Land Rover helps return mistreated lion to his home

Jaguar Land Rover has completed a Born Free-style bid to return a mistreated lion to his African homeland. A six-strong convoy of Solihull-built Land Rover Discoveries, backed by an expert team from the 4×4 specialist, worked with the Born Free Foundation to help take Simba back to Malawi. The lion was six-months-old when he ended…

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New Jaguars set to roll off Land Rover line

For decades Castle Bromwich has been the home of Jaguar and Solihull has been the home of Land Rover – but it is all set to change. The massive expansion of the Midlands’ biggest manufacturer will mean Jaguars will be built at the historic Land Rover plant in Solihull for the first time. Jaguar production…

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Fourth Solihull Lib Dem councillor defects to Greens in protest

A Solihull Liberal Democrat has become the fourth councillor to defect to the Green Party in disapproval at the party’s performance in the Coalition Government. Elmdon councillor Jean Hamilton has joined the Greens, which means the party now has seven seats on Solihull Council, one more than Labour. She follows councillors Howard Allen, Andy Hodgson…

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Mum pays tribute to her son who died after being hit by a car in Chelmsley Wood

A devastated mum has paid a tearful tribute to her ‘beautiful’ eight-year-old son, who was killed after running out in front of a car. Charlie Dukes suffered a fatal head injury after being struck by a van near the Asda store in Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood , last November. The schoolboy died in hospital the…

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Woman robbed at gun point in Coleshill

A woman was dragged out of her car and robbed at gun point in Coleshill. The horrifying incident occurred as the victim arrived at her home in Coventry Road, Coleshill, on Tuesday 18th February. Offenders in a dark coloured vehicle followed the woman as she drove her white Hyundai from Chelmsley Wood towards Coleshill. When…

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Solihull man is making a marathon effort for Diabetes UK

Medical receptionist Venkatsubbiah Raman is taking on five half-marathons at Sleaford in Lincolnshire, Liverpool, Malvern, Cardiff and Birmingham to raise cash for Diabetes UK. The 35-year-old, from Olton, wants to help raise more awareness of the condition after several relatives, including his mum and dad, were diagnosed with a form of the disease. Venkatsubbiah, who…

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Jaguar Land Rover has begun recruitment for the first 500 new jobs at its Lode Lane site

As part of a 1,700 jobs recruitment drive, this will see the first intake at the Solihull manufacturing facility, consisting of semi-skilled production operator jobs to support the production of new vehicles – included as part of the £1.5bn invested to expand the site. The recruitment of the new jobs will be conducted in three…

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Solihull’s John Eley is happy to take on the best

Solihull short track speed skater Jon Eley claimed he doesn’t care who he is racing after putting his Winter Olympic campaign back on track in Sochi. Appearing at his third Games, he was downbeat after a disappointing performance over 1000m but was all smiles after a solid qualifying performance in his preferred 500m sprint event….

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Proper send-off for former RAF technician from Solihull

A former Royal Air Force (RAF) technician, who recently died at his home in Solihull, is to receive a proper send-off thanks to the efforts of Solihull Council. The Council became responsible for 76 year-old Barry Morgan Neal’s funeral when it could not trace any relatives or friends following his death. When this happens, the…

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Spring has already sprung for some early arrivals at Umberslade Farm Park

Staff at the children’s farm, in Tanworth-in-Arden, welcomed three new-born lambs who arrived just in time for half-term. Visitors will be able to help out with the farm’s new additions, taking part in the new-born feeding schedule, to keep them warm and fed over the holiday. Umberslade owner Oliver Muntz said: “The nights getting lighter,…

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