Mother fined for children’s non-school attendance

A mother from Solihull has been fined for her children’s non-school attendance. The woman was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 30th April 2014. She was fined a total of £800, as well as £588 in costs, on charges relating to a total of 129 unauthorised absences taken by her six-year-old son and…

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Abandoned war memorial finds a new home at St Giles

A forgotten war memorial has finally found a new home on the wall of St Giles Church in the village of Packwood. The Chessetts Wood memorial plaque was discovered in a builder’s yard in Chapel Lane after Alan Loach and his brother Graham decided to clear out their father’s old site in 2009. It honours…

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Magistrate directs sat nav thief to prison

Solihull residents are once again being reminded to ensure they lock their vehicles and remove all valuables after an opportunist thief was sentenced to six months behind bars. Tom Millward was arrested shortly before 5.00am on Thursday 24th April as officers spotted him acting suspiciously near to Monastery Drive (B91). The unemployed 28-year-old was stopped…

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Fears that Solihull will snub combined local authority bid

Birmingham’s council leader has spoken of his concern that Solihull will refuse to sign up to create a West Midlands-wide combined authority. Talks are taking place over the region’s authorities uniting under one banner, which could unlock a £20 billion pot if Labour take power next year. Combined authorities have already been created in Greater…

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Solihull baby Olly gets into shape with round-the-clock headgear

With his bright blue safety helmet, baby Olly Herbert looks like a mini-American footballer ready to take to the field. But the headgear is playing a vital part in his life – because he wears it 23 hours a day to combat a condition known as flat head syndrome. The five-month-old, from Smiths Wood, was…

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Children’s artwork ‘just the ticket’ to tackle parking problems

Officers from Solihull Police have praised children and their parents for their assistance in making roads outside local schools safer – and are keen for this to continue as they return from their Easter holidays. Last year four schools contacted officers from the Smiths Wood and Castle Bromwich neighbourhood policing team to raise concerns about…

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Two men jailed for robbing and assaulting Solihull couple in their own home

Two men have been sent to prison for seven years each after they were found guilty of robbing and assaulting a Solihull pensioner and his wife in their own home. Emerson Brown aged 54, a builder from Ash Road, Reading in Berkshire and Mirza Beg, aged 25 and unemployed from Romsey Road, Reading, Berkshire, were…

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Joining forces makes a difference

Dorridge Scout Hut is set to have a make-over thanks to kind-hearted builders from the Sainsbury’s development in the village. Parents dropping their children off at the Arden Drive hut have had to drive and walk through potholes over the years – but now thanks to the hard work of the assistant beaver leader PC…

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Solihull man helps raise £50,000 for charity by leading team through world’s hottest place

Dean Beard, has helped raise £50,000 for charity by leading a team on a cycle ride across Death Valley – the planet’s hottest place. Dean, from Chelmsley Wood, is a full time international expedition leader and guides people around the world on some of the most toughest challenges. His latest adventure involved leading a group…

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Blythe Valley Park homes bid sparks anger

Plans for 600 homes on Blythe Valley Park are set to be unveiled this weekend. The 257-acre site was initially intended to be purely a business park – but has now been identified as also suitable for housing. And as it falls under phase one and two of Solihull Council’s development plan it means it…

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