HSBC Ram raiders given long prison sentence

Remember the HSBC Ram Raid attack story we broke last year? It was an audacious robbery of the bank on Station Road at tea time where thankfully nobody was seriously hurt.  Justice has finally been served. Two men -one from Balsall Common – have been sent to prison for a long time. An article in the Coventry Evening Telegraph which includes many details and pictures also reveals that none of the cash stolen has been recovered and that one of the gang of four is still at large. The Birmingham mail have also covered the story:

Birmingham ram raiders who targeted HSBC bank jailed for 21 years
Birmingham Mail
Craig Smith, from Stechford, and James Lawlor, from Balsall Common, near Solihull, both aged 29, drove into a HSBC and made off with boxes containing cash, a court heard. Staff had been loading cash machines at the front of the bank, in Station Road,

Kelsey Lane resident to face crown court for distributing indecent images of children charge

The Solihull Observer reports that a Kelsey Lane resident faces crown court charged with distributing indecent images of children. As a condition of his bail he is not allowed contact with any child. Click the link below to find out more.

Solihull Observer

Crown Court trial for man charged over indecent images of children
Solihull Observer
By Chris Willmott 25/11 Updated: 07/12 13:52 Buy photos » Patrick Cowland from Balsall Common is facing charges of possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children. (s) A 62-year-old man from Balsall Common is expected to face a Crown Court




Balsall Common earmarked for permanent Traveller/Gypsy settlement by Solihull Council

Solihull Council has earmarked Balsall Common for a permanent Gypsy/Traveller settlement, as reported in the Birmingham Mail earlier this week. The 15 acre site is between Waste Lane and Old Waste Lane (after the Kelsey Lane and Windmill Lane junction) and could potentially hold 75 vans. Four other new sites in the borough are being considered (Eaves Green Lane- Meriden, School Road- Hockley Heath, Damson Lane- Solihull and Pleck, Shadowbrook Lane). All sites were suggested as the result of a public consultation this Summer.

David Bell

You can download the council’s document detailing the proposed sites from their website here . There is also a document on the council’s current position here.

We spoke to our Parish Councillor David Bell. He said “..the owners put forward the site as having housing potential despite it being in the green belt and that is why it is on the list. Needless to say I shall argue that it isn’t appropriate and at 4 acres isn’t needed for travellers. It also forms an important part of the Meriden gap which is at its narrowest at this point between Tile Hill and Balsall Common.”

Do you support a Gypsy/Traveller site on Waste Lane? Make your views known using the comment section below, or alternatively on the Balsall Common’s Facebook page :

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