Tea-rrific ten thousand pounds raised for Breast Cancer Haven


Hundreds of people across the West Midlands made a brew to support Breast Cancer Haven’s signature ‘The Big Tea Cosy’ fundraising campaign. Over 40 tea parties were held at libraries, schools, ‘Knit and Natter’ groups and at individual’s homes across the region, raising over £10,000 for Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands in the process. Staff…

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Arrest made after elderly man sustains head injury in Solihull


An elderly man was taken to hospital after he sustained an injury to his head in Solihull town centre. Police sealed off a bus parked on Poplar Road, around 6pm, on Thursday (10th April). West Midlands Ambulance said they had taken an elderly man to hospital after he sustained an injury to his head. An…

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Call for caravan site for travellers in transit through Solihull


A dedicated site where the authorities are able to direct groups of travellers should be created in Solihull, a community group has said. Solihull Ratepayers’ Association has argued that the public are keen for “a practical solution” to be found following a string of unauthorised encampments being established in the borough. Now the organisation is…

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No left turn from Blossomfield Road into Station Approach to remain


The trial closure of the left turn from Blossomfield Road into Station Approach is to be made permanent to improve the pedestrian and cyclist’s route into Solihull town centre, says SMBC. A spokesperson for Solihull Council said: “The trial closure was put in place in February to allow traffic engineers to assess the effect of…

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Sun shines on biggest ever Great Birmingham 10K


Thousands of Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K participants basked in beautiful Bank Holiday Weekend weather as the annual event, with music at its heart, took to the streets today. A record-breaking 8,000 people signed up for Sunday’s 10K, which was broadcast live on Channel 5. The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anne Underwood, was honorary starter…

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Plans for Birmingham International station redevelopment revealed


Images just released show how Birmingham International station could look after redevelopment, which will see it linked to the new HS2 interchange station in Solihull. Funding worth £9.27m has been given to the Urban Growth Company, set up by Solihull Council, with the Devolution Deal from West Midlands Combined Authority. The HS2 interchange station will…

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‘Slaves’ being used to operate Solihull car wash, police warn


Police investigating human trafficking in Solihull targeted a suspected brothel in Shirley and a car wash in Chelmsley Wood suspected of using slaves. Officers said no victims came forward at either location but warned that “labour exploitation” was happening across the borough with some workers earning as little as £4-an-hour. The Solihull Partnership Team Twitter…

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Burglars beat pensioner with her own walking stick before stealing two Audis


A frail 86-year-old woman was beaten with her own walking stick by masked car key burglars. Teenager Daniel Leahy was part of the gang who broke into her Solihull home in the early hours of the morning. The victim, who lived alone and had restricted mobility, was left bruised and shocked by the attack. The…

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Thousands of faulty wheelie bins across Solihull are splitting apart


Thousands of complaints have been received by council chiefs after wheelie bins across Solihull began to split apart. In total, almost 10,000 of the brown recycling bins have been collected for replacement since March 2015, with it becoming apparent the bins are prone to crack as a result of a “manufacturing fault”. The number of…

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Shirley businesses begin voting on proposals to introduce BID for Stratford Road


Shirley businesses have begun voting on whether to introduce a Business Improvement District for the Stratford Road corridor, which will bring an additional £550,000 investment in the area over five years. The Business Improvement District (BID) ballot process started on Wednesday 25th April, when papers were posted to businesses along with a copy of the…

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