40m new railway station in Solihull set to be ruled out


Moving Solihull Railway Station to a new location would be “problematic and expensive”, likely to cost at least twice the amount of revamping the current site. A report due to be considered by borough councillors later this week recommends ruling out the option of building a new station at Monkspath Hall Road. The document predicts…

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Husband jailed for murder of Chelmsley Wood woman


A 73-year-old man has been jailed after pleading guilty to the murder of his wife, Tracy Stonehouse, who was found in a property in Chelmsley Wood in April. Arthur Stonehouse, of Coralin Close, has today (Monday 6th August) been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to life in prison, with a minimum term of 13 years…

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Bravery awards for police officers who rescued boy doused in petrol


Three brave West Midlands Police officers have been honoured for their courage after rescuing a boy in Solihull, who had been doused in petrol by his father and was at risk of being set alight. Sergeants Neal Marsh and Gareth O’Sullivan, along with PC Carl Anderson, arrived at the scene in Kingshurst last October to…

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HS2 – the great train debate in Solihull


Few developments have proven to be as divisive as HS2 – the multi-billion pound transport project on which construction work is finally due to start next year. Solihull is one of the 25 local authorities through which the London-Birmingham stretch of the rail line will pass, and for almost a decade debate has been raging…

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Runaway killer James Atherley sentenced for murder of Callum Lees


Runaway killer James Atherley has been sentenced to jail for life, a minimum of 26 years, for the murder of Callum Lees at a Solihull house party. Atherley, 21, of Wells Road, Solihull, had denied murdering the 20-year-old on 6th August last year. But the killer was today found guilty following a month-long trial at…

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Tribute paid to a ‘loving daughter’ following fatal crash


The parents of a young Solihull woman killed in a collision on Sunday evening have expressed their grief at the loss of their daughter with a ‘wonderful smile and beautiful heart’. Sarah Giles, aged 20, was a passenger in a VW Golf which was in collision with an Audi A3 moments after the Audi failed…

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’Massive backlog’ as council struggles to replace faulty wheelie bins across Solihull


Solihull residents whose brown wheelie bins have cracked open are now facing waits of more than a month for a replacement. Last week, the borough council apologised for the delays facing households whose bin had split as a result of a widespread manufacturing fault. Previously the local authority had advised that residents would have to…

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Ring leaders of drug and gun network jailed for almost 30 years


The ring leaders of a West Midlands drug dealing and gun supply network have been locked up for almost 30 years following a long-running police investigation. David Pedley, from Solihull, and Ezekial Osbourne were at the centre of the illegal activity which also saw them recruit others to carry out deals. But they were rumbled…

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Solihull parks among best in country


Solihull has received 15 Green Flag Awards for its parks and green spaces across the borough for the second consecutive year. The 15 sites are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that received one of the prestigious awards this year from Keep Britain Tidy. The scheme, now into its 22nd year, recognises…

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Loaf furniture store now open in Solihull


Loaf’s new Solihull Shack opened its doors today, expanding their laid-back world of beds, sofas and furniture for Loafers. The showroom is the sixth UK space for the comfy furniture company. Take it easy in the 5,000sq ft Shack with a mattress testing station, oodles of squishy sofas and arcade games for little (and not-so-little)…

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