Car key burglars terrorised victims in their homes and then posed with stolen cars on Instagram

A gang of car key burglars terrorised people in their homes across Birmingham and Solihull before stealing their expensive cars. One victim had a meat cleaver held to his throat while a family was chased out of their home and down the street by the weapon wielding intruders. In another incident, a previously fit and…

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‘Well-loved’ Solihull disability charity DIAL to close after more than 30 years

A Solihull charity which has supported disabled residents for decades has announced it is closing its doors, months after losing a key council contract. DIAL Solihull, which is based in Kingshurst, said that the changes – which had cut off its main source of income – had left it unable to continue. Last December, the…

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28 years jail for gunman who shot Solihull mum

A man who shot a mum-of-two in her Solihull home has been jailed for almost 30 years after West Midlands Police tracked the gunman down hiding in a Birmingham flat. Lithuanian national Martynas Okmanas calmly walked in through the front door of the family home in Dovehouse Lane,on the morning of 18 December last year…

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Meriden MP Caroline Spelman highlights fears for car industry as she announces she’s standing down

Former Conservative chair Caroline Spelman is to stand down as an MP at the next election, after helping defeat Boris Johnson over Brexit. She is the Tory MP for Meriden, one of two constituencies in the Solihull borough, and is a former Environment Secretary. Announcing her plans to quit, Dame Caroline highlighted concerns over a…

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Man charged over fatal Solihull collision

A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a 51-year-old cyclist was killed following a collision in Solihull. Bike rider Anthony Satterthwaite was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit by a Porsche Boxster in Eastcote Lane just before 12pm on 22 December last year. David McSkimming, aged 52, of…

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SMBC donates £8,000 to local bereavement charity

Solihull Council has donated £8,000 raised from the recycling of metals from cremations at Robin Hood and Woodlands cemeteries to Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service. A cheque was handed over by Councillor Alison Rolf, the council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger & Safer Communities, to the charity’s Chair Sue Rose and Manager Julie Swiffin at a ceremony…

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Family of dad who died after he was allowed to leave hospital before assessment wins payout

The family of a Chelmsley Wood man found dead in a canal after he was allowed to leave hospital before a mental health assessment could be done has won a payout and an apology. Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has made the undisclosed settlement to the family of Gary Parfitt and said…

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Complaints about foul-smelling Solihull lake lead to changes

Work is well underway to tackle problems connected with a foul-smelling Solihull lake. Details emerged earlier this year of an effort to drain the pool in Chelmsley Wood’s Meriden Park, following complaints about the stench. Council ecologists had laid the blame on a build-up of silt in the water, which gave rise to the unpleasant…

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Solihull home bought with ‘123 prize-winning tickets in Pakistan lottery’ is sold to pay cash back

Police have seized nearly £500,000 from a money launderer – after he bought a house in Solihull with cash he claimed was ‘won on the lottery 123 times’. Kashaf Ali Khan made the £412,000 purchase in his elderly father’s name – after claiming the huge amount of cash had been won with winning tickets in…

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Solihull’s car-cruisers banning order extended for three years

Solihull Council has today been granted an extension for a further three years of its borough-wide ban on motor vehicle racing, covering car- cruises including motor bikes by the High Court in Birmingham. A SMBC spokesperson said: “The Council was driven to seek these extensive legal powers from the High Court in 2016 following many…

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