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Man in court over murder of parents in Solihull

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his parents in Solihull.

The scene of the murder in Hermitage Road, Solihull Credit: ITV News Central

Carl Chang, of Hermitage Road in Solihull, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court this morning.

The 23-year-old was arrested after the bodies of Pin Change, 58, and Quoi Chang, 50, were found at a property in the same street on 7 July.

He appeared having been charged with two counts of murder. He was remanded into a secure mental health facility and will next appear at court on Wednesday 17 December.


Tory Conference brought £17million to the region

The Prime Minister addresses the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham Credit: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

The Conservative Party conference finished in Birmingham today, and it is believed to have brought £17 million to the region's economy.

The Prime Minister was the last to speak yesterday at the city's ICC. Since Sunday, delegates have heard addresses from the Home Secretary, the Foreign Secretary and Boris Johnson, among others.

More than 14,000 delegates have visited the city over the last four days.

Teenager from Solihull missing for a week

Police are continuing to search for a teenager who has been missing for a week.

13-year-old Connor Kells was last seen at midday last Sunday after his dad noticed that he was not in his bedroom of the family home on Cropthorne Road, Shirley.

He attends the Archway Academy in Bordesley.

Connor is described as white, 5’6" tall and medium build. He has short dark brown hair, brown eyes and speaks with a Brummie accent.

He is known to regularly visit Birmingham city centre, Solihull town centre, Birmingham Airport and the NEC.

Connor Kells Credit: West Midlands Police

"Connor has been missing several times before but he has never been gone for this long.

Officers from across the force are searching for the teenager and have undertaken an enormous amount of work to trace him. Those efforts continue."

– Adrian Taylor from Solihull Police


Four parents ordered to pay £1,500 for child absences

Four parents of children at Solihull schools have been ordered to pay more than £1,500 for failing to ensure their children went to school.

One 15 year old pupil had clocked up a total of 76 unauthorised absences between March 3 and July 14 this year. Both parents were fined £135 and ordered to pay £150 costs plus a £20 victim surcharge - totalling £305 each.

The four parents all pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court Credit: Google Maps

Another child had 20 unauthorised absences in just one month, between June 2 and July 11. Their parent was fined £75 and ordered to pay £75 towards costs, plus the £20 victim surcharge.

And another parent was ordered to pay a total of £766 after their child was absent 36 times between June 2 and July 15. They were fined £400, ordered to pay £326 in costs plus victim surcharge of £40.

All four parents appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where they pleaded guilty.

Appeal after man's teeth knocked out in Solihull

CCTV images have been released of two people after a man had his teeth knocked out during an attack in a park.

The attack happened in July. Credit: West Midlands Police

Police say the 69-year-old was walking his dog in Shirley Park at around 9:45am on 9 July.

A man punched the dog walker in the face, causing him to lose four of his front teeth.

"We have carried out numerous inquiries in the area, including a CCTV trawl, and we have come across this image of two people who we are keen to identify."

– Detective Constable Ruth Morris

Solihull man begins life sentence for murdering partner

Clarke Dean stabbed his long term partner at their flat in August last year. Credit: ITV News Central

A man from Solihull who killed his partner after learning she wanted to end their relationship is beginning a life sentence in prison today.

Clarke Dean stabbed his long term partner Michelle Giles at their flat on Anchor Lane in August last year.

He will serve a minimum of 15 years for her murder.

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