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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Chelmsley Wood mum launches fundraising campaign for operation to help son walk

A mum has launched a £25,000 fundraising drive – after being told the NHS may not fund a vital operation to help her son walk. The health service confirmed it did not “routinely fund” the type of surgery that could transform wheelchair-bound Hayden Webster’s life. His mum Kirsty Harrington, 23, fumed: “They fund things like…

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Body found in Hollywood identified as missing woman Eve Cullen

A body found in Hollywood on Saturday 9th August has been formally identified as Eve Cullen, who had been missing since Thursday 17th July 2014. Eve, who was 52, lived in the Hollywood area. Her body was discovered by a member of the public by a footpath near to Chantry Close in Hollywood, at approximately…

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Suicide verdict on Solihull woman who walked across M6 after blaming bedroom tax for stress

A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide on the death of a Solihull woman who was hit by a lorry on the M6 after leaving her family a note which claimed the bedroom tax had caused her “considerable anxiety and stress”. Stephanie Bottrill, 52, of Meriden Drive, Kingshurst, walked across the motorway and climbed…

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Trio jailed for nearly 29 years for Midlands robbery spree

A trio of robbers who targeted householders with expensive cars & cash and carry staff across the Midlands have been jailed for almost 29 years. Gavin Hunt of Kelynmead Road, Tile Cross, and brothers Christopher Dixon of Greenfinch Road, Castle Bromwich, and Jamie Dixon of Auckland Drive, Smith’s Wood, were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court….

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Joe, 103 today, recalls the day German zeppelins dropped bombs on Britain in WW1

Joseph Goodrem is one of the few people who can still remember the shadow of German zeppelins over the home front in the First World War. The Balsall Common resident, who turns 103 today, went on to fight the Nazis in the Second World War. But of all the things Joe has seen, it is…

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Police discover body in Hollywood

West Mercia Police officers searching for the missing woman, Eve Cullen, have found a body by a footpath near Chantry Close, Hollywood. The body was reported by a member of the public. Eve’s family has been informed of the discovery of a body. The death is currently being treated as unexplained. Eve, aged 52, was…

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Toxic warning at Earlswood Lakes

Visitors to Earlswood Lakes have been warned about a toxic health threat. The danger comes from blue-green algae which has formed on the surface of the lakes. The seaweed-like plant – biological name cyanophyta – grows by photosynthesis and spreads extensively on water during hot temperatures.The health threat, to humans and animals, comes from dipping…

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