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Thousands of bricks from The Crooked House are securely locked away in symbolic padlocking ceremony

Tens of thousands of bricks from the demolished remnants of The Crooked House were locked away in metal storage containers in a special 'padlocking ceremony' today.

The locks go on

More than 25,000 bricks have been salvaged, cleaned and stored on pallets at the site in Himley since last week, as campaigners have continued to call for 'Britain's wonkiest pub' to be rebuilt.

On Saturday, scores of people attended a 'ceremony of the locks', which saw the contractors and campaigners place a lock on the containers storing the original bricks of the building to secure them from theft.

Dudley North MP Marco Longhi also made a speech, thanking campaigners for their support together with contractors Putnam Construction Services for the work carried out.

He also announced his intention to meet with police on Monday.

MP Marco Longhi, left

He said: "I have my own personal relationship with the Crooked House as it was. I know that each and every one of you have your own special memories, that's why it means so much from a personal level.

"But for me, as a representative, I'm also thinking about our heritage.

Hayley Johns singing

"The Crooked House was so much more than a pint of beer, wasn't it? It's about our history, it's about what the Black Country did for the rest of the nation during the industrial revolution.

"This is about us, this is about our past, this is about heritage.