Cowboy builder who left couple homeless has been jailed

A cowboy builder from Solihull who set up multiple fake companies to commit a £96,000 VAT fraud has been jailed for 16 months. Self-employed Carl Williams, from Hurdis Road, Shirley, fraudulently claimed VAT repayments since 2007 and even forced one couple out of their home after walking out on a project he was paid £90,000…

Continue reading »

New Mayor of Solihull

Councillor Mrs Kate Wild was confirmed as the new and 61st Mayor of Solihull at the Annual Council meeting on Tuesday 10th June. Elected to Solihull Council in 1994 Councillor Wild has represented the St Alphege Ward and has been Cabinet Member for Community Services and the Environment. Councillor Wild was also Mayor of Solihull…

Continue reading »

Arden School in Knowle flies German flag on D-Day anniversary

Former servicemen have been left fuming after a Solihull school flew the German flag on the anniversary of D-Day. Members of the British Legion condemned the decision by Arden to fly the black, red and gold flag on the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings as “out of order.” However, Martin Murphy the principal of…

Continue reading »

Knife-wielding robber caught after angry mum of 11-year-old witness gave chase

A knife-wielding robber who held the blade to the neck of a terrified shop assistant has been jailed for three years. Carl Deakin was caught after he was followed by the angry mother of an 11-year-old who had witnessed the terrifying incident. Deakin, 36, of Foredrove Lane, Damson Wood, pleaded guilty to robbery and having…

Continue reading »

Residents’ petition over industrial unit plans near to park

Angry residents in Monkspath are petitioning against plans for an industrial manufacturing unit, located near homes and a popular borough park. An application was submitted to turn one of the units in Monkspath Business Park into a distribution and manufacture plant for V Installations Mechanical Handling Limited. But locals are worried the plans will create…

Continue reading »

Troop Aid receive Queen’s Award for supporting injured soldiers

Troop Aid has received Royal approval in the form of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014. The award is the second Royal seal of approval for the Solihull based charity, which supports injured soldiers around the world, and boasts HRH Prince Charles as its patron. Founded in 2006 by former servicemen Albert Sutton,…

Continue reading »

Town centre crime rates fall 43 per cent

Solihull town centre businesses saw crime fall by 43 per cent in April 2014 compared to this time last year. The driving force behind the impressive stats is a 52 per cent reduction in shoplifting at a time when similar types of crime are rising in other town centres across the borough. West Midlands Police…

Continue reading »

Son and dad finish fun run at a push

A devoted son has pushed his terminally ill father round an 8km fun run to raise awareness of his rare condition. Tony Love, aged 71, was diagnosed in 2007 with degenerative disease PSP (Progressive Sparanuclear Palsy) which gives sufferers an average life expectancy of just seven years after its onset. After the devastating diagnosis, his…

Continue reading »

Trish shows why she’s the business with top award

A business owner and brain behind the successful networking initiative Solihull Hour has been named Business Person of the Month. Trish Willetts launched independent store BB Boutique last year, with her two daughters Jessie and Amy, to offer organic, quality baby clothes and locally-made toys and gifts. With a background as an environment champion for…

Continue reading »

Tournament held in memory of Aoife

Elmdon Netball Club is hosting its annual tournament in memory of former teammate Aoife O’Connor, who died aged just 14 from a brain tumour. The Solihull schoolgirl was a big part of the club, both on and off the court, and even managed to fulfil her dream of becoming coach before her tragic death in…

Continue reading »