Summer barbecue raises vital funds to support injured troops

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The Solihull based charity Troop Aid held a summer barbeque on Sunday (21st August) raising £335 towards supporting our injured troops. The event was held at 1st Solihull Scout Group Headquarters at Mill Pool Woods on Lode Lane, Solihull. As well as a delicious selection of hot and cold food and drinks, there was a…

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Birmingham Airport records busiest year in history

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Birmingham Airport has recorded the busiest year in its 77 year history – seeing eleven million passengers travel through it’s gates. Compared to the figures between 2014 and 2015, 10.2% more people have travelled. Airport officials say it’s due to airlines increasing their capacity and launching new services to and from the Midlands airport. The…

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Large amount of asbestos fly-tipped in Smiths Wood overnight

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A local resident has contacted SU this morning (22nd August) regarding a large amount of ‘suspected’ asbestos which has been fly-tipped overnight on Lanchester Way in Smiths Wood – the police and Solihull Council have been informed. Aaron Bradley said: “Could you please make people aware in the Smiths Wood area on Lanchester Way near…

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Solihull sees excellent A-Level results

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Students have been celebrating A-Level success across Solihull with an outstanding crop of results. Among the success stories for The Sixth Form College are several students gaining places at both Oxford and Cambridge universities. Three – Gabriella Kelly, James Mason and Serena Arthur – are going to Oxford and Samuel Bartholomew is heading to Cambridge….

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Solihull gets banning order against car-cruisers

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Solihull Council has today (18th August) been granted a borough-wide ban on motor vehicle racing – covering car-cruises including motor bikes. The council has been driven to seek these legal powers from the High Court in Birmingham following many years of anti-social behaviour and extremely dangerous driving. Since 2006 the car-cruise events have been causing…

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Local children to benefit as half marathon comes to Solihull

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A charity is urging local people to go the extra mile and lace up their running shoes as the first ever Solihull Half Marathon comes to town. Acorns Children’s Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families across Solihull, has been announced as the official…

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Man dies after being struck by train near Olton Station

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A man died after being struck by a train close to Olton railway station on Monday afternoon (15th August). Police say there are no suspicious circumstances. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “We were called at around 3.20pm on Monday to Olton railway station following a…

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14 years jail for young man who attacked mum’s lover with a machete

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A teenager who hacked at a man with a machete in front of children on their way to school has been jailed for 14 years. Birmingham Crown Court heard how Carl Gamble was angry that the man had struck up a relationship with his mother. The 51-year-old turned up at Gamble’s home in Lowerstack Croft,…

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8 off-road bikes seized in series of Sunday morning raids

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West Midlands Police has seized eight off road bikes in a further phase of hard-hitting crackdowns on dangerous riders. They carried out raids at addresses in Coventry, South Yardley, Wolverhampton and Solihull during a pre-planned operation today (Sunday 14th August). The tough action saw eight bikes seized, including mini-moto’s, quad bikes and scramblers in response…

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Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Chelmsley Wood

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in Chelmsley Wood. Officers have sealed off an underpass on Moorend Avenue, near Meriden Park, as they launch an investigation into the assault on a 14-year-old girl. The attack is believed to have occurred on Tuesday evening at around 6pm (9th August). A…

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