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Driver on the run after going wrong way down M42

One man's been arrested, the other is still on the run
One man's been arrested, the other is still on the run Credit: ITV News Central

A suspected thief was so desperate to get away from traffic police overnight that he drove the wrong way down the A45 and M42 in Solihull.

Police first spotted the car at a petrol station on the Birmingham Road shortly before 12 yesterday evening and it was immediately linked to a burglary at a flat in the Holbrooks area of Coventry just minutes earlier, during which the residents were threatened at knifepoint.

The driver then turned off the car’s headlights as he performed a u-turn and began driving the wrong way along the hard shoulder.

The Police helicopter was then launched before the car crashed into a central reservation.

The driver and passenger escaped from the car but a 32 year old man has since been arrested, while the other man is still on the run.


Man critical after 'large disorder' in Solihull

A 22-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after what police are calling 'large disorder' in Solihull.

The man went to Solihull Hospital at around 8pm last night and was taken to another hospital.

Detectives believe his injuries may be linked to 'large disorder' at a house in Highwood Avenue in Solihull.

Officers say two men aged 24 and 52 were found with head injuries possibly caused by a blunt instrument of some kind.

Both men were taken to hospital but have since been discharged.

One footy in the grave

Football fans who have heard the final whistle can get a send-off with a difference during the World Cup.

The company says the rebrand is not "irreverent" Credit: BPM

A funeral company with branches in Solihull and Shirley has rebranded its shop window and is doing World Cup themed funerals for fans who want to exit in the England colours.

The company says it can even place Roy Hodgson or Wayne Rooney's head on the casket.

Pictures of footballers and the England manager can be added to the coffins too Credit: BPM

John Hall who founded Colour My Funeral said the World Cup re-brand is not irreverent. He said “we’ve had motorists honking their horns as they drive past. We cater for people who want funerals to be a celebration and colourful."

The shop has had a rebrand for the World Cup Credit: BPM

Wing-walking pensioner's stunt for Stephen Sutton

A daredevil grandfather from Solihull is trying for his fourth world record today.

Tom Lackey is attempting to wing walk from Land's End to the Isles of Scilly on his 95th birthday.

Tom, who says he is taking on the challenge in memory of Stephen Sutton, already holds three Guinness World Records in wing walking.

Article: 94-year-old wing walker's thumbs up for Stephen Sutton

Mugger who laughed at elderly victim jailed

Carl Gough Credit: West Midlands Police

A thief who laughed at one of his elderly victims as she chased him to try and get her handbag back, has been jailed for three and a half years.

Carl Gough mugged two women aged 74 and 80 in Solihull in October 2013 and covered up his identity by wearing a motorbike helmet.

The 39-year-old robbed his first victim on Damson Lane after pretending to help her cross the road.

Two days later, he targeted a second woman after she had just left the doctor's surgery on Yew Tree Lane. He leaned over her and stole her handbag from the back seat of her car, and laughed at the woman when she tried to chase him.

Both times Gough got away on a distinctive motorbike, which a local expert helped police to identify from CCTV footage.

Gough denied both offences, but change his plea to guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.

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