85 Solihull Council jobs are at risk in a £2.5 million cost-cutting drive

The proposed changes will include a “review of management layers” in a bid to cut the equivalent of 85 posts. A total of £1 million would be saved from slashing “back office” costs, with the remaining £1.5 million found in other departments. The plan emerged in the council’s 2014/15 budget document. Spending of more than…

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Birmingham courts brought to a virtual standstill today after a mass walkout by lawyers

Just two out of the 16 courts were sitting on Friday as protesting solicitors and barristers brought the justice system in the city to a temporary halt. Walkouts took place at both Birmingham Crown Court and the city’s Magistrates Court in protest at the £220 million cutbacks to legal aid ordered by the Government. The…

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Hospital that accused a teetotal pensioner of being drunk at an appointment has revoked the letter from his record

Chris White, 83, was left mortified after he received a letter describing how he had a ‘strong smell of alcohol’ while attending an appointment at Solihull Hospital in December 2013. Chris, who said he never touched a drop of drink in his life, has now had the doctor’s statement removed from his medical record after a…

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Biker pays for damage by working on Knowle farm

A 22-year-old motorcyclist whose off-road riding caused £1,000 worth of damage to a farm in Knowle has paid for his crime – by becoming a farm hand for the day. The man, from Hawkesley, was arrested by officers from Solihull Police in September 2013 after the farmer complained that the biker was trespassing on one…

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A Solihull five-year-old has supported a children’s cancer charity by having her long hair cut

Ruby Mander has donated her curly tresses to Little Princess Trust which provides wigs to children who have undergone chemotherapy. Together with over £1,000 raised through the sponsored trim at Birmingham’s Puro Hair, three children will benefit from Ruby’s kind cut. Proud mom Rebecca said: “Ruby was fantastic. After it was over, she said, ‘I…

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Marston Green woman banned from having pets for 10 years

A woman who kept 135 rabbits and guinea pigs has been banned from having pets for 10 years after a large number of the animals had to be put down because of neglect. The RSPCA found 135 animals in the care of Helen Inshaw, of Blackfirs Lane, Marston Green. A large number were in such…

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Restaurant chain has donated a thousand sandbags to Britain’s flood-hit communities

After seeing the devastating effect of the floods on the news, Ranjit Choongh, head of operations at Jimmy Spices, decided it was time to help. On 14th February he asked staff at the restaurant chain, which has branches including Solihull Town Centre and the NEC, to dig deep and by the following day, they had…

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Engineer stole £26,000 of electrical parts from Solihull company to pay off loan shark debts

A technical services engineer who stole over £26,000 worth of electrical components in a bid to pay off loan sharks has escaped going to jail. Michael Ashley’s dishonesty spree came to light when some of his colleagues noticed items being sold on online auction site eBay. Judge Simon Drew QC said “Over a sustained period…

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NEC put up for sale by Birmingham City Council

The NEC Group is being put on the market by Birmingham City Council, it has been the major shareholder in the business since it opened in 1976. The group includes the International Convention Centre (ICC) and National Indoor Arena (NIA) in the city centre. The council argues that in these austere times it cannot afford…

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Spire Healthcare criticised for distress caused by controversial surgeon Ian Paterson

Private health group Spire has apologised to patients who may have suffered during treatment by controversial surgeon Ian Paterson at its hospitals in Little Aston and Solihull. The group said it welcomed the findings of a report by independent consultancy Verita after concerns were raised over the work of consultant surgeon Mr Paterson. The report…

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