Calls for action after flooding devastates homes in Solihull

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Storms over the Bank Holiday weekend left a trail of destruction around Solihull, with calls for a thorough investigation into the flooding problems experienced across the borough. Rising water turned roads to rivers and swept into people’s homes after a month’s worth of rain fell during the course of an hour on Sunday afternoon. Residents…

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Celebration of iconic Land Rovers to take place in Solihull this summer

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Solihull’s first ever festival of iconic Land Rovers will take place this summer, with the world-famous Lode Lane plant opening its doors to the public. ‘Land Rover Fest’ will be taking place across the town centre from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June – featuring rare vintage models, an enthusiasts’ area for 4×4 fans, street…

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Solihull teenager selected as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet

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17-year-old Olivia Tennant has been selected as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet – a first for Solihull to have their own representative in the borough. The Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE, is Her Majesty’s personal representative supporting civic, ceremonial, voluntary, charitable and social activity. Olivia will attend events in support of the…

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Solihull Mayor meets Youth Parliamentarians

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The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash, recently met two local students who were elected in February to represent Solihull in the UK Youth Parliament. Mason Rogers, 16, a student at Smiths Wood Sports College, was elected as Member and Kawoon Bik, 11, a student at Yew Tree Primary School, was elected as his Deputy….

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Names of sacked Jaguar Land Rover agency workers ‘leaked in data breach scandal’

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Jaguar Land Rover has allegedly disclosed the personal information of hundreds of redundancy-threatened workers in a huge data breach. Documents containing the details of 647 agency staff at the luxury car firm’s Solihull site have been widely shared among the workforce, the HuffPost UK reports. The files are said to contain the names, payroll numbers,…

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Proposed Shirley Business Improvement District is rejected

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An attempt to secure £550,000 of additional funding for the Stratford Road corridor has been lost after the proposed Shirley Business Improvement District (BID) was rejected. Businesses took part in a democratic vote for the Shirley BID, which revealed more votes in favour of the idea – but when taking into account the aggregated rateable…

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Calls to toughen up ‘failing’ laws to stop travellers in Solihull

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Laws available to local councils to deal with traveller encampments are “failing”, Solihull residents have been told. Councillor Tony Dicicco (Con, Meriden) said that he wanted to see a change in legislation, which would prevent groups from “criss-crossing” the borough and moving straight to another site nearby as soon as they had been evicted. A…

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Burglary gang jailed after West Midlands Police ends break-in spree

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A burglary gang has been jailed after West Midlands Police connected them to a spate of violent break-ins across Solihull and Birmingham. Daniel Toms and Adil Iqbal (pictured) led a four-strong group that forced their way into properties and made off with jewellery, electrical and other valuables. During one Moseley break-in they swiped items worth…

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Knife bin for surrendering weapons coming ‘as soon as possible’ to Solihull

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An initiative designed to curb knife crime in the region will be rolled out to Solihull “as soon as possible”. Yesterday (Monday 21st May), West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson unveiled the latest “weapon surrender bin” in Oldbury. There are now 15 of the containers in-situ around the region, with facilities having already…

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Unsafe jewellery seized by Solihull Council

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A consignment of jewellery which arrived into Birmingham Airport has been seized by Solihull Council’s Trading Standards officers after tests revealed it contained harmful substances. They were alerted to potentially unsafe goods coming from China by border authorities so officers intercepted the consignment to investigate. Documents accompanying the jewellery suggested it was very cheap –…

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