Thieves are preying on lone women drivers in Solihull with this new trick

People are being warned to be vigilant after details of a new trick by heartless thieves have been revealed. The new scam involves con artists knocking on car windows of women drivers and asking for directions then stealing their handbags from the passenger seat once the window is wound down. “I wanted to warn your…

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Appeal following two car collision in Shirley

Police are currently investigating following a two-car collision on Yardley Wood Road, Shirley just before 10am this morning (14 February). A man in his 70s was taken to hospital with serious injuries where he remains in a stable condition. A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and…

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Teenagers charged with violent house raid series

West Midlands Police has charged two teenagers with a series of violent home raids in which homeowners were threatened with machetes and hammers. Officers arrested 18-year-old Dylan Harrison and a 16-year-old male when they swooped on an address in the Stratford-upon-Avon area on Monday morning (11 February). And last night the pair were jointly charged…

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Solihull Council seizes vehicle suspected of being involved in fly-tipping

Solihull Council has seized a white Ford Transit van which is suspected of being involved in fly-tipping on Ravenshaw Lane in Solihull. A SMBC spokesperson said: “The vehicle (pictured) was seized on Monday 11 February under section 34B of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. “Anyone wishing to claim the vehicle must come forward by Monday…

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Tax on tampons condemned at Solihull meeting

A decision not to debate a motion on period poverty at Solihull Council has been roundly criticised by opposition councillors. The Green Party had hoped for a vote to be held on a number of measures they had put forward to this week’s Full Council meeting, arguing these could help end “the silence and stigma”…

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Warning to aggressive beggars in Solihull

“Aggressive beggars” – whose tactics are said to be putting off some people from visiting Solihull town centre – will not be tolerated, a senior councillor has said. Concerns have been raised about an increasing number of people “taking advantage” of the public’s good nature by pretending to be homeless and trying to intimidate shoppers…

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Solihull Mayor unveils historic funeral home’s new look

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Flo Nash, and her Consort Mr Alan Nash unveiled a commemorative plaque at the newly refurbished Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in Shirley – which has been serving the community for 150 years. Funeral Director Victoria Fallon and her team were joined by Reverend Paul Day, who formally…

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Local MP welcomes action on unauthorised traveller sites

Solihull MP Julian Knight says he has strongly supported new measures announced by the Home Secretary to help local authorities crack down on unauthorised traveller encampments. Proposals published last week by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government would make it significantly easier for the authorities to intervene against unauthorised sites, and give councils…

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Fears criminal gangs are exploiting expelled students

A summit on “the serious problem” of school exclusions is set to take place, amid fears that those kicked out are at risk of being exploited by criminal gangs. West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said that the issue needed to be addressed, after figures revealed that there were more than 700 permanent…

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Plan for indoor children’s play area in Chelmsley Wood to be made out of shipping containers

A children’s play area in Chelmsley Wood – which had been facing a fight to survive just a couple of years ago – has outlined plans to boost visitor numbers during the winter months. Meriden Adventure Playground has applied for planning permission to create a “much-needed” indoor venue. An application submitted to Solihull Council seeks…

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