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Assault suspects arrested as Caldmore feud continues

By Jordan Reynolds | Walsall | Crime | Published:

Two men have been arrested after another attack believed to be part of an ongoing feud in Walsall.

An aerial view showing the Caldmore area of Walsall. Photo: Google

The suspects were detained on suspicion of assault after what was thought to be the latest of several violent incidents involving two rival groups in Caldmore.

Officers were called to reports of an assault in the area yesterday afternoon and two men, aged 19 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of assault and are currently in custody.

The victim was not seriously injured and officers are not certain where the attack happened, West Midlands Police said.

It comes after several 999 calls were made at around 5.45pm January 9 reporting trouble in Caldmore Green.

A car and takeaway restaurant were damaged but no injuries were reported.

Officers stopped a car nearby and arrested two men, aged 19 and 22, on suspicion of possessing offensive weapons, who have since been released pending further investigation.

The arrests came after baseball bats and crowbars were recovered from the vehicle.

And three people suffered minor injuries from broken glass after shots were fired into a takeaway on December 20.

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Police have now said all incidents are linked to a fall-out between two groups and have set up an operation to tackle the issue.

A spokesman for Walsall Police said: "We’re aware of a number of incidents of disorder, violence and tension within the community in Caldmore over recent months.

"We received a call yesterday afternoon about an assault which we are investigating. Two men, aged 19 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and are currently in custody.

"We know many of these issues were sparked by a fall-out between two groups and believe the incident yesterday may be linked to the broader issues.

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"Violence on our streets won’t be tolerated. We have a dedicated operation looking into this series of incidents, to better understand what is going on and find those responsible and bring them to justice.

"The issues in Caldmore are a priority for us. We have neighbourhood patrols there on a daily basis, while response and armed police are also regularly in the area.

"Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that could help enquiries, is asked to call us on 101 or get in touch via Live Chat at WMP Online between 8am and midnight. Alternatively, you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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