Teenagers arrested over machete bike robberies after WMP pursuit

Two teenagers, from Kingshurst, suspected of robbing motorbikes after threatening owners with machetes and a firearm were arrested last night (2 July) following a West Midlands Police pursuit. Officers patrolling Shard End at 8.30pm were flagged down by a member of the public reporting a gang of armed moped riders trying to steal a scooter…

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Flood of responses to plans for thousands of new homes in Solihull

Proposals to build thousands of new homes on sites across Solihull have generated almost 4,000 responses. The council has been inundated with comments about its Draft Local Plan, which is set to shape where new housing developments will go. A fresh consultation took place between January and March and officers have recently been sifting through…

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‘Corsa Cannibals’ strike in dead of night stripping £14k car

This is the remains of what was a £14,000 Vauxhall Corsa after it was stripped of its parts by heartless thieves. Dubbed ‘Corsa Cannibals’, crooks struck in the early hours of 12 June in Chelmsley Wood. The vandal attack took place just hours after another Corsa Cannibal attack in nearby Castle Bromwich. This latest incident…

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Police continue hunt for gunman who shot 15-year-old boy and man in broad daylight in Solihull

Police are analysing forensic evidence and trawling CCTV in a bid to track down a gunman who shot a 15-year-old boy and a man in a shocking broad daylight attack in Solihull. The shooter shot his victims on Warwick Road, Olton, at around 4.30pm on Saturday 11 May, but police say they are still hunting…

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Steps taken to protect ‘unique’ street in Solihull

Campaigners have welcomed news that the council is to take a tighter grip on planning policy in one of Solihull’s oldest suburbs. In future, residents in part of Olton’s conservation area will need to get permission to make more minor changes to their properties. The new approach follows concerns that a series of alterations over…

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Touchwood wins prestigious award for excellence in Customer Experience

The team at Touchwood is celebrating after winning the Revo Ace Award for Customer Experience. The awards celebrate leading customer service in the retail property industry, acknowledging the people and places that provide the very best in customer experience. They reinforce added-value, set benchmarks for the industry and ensure widespread recognition of the sector. Touchwood…

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Cemetery extension ‘essential’ as Solihull burial site runs out of room

Options to expand a Solihull cemetery – which is set to run out of space in the near future – are being urgently investigated. A council report has reiterated recent warnings that the current Woodlands site will be full within five years, depriving residents in the north of the borough of their main burial space….

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Rethink on controversial cuts to advice services in Solihull

Controversial changes to a council support service in Solihull will be scaled back and subject to a trial period, following concerns about the impact on residents. Papers published earlier this month set out plans to reduce the operating hours of Solihull Connect, which advises on issues including council tax, housing and benefits. While the council…

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Fight is on to stop Jaguar Land Rover building on Solihull social club

Hundreds of residents have backed a petition to save a Solihull social club and playing fields under threat of development. By lunchtime on Tuesday, more than 1,300 people had put their names to an online appeal, set up in support of the much-loved Land Rover Sports and Social Club. The Change.org petition had been launched…

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Carjacking at Tesco in Sheldon

A carjacking has taken place this afternoon (20 May) at Tesco in Sheldon. The incident happened around 2.40pm at the store on Coventry Road. An onlooker told SU: “Broad daylight carjacking just took place at Tesco in Sheldon. 3 or 4 people in balaclavas just stole a blue BMW, the driver was attacked but managed…

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