Appeal after pregnant shop worker shoved to ground by armed robbers

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pregnant shop worker was pushed to the ground by armed robbers who fled with cash and cigarettes. Thieves went into Norwich Express, off Norwich Croft in Marston Green, and threatened staff before fleeing with the stolen goods and cash in a sack. There were around three members of…

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Fears over unofficial ‘vigilante’ patrols by residents in Solihull

Solihull residents are carrying out unofficial patrols in their neighbourhood amid rising concerns about crime, a meeting has heard. Cllr Mark Wilson (Green, Smith’s Wood) said that some members of the public were “losing confidence” in the police presence and he was aware of independent groups walking the streets themselves. Raising the issue with Solihull…

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Cemetery set to be full in five years in North Solihull

The main cemetery for residents in North Solihull is expected to be full within five years, a report this week has confirmed. Borough councillors were told that it was recognised that the Woodlands site, near Chelmsley Wood, was rapidly running out of burial space. Officers have been investigating the options for an extension for several…

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Tributes paid to grandmother killed in Chelmsley Wood collision

Tributes have been paid to a ’loving and caring’ community member who sadly died following a collision in Chelmsley Wood earlier this week. Jean Stilgoe suffered serious injuries in Chester Road, near the Moor End Avenue junction, at around 5.45pm on Tuesday (6 November). The 79-year-old pedestrian was involved in a collision with a Ford…

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Over three hundred Solihull properties affected by flooding earlier this year

A total of 330 Solihull properties reported flooding after torrential rain swept through the region earlier this year, the council has confirmed. As the weather “wreaked devastation” 192 actually had water enter their home, with multiple calls to the emergency services and those worst affected having to evacuate. A further 75 households reported their garage…

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Breast Cancer chari-tree celebrations

Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands – the charity supporting women and their families affected by breast cancer – has this week launched a celebration tree at its centre on St. Bernard’s Road in Solihull to mark its first birthday and another major milestone. The tree, which takes pride of place in the centre’s Orangery, is…

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Appeal following fatal collision in Chelmsley Wood

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian died following a collision involving a car in Chelmsley Wood. The woman suffered serious injuries in Chester Road, near the Moor End Avenue junction, around 5.45pm last night (Tuesday 6 November). The 79-year-old from Chelmsley Wood sadly died in hospital a few hours following the collision. The…

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New Aldi supermarket for Solihull town centre approved

A new Aldi supermarket will be built in Solihull town centre after plans secured unanimous approval from the council’s planning committee. The scheme, which will see the budget food store erected on the site of the former magistrates’ court, was given the green light last week. Aldi had said the Homer Road development would create…

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Birmingham Airport has unveiled plans for a £500 million investment in the transport hub

Birmingham Airport has unveiled plans for a £500 million investment in the transport hub over the next 15 years, which it hopes will increase capacity by five million passengers a year. A major portion of that spending will see it create a larger departure lounge with a mezzanine floor, new retail and restaurant units, more…

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BMW thugs rob schoolboy of phone then brag to his mum: ‘We’ve mugged your f****** son’

A furious mum was goaded by a gang of brazen robbers – moments after they snatched her son’s clothes and mobile phone. Schoolboy Ben Earles, who is just 14, was mugged of his belongings as he walked down Monkspath Hall Road in Solihull. The robbers pulled over in a BMW and surrounded the boy in…

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