Aldi unveils plans for former magistrates’ court


Plans to turn Solihull’s former magistrates’ court into a new budget supermarket have been revealed. German chain Aldi announced earlier this year that it was hoping to secure permission to demolish the old court building in Homer Road and open a new store. New designs of how the revamped site will look have now been…

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Appeal: This is the face of a man police are hunting following the attempted rape of an 11-year-old girl in a Solihull park


A WMP spokesperson said: “Officers have worked with the youngster to draw up the artist’s impression of the attacker and are hoping that someone in the community will be able to identify him. “The young victim was attacked on 29 June at around 2.50pm, since then a dedicated team of detectives has worked flat out…

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Airport ‘the worst’ for vehicle crime


Birmingham Airport saw more vehicle crimes than any other airport in England and Wales, according to the latest crime figures. Fifty five incidents were reported between January and May 2018, more than double the total recorded in 2017. In all, there were 5,234 crimes at or close to airports in England and Wales in 2017,…

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Over 3,000 people caught speeding by Solihull’s three new cameras


Speed cameras installed at three sites around Solihull caught more than 3,000 vehicles breaking the speed limit during a 12 month period. A Freedom of Information request to West Midlands Police revealed how many offences had been passed to the central ticket office to be processed in 2017/18. There were a total of 3,340 occasions…

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Solihull man jailed after snatching womens’ handbags


A Solihull man who robbed three women on the same road within a week to fund his drug habit has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. Rory O’Gorman, of no fixed address, snatched the handbags of a 77-year-old and two women in their 60s between 4 − 10 July on Stratford Road in Shirley for cash…

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Volunteers help create new path in Shirley Park


The Love Solihull team said they were blown away by the positive community spirit shown last week when a large group of young people from ‘The Challenge’ joined forces with Friends of Shirley Park (FoSP) to create a new path within Shirley Park. A spokesperson said: “Love Solihull have been working with young people who…

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SMBC prosecutes company for overloaded vehicle


Solihull Council has prosecuted Mr Steve Brennan, trading as SB Scaffolding, for operating an overloaded vehicle. Mr Brennan’s scaffold lorry was stopped by police and weighed by officers from Solihull Council’s trading standards team on 22nd November 2017. When weighed, it was found to be 1680kg (48%) over the legal weight limit. A SMBC spokesperson…

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Solihull Police issue fresh ‘Corsa Cannibalism’ warning


Police in Solihull are urging drivers to be wary, after so called ‘Corsa Cannibals’ struck again over the weekend. Thieves stripped bonnets, grilles and headlights from four Corsa’s throughout the course of the weekend, bringing the total number of reported offences in recent weeks to eleven. It’s thought crafty thieves are able to quickly and…

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Revealed: Shamed Solihull care home where resident ‘not given a shower for 14 weeks’


A new Solihull care home has been savaged in a health watchdog report which detailed claims one elderly resident had not showered for 14 WEEKS. Another had allegedly received only two showers since arriving at Chelmund’s Court in Chelmsley Wood last November. And a monthly analysis of the “falls audit” at the crisis-hit home, carried…

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Underground heat network plan for first buildings in Solihull


Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull Council House and secondary schools near the town centre could be among the first buildings linked up to an underground heat network. It was recently revealed that the borough council was looking at the possibility of drawing on the heat generated by a water source beneath Tudor Grange Park. An…

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