Allen of Hughes Avenue, Birches Barn, Wolverhampton (middle
row centre) in an archive picture in his days in the Signals regiment
5. Wolverhampton detectives were caught up in a scam following
a sudden boom in the value of greyhounds as dog racing took off
across the country in a big way.
the public were being conned over the rising value of the greyhounds
and the town's CID put out a nationwide alert in a bid to track
down a trickster who quite literally sold a pup to a not very streetwise
The local CID
circulated a warning statement about the conman throughout the country
after letters and telegrams were received at a house in the town
which the man being sought collected.
He used the
address for correspondence from other parts of the country after
saying he was a representative of a Sunday newspaper supervising
The man suddenly
disappeared but shortly afterwards a note was pushed through the
letterbox of the house stating: "Have sold the pup - coming on Saturday."
arrived at the house relating to a newspaper advertisement which
offered a greyhound for sale.
Some of the
letters enclosed crossed cheques.
Later a man
named in the advertisement bought clothing to the value of £4 19s,
offering a cheque for £6.
He told the
outfitters concerned that he had sold a greyhound puppy to the person
who sent him the cheque.
of Dudley with a 1928 Jowett Long Four Tourer, pictured at a
historic vehicle show in Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich.
away from storm smash:
and chimneys crashed into rooms and lamp- posts were demolished
as thunder and 80mph gales lashed the West Midlands in February
bringing stories of miraculous escapes by residents as they scrambled
out of their damaged homes uninjured after debris crashed into bedrooms.
man was reported to have died in the storm in Birmingham.
The most remarkable
escape was in Wolverhampton when a large Wolseley car was caught
in a gust of wind by a railway bridge at Monmore Green, and swerved
into a lamp-post, demolishing it.
A front wheel
of the car was wrenched off and the windscreen and windows were
smashed to fragments as the vehicle overturned.
The driver walked
away from the crash suffering nothing more serious than cuts to
his nose, ears and hands. After medical attention he went off with
But in all parts
of the town the gale force wind had taken its toll. Chimneys, coping
stones, slates and tiles clattered to the ground and roofs were
badly damaged by falling brickwork
cure on the menu at new centre: Public
interest was aroused when a new health centre opened in Birmingham
in February claiming "amazing healing miracles" for people suffering
from a wide range of disorders including head noises, paralysis
hair-loss and gout.
Sun Ray Centre in Livery Street, claimed a constant stream of pilgrims
had been flowing from all parts of the Midlands to "this Mecca of
The centre alleged
that "rheumatic cripples, had come by the hundred, hobbling on stick
and crutches." There were also those who suffered from "head noises"
as well as "nerve wrecks" by the score.
After only a
week or two the rheumatic sufferers had "cast aside their sticks
or crutches for ever. The deaf have been enabled to dispense with
their hearing appliances."
was also able to have letters published in the newspaper from former
sufferers praising their treatment.