Update 11pm Monday 13 March: Following a machete attack on Pool Street on 13.3.23 an emergency Section 60 powers have been put in place until 7am tomorrow morning (14 March).
This gives police the ability to stop and search people within the inner ring road without the need for the usual grounds, when we feel there is a risk of violence, to help keep the town safe.
police understand the concerns around recent knife crime in Walsall town centre, and neighbourhood officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the coming days to offer reassurance.
A man has been taken to hospital after being attacked with a machete in Walsall this evening.
The attack happened in Pool Street just before 8pm. The man, in his 20s, suffered slash wounds and is currently being treated for his injuries, which are not thought to be life-changing.
It’s understood he was assaulted by a group of men who made off from the scene. A cordon was in place for forensic examinations to be conducted.
We are trawling CCTV footage to establish what happened and identify the offenders and potential vehicles involved.
There will be an increased police presence in the area as we understand how concerning the recent incidents of violence in Walsall have been for local communities.