Council checks reveal over a third of sun beds in Solihull tanning salons unsafe

Solihull Council has recently carried out a number of checks at tanning salons in Solihull with 36% of sunbeds being found to be unsafe. Between November 2015 and January 2016, a total of 42 sunbeds were tested at 13 salons across the borough – 15 of them were found to emit UV emissions in excess…

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Burglars steal two hundred tools worth £60,000 from Solihull tree surgeon firm

A family-run tree surgery business could be forced to fold after thieves stole £60,000 worth of tools and equipment – all engraved with cartoon character names. Gavin Bassford, owner of The Oaklands Group in Catherine-de-Barnes, says 200 items were stolen, all carrying famous toon names including Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck and Tweety Pie. Thieves struck…

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Man who died in Meriden collision has been named

A man who died in a collision in Meriden has been named as David Wood from Bromsgrove. The 48-year-old was hit by a white van on Fillongley Road yesterday (Thursday 28th January) while out running just before 2pm. Despite the best efforts of medical staff he died at the scene. David’s wife, Hayley has spoken…

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Police appeal for witnesses after man dies in Solihull collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man died in a collision in Solihull yesterday (28/01/16). The 48-year-old was hit by a white van just before 2pm on Fillongley Road in Meriden, near to Lodge Green Lane. Despite the best efforts of medical staff he died at the scene. The road remained…

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Final Land Rover Defender to roll off production line in Solihull

The final Land Rover Defender will roll off the production line today at the JLR plant in Solihull. In 67 years, more than 2,000,000 Defenders were built. The final 15 will be completed this morning at an event to mark the end of production. Once the last of the 4x4s has been made in the…

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Solihull Council install new cameras in crack down on fly-tipping

Solihull Council is cracking down on fly-tipping by installing covert cameras in a bid to catch criminals in the act. In the last three years the council has spent over £332,000 clearing up fly-tipping across the borough. The new hidden cameras, which can be viewed and controlled remotely, will make it easier for council officers…

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Solihull property made subject of Closure Order as a result of related drug offences

A property in Solihull has been made the subject of a Closure Order as a result of drug offences related to the address. Ian Roberts, 25, failed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 14th January, having been served with a Closure Notice for the property at 27 Merton House, Crabtree Drive, Fordbridge. Following a…

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First waste disposal unit in Solihull given the go ahead

A new waste disposal facility is set to be built in Solihull – the unit will be at the Meriden Quarry site off Cornets End Lane. It will be capable of processing waste water and up to 45,000 tonnes of food, green and wood waste every year. A spokesman for Beechwood Recycling, the company that…

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Powergen site plans lodged with council

Plans have finally been lodged to knock down and regenerate the former Powergen site in Shirley – more than two decades after it was vacated. The 75 million redevelopment, which would see the end of another building designed by renowned Birmingham architect John Madin, and centred around an ExtraCare retirement village for elderly people. Joint…

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75th anniversary of first fatal bombing attacks on Solihull

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the first fatal bombing attacks on Solihull during World War II. On 19th November 1940, 11 residents died when German planes dropped bombs on the area. High explosives and incendiary bombs fell in Lyndon and Shirley – also on Solihull High Street, hitting Winfield chemist, Fitters jewellers and…

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