Local MP launches landmark report on financial education for children in care

Solihull MP Julian Knight has welcomed the publication of a ground-breaking new report into the state of financial education for children in the care system. He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Financial Education for Young People, which has just published ‘Care to talk about Money? The Importance of Financial Education for…

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Solihull Air Cadets officially number one in Warwickshire and Birmingham

On Sunday 30th June, thirty 492 Solihull Squadron Air Cadets took part in the annual Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Competition Day. The day consists of the cadets competing in numerous different categories – from rifle shooting, banner drill, to ensembles/percussion against 25 other squadrons in the area, representing over 1,000 cadets. 492 squadron scooped up…

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JLR submits plans for conveyor bridge at Solihull factory

Jaguar Land Rover has submitted plans to build a car conveyor bridge at its Solihull factory. Documents handed to the council’s planning department show the structure will be around 168 metres long and have a drop section at either end. Linking two blocks on the existing Lode Lane site, the car giant has insisted that…

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough: saving carbon, money and the night sky by changing lightbulbs

Changing street lights might not sound like the flashiest of endeavours, but Solihull has shown how the right choice – and a street-by-street approach – can help make an area more environmentally friendly. A Friends of the Earth spokesperson said: “Since 2012 the West Midlands council of Solihull has been making greener choices when it…

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Increase in Solihull residents who feel unsafe after dark

Almost a third of Solihull residents feel unsafe in their local area after dark, a new survey suggests. The poll of 700 people found that overall the proportion who feel uneasy at night time was at 32 per cent, with growing anxiety about crime levels. Although the level of fear varies from area to area,…

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Jaguar Land Rover set to make huge electric car announcement for Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover is expected to announce plans to build electric cars in the UK, delivering a huge boost to the industry which has been hit by a series of setbacks in recent months. It is believed that investment will be made at the firm’s factory in Castle Bromwich, although other sites will benefit from…

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Teenagers arrested over machete bike robberies after WMP pursuit

Two teenagers, from Kingshurst, suspected of robbing motorbikes after threatening owners with machetes and a firearm were arrested last night (2 July) following a West Midlands Police pursuit. Officers patrolling Shard End at 8.30pm were flagged down by a member of the public reporting a gang of armed moped riders trying to steal a scooter…

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Flood of responses to plans for thousands of new homes in Solihull

Proposals to build thousands of new homes on sites across Solihull have generated almost 4,000 responses. The council has been inundated with comments about its Draft Local Plan, which is set to shape where new housing developments will go. A fresh consultation took place between January and March and officers have recently been sifting through…

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‘Corsa Cannibals’ strike in dead of night stripping £14k car

This is the remains of what was a £14,000 Vauxhall Corsa after it was stripped of its parts by heartless thieves. Dubbed ‘Corsa Cannibals’, crooks struck in the early hours of 12 June in Chelmsley Wood. The vandal attack took place just hours after another Corsa Cannibal attack in nearby Castle Bromwich. This latest incident…

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Police continue hunt for gunman who shot 15-year-old boy and man in broad daylight in Solihull

Police are analysing forensic evidence and trawling CCTV in a bid to track down a gunman who shot a 15-year-old boy and a man in a shocking broad daylight attack in Solihull. The shooter shot his victims on Warwick Road, Olton, at around 4.30pm on Saturday 11 May, but police say they are still hunting…

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