Man accused of murder drank 25 cans of Carling a day’ jury told

A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death at their Solihull flat regularly drank more than 25 cans of lager a day, a court heard. Clarke Dean revealed his drinking habit as he told a jury he could not remember knifing Michelle Giles and cutting her throat in August 2013. Jurors heard there was…

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Priceless trophies snatched in robbery at National Motorcycle Museum

Priceless trophies were snatched and thousands of pounds worth of damage was done when thieves smashed their way into the National Motorcycle Museum overnight. The robbers left a trail of destruction and fled with a haul of invaluable trophies – some of immense historical value to the industry and motorsport. Museum chiefs are still putting…

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Man named in Solihull fatal road traffic collision

Police have named a man who died in a Solihull collision last week as Stephen Beckett. The 59-year-old grandfather, who lived locally, was driving a Vauxhall Astra which collided with a Range Rover on Bills Lane at the junction of Langcomb Road in Shirley at around 2.35pm on Sunday 17th August. His nine-year-old grandson was…

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World War Two bomb taken in to Solihull Police Station

Touchwood Shopping Centre was evacuated today and Homer Road was closed due to an unexploded bomb taken into Solihull Police Station by a local resident. The shopping centre was closed while police assessed the risk of the device – it was much lower than originally thought and just the station remained evacuated while a bomb…

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Residents rally to stop Mount Dairy Farm homes

The campaign to stop 220 homes being built on Mount Dairy Farm has stepped up a gear as the deadline for the application looms. Residents and campaigners in Cheswick Green have been ramping up their protest against Bloor Homes’ plans that are due to be heard by Council Planning Chiefs next month. The plans, which…

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Nine-year-old’s letter to thieves who stole treasured keepsakes from her baby sister’s grave

A nine-year-old girl left heartbroken after thieves stole keepsakes from her sister’s grave has written to culprits in a desperate plea for them to return the items. Jessica Ryder has left the heartfelt message at her sister’s grave side after she discovered the sentimental items had been taken from the grave at Widney Manor Cemetery….

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Police appeal after man killed and child hurt in Solihull crash

Police continue to appeal for information after a man lost his life in a Solihull collision yesterday (17th August). Emergency services were called to Bills Lane, Shirley, after a Vauxhall Astra and a Range Rover were in collision at the junction with Langcomb Road at around 2.35pm. A nine-year-old child and a 59-year-old man from…

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Tourism rise a boost to Solihull’s economy

Visitors to Solihull helped generate over £850 million in revenue for the local economy in 2013. That is the revelation in new figures released by Marketing Birmingham’s research arm the Regional Observatory and tourism research body, Global Tourism Solutions. The STEAM report, produced annually to assess the economic impact of visitors to the UK’s major…

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Grieving parents inspired by Edward’s Trust help

The parents of an 11-month-old girl who died suddenly from heart failure have pledged to raise £20,000 for the charity that supported them through their worst nightmare. Louise and Matt Tomlin, both 34, said only now were they coming to terms with losing their daughter Sophie in March last year just days after returning from…

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Solihull twins celebrate THIRTEEN A*s at A level – and head for Oxford and Cambridge

Twins Jenny and Carrie Soderman are celebrating after achieving an astonishing THIRTEEN A*s at A level between them – and will now head off to Oxford and Cambridge. The 18-year-olds, from Dorridge, are pupils at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Edgbaston. Carrie will now read Natural Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge,…

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