Spire Healthcare agrees to pay £27.2m in compensation to victims of rogue breast surgeon


Spire Healthcare has agreed to pay £27.2 million to provide compensation to around 750 victims of rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson. Private healthcare firm Spire will pay £27.2m into a fund, with an additional £10m coming from Paterson’s insurers and the Heart of England NHS Trust. The payments concern patients treated at private Spire Healthcare…

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Cars seized after series of hair salon break-ins across Solihull


Police investigating a series of hair salon break-ins across Solihull have seized three cars thought to be involved. The cars are being forensically examined after being found abandoned. Several salons have been targeted across Knowle, Dorridge and Sutton Coldfield since the beginning of August – with all being accessed via the front door or window,…

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Solihull Mayor meets local cancer support group


The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis recently attended one of the monthly meetings of the Solihull Prostate Cancer Support Group to offer support to members. Prostate Cancer UK is one of the Mayor’s chosen charities for the year, and when he was contacted by the group’s chairperson, he was delighted to attend with the…

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Stabbed man ‘left for dead’ as he protected family from masked robbers


A brave Earlswood householder was slashed and stabbed by shards of glass as he battled to protect his wife and children from brutal masked raiders trying to steal his car. The four-strong gang only stopped after have-a-go hero John Smith* fell to the floor of his home, blood pouring from wounds to his face and…

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Man charged with murder of Callum Lees


A man has been charged with the murder of Callum Lees, who died from a stab wound to his neck on the morning of Sunday 6th August in Kingshurst. Callum (pictured) was stabbed at a house party in Hopwas Grove and found collapsed in nearby Haselour Road by a member of the public. He died…

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Nine people have lucky escape after seven vehicle collision on M42


Nine people had a very lucky escape after a huge crash involving seven vehicles on a busy stretch of the M42. Six cars and a van collided on the northbound carriageway between junctions 4 and 5 near Solihull shortly after 2pm on Thursday (31st August). Two fire engines were sent to the scene along with…

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Man arrested in connection with Callum Lees murder


Police have this afternoon (Wednesday 30th August) arrested a man wanted in connection with the murder of Callum Lees (pictured). James Atherley, aged 21, was arrested earlier this afternoon from an address in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. A man and a woman have also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Callum was stabbed in Hopwas Grove…

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Family of Chelmsley Wood stab victim demand tougher sentences for knife crime


The distraught family of a fatal stabbing victim have demanded immediate prison sentences for anyone caught carrying a knife. Lance Gregory’s relatives said the justice system was too soft on knife crime and tougher action was needed. The 25-year-old, from Chelmsley Wood , was stabbed to death in November 2012. Killer Carlton Pollock, then also…

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‘School Streets’ pilot project means car-free roads outside three Solihull schools


Solihull Council is introducing a pilot project which aims to promote sustainable, healthy travel for school children and address safety and pollution around school gates at the beginning and end of the school day. ‘School Streets’ will limit traffic in a number of roads surrounding three schools at key times. This means that most vehicles,…

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Elderly driver seriously injured in collision with HGV


An elderly man has received specialist trauma care and been anaesthetised by ambulance staff following a collision involving his car and a HGV in Shirley. Emergency services were called to the junction of Limbrick Close and Haslucks Green Road shortly before 3.30pm today (24th August) an ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the…

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