Inquest hears that Royal Marine from Solihull died after falling 100ft down a gorge

An elite Royal Marine from Solihull on a special forces “escape and evasion” training exercise in Wales died after falling more than 100ft down a steep gorge at night, an inquest has heard today. 25-year-old Ashley Hicks, who was described as “exceptionally capable,” was leading a six-man team in October 2012 and stepped over a…

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IPCC launch investigation following double stabbing

An investigation has been launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following a double stabbing in Solihull last week. Pin Chang aged 58 and his wife Quoi Chang aged 50 died from stab wounds at their home on Hermitage Road early in the morning of Monday 7th July. Their son was found seriously injured….

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Ex-heroin user who beat addiction after 22 years graduates with first class degree

A former drug addict who injected £200 of crack and heroin a day at his lowest point is set to graduate from university with a first class degree. Jason Turner, of Damson Wood, Solihull, was hooked on drugs for 22 years and turned to crime to feed his habit. The 44-year-old was in and out…

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Fast food decision sparks outrage

Fast food giant KFC has won its bid for a new restaurant next to Shirley Heath Junior School. The proposal came under massive fire from campaigners and the local community – mostly because of its close proximity to the school. And Solihull Council supported their calls when its planning committee rejected the application. But KFC…

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Rogue trader who charged elderly a fortune for shoddy work has been jailed

A cruel rogue trader who ripped off an elderly resident with sky-high fees for shoddy work has been jailed following a West Midlands Police investigation. Harry Smith preyed on vulnerable people − including Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers − he could talk into home maintenance that surveyors later deemed extortionately priced, often unnecessary, and potentially damaging…

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Man under police guard at hospital following Solihull double murder

A man remains under police guard at hospital following the deaths of a couple at a house in Solihull yesterday morning (7th July). Police launched a murder inquiry after receiving an emergency call at around 5.15am yesterday, following a disturbance at a house on Hermitage Road. Officers were quickly sent to the scene, where the…

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MasterChef finalist Jack Lucas cooks up a great total

A charity auction to raise money for the Chernobyl Children’s Project has raised over £5,000. The Ladies Lunch event, held at the Forest Hotel in Dorridge, featured a vast array of fabulous prizes all kindly donated by friends and supporters of the cause. But the big hit of the afternoon was MasterChef 2014 runner-up Jack…

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Robber who attacked elderly women in own homes jailed for life

A robber who attacked elderly women in their own homes, including an 87-year-old he beat black and blue, has been jailed for life. Lee Roberts struck five times either side of New Year knocking at the doors of pensioners and bundling them inside when they answered. His most shocking raid came on 20th December in…

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Plans for 400 homes could be back on the table

Controversial plans to build more than 400 homes in Cheswick Green and Dickens Heath could soon be back on the agenda after Solihull Council was forced to make a U-turn on its Local Development Plan (LDP). Land at Braggs Farm, Cleobury Lane and Mount Dairy Farm have been opened up for development earlier than the…

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Students raise almost £1,000 to fund school in The Gambia

Students at The Sixth Form College in Solihull have raised almost £1,000 to fund a school in The Gambia. The pupils held a quiz night to raise money to support a school in Abuko, near Banjul called the Jemus Jungkung Jammeh Memorial Nursery School. The school was established by Hamstead Hall School in Handsworth Wood…

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