Norah Charlish from Solihull was part of the Bletchley code-breaking operation in Second World War

99-year-old Norah Charlish has led a remarkable secret life – she helped end the Second World War – but her work was so secretive even she did not realise the role she had played until 30 years after the Nazis were defeated. Norah was part of the Bletchley code-breaking operation, working at one of the…

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Two new schools open in Chelmsley Wood

Two new schools opened in Chelmsley Wood on Monday 7th September – Fordbridge Community Primary School and Coleshill Heath School. The schools, which cost £18million to build, are part of the North Solihull Partnership’s continuing investment in the area. As well as providing education in brand new buildings, the schools will be providing two school…

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Solihull Council teams up with police to stop ‘street racers’ and antisocial car gatherings

Solihull Council, in partnership with West Midlands Police, is taking steps to stop ‘street racers’ and antisocial gatherings of car enthusiasts from happening across the borough. The council has agreed to form a working group with the police and key stakeholders to pursue the introduction of powers through a court order to protect residents and…

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Elderly pedestrian dies after Solihull RTC

West Midlands Police are asking witnesses to a collision between a pedestrian and a Ford Fiesta in Solihull to come forward. The collision happened just after midday yesterday (Saturday 22/08) on Warwick Road near to the St Johns Hotel. A 74-year-old man, who was staying with family locally, was taken to hospital with a serious…

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Man charged in connection with attack on Mormon bishop in Chelmsley Wood

A man will appear in court this morning (21/08) charged in connection with an attack on Mormon bishop David Charmbury last weekend. Harley Heyes, 36 of Bluebell Drive, Chelmsley Wood, was charged this morning with assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent, taking a vehicle by force and having no insurance. Heyes will appear at…

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Family pay tribute to teenage girl found in Dickens Heath canal

The family of Sophie Leanne Drozdzik, who tragically drowned in Dickens Heath canal last month, have paid tribute to their ‘beautiful daughter’. The 18-year-old Warwickshire College student was found in the early hours of 3rd July after it is believed she fell in the canal after suffering from an epileptic seizure. Her tragic death came…

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Body of Solihull woman Suzanne Hughes who went missing in Norfolk found off the coast of Holland

The body of a Solihull woman who went missing on holiday in Norfolk has been found by police off the coast of Holland. 67-year-old Suzanne Hughes disappeared last month on the final day of her holiday at the seaside resort of Cromer. Norfolk Police have confirmed today (05/08) that the body of a woman found…

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Humanity on the highway: award for Castle Bromwich commuter who saved rough sleeper

Big-hearted Anthony Jeffs has been honoured by West Midlands Police for his benevolence in providing tea and sympathy to a man he encountered living rough on his daily commute. Anthony, from Castle Bromwich, noticed the man several times perched on a barrier as he cycled to work along the A47 Nechells Parkway last October. Initially…

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Solihull Magistrates’ Court faces closure

The government is consulting on plans to close 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales – including Solihull Magistrates’ Court. The aim is to reduce what Justice Secretary Michael Gove has identified as “surplus capacity”. Courts under threat include 57 magistrates’ courts, 19 county courts, two crown courts, four tribunal hearing centres and nine…

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New Solihull motorway service station expected to attract 80,000 vehicles a week

Up to 80,000 vehicles a week are expected to use a £65 million motorway service station at Solihull – billed as one of the biggest boosts for the region’s transport network for nearly two decades. It has been revealed, Solihull Services – located to the west of the M42 and south of Solihull Road –…

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