Man shouted “I’ve got acid” then squirted cleaning fluid in face of drinker outside Dickens Heath pub


A man shouted “I’ve got acid” before squirting what’s thought to be cleaning fluid in the face of a drinker outside a Solihull pub. Detectives have released clear CCTV images of the attacker who leapt from a car in Main Street, Dickens Heath, on Tuesday night (18th July) before firing liquid from a bottle at…

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Bentley Heath Recreation Ground honoured with Green Flag Award


For the 15th year running, a Solihull landmark has been recognised as one of the best quality green spaces in the country, taking the total number of green flags in the borough to fifteen. Bentley Heath Recreation Ground will now be proudly flying the flag after receiving a Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy…

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Funding boost for improvement of Solihull’s woodland, grassland and wetland


Solihull Council has secured almost £2m of funding to improve areas of woodland, grassland and wetland in the borough over the next three years. The Council successfully bid for £966,552 funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds growth programme 2014-20 – the majority of which…

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Hockley Heath Academy wins regional education award


Hockley Heath Academy in Solihull is celebrating after winning ‘Outstanding Primary School’ in the first ever Midlands Education Awards. After being chosen as winners from a long list of 41 nominated schools from across the region – the school will now get the chance to work with the Peter Jones Foundation, as part of the…

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Rogue breast surgeon who ‘needlessly wounded women’ could face longer jail term


Ian Paterson could face having his prison term increased after he was locked up for 15 years for carrying out ‘needless and unjustified’ procedures. The 59-year-old was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding against 10 patients after a seven-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court in April. In May,…

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Surgeons remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye


Surgeons have removed 27 contact lenses from the eye of a 67-year-old woman who was at Solihull Hospital for routine cataract surgery. “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a “hard mass” of 17 lenses stuck together with mucus, and 10 more were then found under further examination. A report in the BMJ said…

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Gifted teen creates Siri-like virtual assistant on her own


An autistic 13-year-old girl who has had to be educated at home for a year has stunned the science world – by creating her own artificial intelligence. What’s more, child genius Kari Lawler took only a week to build her own virtual assistant, which operates on the same lines as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa….

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£1.25m house on sale in Solihull has unique feature


This luxury propety in Catherine-de-Barnes comes with a unique feature you probably wouldn’t find in the average house. Henwood Mill, situated on Henwood Lane, dates back to the 18th century – but today, it has been adapted to mix contemporary living with its periodic heritage. After purchasing the building as an empty shell in the…

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Proud Dad delivers baby daughter on Collector Road


A proud dad was left holding the baby when he delivered his daughter on the side of the busy Collector Road! Steve Sandford, from Chelmsley Wood, stepped in as emergency midwife to partner Joanne Winters, 39, after it became clear the family would not make it to Good Hope Hospital in time. The 45-year-old pulled…

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Grateful Solihull girl to give back to Birmingham Children’s Hospital


A brave Solihull girl battling a muscle disease is preparing to complete Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Charity’s first-ever 5km walk this July, to say thank you for her hospital care. After hearing about the charity’s ‘Fun Family 5’ event, in association with The Big Sleuth eight-year-old Emily Williams was keen to get involved, alongside mum…

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