Sunday, 18 November 2018

Babbs Mill death not being treated as suspicious


THE death of a woman, whose body was found in Babbs Mill Lake earlier in the week, is not being treated as suspicious.
A passer-by had made the discovery early on Thursday morning (November 15) and emergency services sealed off the scene.
Residents visiting the Kingshurst beauty spot confirmed that police had taped off an area next to the water, after being alerted at around 7.45am.
The woman has not been formally identified by the authorities.
Police have confirmed that the matter has now been referred to the Birmingham and Solihull Coroner.

Robbers target in late night attack on pensioner

AN ELDERLY woman suffered a terrifying ordeal when robbers attacked her outside Marston Green home.
The 78-year-old was woken by a bang after a group of offenders apparently forced entry through a downstairs window.
The had scoured the property and stolen a handbag. After being roused, the pensioner had looked out and saw the item lying on the drive.
When she went to retrieve it, she was attacked by three men.
Solihull Police said: "This was a terrifying experience for the woman, who was left needing hospital treatment for her injuries.
"She has been left frightened in her own home. We are urging anyone who may have any information or who has witnessed anything to come forward."
The incident happened on Monday, October 15, with the break-in taking place at around 3.45am.
If you have any information please call Solihull Police on 101.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

North Solihull's MP speaks out on Brexit deal

ON a day of political turmoil Meriden MP Caroline Spelman has given her backing to the proposed Brexit deal announced by the Prime Minister.
Dame Caroline, who backed Remain in the 2016 referendum, waded into the debate about the terms of the draft agreement that the Government had reached with Brussels.
The proposals have prompted a flurry of resignations from the Conservative frontbench and mounting speculation that Theresa May could face a vote of confidence within days.
But as Tory colleagues condemned the deal, Dame Caroline tweeted that it was a better option than no deal at all, which she argued would cause "great uncertainty".
"This deal will help protect jobs in our region which exports principally to the EU," she said.
"I respect the huge effort made by the PM and fully support the deal she has secured to deliver Brexit."

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Corsa cannibals strike again in Smith's Wood


SO-called Corsa cannibals have struck again in North Solihull.
A vehicle was targeted in Wolseley Close, Smith's Wood, in the early hours of Tuesday morning (November 13).
Thieves had prised a piece of the bodywork off the car (pictured above) under cover of darkness and officers are appealing for help to trace the culprits.
And within the last few hours it was confirmed that the cannibals returned to the estate last night, with another car having been targeted in Marcos Drive.
The incidents are the latest in a string of incidents of cars being stripped of bonnets, grilles and headlights.
If you have any information about the latest thefts call Solihull Police on 101.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Expectant mum pushed over by Marston Green robbers

ARMED men pushed a pregnant shop worker to the ground during a robbery in Marston Green last Friday (November 9).
Terrified staff at Norwich Express, off Norwich Croft, were confronted by the gang during the tea-time raid on the shop.
Police said that around three masked men had entered the premises at around 5.15pm, with at least a couple carrying firearms. The offenders fled the scene with cash and cigarettes stuffed into a sack.
The pregnant woman was left shaken after being shoved over, but was otherwise unhurt and checks have suggested there are no immediate concerns about her unborn baby.
Following on from the robbery, two vehicles - a white Ford C-MAX and a white VW Golf - were recovered nearby. They are believed to have been linked to the gang.
While the men's faces were covered, one of the robbers was described as white, skinny, and around 5ft 7ins tall. He was wearing a grey hooded jacket with dark bottoms and had fresh scratches on his face.
Det Insp Kerrie Martin, who is leading the investigation, said: "Clearly this was a terrifying ordeal for those involved, made all the worse by the fact that one of the victims is pregnant.
"Thankfully, she was not seriously injured. But I’d urge those who may know the identity of the people responsible to examine their conscience and think how they would feel if a loved one of theirs was pregnant and subjected to such an awful ordeal.
"Similarly, I’d urge anyone who saw the cars in the area, or who may have been offered cigarettes for sale which they suspect were stolen, to call."
Detectives are now trawling CCTV and carrying out other enquiries in an attempt to track down the culprits.
Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

North Solihull marks 100 years since WW1's end


RESIDENTS around North Solihull today came together to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Remembrance events were held around the local area, with services to commemorate the fallen in Marston Green, Castle Bromwich and Chelmsley Wood.
The laying of wreaths at memorials had an added poignancy, a century on from the end of the First World War.
After more than four years of fighting, which had claimed the lives of millions, including more than 800 Solihull residents, the conflict officially ended at 11 o'clock on November 11, 1918.
This evening, people from across the borough are expected to attend a short service at Elmdon Church's war memorial (at 6.40pm).
The nearby beacon will be lit at 7pm by Mayor of Solihull, Coun Flo Nash. It is one of around 1,000 flames which will be kindled around the country.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Stained glass tribute to "much missed" villager

STUNNING PIECE: The church's
memorial window. Picture from
St Leonard's Facebook page.
MUCH-loved Marston Green woman Anne Dunkley has been honoured with a stained glass window.
The colourful pane has been installed in the porch of St Leonard's, where the local resident was well-known as a churchwarden.
The death of the 67-year-old, a retired teacher, had sent shockwaves through the local community three years ago.
Last October, Reverend Penny Harrison said that St Leonard's had wanted to create a lasting memorial to the mother-of-two.
Following a fundraising campaign, the window was fitted and last Sunday the Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart, had performed a dedication.
In a post on Facebook, the church said: "Thank you to all those who contributed financially to the window, it is a really stunning piece of art for a much missed special person.
"The window is in the porch by the entrance and wonderfully catches the sunlight."
The Parochial Church Council had spent around 18 months discussing the design of the window, which incorporated images representing the pensioner's involvement in various aspects of village life.
The piece was designed and installed by stained glass artist Ester Naylor.
Mrs Dunkley had previously been a deputy headteacher at Hatchford Community Primary School, in Chelmsley Wood, and was also well-known for her association with the scouts and guides.
She had died in June 2015 after being attacked at her home in the village. Her nephew, Gareth Emery, was subsequently jailed for life after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.