Father Ted Simpson denies indecently assaulting a child

A Catholic priest today denied indecently assaulting a child. Father Ted Simpson, a former school governor and priest at Olton Friary, Solihull, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court. The 84-year-old, pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl between 1st and 28th February 1984. He was allowed bail by Judge Murray Creed including a condition…

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Mother pleads guilty to abandoning new-born baby

Today (Wednesday 21st May) a mother has pleaded guilty to abandoning her new-born baby in undergrowth at a Birmingham park. The 26-year-old woman from the Kingshurst area, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court today and will be sentenced on 3rd July. The woman had given birth in secret…

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Hospital’s work inspired Solihull man to help others

Laughing and joking with patients on Ward 18 at Solihull Hospital, volunteer Stephen O’Brien looks like a different man. Just two years earlier, in March 2012, Stephen spent three-and-a-half weeks at the hospital after suffering three seizures caused by alcohol. The 42-year-old was taken to hospital within minutes of his father calling an ambulance, and…

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Robber who preyed on grieving family jailed for eight years

A robber who stole from a grieving family and held up newsagents at knifepoint has been jailed for eight years. A detailed police investigation, which unusually began when a bag of suspected stolen property was left at the scene of a burglary, led detectives to arrest Birmingham man Daniel Wyatt in February this year in…

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Photographer hailed a hero for rescuing woman from Solihull canal

A 31-year-old photographer has been hailed a hero by police after she rescued a drowning woman from a Solihull canal. Verity Milligan performed the life-saving act on a freezing December day back in 2012. Her morning had begun with a stroll along the canal near to Richmond Road in Olton, where she planned to capture…

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Solihull Police catch tinned fish thief

A Kitts Green man who stole a feast of salmon, tuna and corned beef from a local supermarket has been sent to prison for three months. Terry Field, described by officers as a prolific shoplifter, was arrested as part of an investigation into the theft of £250 worth of tinned items from a Chelmsley Wood…

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Tragic Solihull mum died from heart attack after weight loss surgery

A Solihull woman, who struggled with her weight for years, died due to complications following gastric band surgery, an inquest heard. Jacqueline O’Shea, who weighed 20st prior to her pre-op diet, had been inspired to have the weight loss operation after seeing her twin brother’s success with the treatment previously. The 61-year-old, known as Jackie…

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New Year’s Eve burglars – 2014’s first arrests – are jailed.

West Midlands Police’s first two prisoners of 2014 have both been handed jail terms for ransacking the home of a couple out at a New Year party. Kieron Ballard and Felix Delaney struck at the house in Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common, at around 11.30pm on 31st December before loading a hoard of electrical items, jewellery,…

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Son found mum dead at Heartlands Hospital – two hours after she passed away

Two more cases emerge of hospital visitors finding their relatives dead in bed. A devastated son has claimed he found his mother dead in her hospital bed – two hours after she passed away. Jimmy Weldon spoke of his “nightmare” at discovering his mum Helen’s body at Heartlands Hospital. The case mirrors that of Solihull…

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Cancer survivor is given charity award

A Bentley Heath policeman who has been given the all-clear from bowel cancer has received a national award for his charity work. Police Investigations Officer Bill Lord, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2008, picked up the Achievement Award from the charity Beating Bowel Cancer. Fifty-four-year-old Bill, who has been a policeman for 30…

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