Theatre group boss Chris Macrow died from DVT

A popular Solihull theatre group boss died after he suffered a deep vein thrombosis in hospital while recovering from a serious cycling accident. An inquest heard Chris Macrow had been making good progress at University Hospital Coventry after suffering severe head and chest injuries when he fell from his bike while riding with friends from…

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Travellers have been removed from a vacant plot of land in Shirley by police and bailiffs

Travellers who set up camp on a vacant plot of private land in Shirley over the weekend have now been removed by police and bailiffs. They have reportedly caused damage to a portacabin and fences and left rubbish behind on the site in Radway Road. A local business owner, said: “Great work by police and…

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Prime Minister David Cameron spearheads campaign in Solihull

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osbourne spearheaded the Conservative campaign in Solihull, both visiting the borough to promote the Tory Party’s committment to business and the economy. The PM visited Virgin Media on Coventry Road to welcome the ‘substantial investment’ the firm – and parent company Liberty Global – is making in UK…

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Solihull man hopes to wow judges on The Voice

A local man will hope to win over the judges when he appears on this weekend’s episode of hit BBC One programme, The Voice UK. Karl Loxley, from Balsall Common, is hoping his rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ will attract the attention of Rita Ora, Will.I.Am, Ricky Wilson and Sir Tom Jones. Others may have shyed…

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Hospital shuttle bus to help patients

Travelling from Solihull Hospital to Heartlands is to get easier for patients as plans to have a shuttle bus between the sites looks set to go ahead. Bosses at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Good Hope, Solihull and Heartlands Hospitals, confirmed plans to bring in a new inter-site bus service to…

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Posthumous award for brave Riya

Brave cancer victim Ulrika ‘Riya’ Dandekar, who tragically lost her brave battle with Lymphoma on New Year’s Eve, has been posthumously handed a prestigious award for her campaign to get more people on the stem cell donor register. The inspirational 21-year-old was diagnosed with Anaplastic Lymphoma, a rare blood cancer, in March 2014 and spent…

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Devastating spate of thefts from Shirley charity shops

A devastating spate of thefts from charity shops in Shirley is depriving the disadvantaged and needy of vital funds. There are more than a dozen different charity shops lining the High Street – all raising much-needed cash for their various causes. But all of them are reporting a worrying upturn in the number of thefts…

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Councillor Bob Sleigh welcomes £21.4m expansion of Growth Deal

Councillor Bob Sleigh, Leader of Solihull Council, welcomed the expansion of the Government’s Growth Deal – which will see a further £21.4 million coming to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area. Speaking at Solihull College yesterday (29/01) where the announcement was made, Councillor Sleigh, said: “I am pleased that this new tranche…

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Parent fined for child’s unauthorised absence from Solihull school

A mother from Solihull has been fined for failing to ensure her child’s school attendance. The woman was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 28th January 2015. She was fined a total of £200, as well as £125 in costs and £20 victim surcharge, on charges relating to a total of 41 unauthorised…

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Teen jailed for killing grandfather in Shirley crash

Stephen Beckett was killed in a collision when a teenager ‘floored’ a £105,000 Range Rover – hitting speeds of 81mph. Mr Beckett was just two days from his 60th birthday when Kirpal Singh Sokhi ploughed the 4×4 into the grandfather’s car in Bills Lane, Shirley. The 19-year-old had taken the Range Rover on 17th August…

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