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Walsall Council and West Midlands Police have taken part in a spot check operation to ensure taxis and hackney carriages in the borough are safe and compliant with licensing conditions.

54 licensed vehicles were stopped during the exercise and seven vehicles were found to be driving on tyres that were bald or borderline. A range of other compliance issues were discovered including faulty lights and missing first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

26 drivers were found not to be wearing their badge.

The pantomime season may be coming to a close in town, but whatever you’ve got planned over the festive season don’t forget to “look behind you”, and in front, so you can perfectly time your theatrical entrance to the Forest Arts Centre.

The Walsall Council managed Centre has something for everyone this season.  You can choose critically acclaimed touring theatre shows, new cinema releases, top comedy artists and performers - or show off yourself, by staging your own production in one of our arenas, or rooms for hire.  The Centre is well established with local youth & adult theatre companies, music groups, amateur dramatic companies and orchestras – who all use it as a community resource.  It has wider performance appeal too, with popular crowd pullers and comedians like Lee Nelson and Jenny Eclair staging sell out shows.


Walsall comes together to unite against hatred

Friday 15 July 2016 at 6.30pm

The Crossing, St Paul's Church, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DA


In a powerful display of unity between people of different backgrounds, faiths, political beliefs and ages, Innovate Walsall will be holding a memorial dinner to mark Srebrenica Memorial Week.

On Sunday 9 July Walsall Trading Standards officers took the lead in ‘Big Ben’ - a planned operation as part of an ongoing and co-ordinated campaign to rid Bescot Market of counterfeit items. They were joined by the Chair of the National Markets Group, brand representatives and West Midlands Police officers.

Brand representatives went into the market in the morning to scout out the level of unlawful activity on site and identified ten stalls that really stood out as warranting closer inspection.

In a scene reminiscent of Del-boy scarpering with his suitcase, most of the traders fled as the team approached the stalls and left their goods on site. The police made two arrests and stopped one vehicle from leaving the site – it was found to be full of counterfeit goods which were seized.

Defiant managers at a taxi firm which sparked a price war in Walsall have told vandals “you won’t stop us” following the latest attack on one of their vehicles.

Bosses at Go Carz said vehicles had been targeted numerous times over the past year, costing them thousands of pounds in repairs.

Go Carz has expanded rapidly in Walsall and managers have vowed to beat the prices of all other taxi firms in the area.

The latest incident happened in Regal Drive in Walsall on Monday (December 21), when a van had its windows smashed.