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Editorial statement
The YamYam reinvented

Mark Blackstock 18 Mar 11

When I stopped producing daily editions of the YamYam at the end of February I promised that the site would not disappear completely – so welcome to the new YamYam…

The YamYam: reasons to be cheerful

Mark Blackstock 18 Feb 11

Following my announcement that the YamYam will cease producing daily editions at the end of this month I would like to thank you for all your comments both on this site, on Twitter, on Facebook and your private messages of support which have given me reasons to be cheerful…

The YamYam’s gooin’ away…

Mark Blackstock 16 Feb 11

The last edition of the YamYam will be published on 28 February 2011…

Walsall brothers to do battle in the ring

15 Feb 11

Pro Wrestling’s “Wrestle-Slam” tour makes its first 2011 stop off in Walsall on Friday 25th February. The high octane, drop kicking show will have a special twist on it for Walsall grapple fans…

Fresh attempt to kick-start stalled £18m regeneration scheme in Darlaston

5 Feb 11

A bid for £5.88 million from the Government’s new Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has been submitted to help develop the former IMI copper works in Darlaston – believed to be one of the most contaminated sites in Europe…

Distraction burglars target elderly in Pelsall

29 Jan 11

Police are investigating three reports of distraction burglary in Pelsall on Friday targeting elderly people in their homes…

Lorry crane and cement mixer stolen from Aldridge and Bloxwich yards

18 Jan 11

Walsall police are appealing for information after thieves struck twice over the weekend at business compounds in Leamore and Aldridge…

Coalpool ‘brothel’ arrest

17 Jan 11

Police in Walsall have carried out a warrant at an address in Coalpool and arrested and bailed a man on suspicion of managing a brothel…

Spate of mobile phone thefts across Walsall

14 Jan 11

Police in Walsall are warning youngsters to protect their property after six mobile phone thefts and robberies were reported across the borough on Wednesday; in Walsall town centre, Willenhall, Darlaston and Bentley…

Chuckery ‘Village Green’ status is a first for Walsall

12 Jan 11

Walsall has its first village green

Delighted residents in Chuckery are celebrating the decision by Walsall Council Planning Committee to grant a popular green space official village green status…

Man robbed at knifepoint in Bentley

11 Jan 11

Walsall police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed at knifepoint in the early hours of Monday morning…

70 cannabis plants found in Darlaston

10 Jan 11

Walsall Police recovered a number of cannabis plants in a raid at a property in Dangerfield Lane, Darlaston on Friday 7 January…

Armed robbery at Palfrey bookmakers

10 Jan 11

Police in Walsall are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at Ladbrookes Bookmakers, Weston Street, Palfrey around 4pm on Sunday…

Elderly woman targeted in Pheasey distraction burglary

4 Jan 11

Walsall police are appealing for witnesses after tricksters conned their way into the home of an elderly woman and stole cash from her purse…

Two arrests in Streetly car robbery attempt

4 Jan 11

Walsall police have arrested two youths on suspicion of robbery following an incident in Streetly on Monday, involving the attempted theft of a car on a driveway…

Chuckery Village Green decision due

4 Jan 11

Walsall Council Planning Committee meet on Thursday January 6 to decide the fate of a popular community green space near to Walsall town centre. Local residents have applied for village green status for the land on the corner of Walhouse Road and Charlotte Street in Chuckery…

News review
Top hitting Walsall news stories in 2010

31 Dec 10

More than 40,000 readers visited the YamYam some 160,000 times to read 750,000 pages in 2010. Thank you YamYam readers…

Top hitting Walsall blog entries for 2010

31 Dec 10

When the YamYam first started nearly two years ago there were fewer than a dozen Walsall bloggers on the scene. Now there are more than 40 individuals regularly having their say on all aspects of life in Walsall and extending debates through their own blogs, in the YamYam and on Twitter and Facebook – where there are many other micro bloggers to be found…

Arthur Aldridge : Walsall’s singing saddle maker

28 Dec 10

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Bristol Rovers v Walsall clash off

24 Dec 10

The Saddlers’ Boxing Day League One encounter at Bristol Rovers has been postponed due to a frozen pitch…

More snow on its way

22 Dec 10

Many parts of the Midlands experienced heavy snowfall overnight – with more snow likely today. Parts of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire were worst hit…

Police seek dog in Park Hall attack

6 Dec 10

Police in Walsall are appealing for residents in the Park Hall area to come forward with information to help identify a dog, which attacked a man as he walked with his own pet dog recently…

Press Release
Walsall Council press release on budget cuts

Walsall Council 18 Nov 10

Council bosses in Walsall have launched a major consultation on draft budget proposals that earmark £16.6 million savings in 2011/12.

First medal success for Walsall gymnastics club

Jayne Howarth 15 Nov 10

Walsall Gymnastics Club is celebrating its first medal win in a regional competition – just 15 months after it opened its doors…

Rushall-Shelfield decides

Adam Lumley 11 Nov 10

The ruling Conservative group on Walsall Council face another difficult test in the Rushall-Shelfield by election on Thursday. Normally the ward is considered as a safe Tory seat but events both nationally and locally have made the outcome of the election far from certain…

Demolition “only solution” for Walsall church

Adam Lumley 31 Oct 10

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Right Honourable Eric Pickles MP, has told Walsall Council that it is not necessary for him to become involved in an application to bulldoze the former Mellish Road Methodist Church…

Masked raiders hunted after Streetly pub robbery

18 Oct 10

Police in Walsall are appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery which took place at a pub in Aldridge…

LibDems abandon Rushall-Shelfield

Adam Lumley 20 Oct 10

Voters in the Rushall-Shelfield ward go to the polls on Thursday 11 November in a Walsall Council by election resulting from the sad death of Albert Griffiths. The popular councillor died aged 73 following a short illness last August…

Annie Shepperd still in the money

10 Sep 10

Walsall Council’s former Chief Executive, Annie Shepperd, who moved to Southwark Council in 2006, is ranked the sixteenth highest-paid chief executive when compared to her thirty colleagues in the rest of the capital…

Goldie’s son gets 21 years for murder

7 Sep 10

The son of Walsall dance music star Goldie has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for the murder of Marlon Morris in Wolverhampton city centre in August 2008…

Chuckery residents view plans for Village Green

12 Aug 10

Chuckery residents have been taking a look at plans for improvements to a well used recreation facility at the heart of their community. The Friends of Chuckery Corner Green are campaigning to have the popular green space on the corner of Charlotte Street and Walhouse Road recognised as an official village green in order to secure grant funding for the refurbishment…

Man charged with Rushall murder

8 Aug 10

A 32 year old man from Walsall has been charged with murder and burglary…

Police probe as Rushall woman dies

7 Aug 10

Police in Walsall are investigating the death of a woman in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 7 August) in the Rushall area…

Bryntysilio and Willenhall closures scrutinised

9 Jul 10

There is a meeting tonight (Friday) at 6pm at Walsall Council House to look at the decisions to close Willenhall Leisure Centre and Bryntysilio Outdoor Education Centre in Wales…

Police crack down on Walsall kerb crawling

28 Jun 10

Potential kerb crawlers who come to Walsall are being warned they face having their vehicles seized by police as part of an ongoing operation to crack down on the problem…

Anger at Walsall Arboretum vandal attack

26 Jun 10

An appeal for information has been launched today after vandals caused £8,000 worth of damage to trees in Walsall’s landmark Arboretum on Friday evening…

Police appeal following Delves road accident

18 Jun 10

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision in Walsall in which a motorist sustained serious injuries…

Witness plea after Palfrey stabbing

15 Jun 10

Police in Walsall are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information following a stabbing incident in Palfrey on Sunday…

Council targets St Matthews for cuts

Adam Lumley 10 Jun 10

Residents in Caldmore, Chuckery, Butts, Highgate and the town centre will be the first to experience the next round of cuts to local authority services. Announcing a “working smarter” project, Council Leader Mike Bird said: “This could revolutionise how we do things”…

Countdown to Caldmore carnival

Adam Lumley 24 May 10

Community groups in Caldmore are making the final preparations for the Caldmore village festival which will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend. The aim of the three-day festival is to demonstrate and celebrate local talent in a series of local cultural events. The weekend kicks off on Saturday at 9pm…

Palfrey councillor in court on vote fraud charges

21 May 10

Conservative councillor Mohammed Munir has appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court facing charges concerning electoral fraud along with his son, Ali Hayder Munir. The allegations relate to postal or proxy vote applications in the run-up to the 2008 local elections…

Walsall Gala Baths partly closed for upgrade

12 May 10

Walsall Council has announced that the town centre Brine Pool will close on Monday May 17. The three week closure is to allow work on a £300,000 electrical rewiring scheme…

Walsall Council re-elects leader

Adam Lumley 12 May 10

The ruling Conservative group on Walsall Council has re-elected Councillor Mike Bird as Leader of the council. Fellow Pheasey Park councillor Adrian Andrew has also been re-elected as Deputy Leader. Both councillors were elected unopposed…

Status quo in Walsall

Adam Lumley 7 May 10

With national politics paralysed with uncertainty as to who will lead the next government, the political map in Walsall remains almost unchanged with only two council seats changing hands…

Walsall local election votes to be counted on Friday

Adam Lumley 6 May 10

As voting takes place in the three Walsall parliamentary constituencies and the 20 council wards in the local elections, details of the count have only recently been revealed. Votes cast in the Westminster battle will be counted as soon as polls close at 10pm and announced in the early hours of Friday morning. The votes in the council elections will not be counted until 3pm on Friday afternoon…

Are safe seats in Walsall really that safe?

Adam Lumley 5 May 10

As the hours tick down to the opening of polling stations at 7am on Thursday, the outcome of the general election is far from certain and we may well see the first minority government since that of Harold Wilson in 1974. In Walsall, however, the political balance seems more predictable. Nationally, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats attempt to rally voters with rallying cries calling for change. In Walsall, some council tax payers might just heed that call…

Blakenall ward

6 May 10

TheYamYam guide to local candidates standing in this ward on 6 May…

Paddock ward

6 May 10

TheYamYam guide to local candidates standing in this ward on 6 May…

Darlaston South ward

6 May 10

TheYamYam guide to local candidates standing in this ward on 6 May…

Brownhills ward

6 May 10

TheYamYam guide to local candidates standing in this ward on 6 May…

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