has a cost to the tax payers and we each have a responsibility to tackle this reprehensible behaviour head on and we will vigorously pursue a prosecution.

“A person witnessing someone dumping waste and wishing to report should record the following details; location of the incident;  day, date, and time; type and quantity of waste; vehicle details including  make and type of vehicle, colour, registration number, noticeable markings and the name or description of the person fly tipping.

“This information can be reported by emailing Clean and Green at cleanandgreen@walsall.gov.uk or you can contact the following telephone number: Walsall Council Contact Centre 01922 653344.”

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Community Question Time for the Bloxwich area – live web chat tonight

WM Police Contact Centre.

North Walsall Area Partnership is offering a live web chat at this evening’s Area Community Meeting so that residents who are unable to attend in person can still ask questions via a live web chat.

The communities of Birchills, Leamore, Blakenall Heath, and Bloxwich are invited to attend the Question Time event where they can meet and directly ask senior managers from Walsall Council, West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police, NHS Walsall and Social Landlord(s) any questions they have about community safety or anti-social behaviour.

The event, which is taking place today (Monday 18 March), will also include a digital section of the meeting to complement the traditional question time event. The live web chat will commence at 7.15pm and will last approximately forty five minutes.

Councillor Zahid Ali, cabinet member for Public Protection  at Walsall Council and Chair of Safer Walsall Partnership, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to discuss with senior partnership officers any community safety concerns or issues.

“The live web chat will enable those who are unable to attend these meetings the opportunity to ask questions and engage with senior managers from the police, local council and our partner agencies.”

Officers in attendance will include Chief Superintendent David Sturman and Walsall Council’s Executive Director Jamie Morris.  Ward councillors will also be present during the event.

Borough Commander David Sturman, said: “Virtual neighbourhood meetings mean that we can conduct live web chats with members of the public literally by the touch of a button.

“There is the potential to reach hundreds of members of the public who traditionally never engage with partners or attend public meetings.”

The web chats are simple to use. Members of the public submit their community safety or anti-social behaviour queries or questions over the internet (using the link below) and the panel will answer as many of them as possible during web chat.

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/walsall/findoutmore/live-chat.asp

Questions may also be viewable live on The Bloxwich Telegraph in a window below:

Masked robbers attack Bloxwich youth – appeal

Hildicks Bridge
Hildicks Bridge

A Bloxwich youth was attacked by three masked robbers as he walked along a canal towpath earlier this month.

The 17-year-old was confronted and threatened by the men near to Hildicks Bridge off Goscote Lane between 8pm and 8.30pm on Monday 7 January.

They demanded he hand over his mobile phone, which he did, and they then ran off towards the road.

Detective Constable Jon Baker, of Walsall CID, said:

“Fortunately the victim was not injured but was left very shaken up following the robbery.

“We want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who saw three masked men in the area on the evening.

“If you have any information which could help our investigation, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please contact us.”

Anyone with information about the robbery should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Salt grit being stolen – Walsall Council appeal

Gritting Lorry (Walsall Council)

Salt from grit bins in Walsall and Bloxwich is being stolen and then offered to residents to clear their driveways, say council transport chiefs. 

As the big freeze continues to hit the borough, residents in north Bloxwich have reported the theft to Walsall Council and the police. 

Residents living in the area have reported seeing young people aged around 18 to 20 stealing grit and then offering to clear icy driveways for a fee. 

Several homes were approached in the Stoney Lane and Ambergate Close areas yesterday, (Monday 21 January 2013). 

But Councillor Tom Ansell, portfolio holder for transport and the environment at Walsall Council Coalition said that grit bins are provided for highways only and appealed for residents to contact West Midlands Police.

“This has happened before and it amazes me that people will use this opportunity to make a few bob. Make no mistake about it. This is theft and people who are caught will be prosecuted.

“We’ve had problems with grit being taken from roadside bins over the past few days. We refilled our grit bins only the other day but it looks as if we’re having to do it again. 

“It costs us £100 a time to refill one bin.

“We have a zero tolerance of theft and are asking people to be vigilant and pass on any information of grit thefts to West Midlands Police.”

Grit bins are installed across the borough at critical points close to hills and sharp bends.

To report incidents of grit theft call West Midlands Police on 101.

Election News: Bloxwich West council by-election and PCC

Election Question

Yesterday’s national poll for new regional Police and Crime Commissioners has been soundly beaten into insignificance locally by the Bloxwich West Ward Walsall Council By-election which was taking place simultaneously.

BLOXWICH WEST COUNCIL BY-ELECTION

Long-suffering Polling Station staff in Bloxwich who were expecting to be bored rigid between 7am – 10pm by the predicted low turnout for the West Midlands crime supremo elections in fact experienced an unexpected frisson of excitement in Bloxwich West as Labour Party supporters came out in their hundreds to give the other parties an electoral bloody nose.

The Walsall Council seat became vacant after popular Councillor Sue Fletcher-Hall stepped down for personal reasons.

And yesterday’s local derby managed to poll almost double the percentage turnout of electorate compared to the national government’s brand-new ‘flagship’ regional election, despite the dark and dismal weather.

The Bloxwich West by-election result was declared at 1.20am this morning (Friday 16 November).

The final results were as follows:

Patricia Lane (Labour) 1,049 votes.

Abigail Pitt (Conservative) 783 votes.

Elizabeth Hazell (UKIP) 195 votes and Lib Dem candidate

Christine Cockayne (Liberal Democrats) 61 votes.

The turnout was 21.17 per cent.

Successful Labour candidate Patricia Lane has therefore duly been elected as councillor for the Bloxwich West ward of Walsall Council.

Further Information

No other information about our new Bloxwich West Councillor is online as yet – so if anyone is able to send us info or email us a scan of Mrs Lane’s election leaflet, we would be very grateful.

Please email to: bloxwichtelegraph@gmail.com

POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONERS ELECTION

The PCC West Midlands Police regional election result, after an historically low national turnout yesterday, has now been announced as follows:

RESULT: Bob Jones (Labour Party) was elected with 117,388 votes after the second preferences votes were added.

For more information about Mr Jones, follow this lnk.

TURNOUT: 12.31%

Police granted dispersal order in Blakenall Heath and Leamore

Blakenall Dispersal Order Map courtesy West Midlands Police.

Officers from the Blakenall neighbourhood policing team have been granted a dispersal order to help tackle anti-social behaviour in and around the area of Blakenall Heath and Leamore indicated on the map shown above.

The order gives officers the power to move groups of two or more people suspected of causing anti-social behaviour from within the strictly defined area.

Officers also have the power to return anybody under the age of 16 to their home address between the hours of 9pm and 6am.

The order, which has been granted in partnership with Walsall Council, will run for five months from Friday 9 November 2012 until Monday 8 April 2013.

Police applied for the dispersal order after receiving complaints from residents concerning anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Officers hope to make the area a better to live by significantly reducing ASB during the coming months and will be patrolling the area to ensure the order is obeyed.

Sergeant Jim Nixon, responsible for policing in Blakenall Heath, said:

“My officers will be paying particular attention to hotspot locations identified by the community within the dispersal area and we will be looking to take further action against those who are repeatedly found to be flouting the order.

“We are committed to reducing anti-social behaviour and hope that this will make a real difference to local people, their neighbours and the wider community.”

Anybody with concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area should contact their local neighbourhood team on 101.

Shocking Bloxwich tree vandalism mystery solved

Sergeant Hannah Davies (inset) and tree damage

The mystery of the terrible vandalism done to trees in the Bloxwich Promenade Gardens off High Street has been solved, thanks to information received from public-spirited local people via Cllr Kath Philips, Cllr Julie Fitzpatrick, The Bloxwich Telegraph and others, and the perpetrator has been promptly identified and located by Bloxwich police.

The fear of possible dog-fighting activity has also, thankfully, now been laid to rest.

Bloxwich East Neighbourhood team leader Sergeant Hannah Davies (photo inset above), speaking to The Bloxwich Telegraph, said:

“A local male has been identified as responsible for the damage by encouraging his dog to scratch at the trees while he was sitting in the park.

“The dog isn’t a fighting dog and doesn’t pose any more danger to the public than any other dog, his actions were merely done for amusement but have unfortunately resulted in devastating damage to several trees.  The damage caused has no link to dog fighting at all.

“The male in question will be arrested and dealt with at the earliest opportunity. No further damage to the trees has been done since this male has been identified and spoken to briefly by officers.

“The Council have been liaised with and have provided funding so the trees can be surrounded by bamboo to protect them.  Cllr Fitzpatrick, Cllr Phillips and Nikki Rolls have been updated.”

These mindless acts of vandalism were kindly brought to the attention of The Bloxwich Telegraph by local Councillor Kath Philips – see our original story via this link.

Nikki Rolls of Walsall Council has invited anyone willing to volunteer to help with the work of protecting the trees to join her at the Bloxwich Fountain in Promenade Gardens on Thursday at 10.30am – see today’s earlier story via this link.

Bloxwich East Neighbourhood Police’s website can be found via this link.

Conman preying on young women hunted by police: appeal

Police Line

Police are hunting a man who failed to appear before the courts for crimes committed in the Black Country.

Alex McEvoy, 26, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Walsall Magistrates Court last month to a theft which took place at an address on Mill Lane in Wednesfield.

Back in October last year, McEvoy stole cash and gold chains from a 24-year-old woman who he had befriended over a period of time. The chains, which were pawned, had belonged to the woman’s dead grandmother.

Having admitted the offence, he was released by the courts on bail pending sentencing.

LITTLE BLOXWICH OFFENCE

While on court bail, a similar offence took place in which a 23-year-old woman from Stoney Lane, Little Bloxwich befriended McEvoy and had her kindness re-paid by having her debit card stolen and a substantial quantity of cash stolen.

McEvoy was named as the offender but failed to appear before Walsall Magistrates Court on 8 August to face charges. In his absence, magistrate’s found him guilty and issued a warrant for his immediate arrest.

Despite the best efforts of local officers, Alex McEvoy who has connections across the West Midlands and Staffordshire, has so far evaded officers.

APPEAL

Detective Constable Jo Myatt-Jones, from Walsall police station, said:

“We are appealing to anyone who knows the whereabouts of Alex McEvoy to contact us.

“The courts have found that man chooses his victims based on their vulnerability and ingratiates himself with them and their family. He becomes involved in their lives, gaining their trust and then uses this to his advantage by betraying them and stealing from them.

“He has used many guises to meet women including pretending to be a security guard.

“We have released his picture in a bid to trace him and to try to prevent him committing any further offences. He may be operating under an alias and we are urging anyone who may recognise him or can tell us where he is to get in touch.”

Anyone with information which may aid DC Myatt-Jones should call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Appeal for vigilance against shock tree vandalism in Bloxwich

Cllr Kath Philips examines a vandalised tree.
Cllr Kath Philips examines a vandalised tree.

Bloxwich residents have been appalled by a shocking and vicious campaign of vandalism against trees in the village centre which may have dog-fighting links.

The Promenade Gardens, off High Street, have been a haven from the hustle and bustle since Victorian timed, and home to the historic Bloxwich Fountain since 1928.

The leafy Bloxwich Promenade Gardens.
The leafy Bloxwich Promenade Gardens.

Now, sadly, savage devastation has been wreaked on mature trees in the popular ‘little park’, and locals are so concerned that Bloxwich East Councillor Kath Phillips has stepped in and contacted The Bloxwich Telegraph this week to raise awareness of the situation and encourage passers-by, school children, parents and teachers, drivers and busmen to keep their eyes peeled for the vandal or vandals responsible.

Several other trees have also been attacked.
Several other trees have also been attacked.

Speaking to The Bloxwich Telegraph Cllr Philips said:

“I am greatly upset by seeing this damage, as those who know me well know how much I love trees. These trees have been here all my lifetime.

“We need to all be vigilant and call the police if we witness anything going on. I just want the culprit caught”.

Cllr Philips also commented that she believed the damage may have links with dog-fighting, as similar damage had occurred in connection with the vicious and illegal so-called ‘sport’ in Sandwell, with dogs being trained to bite at trees and play equipment such as swing seats.

The most badly damaged tree is covered with apparent bite-marks.
The most badly damaged tree is covered with apparent bite-marks.

She has also approached Walsall Council staff to see what might be done to save the trees, but the damage to at least one is so severe that she fears it may be lost, and insects are already clearly visible adding to the damage done so far.

Insects have already begun to attack the exposed tree.
Insects have already begun to attack the exposed tree.

Bloxwich Police and the headteacher of the nearby Bloxwich CE Primary School, which is located across the road from the Promenade Gardens, have also been approached by Cllr Philips to ask for vigilance.

Mr Martyn Blunt, headteacher of the historic school known affectionately to generations of Bloxwich people as ‘The National’, commented to The Bloxwich Telegraph:

“The children and staff of Bloxwich C.E Primary School enjoy the pleasure of looking over to the Promenade Gardens on a daily basis at break times and lunch time, when the children play on the front playground.

“Over the years we have seen the gardens develop into a very
beautiful setting, particularly enjoying this summer watching the flower beds display the Queen’s Jubilee commemoration.

“We were saddened to come back to school after the summer, to see how some of the trees had been stripped of their bark and been damaged. We have decided to keep an eye on the gardens from our playground.”

There have since been reports of a man with a dog in the Promenade Gardens around 7.45 – 8am on Thursday, though apparently no criminal activity was seen on this occasion and the man may be unconnected with the incident.

The Bloxwich Telegraph has now joined the campaign against this vicious attack on our historic gardens, and we are asking all our readers and their friends and families to keep their eyes peeled for any suspicious persons, especially with a dog or dogs, in the Promenade Gardens, and if they see anything suspicious, to report this to the police.

It is important, however, that the vandal(s), whomever they may be, should not be approached by members of the public, as either they or their dog(s) may be dangerous.

Bloxwich Police can be contacted by telephone on 101, or in emergencies only on 999.

Anyone wary of speaking to the police direct can also report criminal activity anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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.