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Chelmsley wood children's play area destroyed in fire

A children's play area in Chelmsley wood has been destroyed by a fire.

Firefighters believe the fire at Meriden Park yesterday evening was started deliberately.

An investigation is underway and CCTV is being examined.


Stem cell donor drive in memory of Margot Martini

Margot Martini's story to find a stem cell donor attracted international interest Credit: ITV News Central

People are being encouraged to sign up as stem cell donors this weekend in memory of a Midlands toddler.

Margot Martini died from a rare form of leukaemia in October 2014 after an international appeal to find her a donor.

Doctors found a match for the 2 year old in February 2014, but the cancer returned.

Her parents Vicki and Yasser, who are originally from Essington near Wolverhampton, continue to raise awareness about the illness through the charity they set up called 'Team Margot'.

The little girl's story has inspired people to set up stem cell donor registration events, one of which is taking place at Streetsbrook Infant School in Solihull today.

People can go along to be signed up to the register between 11:00 and 3:00pm, by giving a saliva sample.


CCTV: Armed robbers smash into house at night

Police have released CCTV footage of three men smashing their way into a woman's home before threatening her at gunpoint.

The gang used a wheelie bin to break through the patio doors of a house on Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood in Solihull at 11pm on Thursday 5 February.

When they got inside, they threatened a 38-year-old woman with a gun, before snatching her handbag and making off across back gardens.

The men are described as being in their 20s. One was wearing a baseball cap while another wore a white woolly hat. Two of the men were wearing light grey or white clothes and a third was wearing a light grey ‘body warmer’ style jacket. The man holding the gun is described as black, while his two accomplices were white men.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact CID at Solihull on 101.

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