Man stabbed in Castle Bromwich

A man was stabbed in a street attack in Castle Bromwich last night. The victim, in his 30s, was knifed in Green Lane at around 7.30pm on Monday 11 November. Witnesses said shops, including Gregory’s Fish Bar, were closed as police sealed off the area near to the junction of Windleaves Road. West Midlands Police…

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Man seriously injured as van smashes into barrier and overturns on Coventry Road

A driver was left seriously injured after his van overturned in a crash on a key Solihull route. The motorist was badly hurt when his van hit a barrier and overturned on CoventryRoad, Bickenhill on Monday morning (11 November). Police shut the road near to Stonebridge Island just before 7am, sparking traffic chaos for commuters…

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‘Fagin’ burglary ringleader recruited teens to rob homes in reign of terror

He was the gang leader police likened to ‘Fagin’ as he recruited youngsters to rob homes and strike fear into residents across #Solihull and Birmingham. Ringleader Daniel Toms and his raiders stole tens of thousands of pounds-worth of jewellery, electrical and other valuables during a violent crime-spree. The 26-year-old would choose younger recruits – who…

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‘Nightmare’ junction strands drivers and causes chaos on Solihull side streets – claim

Problems with drivers struggling to get out of car parks and facing major delays have prompted a plea for the timing of traffic lights at the Birmingham/Solihull border to be altered. Solihull councillors have said that the sequence only allows time for a few vehicles to get through at the busy Wheatsheaf junction, causing “untenable”…

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Inside ‘drugs den’ in Chelmsley Wood as police shut it down

This is the appalling state of a drugs den in Chelmsley Wood which has been shut down. Officers raided an address on Winchester Drive where they ‘seized drugs and evicted dealers on Wednesday’. Knowle, Dorridge & Balsall Common Police tweeted a series of pictures from the bust. Two pictures showed the shocking state of a…

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Solihull switches to ‘Plan B’ for town centre’s underground heat network

A multi-million pound plan to create an underground energy network in Solihull is still on the cards, although the original proposal to draw heat from water beneath Tudor Grange Park has been shelved. Following borehole tests earlier this year, the council has confirmed that it would prove too difficult to return the water extracted from…

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Thousands paid out after more than 100 pothole compensation claims in Solihull

Solihull road users received almost £50,000 compensation in just two years, after more than 100 successful claims against the council for pothole/surface damage. In 2017/18, the local authority paid out £30,736, with a further £17,252 handed over in 2018/19. The figures, released following a Freedom of Information request by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, confirmed…

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Police appeal after collision in Solihull

Police are appealing for information and dash cam footage after a collision involving a car and three mopeds in Solihull. Emergency services were called to Damson Parkway at just after 12.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 5 November). Three people on the mopeds – two men aged 20 and 18 and a 16-year-old boy – were taken to…

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Green light to pull down Shirley garages for much-needed new homes

Run-down garages in Shirley will be cleared for a new affordable housing development after the plans got unanimous backing from councillors. While Royal Mail had objected to the Halifax Road scheme, which will sit next to its local sorting office, the postal service’s concerns received a mixed response from the planning committee. Cllr Bob Grinsell…

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Morrison store in Shirley to close

Morrisons in Shirley will close its doors for the last time today. Around 1,300 local residents had recently backed a campaign to keep it open, after Shirley East councillors launched a petition urging Morrisons to abandon plans to shut the Stratford Road store. 95 staff are reportedly at risk of losing their jobs. When the…

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