Warning it will take time to deal with immense pressures on Solihull service

Education chiefs have warned it will take time to deal with the problems which have hampered Solihull services for children with special needs and disabilities. The intense pressure on SEND support is seen as one of the single biggest issues facing the council and its “risk rating” is now at the highest level. In an…

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Shopkeeper who served generations of customers at Solihull Sports Service dies aged 89

A cricketer-turned-shopkeeper, who ran sports stores in Solihull for more than 30 years, has died aged 89. New Zealand-born ex-Warwickshire batsman Ray Hitchcock scored more than 12,000 runs for the Bears and was last survivor of Edgbaston’s 1951 county championship-winning team. His son Allan said he opened a sports outfitter shop in Poplar Road, Solihull,…

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No decision on future of Solihull school site set to become vacant

A decision has yet to be made on what will happen to a Solihull school site which is set to become vacant in the next few years. Council education officers have confirmed they are considering the options for Olton Primary’s infants site. The former Daylesford Infants merged with nearby Chapel Fields Juniors in September 2018…

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Ban on mobile phone masts in Solihull set to end

A long-standing ban on installing mobile phone masts on council-owned land and buildings in Solihull looks set to end. For more than 20 years the local authority has followed a policy laid out when there was greater concern about the possible health risks of electronic communications equipment. In 1992, councillors had agreed to refuse future…

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Pedestrian dies after being hit by bus in Solihull

Police investigating a fatal collision in Solihull this morning (16 September) are appealing for information. Emergency services were called to Poplar Road in Solihull town centre at 7.40am, after a woman had been hit by a bus. Sadly, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. Detective Sergeant Alan Hands, from…

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Vélo Birmingham & Midlands announce date change for 2020 event

It has today been announced that the date of Vélo Birmingham and Midlands 2020 will move forward by a week to Sunday 21 June. 100 mile entries are opening on 3 October – and to be in with a chance of taking part, riders must pre-register. As part of the organisers’ ambition to build the…

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Fears some Solihull parents are being forced into home-schooling

Fears have been raised that some Solihull families feel “pushed” into teaching their children at home because they’re unhappy with mainstream education. There are currently 260 under 18s across the borough who are home-schooled – around four times the number reported in 2012/13. 233 of the group are at statutory school age – under 16…

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Three teenagers arrested as police car rammed after armed carjack attempts

Three teenagers were arrested after a police car was rammed following two attempted carjackings at knifepoint. West Midlands Police officers trailed a car down Coventry Road in Sheldon, after two people were threatened in separate attacks by a group of males in Solihull, on Friday. A vehicle rammed the police car but it stopped in…

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Thieves beat man with pole and terrorise wife in 3am break-in

Thieves battered a homeowner with a metal pole and terrorised his wife before escaping with watches and jewellery in a terrifying early-morning raid. The raiders kicked down the front door of a house on Eden Road, Solihull, at around 3.15am on Friday, before hitting a man inside with the bar. The gang stormed upstairs and…

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Domestic thug smashed girlfriend’s head through car windscreen

A domestic thug pushed his girlfriend’s head through the rear windscreen of his car − leaving her with multiple facial fractures − just hours after telling friends “I’d never hit a woman”. Leon Thompson viciously attacked girlfriend of two years Danielle Perry outside his home in Arden Road, Chelmsley Wood, in the early hours of…

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