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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Man sentenced for rape after being caught by his own DNA

A man who raped a 71-year-old woman in her Solihull home has been jailed for 13 years after being caught by his own DNA. Irshad Hussain was arrested just five days after the attack when forensic evidence at the scene matched his DNA – which had been recorded on the national database following a theft…

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Family pay tribute to daughter killed in Chelmsley Wood crash

The family of a young woman killed in a motorbike crash have paid a touching tribute to their loved one. Lauren Roberts, 20, died on Chester Road when her blue Honda CBR 125 R-5 collided with a black Vauxhall Astra just before 8.45pm on Thursday (25th). In a statement issued today (Sunday 28th September), they…

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Mayor meets those recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List

The Mayor of Solihull recently met with four people from the borough who were recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The four Silhillians were invited to meet the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild, in the Mayor’s Parlour of Solihull Council’s Civic Suite. John Flanner, from Solihull, has received an MBE for his services to…

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Solihull MP hails promises over dementia ward

Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt has welcomed a commitment by NHS bosses to maintain dementia services at Solihull Hospital’s Ward 10 until an improved service is up and running. Dr Anand Chitnis and Dr Patrick Brooke, the senior doctors at Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, made the commitment to Mrs Burt and Lib Dem councillor…

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Solihull Theatre Company boss dies in freak cycling accident

A popular theatre boss has died in a freak accident after falling from his bicycle while cycling with his wife and friends – Chris Macrow, 54, passed away eight days after suffering a serious head injury in the fall. The Solihull Theatre Company chairman had been cycling with wife Sarah and friends on 6th September…

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Solihull hero pilot Robert Mansell feared for plane before death crash

A Solihull pilot had voiced concerns over flying overweight planes days before he died when his aircraft ditched in the Caribbean ocean. Robert Mansell, 32, managed to safely land his twin-engined aircraft near land after sending out a mayday message when an engine failed. His expert flying enabled his nine Dutch passengers to escape the…

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Green light for lottery community garden

Plans to create a community garden for children and adults to enjoy has been given the green light thanks to lottery funding. Grace Academy pupils will help to develop the garden in partnership with Gro-Organic, an organisation which helps community groups to make greener spaces in their communities, thanks to £9,967 from The Big Lottery…

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Solihull couple to sue over Christmas cruise ordeal

A Christmas cruise turned into a nautical nightmare for a Solihull couple. Now Susan Hodges and Jonathan Owen are taking legal action over their experiences aboard the Thomson Spirit liner last December. Susan, 46, ended up in a Tenerife hospital and confined to her cabin for two days as she suffered diarrhoea, sickness and stomach…

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Solihull mum was ‘awake’ during £80,000 brain surgery to extend her life

A Solihull mum is recovering from £80,000 brain surgery which could give her precious extra time with her family. Brave Laura Fischer-Beards flew to the US for the radical procedure after being given just months to live by doctors in Britain. But the 39-year-old, from Berkswell, had to remain conscious during the five-hour operation so…

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