Burglar jailed after shotgun and ammunition found hidden in lawnmower

Police found a sawn-off shotgun and 51 rounds of ammunition hidden inside a lawnmower when they searched the home of a burglary suspect. Teenager Gavin Sohal had been arrested by detectives investigating a Balsall Common break-in where an Audi A4 was stolen after keys and a wallet were swiped from a kitchen drawer. Eagle-eyed officers…

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Solihull gran Madge celebrates her 105th birthday

Madge Andrews celebrated her 105th birthday and put her long and happy life down to family, taking part in sports and a nice glass of wine – served at room temperature. Madge celebrated the landmark by throwing a tea party at the Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull, with her extended family – seven…

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Outcry at JLR plans to build on green space

Local residents filled a community centre to raise their objections against Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) latest bid to build on green space. Around 70 people attended the meeting at Whar Hall Community Centre, organised by Councillor Martin Hewings (Lib Dem, Elmdon). It was organised to gather public opinion on JLR’s plans to build a new…

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Justice Secretary: Relocating criminal cases frees up Solihull court

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has claimed the relocation of criminal cases from Solihull Magistrates to Birmingham makes the borough’s court more effective. Speaking on a visit to drug and alcohol charity Welcome in Chelmsley Wood, the MP said the decision to cease criminal cases in Solihull last January had freed up the court to offer…

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Speed cameras in Solihull set to be turned back on

Plans are in place to switch fixed speed cameras in Solihull back on as part of a £400,000 digital pilot scheme. Solihull Council, working alongside West Midlands Police, will look at the idea of introducing fixed point digital speed cameras – five of which will replace the existing speed cameras turned off in April last…

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Airport flight path trials set to begin

Controversial  ‘alternative flight plans’ proposed by Birmingham Airport are to be trialled from May – it was confirmed on Wednesday (9th). Since summer 2012 the Airport has been developing an Airspace Change Proposal, required for a change to departure flight paths to the south of the Airport created by the new runway extension. After considering…

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Catholic priest charged with indecently assaulting child

A leading member of the Catholic church in Solihull has been charged with indecently assaulting a child. Father Ted Simpson, a former school governor and priest at Olton Friary will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 21st May when he is due to enter a plea. He is currently on police bail. The 84-year-old was…

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Football legends support charity’s help for ex-players

Football legends have been in Solihull this week to celebrate a charity supporting former players who have fallen on hard times. Ian Taylor, Michael Johnson and Kevin Campbell were just some of the high-profile names at the new Xpro offices at Wellington House, Solihull. With as many two out of every five players going bankrupt…

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Solihull author’s new fantasy trilogy bids to rival Twilight

Solihull’s answer to the hugely successful Twilight series, Pat Spence, has published her own fantasy trilogy. Described as ‘a book for Twilight fans who want a change from vampires’, Blue Moon is the author’s first novel and book number one in the Blue Crystal trilogy. “When the Twilight series came out, I loved those books,”…

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Celebs help to raise £350,000 in memory of a Solihull boy

A star-studded line up including X Factor star Stacey Solomon and comedian Brian Conley helped a ball held in memory of a Solihull boy raise £350,000. The sell-out event in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity, was held in honour of Joseph Foote, who died from a brain tumour in 2007 aged just nine. His…

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