Family pay tribute to ‘wonderful mother, sister and grandmother’ after fatal stabbing


Police have named the victim of a fatal stabbing in Chemsley Wood – Tracy Stonehouse, aged 51 was sadly pronounced dead at an address in Coralin Close, just after 1:25am yesterday morning (Friday 6th April). A post mortem examination established that Tracy suffered multiple stab wounds and other injuries to her head and neck. Tracy’s…

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Investigation underway after two people hit by trains at Marston Green station on same night


Two people died after being hit by trains at Marston Green railway station, according to British Transport Police. The two deaths took place on Thursday evening, although they are being treated as separate incidents. The first incident was reported at around 5pm, after someone was hit by a train at the station. A second person…

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Young mum battles back from bowel cancer – and urges prompt GP checks


A Solihull mum-of-two is warning that bowel cancer isn’t something that only affects the ‘people of a certain age’. Although statistics show that nearly nine out of ten people who die from the disease are over 60 years old, Rachel Hemmings was only 37 when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Now she is using…

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Murder investigation launched after woman found dead in Chelmsley Wood


A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found dead at a property in Chelmsley Wood today (6th April). Officers were called to Coralin Close at around 1.25am, and the 51-year-old was pronounced dead a short time after. She had a number of injuries, and a post-mortem…

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NXWM help West Midlands Mayor’s Homelessness Task Force


National Express West Midlands has joined up with WM Mayor Andy Street’s Homelessness Task Force to help get rough sleepers to where they can access help. The bus operator is working with outreach teams in all seven of the West Midlands councils to donate bus tickets to be used for emergency travel. Using the ticket,…

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Business Plan to secure £550,000 of new investment for Shirley town centre


An ambitious five-year Business Plan to help bring £550,000 of investment into Shirley town centre has been unveiled. The document has been drawn up by the proposed Business Improvement District (BID) for the Stratford Road corridor and developed through a year-long consultation process with more than 250 local businesses. A BID is a defined geographical…

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Birmingham Airport hit by new restrictions on late night flights


New restrictions on late night flights at Birmingham Airport are being introduced to keep noise levels down and minimise disturbance for local residents. Solihull Council’s planning committee has rubber-stamped the proposals, which include a ban on extra late night flights and stopping older aeroplanes with louder engines at late hours. Previous policies covering the airport…

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Body found on A45 near Meriden was 14-year-old boy


The body of a 14-year-old boy was found on the A45 near Meriden on Mother’s Day, an inquest heard. James Dennis Scott died from multiple injuries and his death is being treated as ‘unexplained’, the Warwickshire hearing was told. His body was discovered in the middle of the A45 between Pickford Green and Meriden on…

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Solihull Pop Chorus sing on Broadway in New York


Seventy members of community choir Solihull Pop Chorus have just returned from performing in Total Vocal, a sell-out acapella concert in New York’s famous Lincoln Center on Broadway, conducted by Deke Sharon – renowned as the king of acapella and the producer of the three hit Pitch Perfect movies. 2,800 people packed into the stunning…

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Children face losing mum to cancer weeks after dad dies


A fund-raising campaign has been set up for two Solihull children who face losing both their parents within months of each other. Louis, 16, and Ella Maley,14, are grieving from their father’s death three weeks ago and are now facing the sad prospect of losing their mother, who has been given a month to live….

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