Touchwood expansion deal approved

A major deal has been signed by Solihull Council and the owners of Touchwood, Lend Lease, to expand the shopping centre. The plans were revealed in March 2013 – but now a Development Agreement has officially been signed, paving the way for 115,000 sq ft of new retail and restaurant space for the shopping centre…

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Men sentenced after Solihull pensioners duped in courier fraud con

Two men who were caught trying to buy designer jeans at a shopping centre with a bank card stolen from a Solihull pensioner earlier the same day have been sentenced at court. Zain Hussain and Mohammed Hussain were arrested at True Religion in the Bullring, Birmingham, on 4th March after police were called by staff…

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19-year-old man charged over fatal Shirley collision

A 19-year-old man has been charged with causing the death of a man and seriously injuring his grandson in a collision in Shirley. Kirpal Sokhi, of Tetley Road, Hall Green is accused of causing the death of 59-year-old Stephen Beckett by dangerous driving. He is also charged with causing serious injury to Mr Beckett’s 9-year-old…

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Solihull pupils inspired to raise money for disabled sportspeople

Pupils at a Solihull school have been inspired to raise funds for disabled sportspeople after receiving a visit from a local wheelchair athlete. Kare Adenegan’s life changed when she took up wheelchair racing just eighteen months ago and she is now ranked as number two in Great Britain – second only to gold medallist and…

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Chelmsley Wood apprehensive over launch of ‘People Like Us’ TV show

A councillor has told of the air of apprehension hanging over Chemsley Wood as the first episode of the BBC documentary People Like Us airs tonight (29th). The show follows Chemsley Wood residents over a total of six episodes in a bid to ‘reflect the true lives’ of people living on a housing estate. But…

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Knowle and Dorridge Lions raise £12k towards the vision care for homeless people

Knowle and Dorridge Lions have raised £12,000 to improve vision care for homeless people. The Lions’ support has helped to meet the running costs of the clinic for Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP). The clinic is supported by volunteer optometrists and dispensing opticians and provides eye examinations and glasses for the homeless and dispossessed…

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Hospital bosses prepared for Ebola

Bosses at the Heart of England Trust (HEFT) are prepared to tackle any potential outbreak of the Ebola virus. There are yet to be any confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the UK. But hospital chiefs across HEFT, which includes Solihull Hospital and Heartlands Hospital, are taking no chances and have reviewed their policy…

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Catholic priest from Solihull cleared of indecently assaulting schoolgirl

A Catholic priest from Solihull has been cleared of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl. Father Edward Simpson, of Olton Friary, was accused of committing the offence at the home of a devout Catholic family in the mid-1980s. The woman had claimed Simpson, routinely known as Father Ted, groped her beneath her top and put part…

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Widow of Chris Macrow is overwhelmed by donations

Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of a popular Solihull theatre boss – as his heartbroken wife declared “the show must go on”. Chris Macrow died in hospital eight days after he fell from his bike in Tanworth-In-Arden on 6th September. The 54-year-old Blues fan, who co-founded Solihull Theatre Company, suffered a serious…

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Retired Solihull school teacher faces fourth sex offence charge

A retired Solihull school teacher, who has been charged with sexual offences against teenage boys in the 1980s, has been charged with a further offence. John Patton, who worked at Kingshurst School in Cooks Lane, Chelmsley Wood, has been charged with a fourth count of indecent assault. The charge comes as the 73-year-old, from Coventry,…

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