Two men seriously injured after collision on The Radleys


A motorcyclist and pillion passenger received emergency treatment after a collision involving a car and a motorcycle on The Radleys in Sheldon shortly after 3.30pm (Friday 11th August). Emergency services attended the scene including ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board. A West Midlands Ambulance Service…

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Chelmsley Wood dad committed suicide 2 hours after mental health assessment


Heartbroken relatives claim a much-loved dad committed suicide just two hours after a mental health crisis team refused to admit him to a treatment centre. Marlon Demaine, 50, and his family had allegedly begged staff at Newington Centre in Marston Green to admit him over fears he would take his life. The bi-polar sufferer had…

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Elderly man taken to QE Hospital for specialist care after collision in car park


An elderly man who crashed his vehicle into a concrete pillar as he exited the M&S car park in Solihull has been taken to hospital for specialist care. The incident happened at the multi-storey car park in Poplar Road at about 12.15pm today (Thursday 10th August). Emergency services attended the scene including a rapid response…

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Youngsters from Chernobyl Children’s Project visit Solihull


Young people from the Chernobyl Children’s Project have been welcomed to the borough by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis. The twelve youngsters are from areas in Belarus which were badly affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. They are in remission from various forms of cancer and have attended the main children’s…

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Police name man as suspect wanted in connection with fatal Kingshurst stabbing


Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Callum Lees in Kingshurst have named a man they would like to speak to over the killing − James Atherley. It’s understood Callum was stabbed in the neck following a dispute at a house party in Hopwas Grove on Sunday morning (6th August). He was found collapsed in nearby…

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Solihull businessman found to have over 800 indecent images of children on his laptop spared immediate jail sentence


A Solihull businessman was found to have over 800 indecent images of children on his laptop whilst staying at a hotel, a court heard. Richard Szpala, 44, was caught looking at child pornography – including the most serious A and B categories – when police swooped on the hotel, Birmingham Crown Court was told. But…

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New speed cameras catch more than 23,000 motorists in one year


Eight speed cameras have caught 23,334 motorists since being switched on across Birmingham and Solihull just 12 months ago. The new figures show the cameras – which cost more than £1 million to install – are flashing an average of 64 speeders every day. One camera, on Bristol Road, caught more than 6,000 motorists whilst…

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Man dies after being hit by train at Marston Green Station


A man has been hit and killed by a train at Marston Green Station. British Transport Police (BTP) said it was called at 16:59 on Tuesday to reports of a person being struck by a train. Paramedics attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Services have been cancelled and delayed, with travellers…

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Bank robbers drive Mercedes into Halifax branch on Stratford Road in bid to steal cash machines


Police are hunting masked raiders who rammed a Mercedes sports car into the front of a bank in an attempt to rob its cash machines. Four men used three vehicles in the smash-and-grab at the Halifax Bank on Stratford Road in Shirley, shortly after 1.30am today. The gang, who were carrying metal bars, fled empty…

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Three men arrested on suspicion of murder over Kingshurst stabbing


Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a man in Kingshurst have arrested three men on suspicion of murder. Two men aged 20 and an 18-year-old man was arrested in East Birmingham yesterday. A 21-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries. Local man Callum Lees, was…

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