Ebola screening to start next week at Birmingham Airport

Public Health England have announced this morning Ebola screening will be extended to Birmingham Airport next week. Chief Executive, Duncan Selbie, says that once existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had “settled”, they would be rolled out to other ports of entry. Staff will check passengers who are arriving…

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Hospital marks Minnie’s momentous birthday with special tea party

An extraordinary hospital volunteer who worked as a nurse on the current Solihull Hospital site during the Second World War has enjoyed a surprise tea party from friends and colleagues to mark her 100th birthday. Millie Skinner has volunteered at the Lode Lane site ever since the Friends of Solihull Hospital was founded 61 years…

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Rev Alan steps down as Solihull Hospital chaplain after 26 years

Popular Solihull Hospital chaplain Reverend Alan Boyd has announced his retirement after dedicating 26 years service to local patients. Mr Boyd, aged 63, from Dorridge, has worked in the chaplaincy at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust since 1989 and became the first full-time chaplain at Solihull Hospital when it opened in 1994. Rev…

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Man appears in court charged with the murders of his parents

A man has today (Monday 13th October) appeared in court charged with the murders of his parents in Solihull earlier this year. Carl Chang, of Hermitage Road, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court this morning charged with two counts of murder. The 23-year-old was arrested after the bodies of Pin Chang, 58, and Quoi Chang, 50,…

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Solihull dinner lady hangs up her apron after 44 years service

Veteran dinner lady Thelma Harradence has finally hung up her apron – aged 81. The grandmother-of-two has been supervising the lunchtime break at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Primary School in Solihull for 44 years. But now Thelma has finally decided to retire. “I’m going to have to recover from the shock,” said widow…

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Woman pleads guilty to housing benefit fraud

A woman has been given a four week jail sentence for committing Housing Benefit fraud. Shama Raja, aged 50, of Maple Leaf Drive, Marston Green appeared in Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday 3rd October. She faced the charge that she had falsely received benefits totalling £18,140.24, after failing to report a change in her circumstances…

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Baby born as Chelmsley Wood mum lay dying following freak accident

She’s the little girl born out of tragedy after her mum died just a day after she was delivered prematurely, following a freak accident. Seven-months pregnant Debbie Gallagher was rushed to hospital after partner Mike Faultless discovered her lying unconscious at the bottom of the stairs at their Chelmsley Wood home. She had suffered a…

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Carjacker takes £16k Fiesta after putting ‘Slow’ sign in middle of road

A man lost his £16,000 motor in Solihull after a carjacker left a “slow” sign in the middle of the road. The hoodie-wearing thief, who was lying low in bushes, pounced when unsuspecting Matthew Witts stepped out of his Ford Fiesta to move the obstruction. The Post Office worker watched helplessly as his new car…

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Taxi robber who grabbed Christmas takings jailed for six years

A robber who grabbed a taxi driver by the throat before running off with his Christmas takings has been jailed for six years after police linked him to DNA from a glove he left behind in the cab. Christopher Harris was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (29th September) for the robbery in Solihull…

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Parents fined for children’s absence from school

Four parents of children who attend school in Solihull have been fined for failing to ensure their child’s school attendance. All four pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 24th September 2014. Both parents of a 15-year-old pupil were fined for a total of 76 unauthorised school absences for the period between 3rd March…

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