Good Samaritan helps police catch suspected dangerous off-road bike rider following collision in Dorridge

Off-road bikes have been seized by police after a Good Samaritan helped catch a suspected dangerous rider who fled following a collision in Dorridge. West Midlands Police has praised the member of the public who made a citizen’s arrest after a pedestrian was hit by one of the bikes. Two off-road bikes are believed to…

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BookBench trail launched at The Core in Solihull

The Deputy Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Glenis Slater, has officially launched the BookBench trail at The Core in Solihull. The BookBench trail is part of The Big Read – a unique arts project designed to promote literacy development – featuring benches shaped as open books. Following on from the success of last year’s ‘The Big…

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Solihull air cadet finishes at top after six years of service

Last Sunday, 20-year-old Cadet Warrant Officer Alex Edwards finished as top cadet at Solihull 492 Squadron Air Training Corps after six years of service. Alex joined Solihull Air Cadets in October 2010 at the age of 14, along with several others, as part of the squadrons regular recruit intake – he was quickly identified as…

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National Express brings ‘contactless’ to West Midlands buses

National Express West Midlands is fitting every one of its 1,500 buses with state-of-the-art contactless technology. It has signed a multi-million pound deal for ticket machines that can take bank cards, smartphones and smart watches, as well as cash and Swift smartcards. The first ticket machines will be appearing on buses in Coventry at the…

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Community ‘scrums’ together to clean up care scheme’s gardens

Greenhill Way Extra Care in Shirley received the first step in a transformation of its gardens thanks to members of the community who joined forces to clean it up. Members of Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club, Solihull Police, Greenhill Way Street Association and Solihull Council teamed up to spruce up the gardens for the elderly residents…

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Solihull Mayor opens heart about daughter’s death and raising awareness of cervical cancer

The Mayor of Solihull has revealed how his 36-year-old daughter died fighting cervical cancer. Councillor Mike Robinson, has told how he watched brave Emma Walker battle the devastating disease at such a young age. It is the first time the newly-elected Mayor, who came into office in May, has spoken about the tragedy. Since her…

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Appeal for information on Solihull’s war dead in Battle of the Somme

Solihull Council’s heritage team are appealing for information concerning those who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. 24 men who were residents, or went to school in the borough, lost their lives in the bloodiest day in British Military history. A special exhibition at The Core…

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Solihull schoolchildren design ‘Food for Life’ flowerbed in Malvern Park

The winners of Solihull’s annual competition to design a flowerbed in Malvern Park have had seen their drawings bloom into reality. Sharron Irwin, from Marston Green Primary, and Eve Casey, from Chapel Field’s school, designed the flowerbed to reflect this year’s theme: ‘Food for Life’. The two girls, both aged 10, were chosen as winners…

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Solihull Mayor flies flag for the forces

On Monday 20th June, the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson, flew the Armed Forces Flag to show the borough’s support for Armed Forces Day – which took place on Saturday 25th June. The Mayor raised the flag in a ceremony at the Solihull Royal British Legion, alongside Jeff Stocks, the Club Chairman and Ken…

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Woman climbed onto roof with child in Balsall Common

Police are trying to talk a woman down after she climbed onto the roof of a house with her child in Balsall Common. Police, ambulance and fire crews are at the scene and have all been trying to talk the woman down from the roof this morning (Monday 27th June), negotiations are continuing. The A452…

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