Solihull Mayor visits twin town Cholet


The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis, has recently returned from a visit to Solihull’s twin town in France, Cholet. He was joined by the Mayoress Mrs Sarah Walker, Cabinet Member for Managed Growth & Deputy Leader Councillor Ian Courts, and Chief Executive Nick Page. The group were welcomed by the Mayor and 1st Deputy…

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RSPCA issue warning to pet owners after cutting metal bangle from cat’s neck


The RSPCA has issued a warning to pet owners not to ‘decorate’ their animals with accessories or jewellery after veterinary staff had to cut a bangle from a cat’s neck in Solihull. The UK’s largest and oldest animal welfare charity is urging pet owners not to dress their cats in any decorative items as they…

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Congratulations to Charlie Fogarty who was awarded an MBE today!


21-year-old Charlie Fogarty, who received his MBE from Prince William today, set up the Solihull Moors FC Open Age Disability team aged just 18. At 15 he suffered severe brain damage after being hit by a car as he crossed the road. Following his accident in 2012, Charlie spent six months in a coma and…

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Snow and ice warnings for the West Midlands prompt further health advice


Further snow and ice warnings across England, including potential blizzards for the West Midlands, have prompted PHE doctors to warn people in areas likely to be affected, to plan ahead now. Forecasts from the Met Office suggest parts of the West Midlands will see freezing temperatures plummeting to as low as –9°C overnight, persistent snow…

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Solihull bakers turn out for Cake Off


Solihull’s bakers turned out in force for Saturday’s Fairtrade Cake Off at The Core Theatre. Over 130 people attended the annual event with 40 adults and 16 children entering the competition to find the best cake makers in the borough. Local mum Olga Li, who runs a home-based pastry studio, won the show stopper category…

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Police release text messages that helped convict murderer


Chilling text messages that helped convict a murderer who stabbed a pub worker to death have been released by police. Georgina Henshaw sent threats hours before she stabbed friend Philip Rolph, 65, once in the heart in Chelmsley Wood. Today, a jury convicted Henshaw of murder (27th February). The 36-year-old was jailed for life and…

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Birmingham’s jacket potato lady left seriously injured in Olton collision


A well known Birmingham food seller has been left in a critical condition after a road collision in Olton. Known for serving hungry workers jacket potatoes near The House of Fraser, Lesley Walton was in collision with a car on Warwick Road on Saturday 3rd February. Today her daughter made a desperate plea for donations…

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Deputy Mayor enjoys ‘souper’ lunch


On Friday 23rd February, the Deputy Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson, attended a community lunch at Olton Library for elderly people and those at risk of being vulnerable or lonely. Invited residents were able to choose one of the many homemade soups that were prepared by library staff and fellow residents. Guests mixed together…

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Drink driver angry over ‘bad date’ left four injured after head-on crash


A motorist who careered head-on into a car, injuring four people, blamed a “bad date” for driving while more than three times over the limit. Martin Newton, who had to be cut free from his own Mercedes following the smash, hit the bottle after a planned romantic evening ended in bickering. It is not the…

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Fraudulent DIY SOS builder jailed for conning customers


A rogue trader who conned customers out of £140,000 and pretended his firm worked on BBC One’s DIY SOS programme has been jailed for five years. James Carter let his 15 victims believe he was a skilled roofer and builder but he was in fact “grossly incompetent”, Stafford Crown Court heard. If customers complained, he…

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