Four men arrested over alleged cold-calling building work scam

The men were arrested as part of an on-going investigation into the activities of a West Midlands based building company in relation to allegations of fraud. In a joint exercise between the West Midlands Regional Fraud Team, The Central England Regional Trading Standards Scambuster Team, Birmingham City Trading Standards and Solihull Trading Standards, four warrants…

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Solihull woman’s rare cancer discovered after operation to remove rugby ball-sized cyst

A woman has revealed how she had a rugby ball-sized cyst removed while battling a rare cancer that made her look nine months pregnant. Lyn Perrett, 53, from Shirley, was originally diagnosed as having irritable bowels when she went to her GP with chronic stomach pains in January last year. When the pain returned and…

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Disabled Solihull brothers win fight to stay in their home

Two disabled brothers threatened with eviction have won their fight to stay in their home of 34 years. Richard and Frank Smith signed a new tenancy deal with Solihull Council – two months after the authority threatened to kick them out of their home in Chelmsley Wood. The brothers were ordered out even though money…

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Solihull School Army cadet Leticia Salmon is off to Africa

After planning her mountaineering and charity challenge with military precision, the 16-year-old corporal in the school’s Combined Cadet Corps raised £1,300 to take part in Exercise Kenya Venturer after turning her home into a tea shop. More than 70 supporters, including the mayor of Solihull Coun Joe Tildesley and wife Joan, tucked into the full…

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Plans to build a 4,000-plot Muslim cemetery in Solihull have been withdrawn

More than 160 objections and 180 submissions of support were sent to Solihull Council after the application for the village of Catherine-de-Barnes. It is understood the businessman behind the application felt planning conditions meant he could not afford to go through with the project. Read the full story here: http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-26524929.

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Solihull businessman Gianni Paladini has insisted he still wants to buy Blues from Carson Yeung

The millionaire Italian said he remained open to doing a deal with Carson Yeung, who was convicted of five £57 million money laundering charges in Hong Kong. Paladini earlier fought a war of words with acting St Andrew’s chairman Peter Pannu over his bid to do a deal but this week he told of his…

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A mum treated by shamed surgeon Ian Paterson has told how she beat breast cancer after turning to natural remedies

Naomi Watson refused all offers of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and the 55-year-old, from Dorridge, also turned down a second operation at Solihull Hospital after the scandal over Paterson’s ‘cleavage-sparing’ mastectomies broke. “I didn’t want another operation after what had happened, even though the doctors recommended it,” she said. “I had already chosen to go down…

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Knife-man who went on New Year’s Day ‘rampage’ avoids jail

A knife-wielding man who went on a rampage in Sheldon, forcing his way into two houses and holding a terrified woman at knifepoint on New Year’s day, has avoided a jail sentence. Paranoid schizophrenic Miles Nunes was spotted by a pensioner, standing in his garden, holding a shovel. Andrew Jackson, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court…

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A campaign has been launched to rename the West Midlands as.. Greater Birmingham

It has been traditionally regarded as Britain’s second city and has long laboured under a less-than-glamorous reputation, but with London surging ahead as an economic powerhouse, and rival Manchester growing in stature, Birmingham’s status has never been more under threat. Now, in a bold step to raise the profile of the city and its surrounding…

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85 Solihull Council jobs are at risk in a £2.5 million cost-cutting drive

The proposed changes will include a “review of management layers” in a bid to cut the equivalent of 85 posts. A total of £1 million would be saved from slashing “back office” costs, with the remaining £1.5 million found in other departments. The plan emerged in the council’s 2014/15 budget document. Spending of more than…

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