Solihull man arrested over Home Office cyber-attack

The West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit arrested a man yesterday (12th) in connection with a significant cyber-attack against the Home Office. The attack was in the form of a DDOS – distributed denial of service – attack and took the Home Office’s main website offline for around an hour and 23 minutes in January…

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Travellers removed from Chadwick End playing field

Police and Council officials have removed Travellers from Chadwick End playing field this afternoon – but look at the damage and mess they have left behind! Seventeen caravans arrived on Sunday (7th) and a further ten last night, they set up camp near to the children’s playground and also gained entry to the football pavilion….

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Community Fund concerns prompts letter to Prime Minister

A letter urging the Government to ensure an adequate Community Fund to compensate local people and businesses for the unavoidable impacts they will experience from HS2 has been sent to Prime Minister David Cameron. Solihull Council said they recognise HS2 has the potential to bring enormous benefit to the borough – however, it recently commissioned…

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Man stabbed in Chelmsley Wood

Police were called to Alder Drive in Chelmsley Wood at around 9.00pm last night (5th September) to reports of a man being stabbed. On arrival, a 19-year old man was found with stab wounds. He was taken to hospital, where his condition is currently described as stable and his injuries are not life threatening. A…

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Police appeal after man’s teeth knocked out in Shirley Park assault

Solihull Police have released CCTV images of two people they would like to speak to after a man had his teeth knocked out in an assault in a park. The 69-year-old was walking his dog in Shirley Park at around 11.45am on 9th July, when he was approached by a man and a woman, who…

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Solihull mum beats cancer after discovering lump following sledge accident

A brave mum and grandmother discovered she had life-threatening breast cancer after she was knocked over by her daughter on a sledge during a ski trip. Mum-of-three Yvonne Pickford, 55, of Olton, Solihull, had been on the annual family holiday in Valmorel, France, when the life-saving accident happened. Daughter Jenii Quigley, who was six at…

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Powergen plans to go on show in Shirley

Concept plans for Shirley’s most infamous eyesore, the former Powergen site, are to go on show this month. Shirley Advance, the developer behind Parkgate, will be presenting plans at a series of public exhibitions where visitors will be able to discuss the proposals with the development team and leave their comments. The ten-acre site at…

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Applicants of controversial Muslim cemetery in Catherine-de-Barnes apply for extra 7,000 burial spaces

The applicants behind controversial plans for a 4,000-plot Muslim cemetery in Catherine-de-Barnes are applying for an extra 7,000 burial spaces. If both applications by Cemetery Development Services are approved next month, it could see two neighbouring cemeteries created in Catherine-de-Barnes with 11,000 burial plots in total. Local residents have objected strongly to the plans, raising…

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Solihull man jailed for life for partner’s murder

A man who killed his partner after learning she wanted to end their relationship has today (3rd September) been jailed for life. Clarke Dean, aged 47, stabbed to death his long-term partner, Michelle Giles, at their flat on Anchor Lane, Solihull while their 16-year-old child was on a camping trip with a friend. Just weeks…

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Solihull man posed as uncle in bid to get back with girlfriend

A Jaguar worker was so desperate to try and win back the affections of his ex-girlfriend that he posed as her uncle and gave her relationship advice. Kewal Jandhu sent a series of emails to Karam Kaur, while pretending to be her relative – being supportive and urging her to give things another go. Jandu,…

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