Three charged with Knowle building society robbery


Three men will appear before court charged with an attempted robbery at the West Bromwich Building Society in Knowle on Friday 9th June. Officers were called to the Station Road branch at around 5pm and three men were arrested a short time later at the Silhillians Sports Club on Warwick Road. Khalid Radman, aged 26…

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Three arrested following armed robbery in Knowle


Police received an emergency call at 5pm today (9th May) to reports that three gunmen were inside the West Bromwich Building Society in Station Road, Knowle. Following a pursuit through Knowle, Solihull and a small stretch of the M42 the men abandoned their white Renault Clio in the car park of Silhillian Sports Club in…

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Stranger danger alert issued by a Solihull school after couple ‘approach’ boy


A ‘stranger danger’ alert has been issued by a Solihull school after a student was allegedly approached by a couple who tried to entice him into their car. The schoolboy was reportedly approached around 4pm on Monday by a couple in a black car. Alderbrook School in Blossomfield Road, issued a statement on their website…

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Solihull man found dead on Christmas Eve ‘died after taking cocaine’ inquest hears


A much-loved teaching assistant, whose death inspired a Banksy-style mural in Moseley, died from an alcohol and drug overdose, an inquest heard. Alex Keogh, 28, was found dead in bed by his mum Liz on Christmas Eve last year at their family home in Solihull. A close family friend said the death would had left…

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Police cleared of blame after driver lay dead in marshland for three weeks


Police have been cleared of blame after a driver who abandoned his car on the M6 lay dead in marshland for three weeks. Officers looked for Zahid Mirza, from Chelmsley Wood, after a trucker saw him jump over a crash barrier onto a nature reserve bordering the motorway. But he was not initially found and…

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Marco Pierre White will launch his popular Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Meriden this month


Opening on 26th June at the four-star Best Western Plus Manor Hotel, the newly refurbished restaurant will seat 120 diners in addition to a dedicated bar, and a private dining room for 14 guests. Set to become a must-visit for local food lovers and hotel guests, diners can expect signature MPW steaks, timeless English and…

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Three people arrested following a series of robberies in Castle Bromwich and Kingshurst


A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of robbery and a 33-year-old man arrested for handling goods − both remain in custody. A 48-year-old man also arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods has been released from custody pending further investigation. The first robbery took place during the early hours of Sunday (28th May) in…

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson sentenced to 15 years for wounding


A former Birmingham and Solihull based breast surgeon, found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, has today been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Ian Paterson was convicted of carrying out needless breast operations last month and faced a maximum life sentence. He was also found guilty of three counts of unlawful wounding…

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Pensioner attacked and robbed in own home by three masked men


A family have been left ‘heartbroken’ after three masked men broke into their grandfather’s home in the middle of the night, then assaulted and robbed him in a terrifying attack. Gerry Fealy was asleep in his Smith’s Wood home when three men smashed through the patio doors with a boulder and ransacked the property at…

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Local pupil steps up to win escalator safety competition


A pupil from St Anne’s Primary School in Chelmsley Wood has stepped up to the challenge and been crowned the winner of Touchwood’s Escalator Safety Competition. Lilymai O’Neil, aged 11, channelled her inner creativity and produced an engaging and imaginative poster that illustrates Touchwood’s ‘Steps to Safety’ messages. The competition was judged by representatives from…

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