Police warn ahead of right-wing protest at Birmingham International Business Park: “We won’t tolerate trouble”

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West Midlands Police has finalised plans ahead of a protest by right-wing group Pegida UK tomorrow (Saturday 06/02) – and warned it will come down hard on anyone intent on causing trouble. The force has been negotiating with organisers for several weeks and agreed a protest site in Birmingham International Business Park a short walk…

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Drivers swerve as articulated lorry travels WRONG way on M42

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Drivers were forced to swerve when an articulated lorry drove down the motorway on the wrong side of the carriageway. The incident happened earlier today on the M42 northbound near the M6 link, then between junctions 7 and 6. Vehicles narrowly avoided the rogue truck as it travelled in the opposite direction on the stretch…

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Driverless ‘smart’ cars to be tested on Solihull and Coventry roads

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More than 40 miles of road around Solihull and Coventry will be used to test a new generation of ‘smart’ cars as part of a £20 million Government scheme backed by Jaguar Land Rover to develop vehicles which drive themselves. New roadside communications equipment will be installed along the route during the three-year project, to…

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From 6th April 2016 all dogs in the UK are legally required to be microchipped

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A dog will still need to to wear a collar and tag that states the name and contact details of it’s owner when in a public place, but from 6th April 2016 all dogs over 8 weeks old are also legally required to be microchipped. The chip needs to be linked to the owners most…

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Carluccio’s Italian restaurant confirmed for Solihull

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Solihull is to get a giant Carluccio’s restaurant as part of wide-ranging plans to transform part of the town centre. The Italian restaurant, which already has venues in Brindleyplace and Grand Central, will front a new four-storey building at Mell Square shopping centre. It replaces former Thomas Cook and Johnson’s Dry Cleaners stores, which are…

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Students at The Sixth Form College Solihull are celebrating after receiving Oxbridge offers

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Hard-working students at The Sixth Form College Solihull are celebrating after receiving offers to study at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The seven young people who made the grade are Serena Arthur, Sam Bartholomew, Alice Bennett, Gabriella Kelly, James Mason, Navinder Sami and Lucy Dyer. Gabriella Kelly, 17, is aiming to become the first…

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Chelmsley Wood man in court after machete attack in Tile Cross

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A man will appear before magistrates today after another man was left with serious injuries in a machete attack. Unemployed Carl Gamble, aged 19 from Lowerstack Croft, Chelmsley Wood, was arrested yesterday (01/02) and charged with wounding and possession of a weapon in public. The attack happened on Tile Cross Road just after 8am on…

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Car crashes into wall after being hit by large branch during high winds

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A car crashed into a wall after a large tree branch fell onto the vehicle during high winds in Solihull today (01/02). The driver was travelling along St Bernards Road in Olton just before 2.45pm when the incident happened. Two West Midlands fire crews attended the incident and cut off the roof of the car…

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Council checks reveal over a third of sun beds in Solihull tanning salons unsafe

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Solihull Council has recently carried out a number of checks at tanning salons in Solihull with 36% of sunbeds being found to be unsafe. Between November 2015 and January 2016, a total of 42 sunbeds were tested at 13 salons across the borough – 15 of them were found to emit UV emissions in excess…

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Burglars steal two hundred tools worth £60,000 from Solihull tree surgeon firm

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A family-run tree surgery business could be forced to fold after thieves stole £60,000 worth of tools and equipment – all engraved with cartoon character names. Gavin Bassford, owner of The Oaklands Group in Catherine-de-Barnes, says 200 items were stolen, all carrying famous toon names including Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck and Tweety Pie. Thieves struck…

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