5G switched on in Solihull

EE has switched on 5G in Solihull, as customers in the area can now receive the latest mobile network technology. The town is among the first places in the UK to receive EE’s 5G network, as independent tests from RootMetrics reveal it has the best performing 5G network, with the most coverage, in London, Birmingham…

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Three nights of mayhem in Solihull town centre – ‘machete rampage’ Friday, murder Saturday, teen stabbed Sunday

A teenager was seriously injured after being stabbed in Solihull town centre – just hours after 21-year-old Jack Donoghue was murdered nearby on Poplar Road. The latest incident followed reports of a teen gang ‘with knives and machetes’ in Touchwood shopping centre on Friday evening. BirminghamLive has revealed that a 15-year-old boy was taken to…

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Teen gang ‘with knives and machetes’ seen in Touchwood and High Street

A gang of teenagers armed with knives and machetes were in Solihull town centre just hours before Jack Donoghue was fatally stabbed, it has been revealed. A student who witnessed it on Friday night said it was terrifying and “not what you expect in Solihull”. The frightening scenes unfolded in Touchwood shopping centre at around…

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Touchwood shopping centre expansion still in limbo

Plans for a huge expansion of Solihull’s Touchwood shopping centre remain in limbo with no update on the ambitious scheme moving forward. The plans were approved towards the end of 2015 but planning consent has now expired. The expansion plan included the creation of 30 new retail outlets and restaurants and the demolition of two…

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Family pay tribute to ‘loving son’ murdered in Solihull

The family of Jack Donoghue has paid an emotional tribute to a ‘loving son’ following his tragic death yesterday (30 November). Police were called to Poplar Road in Solihull town centre at 3am following reports of a stabbing. The 21-year-old was taken to hospital but sadly nothing could be done to save him and he…

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Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was fatally stabbed in Solihull.

Officers were called to Poplar Road, near to Popworld and Yates Bar at 3am this morning (30 November). A 21-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, sadly nothing could be done to save him and he died a short time later. Extensive CCTV enquiries are ongoing and the scene will remain closed for…

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Woman crushed to death by her half-ton horse died accidentally, inquest finds

The death of a rider crushed beneath her horse when it ‘somersaulted’ after clipping a fence was accidental, an inquest has found. Clare Bedford, 31, had been competing in a one-day event at Solihull Riding Club in July this year, when tragedy struck. She was nearing the end of the cross country course when her…

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Wave of care homes planned as population ages rapidly in Solihull

More than 50,000 over 65s will be living in Solihull by the middle of the next decade, spurring a new wave of care homes and retirement villages. A meeting this week heard that the ageing population posed huge challenges finding enough people to staff facilities and for those GPs facing a major increase in demand….

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10,000 litre gin distillery and hundreds of juniper trees planned for Solihull

A gin distillery – producing up to 10,000 litres of “upmarket” alcohol each year – could open in Solihull, under plans handed to the council. Land to the rear of Widney Manor Road has been identified as the “perfect” location for the business, with plans to plant hundreds of juniper trees and construct a building…

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Disruption fears over plan for Velo bike ride to return to Solihull in 2020

A midsummer date for the next Velo bike ride through Solihull could cause major disruption for weddings, community events and Father’s Day celebrations, it is feared. Concerns have been raised that holding the event on Sunday 21 June could scupper fetes and local fundraisers – popular at that time of year – and clash with…

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