Appeal To Find Missing Sedgley Man Lee Whickett

Missing Sedgley man Lee Whickett has been missing from his Woodsetton home since Monday, August 20.

Dudley Police have today issued an appeal to help find the whereabouts of Sedgley man, Lee Whickett, who went missing from his Woodsetton home on Monday, August 20.

The 27-year-old was last seen on George Road and, despite police inquiries, has not yet been traced.

Lee is described as white, around 5ft 4ins tall and of slim build with shaved dark brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a dark blue flat cap, a grey hooded top with green writing, blue jeans and black trainers.

Inspector Simon Bradbury, from Brierley Hill police station, said: “We know that Lee has had a difficult time of late because of personal issues and his family are extremely concerned about him.

“They just want to know he’s safe and are urging him to contact police or return home. “There are some suggestions that Lee may have gone to Dudley town on Monday and so I would ask people who were in the area to think back about whether they may have seen someone matching this description.”

Anyone with information about Lee’s whereabouts should call Dudley Police on 101.

Appeal for Witnesses After Robbery at Sedgley Petrol Station

The Total Garage on Sedgley Road, Woodsetton

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a busy Sedgley petrol station yesterday morning, Monday February 20.

Two men, travelling on a scrambler motorbike, pulled up at the Total garage on Sedgley Road, Woodsetton at around 9.30am and demanded a cash box from the cash in transit delivery driver.

They tried to force open the door of the van and caused an injury to the staff member’s foot as he tried to secure the vehicle.

The offender then smashed the side window of the van with a hammer before grabbing hold of the cash box. The robbers then left the scene on the motorbike.

They headed away from the scene, along Bramford Drive.

Determined

Detective sergeant Mick Greenland, from Force CID, said: “This was a determined and nasty attack on the cash delivery driver as he made his morning call at the Total Garage.

“Sedgley Road is usually fairly busy with commuters and school traffic and we are sure people will have been in the area and seen these men either arriving at the petrol station before the robbery, or making their getaway. Some witnesses have described seeing red smoke coming from the cash box as the offenders drove off.

“We urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to us at their earliest convenience.”

Both offenders were described as white men, wearing balaclavas and dark clothing. They escaped on a black scrambler motorbike.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Force CID at Smethwick police station on 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

FixMyStreet is cleaning up for communities

Potholes in roads can be resolved by reporting the issue to new website FixMyStreet

Reporting common street problems used to be a long-winded affair involving  numerous calls to different local council departments before speaking to the right person.

Now, however, Sedgley residents can join the millions of people nationwide who have used new website, FixMyStreet, to get neighbourhood issues resolved rapidly.

Users of the site simply enter their postcode to report a problem such as graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs or faulty street lighting, using the website’s map to locate the area precisely. The website then contacts the council on their behalf, ensuring the reported problem gets straight through to the relevant department.

Results

Results are staggering. In the past week, there have been 1,121 reports submitted nationally, with 1,995 issues resolved in the past month and 166,090 updates on reports.

In Sedgley, recently reported and resolved issues have included a large number of holes on the corner of Gospel End Road and Sandyfields Road, a broken handrail in Hall Lane, Woodsetton, graffiti in Woodcross Street and the removal of a dead hedgehog in Dovedale Road.

Sean Meehan, a keen cyclist who reported the dangerous potholes in Gospel End Road, says in his update on the site: “The potholes have had a temporary fix with some patch repairs. I was impressed how quickly after I submitted the report to FixMyStreet the holes were filled. I doubt that the response would have been so rapid if I’d contacted the council myself. Very well done.”

FixMyStreet works on a simple premise – it puts people’s reports on the website as well as sending it to the relevant council. This simple action has a number of valuable side-effects – it increases council accountability, helps prevent the same problem being reported multiple times, allows users to see how many issues have been reported in their local community and allows councils to show how many of them it has fixed.

The website also has a range of useful free resources, such as posters and flyers, to help local residents spread the word about this invaluable service.

Its current campaign, Fix Before the Freeze, aims to get problems such as potholes and broken pavements, resolved before the predicted harsh winter makes them even worse.

Visit the website today to see how local street issues can be solved swiftly with FixMyStreet.