Walsall road to remain closed overnight as police helicopter called in after 'incident'

A road in the Black Country will remain closed overnight following a police incident. Walker Road in Bloxwich, Walsall, was a hub of activity this evening with crowds gathered as a police investigation was underway.

Officials have not disclosed the nature of the incident, but West Midlands Police urged drivers to avoid the area in a statement shared just before 6pm. They said: "We are currently dealing with an incident in Well Lane, Walsall.

"A cordon is in place and drivers are advised to avoid the area." Buses were diverted away from the scene and will remain so tomorrow (Tuesday, July 9), a spokesperson for National Express West Midlands has said.

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They shared on X: "Diversion 9th July 2024 Walker Road will be closed due to an ongoing police incident. 29 to Bloxwich/Blakenall Harden Road, Bloxwich Road, Blakenall Lane, Blakenall Heath, normal line of route. 29 to Walsall Ingram Road, Blakenall Lane, reverse of above."

A helicopter has been seen buzzing above the area this evening as at least a dozen police vehicles were on the ground. Blue tarpaulin was spotted within the cordon and forensic personnel were at the scene.

Police have not yet shared an official statement on the nature of the incident. We will bring this information to you as soon as we have it.