Urgent Appeal to Trace Fatal Hit and Run Driver

West Midlands Police has issued an urgent appeal for information to trace a hit-and-run driver involved in a fatal collision in Chapelfields on the evening of Sunday 7 October.

Officers were called to Allesley Old Road following the collision at 7.50pm near the junction with Duke Street.

It’s understood a local man − believed to be in his 20s − was crossing the road when he was struck by a car − or possibly two cars − travelling at speed along Allesley Old Road out of the city.

The victim suffered very serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene; his family have been informed and are being supported by specialist police Family Liaison Officers.

The road was closed off to preserve evidence and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene. Detectives from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are keen to hear from any witnesses who were in the area at the time and either saw the collision or a car driving nearby with front-end damage.

Det Sgt Paul Hughes, said: “We’re still trying to understand exactly what’s happened but we understand at least one, possibly two cars, were driving at speed along the road before the impact. We’re still trying to establish the make of the car or cars involved but it’s clear that the offending vehicle would have suffered some front-end damage.
“I would urge any motorists with dash-cam footage who were driving near the area this evening to check their footage to see if they have caught a damaged car on camera; they could hold vital information and I would urge them to make contact.

“Similarly, if anyone living nearby has CCTV cameras that might have caught the cars immediately before or after the crash or anyone who’s witnessed anything that could help the investigation − I need these people to call me.”

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 999 or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Images or CCTV footage can be emailed to the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at FL_COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

Public Meeting on Land Concerns

A planning application to build houses on the land on Albany Road, behind Earlsdon Primary School, has been submitted a number of times in the past. Many parents and other residents are concerned about the impact on children if such an application is successful. Some parents, together with the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors have been working together to look into the possibility of purchasing the land for the school.

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday 17 July at 6pm in Earlsdon Primary School to discuss how to progress these issues. The Head Teacher, Chair of Governors, and ward councillors have been working together to hold this meeting and will be in attendance.

Helping Hands Recruitment Event

As part of Carers Week 2018 the new branch of Helping Hands in Albany Road, Earlsdon (next to Albany Glass) is taking part in a nationwide recruitment event by Helping Hands Home Care. On Thursday 14 June, experienced carers or those thinking of a change in career will be welcomed to their local branches to chat with Helping Hands’ teams about the role of a carer and what it’s like to work at Helping Hands.

During the extended branch opening hours of 5pm – 7pm, the Helping Hands team in your local branch will be available to answer questions, have informal conversations about starting a career in care and provide friendly advice about what it takes to become a great carer.

If you know of anyone interested please ask them to register their interest online and Helping Hands will get in touch. People can register their interest on their website

CARTA Opposes Craven Street Plan

CARTA is objecting to another HiMO plan in the Chapelfields Conservation Area. The application is to extend an existing HiMO at 88 Craven Street from 7 bedrooms to 10, still with no parking provision, adding even more to the parking and traffic problems in the area.

The proposed two storey side/rear extension would also overshadow neighbouring properties.

You can view the application (FUL/2018/0796) here

If you would like to comment, public consultation on this plan ends 14 June.