Suspect thief captured on resident’s CCTV wanted by police

bccarthiefgreefieldavenueWest Midlands Police have release details of someone wanted in connection with the theft of a new Audi in Greenfield Avenue on Friday 11th October 2013. If you recognise him contact DC Kate Fitzgerald from Force CID on 101 or alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police have already arrested accomplice 19 year old Gavin Sohal from Erdington in Northeast Birmingham in connection with this crime. Read more about this story on the WM Police website here:

Fraudster operating in Balsall Common

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police

Local police have issued a warning after motorists in Balsall Common found themselves the victim to a scam that’s doing the rounds nationally.  The Meriden and Bickenhill Neighbourhood Policing Team has received reports of motorists travelling on the Kenilworth Road in Balsall Common and in the Meriden area, being approached by a man  claiming to have run out of fuel, with no means to pay for more.  He is said to have been driving a silver Toyota or Hyundai car.


The con artist offered jewellery as collateral in exchange for a money loan.  Following the exchange the victims have discovered the jewellery to be fake.


Sgt Craig Hurst said:

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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,

Update: Kelsey Lane resident convicted of distributing indecent images

The Solihull Observer has reported further details of the Kelsey Lane resident as of 9th March awaiting sentence on bail and convicted of selling indecent pictures of boys.Worryingly there are 10 more offences being taken into consideration and a previous conviction.

“Cowland was granted bail with conditions that he does not access the internet by any means, has no unsupervised contact with any child, and does not do any work or unpaid work which could bring him into contact with children.”

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