Great British Spring Clean sweeps the Solihull borough

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Solihull residents have been getting stuck in to help clean their local area throughout March as part of the Great British Spring Clean. Events took place in support of the National Keep Britain Tidy campaign in Balsall Common, Berkswell, Olton, Jubilee Park, Elmdon Park, Hobs Meadow Woods, Langley Hall Park, Hillfield Park and Dicken’s Heath…

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Queen’s New Year honours recipients welcomed by Solihull Mayor

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This week the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson, met with residents of Solihull who received honours from the Queen this New Year. In recognition of their achievements, the recipients and their guests were greeted by the Mayor and Mayoress on the 13th and 14th March and enjoyed afternoon tea in the Mayor’s Parlour. Councillor…

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Solihull Town Centre Masterplan showcased at international property conference MIPIM 2017

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Key development opportunities within Solihull Town Centre have been showcased at international property conference MIPIM, within the Midlands UK Pavilion. The new masterplan outlines the potential for up to 1,400 new homes, over 70,000 sq m of new office space and 11,000 sq m of commercial and leisure space in the town centre. A spokesperson…

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New UK Central ‘Hub’ in Solihull to create 77,500 jobs

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A landmark growth plan which will create more than 77,000 jobs and add over £4 billion to the region’s economy has been set out today (15th March). Business and public sector leaders have outlined a 20-year vision for the UK Central site in Solihull – which will include new homes, commercial space and transport infrastructure…

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Prolific burglar sentenced to five years after DNA on plaster linked him to burglary in Olton

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A prolific burglar has been sentenced to five years behind bars after officers linked him to a Solihull crime scene – thanks to a plaster. Lee Brewster of Warwick Road, Acocks Green, smashed a window and broke into a house in St Bernard’s Road, Olton while the owners were on holiday between 27th December last…

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Blythe Valley Park backs Solihull’s Marie Curie Hospice

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Owners of Blythe Valley Park in Shirley, IM Properties, has teamed up with Marie Curie’s West Midlands Hospice in Solihull to help fundraise for the charity during 2017. With the aim of initially raising £7,300 – which is the amount needed to keep the hospice running for 24 hours – IM Properties, which also owns…

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Touchwood extension project delayed until 2018

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The start date for the planned extension of Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull has been delayed until the early part of 2018, it has been announced. Solihull Council has issued a statement saying they have been informed that ‘the investors of the Lend Lease Retail Partnership are not in a position to commit to the…

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Thief steals car from driveway as disabled owner wiped window

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A disabled man had his Motability car stolen from his driveway in Chelmsley Wood, within a few seconds, after a thief struck as he cleaned its steamed-up windows. Mark Cordiner, had put the keys in the ignition and got out to wipe the windows on his drive when the passing crook jumped in – and…

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JLR factory brawl sees workers sacked as two injured

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A worker at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory has allegedly been sacked and another suspended after a brawl left a man and woman needing hospital treatment. The incident began when two men working for sub-contractors at the plant are said to have begun fighting with each other near the assembly line. Sources claim two women…

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Former Heartlands Hospital doctor struck off after child abuse images conviction

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A former Heartlands Hospital doctor from Solihull has been struck off after accessing more than 11,000 indecent images of children. Consultant anaesthetist Emil Guirguis, 59, was convicted of possessing the images in October at Stoke Crown Court – but managed to avoid jail. He pleaded guilty to three offences of possessing indecent images of children;…

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