Five girls accompany shy autistic boy to his prom after he set off alone


Having autism means socialising can be a challenge for Brodie Smith – but he was so determined to go to his prom after finishing his GCSEs at St Peter’s Catholic School in Solihull, that he set off alone walking to the venue in his new three-piece suit. He soon had all the company a 16-year-old…

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Police called to disturbance at Build-A-Bear store on ‘Pay Your Age’ day in Touchwood


Police were called to the Build-A-Bear store in Touchwood today after reports of trouble among the giant queues for ‘Pay Your Age’ day. Shoppers raced to the store for a one-off promotion, offering customers the chance to buy any bear – which can cost upwards of £50 – for the price of their child’s age….

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Huge rise in pothole damage insurance claims across the borough


The number of insurance claims made against Solihull Council for pothole damage rose by more than 400 per cent last year, figures have shown. Responding to a question at Tuesday’s council meeting, Councillor Ted Richards revealed that 588 claims were made by motorists over 2017/18, compared with just 139 the year before and 131 the…

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Huge cost revealed of faulty wheelie bins in Solihull


Replacing faulty recycling bins in Solihull has so far cost the council more than £85,000, it has been revealed. Responding to a question during a council meeting last night Cllr Tony Dicicco, cabinet member for the Environment and Housing, said that approximately £85,500 has been spent so far replacing around 20,000 bins. And he also…

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NEC reveals new look for 4.5m transformation


The NEC has unveiled details of its extensive £4.5 million transformation which will completely change the look and feel of the iconic venue. The first phase of this three-year project – the exterior of Halls 1 and 5 – began in June and is set to be completed in late August. Kathryn James, Managing Director…

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Solihull Mayor opens new building at Blossomfield School


The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash, officially opened the newly built foundation stage building in Blossomfield Infant School on Tuesday 3rd July. Accompanied by Head Teacher, Mrs Bernadette Farkas, and members of the school council, The Mayor was given a tour of the new building. Whilst meeting The Mayor, children in the school talked…

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Extra police patrols after attempted rape of 11-year-old girl


Police are continuing to investigate the attempted rape of an 11-year-old girl in a Solihull park, as officers maintain high-visibility patrols in the area this weekend. Statement from Solihull Police: “A dedicated team of detectives has been analysing hours of CCTV, while others are carrying out house-to-house enquiries and speaking to people in the area….

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Bloomin’ lovely wild flowers across Solihull!


Solihull has become a haven of colour in recent weeks as parks and open spaces have bloomed with wildflowers. They can be seen on the mounds which were built across the borough last year, as part of Solihull Council’s work to help prevent unauthorised encampments. Councillor Alison Rolf, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities & Partnerships,…

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Jaguar Land Rover issues stark Brexit warning amid calls for “greater certainty”


Car giant Jaguar Land Rover has warned it urgently needs “greater certainty” on Brexit to continue to invest heavily in the UK and safeguard suppliers, customers and 40,000 British-based jobs. The warning from the country’s biggest carmaker follows similar statements from BMW and Airbus – and comes ahead of a crucial meeting of the Cabinet…

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Barratt Homes funds three days of care at local children’s hospice


A Solihull-based charity which provides vital care for children and their families has received a huge funding boost from a leading homes builder. Barratt Homes West Midlands has paid for three days of care at Acorns Children’s Hospice, to the value of £21,000, towards the charity’s work caring for life-limited and life-threatened children and young…

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