Men identified after appeal to find suspected poppy collection tin thieves

Just one hour after an appeal was circulated on social media to find two men wanted in connection with poppy collection tin thefts in Solihull – and the pair of suspected thieves have been identified. Police received several calls from members of the public after CCTV footage from the thefts was issued earlier today (Monday…

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Daily flights from Birmingham Airport to New York are set to begin in May 2015

Direct flights by American Airlines will operate between Birmingham and John F Kennedy Airport (JFK), officials confirmed. Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s chief executive, said the region was a major tourist destination for Americans. The first flight will arrive from JFK on 8th May at 07:10 BST and depart for a return leg at 10:00, arriving…

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Thieves sought after spate of poppy tin thefts in Solihull

Despite Remembrance Day approaching and this year being the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One – thieves are stealing poppy tins in Solihull. Police have released CCTV footage of two men – one of whom wears a distinctive deerstalker hat – who officers suspect are behind the spate of thefts, after seven…

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Dementia award for Royal Star and Garter

A Solihull care home which puts is residents at the heart of its work has been awarded the highest accolade achievable for its care of dementia sufferers. The Royal Star and Garter Home Solihull’s Roundel Wing received the Level 1 status through Dementia Care Matters’ National Kitemark awards, following a recent unannounced Dementia Care Audit….

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Touchwood expansion deal approved

A major deal has been signed by Solihull Council and the owners of Touchwood, Lend Lease, to expand the shopping centre. The plans were revealed in March 2013 – but now a Development Agreement has officially been signed, paving the way for 115,000 sq ft of new retail and restaurant space for the shopping centre…

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Men sentenced after Solihull pensioners duped in courier fraud con

Two men who were caught trying to buy designer jeans at a shopping centre with a bank card stolen from a Solihull pensioner earlier the same day have been sentenced at court. Zain Hussain and Mohammed Hussain were arrested at True Religion in the Bullring, Birmingham, on 4th March after police were called by staff…

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19-year-old man charged over fatal Shirley collision

A 19-year-old man has been charged with causing the death of a man and seriously injuring his grandson in a collision in Shirley. Kirpal Sokhi, of Tetley Road, Hall Green is accused of causing the death of 59-year-old Stephen Beckett by dangerous driving. He is also charged with causing serious injury to Mr Beckett’s 9-year-old…

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Solihull pupils inspired to raise money for disabled sportspeople

Pupils at a Solihull school have been inspired to raise funds for disabled sportspeople after receiving a visit from a local wheelchair athlete. Kare Adenegan’s life changed when she took up wheelchair racing just eighteen months ago and she is now ranked as number two in Great Britain – second only to gold medallist and…

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Chelmsley Wood apprehensive over launch of ‘People Like Us’ TV show

A councillor has told of the air of apprehension hanging over Chemsley Wood as the first episode of the BBC documentary People Like Us airs tonight (29th). The show follows Chemsley Wood residents over a total of six episodes in a bid to ‘reflect the true lives’ of people living on a housing estate. But…

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Knowle and Dorridge Lions raise £12k towards the vision care for homeless people

Knowle and Dorridge Lions have raised £12,000 to improve vision care for homeless people. The Lions’ support has helped to meet the running costs of the clinic for Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP). The clinic is supported by volunteer optometrists and dispensing opticians and provides eye examinations and glasses for the homeless and dispossessed…

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