Trees chopped down and houses bulldozed as work begins on Solihull gateway

A Solihull environmental campaigner has called for more trees to be planted across the borough after seeing the huge impact of the town centre’s new Homer Road development. Homes and trees in the area have been pulled down to make way for a new seven storey office block. The latest pictures show the loss of…

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Brave barista floors charity box thief in dramatic café takedown

A heroic barista tackled a suspected thief – and held him down on the floor during a dramatic café confrontation. Astonishing footage captured the employee as he bravely took the law into his own hands at Desco Lounge, Parkgate Shopping Centre in Shirley. The incident took place just two minutes after the Stratford Road café…

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Castle Bromwich shops forced to lock out customers during opening hours

Shopkeepers on Green Lane in Castle Bromwich are being forced to lock their doors during opening hours – amid fears crime is worsening in their area. A funeral directors, hairdressers and a veterinary clinic revealed how they stay locked-up until a customer arrives for their own safety. News of the closed-door policy emerges just a…

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Major improvements planned for Solihull’s cycle routes

Calls have been made to bring poor quality routes in Solihull “up to scratch” as part of a major new drive to encourage people to walk and cycle. A council action plan to improve connections, remove obstacles and persuade people to leave their cars at home will be put to the public in January. Last…

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Solihull park to be dedicated to casualties of First World War

One of Solihull’s most popular parks is set to be dedicated in memory of those who gave their lives during the First World War. The plans for Shirley Park, which were approved by the council this week, were drawn up as part of a national campaign to mark the 100 year anniversary of the conflict….

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Solihull BID Excellence Awards winners celebrate moment in the spotlight

Outstanding employees and innovative companies were given their moment in the spotlight at the Solihull BID Excellence Awards 2019. More than 360 people attended the red-carpet awards ceremony on Thursday 21 November at the Voco (St Johns) Hotel on Warwick Road In Solihull. Sponsored by Mell Square, Touchwood, Solihull College & University Centre, Phoebus Software,…

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Investigation launched as chilling ‘killer clown’ lurking in woods terrifies schoolchildren

Youngsters were left ‘petrified and shaken’ after reportedly spotting a menacing clown lurking in a Solihull nature reserve as they made their way to school. The man – allegedly wearing a red clown wig, with a painted face and holding a red balloon with a picture of a knife – sparked terror after being spotted…

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Thief steals defrosting car with child inside from Solihull driveway

A car was stolen from a driveway with a child inside as it was defrosting in Solihull. West Midlands Police issued the warning after the motor was taken on Tuesday 19 November. The thief – who is now being sought by police – dumped the vehicle shortly after spotting the child sitting in the back…

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Pedestrian dies after being hit by car

An 81-year-old man has sadly died after being hit by a car in Shirley at the weekend. The pensioner was on Stratford Road, near to the junction with Stanway Road, when the collision happened on Saturday evening (16 November). He suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital where police said he was in a…

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Willows vets save kitten after microchip horror

Specialist staff at a world-leading animal hospital in Solihull have been hailed as “phenomenal” after saving the life of a stricken kitten suffering from a catastrophic bleed on the brain. Norris, a seven-week-old Ragdoll kitten was rushed to Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, in Highlands Road, Shirley, after being left “lifeless” and “unresponsive” when…

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